But nessaya, but see LFR, normal and HC progression happens in different speeds. When and how should they decide how to launch content ?
It even happens in different speeds for different guilds.
What is the right number? 3 months? 4 months with some daily quest patches?
I dont know the numbers. Blizzard knows all the progress numbers. They should find a way to meter that.
Same content, same game, different audiences, different speeds. By now most of us have consumed the content offered in 5.04+ and 5.1 outside raids, but when are we ready for the 5.2 ?
Lets assume, that hardmode raids even could force people to play on a race, so that hardcore guilds should have the difficulty both in the encounter and to manage them all in the time. A good guild should master the hardmodes in the average time.
Lets assume, normal mode raids are the most successfull organized raid tier, so probably the numbers of normal raid groups should be taken in account even more than hardmode progress.
LFR is not really progression, but you can balance this around drop rates. If people got a average drop rate of x%, it takes n time to get all gear in lfr. If people are more lucky, they will be done faster.
So, lfr should surely be taken into consideration, but normal raids should have the most weight about new content demands. And hardmode raids would be races as well then, no matter, how long raiding guilds would take.
Whatever solution blizzard choses (based on progression, based on time invested..) it is better than a single last raid tier and content for 7-12 months.
If you add a new raid every n months (where n is something between 3 and 5 months based on progression speed thruout all difficulties) there just would be no need to devalue content.
Its no solution to nerf a hardmode difficulty down to normal difficulty, as it just will split the community. See a lot of "casual-hardcore"-gamer flamewars in the forums as argument, where the real responsible is neither the hardcore nor the casual gamers but the missing content.
I am really tired of these forum wars, as it just does not solve the problem.