That is indeed the question.
Unless you’ve been living under a virtual rock, you are probably aware that Hellscream’s Warsong (and some alliancey named, but far less cool sounding, version from Wyrnn) have been added into Ice Crown Citadel as of yesterday.
I am a little bit torn about this. I mean, I knew that the instance was “self nerfing”, but I guess I sort of thought that the buff wouldn’t be active quite so soon. I mean, my guild has only gotten 2 nights of solid Lich King work in the 25s (and 2 nights in the 10s as well!). Granted, we aren’t a cutting edge progression guild, but we certainly aren’t a slouch of a guild either, generally falling within the top 3-5% of guilds in the world as far as 25 man progression is concerned.
Why does it bother me? Because I know that as a guild we don’t need this buff to kill the Lich King. We just needed more time to work through the mechanics of the fight. Our DPS is fine. Our tanking is fine. Our healing is fine. We just needed time. That’s it. I suppose that perhaps I feel that by using the buff, my first kill is going to feel tarnished. Dirty. I’m always going to know that we could have done it without the buff.
However, now that the buff is here, we have a decision to make: To buff or not to buff.
While my moral high ground is screaming at me in my head to shun the buff in all it’s 5% glory, giving it a proper two finger salute, and say “we’ve come this far without you, we can finish without you”, my realism is also screaming at me. “Sure, you can do it without, but why make it harder than it needs to be? Why not access your Hard Modes sooner?”.
In all honesty, who is going to know that we didn’t use the buff other than us? Now that it’s out, I am sure that the assumption is going to be that anyone who killed the Lich King after 03/02/2010 did so with the added benefit of the zone wide buff. Of course…I will still know if I did it with or without help. But, I am also one of a team of many, and I am sure that my feelings on the matter are different than others.
My moral dilemma aside, at this point it truly almost seems detrimental to our guild as far as progression goes not to use the damn thing. If it means we kill the Lich King even one week sooner, it means that we will have access to our hard modes sooner, which of course means more progression for us, which in turn boosts guild morale (at least theoretically). And I guarantee you that a good number of guilds out there won’t be having this internal discussion, and are happy to see the free boost to their performance. So now if we opt to stick to our morals does it put us at a detriment? Probably, as I suspect most guilds will not be opting out of the buff.
It seems to me that it puts a good number of folks in a bit of a damned if you do, damned if you don’t, situation.
So, what will we end up doing? It’s still up in the air a little bit, as we’ve opened it up to discussion for our raiders to give their two cents on the matter. But I will say that the overwhelming number of people who have responded have said “buff it and get to hard modes”…so I imagine that is likely what we will be doing. While I am a little disappointed, there is a lot of good sense in using the buff as well, and I’m not so foolish as to not see that.
So how about you? Will you be using the buff or turning it off?