World of Warcraft patch to make the game difficult again

Proving Grounds

The next patch for World of Warcraft will add a feature to the game for players who like things to be difficult. The Proving Grounds will test your skill, and you don’t even have to play in a party to experience this end game content.

Patch 5.4 is aimed at giving players back that which they’ve missed the most, a challenge. One of the biggest complaints World of Warcraft veterans have had was that the game has become too easy. And that it has. Levels 90s will now be able to test their skills in the Proving Grounds, a repeatable solo Scenario. The feature doesn’t change the entire game, but might give players a reason to give the end game content another go.

Getting into the Proving Grounds is as easy as chatting up an NPC in The Temple of the White Tiger in Kun-Lai Summit, or a class trainer who will then grant you access to the instance.

Proving Grounds 2

Once you’re there you will pick your role (tank, DPS, or healer) and be faced with a series of challenges based on that role. The instance will be available in different modes: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Endless. You’ll have to start at Bronze in order to move on to the next mode. Players will be able to enter the Proving Grounds as many times as they like and earn Achievements. Food and flasks will last their full duration during the instance, but potions will not be usable. The Proving Grounds will have its own Vendors, Soulwells, repairs and Reforgers.

It’s a great idea for players who like to go at it solo, but I do feel that more people would have tried it out if they could join a group finder, or even do the instance with their friends or guild mates. Having both the option to join either solo, or in a group would make the feature more attractive to all the types of players in the game.

If you want to know more about the Proving Grounds, you can head on over to the official blog.

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Author:Yolanda Green

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  • Argentil

    Seems like a bit of an oversight. Would be cool if you could at least spectate a friend’s solo performance if you join their instance. Like an arena environment.
    I do agree that if they were adding solo content, they should have tweaked it to allow the option of having more players and adjusting the difficulty.

    • Yolanda Green

      I get why they made it solo, otherwise it would just be another dungeon/instance difficulty. But there’s nothing wrong with adding both options if it’s an arena type mode. I don’t want to do an instance with NPCs…

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    Anyone want to start an argument over WoW vs Guild Wars?

    • Mathias

      Sorry, WoW, but I couldn’t hear you from my Guild Wars 2 Asura’s hometown. We have dungeons that could make your proving grounds cry…

      • Theo Steenekamp

        Pfft, try maintaining 5 homes on Hello Kitty Island…

        • John Ambitious

          The level of badassness has reached critical limit

      • Kromas

        Sorry Guild Wars (and wow) … I can’t hear you cause a zombie knocked me out in DayZ.

        • Ultimo_Cleric N7

          Sorry Wow, Guild and DayZ. Couldnt hear you from space……
          Regards
          EVE Online

          • Argentil

            I concur. I just wish I had a reason to re-sub again, lol.
            I’ll be in Eorzea if anyone is looking for me.

      • That Green Twit

        *shakes angry fists at GW2 dungeons*

      • Yolanda Green

        Sorry WoW! My soul belongs to Dota 2 now!

    • John Ambitious

      I have no place here. Haven’t played either.

      • Argentil

        Nor do I, I dislike both. Though I have played both. At least Blizzard’s amazing game technology and lore kept me around for the first 4 years. Guild Wars 1: Maxed a character in a month, got bored a week later and dumped it like a smelly carp. Guild Wars 2, maxed a character in 3 weeks, dumped it less than 3 weeks after that. GW lore is insipid.

  • Theo Steenekamp

    Wildstar should be released now :(… I want something to play

    • Argentil

      I know the feeling. I haven’t really played a proper MMO since GW2. FFXIV is only coming out late next month. Have you played TERA? That game rocks (for a f2p MMO).

      • Theo Steenekamp

        Playing Rift and Tera atm. Also enjoyed Neverwinter, the PVE side of that game is really fun.

        • matthurstrsa

          I just started playing Neverwinter, and for someone who hasn’t really delved into MMO’s much, I’m having a lot of fun. It helps that its free.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Still not enough to get me back Blizzard!

    • Theo Steenekamp

      How can a banana play games?

      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        Via Split Screen.
        BA DUM TSHHH!

        • Theo Steenekamp

          hahahahaha, good one xD

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          HAHAHAHAHA Upvoted for pure awesomeness~

  • Kyle ‘Monki’ Diffenthal

    Im the same with GW2, was amped then Leveled to 80 in about a 2 and a half days… then got bored and sad about life and went to Dota…
    Now however, Rift all the way I say… F2P and the end game content is literally endless for the new users that have joined… Its not like playing catch up if you were in a guild and stopped playing for a bit… Plus… the sheer amount of SA guys playing it is amazing!

