While recording the WoW Insider Show
this week, my two co-hosts Anne Stickney
and Olivia Grace
were discussing heroic five man dungeons and made the interesting point that, while Cataclysm
used new heroics to help people catch up in gearing as new raid tiers were released, the advent of the Raid Finder might mean that it isn't necessary anymore. If you're running LFR as your primary way to see/experience raid content, then you'd simply run previous LFR's in order to gear up and collect valor points for the various reputation vendors. This would allow you to get geared enough for further LFR as new raid tiers are released, and keeps the previous LFR's relevant. If you're running the current 10 or 25 man raids, you can use the LFR's for those raids to bootstrap yourself appropriately if you're not already geared well enough from the previous tier of raiding.
Either way, you don't need new heroic dungeons for the task - between daily quests, scenarios and LFR, the Cataclysm
model which placed new five mans in patch 4.1 and 4.3 might no longer be necessary. Challenge modes keep the heroics that launched with Mists of Pandaria
evergreen, since you can't outgear them, but is that enough for fans of five mans? While both Wrath of the Lich King
introduced post-launch dungeons, Burning Crusade
really only introduced Magister's Terrace in its last content patch. This makes me wonder if we really need any
new five mans, and if we do, what would/should they be?