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7-27-2009 @ 3:22PM
I know that part of the push can also come from guild rankings. Due to how my server handles progression (points given for boss kills, more for hard modes), my 25 man guild is ranked lower than some guilds that have not even cleared the instance, simply because they chose to work on some of the easier hard modes instead of Yogg. My guild made a commitment from the start however that we would not work on hard modes until Yogg was dead and on farm.
7-27-2009 @ 5:29PM
This is a point that wasn't even touched, and needs attention. It's not always about loot whoring. A lot of the time it's about competition.It used to be that people competed for world first or server first. Now thanks to sites like wowjutsu or wowprogress people are competing for rankings. This on top of the fact that most servers have a ranking thread in their server forum.If a guild is looking to one up another, if they're looking to rank better due to the new dynamic and importance placed on it by this rising ranking culture, it stands to reason that if 3 towers is more points than downing Kologram; they'll be doing that.Not all the hard modes in Ulduar really required Ulduar gear to be attainable. That's a design flaw imho. With the raids broken out from one another (hard mode and basic) it falls to blizzard to make it so hard mode isn't a cakewalk in 3.1 BiS.So long as people can, they will, take the easiest path to their goals. This is true whether it be loot or rank.
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