Yeah, thats the idea of Blizzard behind "Normal-Modes" and "Hard-Modes"...but in the end the Normal Modes are not for casuals, but for low skilled people.
See, here is my problem with your statement. If Normal-modes are for unskilled people and hard modes are for skilled people... you pretty much put skill into a "you have it or you don't" (i think binary would be the operable term, maybe digital?... w/e) catagory and this is simply not true.
There are varying levels of skill, for generalization sake, you can be terrible, bad, below average, average, above average, good, great. There are obviously better scales, but this one is just to show that "skilled / unskilled" is a horrible system to use.
Is Naxx easy? Yes - it is afterall considered an entry level raid
(which has been stated numerous times by blizzard. And this is even neglecting to mention the fact that the instance has technically been around for 3 years :P). Does that mean that a terrible player can run it? Certainly not. If the group is terrible, they will never make it. If the player is terrible chances are their group will kick them.
Do you know why i say that normal modes are for casuals? Because they do not require hours of farming for gear / items to be able to run well. They do not require an elitist guild to be able to clear. Are those elitist guilds often more skilled than casual guilds? Sometimes. Like i said before - my close knit guild was a casual raiding guild and we had server firsts and were considered the best 10 man guild on the server. And all we did was raid 1-2 nights a week for 2 hours a shot.
That is what I mean, Blizzard made content not available for everyone, but for every dumb idiot whos to dumb to play his class. I don't expect any player to do theorycraft or be the top Tank/DD/Healer of the server, but basic understandment of the class is enough, which many lack.
Simply take a look at the link i post: http://www.wowprogress.com/pve/us/fizzcrank
It is a realm progress list - showing the guilds who have completed various raids and how far they are in each. Look at the fact that there are only 2-3 guilds for each catagory who have completed all the raids in that catagory... out of easily 50+.
Yeah, normal modes are not for unskilled players but for average players and average / casual guilds. A craptastic guild / player will never see that content. Bad guilds will never clear content, bad players will never get into good guilds (or at least, not stay for long before being booted).
One thing i will agree with is that the original VoA was made to be pugged, which means it is redonkulously easy. That made for idiots running it. A side effect of this is that VoA drops really nice gear and you can have some idiot running around in a decent set of gear.
I used to joke about that with my guild, saying that in VoA your /random is inversely proportional to your dps. Edited, Sep 8th 2009 1:59pm by KacesofCaitsith