You might not have heard by now (how the fuck is that possible?!) but Icecrown will have gating like Sunwell and Trial of the Crusader had. The official blue post…
Icecrown Citadel testing has been progressing very well over the last few weeks, and this has been a huge help to the encounter design team. We want to thank everyone who has logged onto the PTR and tried the encounters there.
As we’re now getting closer to the release of 3.3.0, we wanted to talk about our plans for access progression within Icecrown Citadel. Icecrown Citadel is going to be broken up into four distinct sections: The Lower Spire, Plagueworks, Crimson Hall, and Frostwing Halls. We plan on releasing these four sections of Icecrown Citadel over time and not all immediately when patch 3.3.0 goes live. At this point we can’t give precise dates for these release dates as they are determined by when patch 3.3.0 goes live. Once dates are known with more certainty, I’ll update the community so they can plan appropriately.
…if you hop’d over and read it you will scratch your head, go WTF?!, reread it, and still be wondering wtf they are doing.
The first area released is going to be the Lower Spire. There are 4 bosses in it and you will have unlimited tries (as far as I can tell) to kill these four bosses. After they are dead you get to go work on heroic. Heroic ToC that is. Because A) you killed the bosses already, there isn’t a seperate heroic instance and B) you can’t work on any bosses on heroic in Icecrown until you have killed Arthas. The part that gets me, “Progress beyond that point will be prevented for several weeks.”
I’m hoping that is one of their infamous typing slipups. I can’t imagine these first four bosses to be anymore difficult than the first four bosses of Ulduar. They certainly didn’t take several weeks to kill. If anything this worries me. This tells me that Blizzard has the first 4 bosses ready to go and maybe the next set of bosses after it… but they DON’T have the stuff after that ready. My guess is that they are going to release Icecrown in patches so they don’t have to do one big patch. If you raid on Tuesday’s… expect lots of issues.
If the bosses were extremely hard (which I”m doubting they are) then the gating probably wouldn’t be so bad. Anyone remember zoning into ToC on that first night and taking down Northrend Beasts and going… srsly… this is it? Then you come back next week to Lord Diesuperfast. Let’s face it, until the nerf, the Fuction Champs was the most difficult encounter in there simply due to its unpredictability.
We’ll see how it goes. I’m usually wrong so nothing to worry about. Best case scenario Icecrown comes out in one patch and we get access to the new zones every week (or every other week). That way we get Arthas by Xmas.