Strat and Scholo: The New Shadowfang Keep?

Relmstein over at The Many Relms of Relmstein had an extremely thought-provoking post: Can the Current Level 60 Dungeons be Saved? In it he makes several very good points about how the Burning Crusade will affect current dungeons. If players indeed experience the same difficulty level in doing Scholomance as doing Hellfire Citadel, but with lower-level rewards, why should players run the older instances? Will Scholomance become a rarely-run dungeon along the lines of Shadowfang Keep?

What do you think would be be best way to handle this issue? As he points out, the option that Blizzard seems to be taking is to ignore the older content, which would be a shame. It seems a much better solution to rebalance the difficulty level of the older content, so that those areas remain a feasible option for mid-level players.

Nice post, and bound to generate discussion. What do you think?

8 Comments so far

  1. Anais (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2006 @ 7:26 am

    Not everyone is getting the expansion. For the casual players in their tier 0 Scholo and Strat atm still pose a challenge. Up the difficulty on those instances and they’ll be stuck between BRD and Sunken Temple and the now too hard instances like Strat, Scholo and LBRS/UBRS.

    For everyone else they are already farm instances. Need a righteous orb? Do a quick Strat run. Wanna let off some steam after MC or ZG? Do a 5 man LBRS. Even the ZG stuff is enough of an upgrade (not to mention ZG and AQ sharpen your skills) to make the current 5/10 man instances (too) easy for casually/hardcore raiding people.

    And people complaining those instances are now too easy should just move to the outland instances (or go 5/10 man UBRS/ZG&AQ20 respectively)/

  2. arfarfarf (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2006 @ 2:33 pm

    AD rep is gonna be so easy to farm.

  3. Bendyr (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 6:57 am

    Who doesn’t run SFK? That ring is too oober for words.

    The Level 60 dungeons should remain… level 60 dungeons.

  4. Krianna (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 11:25 pm

    I take every caster I have through SFK– generally three or four times, if there’s more than one clothie.

    I take it you don’t?

  5. Ravven (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 12:36 am

    Actually, no I don’t. I think I’ve run SFK just once with a baby clothie – I’m not quite sure why, i just never think about doing it. LFG rarely has calls for SFK, in comparison with Deadmines, Stockades, Gnomeregan, etc. I’m not even sure if I remember what level SFK is, but I’m assuming that there are other instances in that level range that people run instead.

  6. WandringSoul (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 4:52 am

    Even after TBC there will be level 56-60 – I know for one I’ll be starting new alts which will need to run Strat and Scholo in order to progress to the new content too… so I feel there will always be a place for these instances.

  7. Xoruka (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 6:36 am

    The all need to be 45min runs. Every single one of them.

    WoW fails if they cannot make Raids within 1 hour. This crap about 6 hour MC runs is for people who have 6 hours to kill. I certainly don’t.

    Thank gawd for the expansion.

  8. Miztress (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 2:25 am

    Sorry but who cares if you don’t have 6 hours to kill?

    I personally don’t, and throroughly enjoy thrashing through BWL in 2 and a half hours…

    Our initial MC runs were huge marathons – but damn, the feeling of triumph afterwards was massive.

    45 min runs – sure, the odd one, now and again, but some of us enjoy tackling a large challenge.

    WoW doesn’t ‘fail’ simply cos it doesn’t fit your attention span.

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