    And the only thing you get if you do pay…. is a slight Xp boost.. Woop Dee Doo… Naat!

  • CrasH

    Dont just want a SOLO in a MMO…
    I just want a good MMO… any suggestions, besides the list below?
    Wow is dead to me (will not go back again like before… want 40 man raids)
    Aion (extreme grind, gear > skill, unbalanced classes, horrible crafting) – i heard it improved but just can go back
    Tera was good (but none of my friends liked it – so left it – played tank and manual blocking is awesome)
    Rift is intresting (but already losing intrest in it again. just missing something… then again, almost end level, will try hold out to see some end game)
    SWTOR (good single story leveling – but end game killed it and left to never return – don’t know if it improved yet)
    GW2 – grind to look pretty, but then you look at the gear and it all looks crap… plus world events, guild events are just a pub group mass dps’ing a mob down…
    Eve – never played, wanted to maybe start but got told that if your not in one of the big guilds… you basically get blown up all the time and never have cash and to grow is very difficult (any truth?)
    Waiting on wildstar as thats where everyone is going to go…

    • Yolanda Green

      You should try Neverwinter if you like the arpg feel, or Defiance if you like the shooter genre. Both fun MMOs.

      • Kyle ‘Monki’ Diffenthal

        Yeah Defiance is quite tight… And I must Admit that Trion is very good with their customer service and Forums

      • CrasH

        Yaw saw the atricle earlier that they even added an expansion, will look at home on the gameplay and some mechanics of the game.

        Anyone try ragnorok 2 online yet?

        • Theo Steenekamp

          Ragnorok 2, feels like a well put together game. Has great potential and a good feeling of progress, just a huge grind to get anywhere, but rewarding. Think it fits with Diablo fans.

    • Kyle ‘Monki’ Diffenthal

      Crash if your interested I have a few mates in the clan leveling and running around doing things in game and that… so if you’d like to join us we’d be glad to run with you so you can get your level on! In game is Zytan, ill be online from tomorrow so if your keen set your name up here and ill invite when I’m in game! I have a lvl 60 Rogue so im chilled to help out

      • CrasH

        I am asuming Rift?

        • Kyle ‘Monki’ Diffenthal

          Yes sorry lol that’s the one haha

    • Unavengedavo

      I am waiting for Elder Scrolls Online

      • Theo Steenekamp

        That and Wildstar, I also heard something about a Warhammer 40k MMO thats in the works.

    • Tarisma

      You could give the new FF a try. I’m in the beta (thanks LG) it’s cool looks very nice and the story seems quite cool. But to be honest I haven’t played for too long the day the last beta started the new GW2 content dropped and I went straight back to GW (the combat feels better and the new content is awesome) but I have promised to play further next beta I wanna see later game combat!

  • InsanityFlea

    Something to keep me going until ESO.

  • Weanerdog

    On another note is anyone in the MechWarrior online Beta?

    • Tarisma

      I am. Haven’t played in about 8 months now though. Didn’t grab me.

      • Weanerdog

        :(

  • Accolonn

    Well to be fair I will probably return to wow with the launch of the new expansion, and I am praying that Dailiecraft is then over and we can get back to some proper TBC like gaming. I love wow and played it for more than 7 years, I still pay my sub even though I never log in, I just sometimes miss the game. At the moment LoL has my heart, do yourselves a favor and check out lol esports over the weekends, it is so cool and well done, RIOT FTW!!! As for any questions about other games, once you’ve played wow no other MMO will ever truly be sufficient. All of them always lack something, especially if you played vanilla and TBC.

  • Mythryl

    Hey wow Ima let you finish, but Neverwinter foundries are better m’kay

    • JC

      neverwinter is a re-skin of another mmo owned by PerfectWorld. It’s called neverwinter, but the parralell to the real neverwinter ends there.It’s a farce. They bought the neverwinter brand to coax Forgotten Realms fans into swallowing turd.

  • Brenz

    Not even near enough to spark my interest again, I play mmo’s to tackle bosses and instances in a group with tactics and a social atmosphere.
    I will be giving my hard earned money to Final Fantasy upon release date.

  • Vampyre Squirrel

    Yeah… I wouldn’t go do it just because I can… would for the achievements though, but then I haven’t had game time since January or something, and I have to study, so sorry WoW, me no play you!!!

    My biggest problem with WoW is how frikken long it takes to level a character from 1 to 90, it feels endless, and if you’ve levelled more than one character to 85 or even 90, you get pretty sick of the areas to level in… yes there are other areas to level in, but I’ve done those too, a lot.

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