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6-11-2010 @ 4:40PM
Another aspect of raiding that has changed (drastically) over the last 5 years is the accessibility, and I think the influx of "fail pugs" is just as much the community's doing as Blizzard's.Even before the LFD tool, Wrath was primed to expand raiding to a much larger portion of the player-base, all of whom had probably never raided before. This meant the older raiders, the the veteran minority, had to handle a huge influx of people, skilled and otherwise, who may not have ever had a max level character, let alone raided. Imagine the percentage of people who ever stepped into the Sunwell, and compare it to the percentage who have been into ICC. Raiding moved from being "you have to be good to raid" to "raid to get good".This new influx meant teaching a whole new group of people wtf a void zone was, or what an off-tank and second healer did, or how to use loot tokens and emblems, how to look up a solid spec and rotation (understanding survivability talents don't do you much good as a raiding dps since you rarely take damage) and how to use vent, and all the things they'd been doing in their sleep for the last couple years (that's what made Naxx's rehash so brilliant, imo). It also, in many cases, meant having a whole lot of patience.The LFD tool, both seriously harmed and seriously helped this new pool of raiders. I helped in that it gave those who never wanted or found a solid guild a chance to train their skills and get a fighting chance into new content. But it also hurt in the same way it helped, it took away a lot of the "community" found on a lot of realms, and it made getting your dailies done vastly easier without a guild. It was still doable without a guild pre-LFD, but man was it easier and a lot less riskier. Without a solid group of players to teach these people how to be better, they simply stagnated. This combined with the "not OK again!!!!11 I just want my frosts so lets skip half the trash and two bosses and get this done in 4 minutes" attitude, left a lot of players who hadn't been taught the basics yet in the dust, I feel. Those who got to flail around and get the hang of things in Naxx and early Uld were lucky.So, as a community, I think we were responsible (more or less) for teaching these new players how to raid, and I think our response to this has manifest itself in the LFD people you find today. And I also think that come Cata, the player-base will have gotten, as a whole, a little smarter and more-raid savvy, and I think Wrath will be known as the giant stepping stone.Now granted in the LFD system, there are still ass-hats, people who refuse good help, people who know damn well what to do and are jerks anyway, people who insist on getting Nexus done in 5 minutes or less, and people who never would put in the time to be better if they got the help they wanted. Also granted that many people were simply responding to the system Blizzard put in place, and that the anonymous nature of the LFD system makes it easier to be an ass.
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