Pursuing the Black Harvest is beyond any shadow of a doubt the most difficult thing I’ve ever attempted in WoW.
Although I’ve been Warlocking for a good four years, I wouldn’t describe myself as anything resembling hardcore. I’m a Wrathbaby, an altoholic, a scrub, a casual, and a bloody roleplayer, and to top it all off, Virgin Media are a right packet of bastards and throttle my connection during the peak hours of play.
The Black Harvest quest line, meanwhile, is… well. Bloody difficult. I don’t know anyone who’s managed it on the first go; the best players I know have needed five or thereabouts. At this stage, the forum braggarts are stating that they’ve done it in two goes with green gear (I’m not saying I don’t believe them, just demonstrating that nobody I know is that good) – the general consensus is that the final encounter is actually too easy with current endgame gear, and that it’s a faceroll, and should scale down item levels to preserve the sense of challenge.
I have current endgame gear and it still took me about six hours and forty-odd attempts.
The thing is, and I don’t think I’m just saying this to be defensive – I ain’t that good at this. I learned a whole new spec for this quest line. I dragged another character through the process of getting a legendary cloak so I’d have decent gear and could focus on the tactics of the encounter. I made the Black Harvest my endgame goal for the expansion. As far as I’m concerned, I bloody well earned this.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some pretty green fire to chuck around.