Solo? I don't know about you, but I sure can't easily and quickly kill a level 85 elite by myself. Not to mention with FMs you're actually fighting a level 85 elite and two level 85 griffons.
Depends on your class, really. Rogues probably don't have too hard a time of it. CS the FM out of stealth, pop evasion, mutilate, KS, spam mutilate until dead, vanish. You need some gear to do it quickly, but it's not particularly difficult unless someone's around to get in the way.
They are meatier than they were at 70 by a long shot though. I remember when I spent my one week as the ghost of Stormwind being a goof that I once killed the FM there in under ten seconds, a timer I could check due to having sapped a player right next to him. That was less about griefing and more about having fun being chased - I wouldn't camp any particular NPC in the city, I'd run around the whole place picking them off here and there and fleeing from the folks who'd try to hunt me down for it. Felt very rogue-like. ^.^ Was also fair practice for figuring out how to hunt Alliance rogues when they'd do the same thing in Org/Undercity (oh god, Undercity was PLAGUED with rogue invaders for a few months during BC - all those tunnels and waterways and arches to hide in/wall-walk onto).
Although my first character was a Nelf hunter, I gave up on her at about level 18 (so boring). From BC to LK my main was an undead warlock RP'd as emotionless and logical
, not emotionless as in sociopathic psycho, more like a plague-bearing Vulcan. There was a brief period in which she sided with the Lich King not because she was evil or under his sway, but because she accepted the rationale of his argument. It didn't take too long for her to examine the flaws in it and turn away from the Scourge's interests again.
While Celenex gradually became more a raiding powerhouse (0/21/40 lololol) I made a couple of alts to try out different things and enjoy some downtime, as raiding is just such a source of stress and boredom. This was the period in which Gravo Blackhammer, formerly of the Twilight's Hammer clan before they went all batshit-crazy post-godsmack and became the Twilight Cult
, and Syrazad, a high elf from an alternate timeline in which there were no Blood Elves
because they refused to go against the Alliance and rebuffed the naga's help, and were subsequently wiped out. As you might imagine, she had little love for just about anyone in either faction as a result. Gravo was more or less just my blacksmithing bitch and Syrazad I enjoyed purely for the satisfaction of being sneakysneaky. I also made a Nelf druid
but could never find any worthwhile RP Alliance-side on the Shadow Council server (there was little enough to be found Horde-side either, but at least that little bit had some substance now and then; A-side's was all about tavern parties and angsty romance and hanging around the moonwell chatting about nonsense, got dull :| ).
LK hit and I just didn't enjoy the warlock anymore. The major overhaul to affliction made it much less fun for leveling (I still don't know why they felt a need to remove Siphon Life as a spell - that was the greatest farming tool warlocks had!) and of course the goofy 0/21/40 boom-boom build was dismantled, and I didn't feel like essentially re-learning the class. Besides, DK's were out! So I finally got to make a Shjade-like character due to the option for a black-ish skin tone, hooray.
Spent LK tanking with Shjade, a little light raiding, burned out again just before the Icecrown Citadel patch came out, took a break.
In the week before Cata's release, when they'd already released the patch to make all the classes Cata-style, I came back and decided to basically start over by leveling up my RP joke-character Ultio, the Bunny Paladin
, who I'd made for comedy and ERP sometime during the LK expansion, by leveling her as Ret and refusing to wear any helm that didn't give her bunny-ears. This meant wearing the statless easter bunny ear hat until about 35 or so, then wearing that quest helm from 1k Needles that looks like it has armored bunny ears (the profile page is Oops, sadly, but you can see the helm in the mini-profile picture by her name). Ret, as it turns out, is hilariously easy to level up, at least with the Cata talents. I chewed through 10-80 in about 12 days and plowed into the Cata content at about the same rate. Once she was 85 I started doing the same thing with my Shjade DK, but the class felt extremely watered-down from how I remembered it (particularly the self-healing on death strike), so I tried the rogue next and holy hell was assassination fun since they removed the requirement to be behind enemies to use mutilate. Good lord. Burned through 80-85 with Syrazad and used her as my main dungeon-runner for the two months or so I stayed active.
Eventually became clear the game's endgame content was as boring and repetitive as ever, and it always would be at the end of every expansion, so I quit permanently in March/April, sold my stuff, dropped the gold in the guild bank, and washed my hands of it.
So...yeah, over the course of my time in the game I played just about every aspect of it: mostly dps, a good amount of tanking, very little healing (druid), but at least a little of everything and on both sides of the faction line. I felt like I had a pretty good grasp of how the factions' playerbases compared - though only on my server, of course. Horde RP and players just suited me better on ShC. *shrugs* Didn't make A-side evil or douchier or anything. They did seem
to have a greater population of jerks and immaturity, but they also had the larger population so just on a quantity basis that's bound to happen. Ratio-wise it probably wasn't so different.