Exploit vs. Tactic – Thoughts?11/30/2009
After spending last night dying repeatedly on Twins-25-hardmode, I really got to thinking about how thin the line is between the two sides. I find that I’m really conflicted on this whole idea. Let me give two examples just from WotLK:
Sarth-10-3D: When I first heard about the “zerg method” people were using to down this fight, I frowned. It was the hardest fight of the day (really, Sarth with 3 drakes was the -only- challenge at the time) and it just felt so cheap that people were able to just burn him down like that. Looking back now, I think I most likely overreacted to it because… well, at that time it would be nearly impossible for a healadin to heal the fight in that manner. Yes, I’m human and I can be petty! Killing as fast as possible to avoid nasty things that will kill is completely valid on most fights, so why was it viewed as a negative in this case, I have to wonder to myself. Looking back it seems silly.
Twins-25-hardmode: I am of course talking about the “door strat.” People stand at the door and never switch colors. It requires high DPS and high HPS/HPE, as you’re having to just burn through the specials with nothing but your wits. It certainly isn’t -easy,- but it takes out the requirement that your raid must be idiot-free. And let’s face it, in a 25-man raid, you -will- have idiots. 😛 The main question with this would be is it really an exploit to use the terrain? Blizzard knows that people are winning like this, yet it hasn’t been fixed. Does that mean that they believe it to be a valid tactic?
My raiding group refused to do the “zerg method,” downing the fight the old fashioned way. Likewise, my raid leader is refusing to even consider the “door strat” on the Twins. Unfortunately, that means that we have dropped in our raiding competitiveness for the server. The other groups are using the easier method while we are killing ourselves as the same people keep hitting orbs over and over again. And it’s making people angry. Not the wipes, but the fact that a strategy is being dismissed out of hand without even any discussion. I’m waffling on how I feel about it. I’d love the power to kick the people who constantly die to orbs from the raid, but barring that, shouldn’t all raiders have some input into strategy discussions?
So what -is- the hard line between an exploit and a strategy?