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.
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.
Last Updated: July 17, 2013
July 17, 2013 at 13:46
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.