but actually doing the true end game isnt nearly as easy.
Yeah because all of the old "true" endgame was still tough before they raised the level cap and destroyed all of the previous endgame content.
Yeah, you kinda tear your argument apart because Blizzard has come out and said that they include hard modes to cater to the best of the best players, and they know full well that, ACCORDING TO BLIZZARD, a tiny portion of the playerbase is capable of doing hardmodes effectively.
If you did Vanilla/BCC raids at tier or you do LK hardmode raids at current tier, then yes, you're a good player. You're a great player. The skill and precision required to accomplish these things is very high, and the people that accomplish these feats are extremely talented.
The rest of the game, including normal mode fights, is **** easy. This is by design.
The problem is that as a result of years of people whining about how they "couldn't experience endgame content" (because they're terrible), the result was Wrath of the Fail King; an expansion that proceeded to nerf the living **** out of everything, so that everyone, even the 2 hour a day casuals, could "experience endgame content". They made the entire game easy as **** so that even a quadriplegic brain-dead mouth breather could get to endgame. Get them to stop drooling long enough and they can usually take down the content after they stop standing in fire and doing 1K DPS.
So yes, the "true endgame" is challenging. The rest of the game is easy.
And how hard is easy? 70% of trial accounts quit before level 10.
So yeah. Vanilla/BC raids and former "endgame" 5 mans like BC heroics (at level 70) and 5 man level 60 instances (at level 60 or lower) were challenging. Everything added to the game after LK is unbelievably easy in comparison. And people still manage to **** it up and cry for more nerfs.
So long as Blizzard continues to add hard mode content, the game will still have a saving grace in terms of difficulty, but the rest of the game remains nothing more than a matter of inserting square pegs into square holes, and a ******* of players who can't figure out why their round pegs don't fit.