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4-11-2011 @ 9:35PM
I'm very happy with the game improvements, unfortunately the latest improvements don't seem to be cutting it for a lot of people. The elephant in the room is a fall in player participation. Most guilds are having trouble filling raid slots and my own guild now has trouble getting a 10 person raid together once a week.In hindsight, the reasons are apparent. Heroics are harder and require more concentration and teamwork than a lot of of pugs can handle. I will not pug as a tank - I don't play this game to have to put up with abuse from 14 yr olds for and hour and a half. Heroics with guildies, sure, but even getting a five person heroic is starting to get hard considering it means a 1-1.5 hour committment. This doesn't mean you can't have the occasional great pug, but they're the exception rather than the rule. The latest bribe a tank approach won't work either on me as I could care less about pets and mounts - if they had an epic in the goodie bag maybe, but only as long as it took to get that epic. Currently pugging is like wanting to hit your head against a wall because it feels good when it stops.There's no denying the facts. There just aren't that many people raiding as before. All the guilds on our server and I assume other realms have the same problems. Not enough people turning up or new people each time. Even the hardcore guilds are starting to poach other members.The irony of course is that we got what we asked for. WoW is more challenging and requires more teamwork, skill and understanding. Unfortunately, what appears challenging to some of us, is a road block to others.WotLK was fun, Cata - not so much. It would be fun if we could get enough people to turn up regularly, but that isn't happening at the moment.A positive change would be to shorten the dungeons. Either nerf em or take out a boss or two. Raiding content is also very unforgiving and has certainly contributed as a deterrent to playing.I do applaud the conversion of honor to JPs which will allow me to gear up my alts without having to pug, so I see a lot of bgs in my future ;-)
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