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4-20-2011 @ 10:14PM
My opinion on extending lockouts is that it is both a dictatorial and democratic decision.First and foremost, the Raid Leader must feel that it may be the time to start extending lockouts. My personal "it's time to start extending" point is when all of the following are true:1) Everyone in the group has at least 75% of their gear at the instance's item level (for Tier 11, this would be 359). That 75% -must- include weapons. My current raid is sitting at about 50% on average.2) Every boss except the one we are currently learning is on complete farm status. We don't wipe on them and have no trouble -at all- -ever-. My current raid, although 9/12, still has enough trouble with Ascendant Council, Atramedes, and Chimaeron that they aren't really "on farm" yet.Secondly, a strong majority (2/3, in my opinion) of the raid need to then agree that it is time to start extending the lockout.
4-21-2011 @ 11:51AM
I generally agree with those thoughts but I'd also tweak them some.1) I don't know that it needs to be specifically 75% at that current tier. Instead I'd say that the majority of the raid has most of the drops they'd need from the bosses on farm and gear from badges. Depending on your class make up and the specific drops that are available, it is theoretically possible to not even be able to hit the 75% point with out progressing further or doing different content.2) I'd soften that slightly. No matter how farm the bosses are there is always the chance for bad luck to happen leading to a random wipe. As long as you a regularly killing them with out problems that is enough IMO.3) I'd add that you are able to get too the boss but don't have enough time to work on him to progress. Locking out to learn how to kill the boss is great if you can then use that knowledge to farm him. If you'd need to lock out to get to him at all then it's not really very helpful to lock out to kill him since you wouldn't be able to kill him again with out locking out again.
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