In come the nerfs. I mean buffs.
The optional zone buff in the Icecrown Citadel is now available and will make the instance easier for whoever wants to use it. The buff currently increases total health, healing done and damage dealt by 5% but higher versions are in-game and will probably be activated later.
* Strength of Wrynn (5%) / Hellscream’s Warsong (5%)
* Strength of Wrynn (10%) / Hellscream’s Warsong (10%)
* Strength of Wrynn (15%) / Hellscream’s Warsong (15%)
* Strength of Wrynn (20%) / Hellscream’s Warsong (20%)
* Strength of Wrynn (25%) / Hellscream’s Warsong (25%)
* Strength of Wrynn (30%) / Hellscream’s Warsong (30%)(Source)
This obviously great news for the casual guilds who are struggling on bosses like Festergut. A little extra dps and health is probably going to make a number of boss kills more attainable for these guilds. The hardcore guilds, on the other hand, are probably crying out “Too soon!”
Of course, the buff is optional. I’m wondering how many of the hardcore guilds will take advantage of it. Will there be anything to indicate if you used the buff or not when you get your first kill of a boss? Although I’m sure some guilds will look down at the buff as a form of cheating, I think that a lot of hardcore guilds will also want to use every advantage available to them to remain competitive within the guild rankings. Of course, this is assuming the buff is available for hard-modes. I can’t find anything that says for sure one way or the other. Edit: Yes, it is available for hard modes.
Wondering how to get the buff? The buff is applied automatically when you enter the instance. If you do not want the buff, Wrynn or Hellscream will be hanging out near the entrance. Talk to them and say you don’t want their help. The buff will go away.
What do you think? Will your guild be making use of the buff?