I’m a bit up in the air about what to do next week. In theory, Blizzard will release patch 6.02 on October 14 (the Tuesday one month before the WoD release date), which gives us 3 remaining weeks to get all our CMs done. That said, I’d hate to count on it and then not get it, so I’m hoping to get it done in 2 weeks.
I’ve researched as best I can, and despite some widely varying opinions on the relative difficulty, I’ve come up with a list of the 3 “medium” difficulty instances and the 3 “harder” instances. In roughly ascending order of difficulty: Temple of the Jade Serpent, Mogu’Shan Palace, Shado-Pan Monastery, Siege of Niuzao Temple, Scarlet Monastery, and Stormstout Brewery. I’m not quite sure where to place SPM on our list. Most people agree that it has a very forgiving Gold timer, but all the same, I would think even a forgiving Gold is bound to be more challenging than a Silver.
Basically, if we number them in ascending order of difficulty (getting numbers 1-6), we have some option to split them up such that we try to gain some sort of strategic advantage out of the selection.
On the one hand, we could do the three easiest remaining instances (1, 2, 3) next week, but that leaves the three hardest (4, 5, 6) for the last week and I’m not sure I like that.
We could also pair 1, 3, and 6 for one set and do 2, 4, and 5 the next. In theory, this would give us a roughly equal amount of difficulty each week and also allow a small progression curve each week.
Alternately, we could do 3, 4, and 5 on one week, and do 1, 2, and 6 on the other. This would give us one week that is somewhat more challenging overall (the middle), but also allows the easier week overall (the bookends) to maximize time spent on the hardest single challenge (6) by throwing it in with two easier ones.
Oh, decisions, decisions.