Quote Originally Posted by Danchir View Post
In my opinion, there is one most important reason for implementing EBs and it has nothing to do with 'design decisions' and 'story telling'. EBs are cheaper and faster to make than a Classic IC (that would need to be tweaked for solo mode as well, in this case).
Oh, of course there is the other incredibly important reason - We must make a new mechanic with every expansion. Makes you doubt whether the world will end if they don't...
So, 1 bullet --> 2 kills. Plus a bonus - all of the content is released on time (bordering to impossible if EBs required the effort of an IC, even if a fake one like the last).

The battle can't be properly represented with the standard IC tools and/or in ''Wulf's Cleft mode''...
The current representation is so much different and gives you a great feeling of scale and epicness...

Come on, guys. I mean, come on.
Exactly.

IMO the writing was on the wall for an IC in this expansion as soon as the Erebor Cluster (and what a cluster!) started to slip further and further behind.