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8-25-2011 @ 11:33PM
You have pretty much hit the nail on the head, Faroth.The introduction of the LFD tool a year after Wrath launched and a year before Cata launched led to a huge uptick of PUGs in heroic dungeons. Combine that with the perfect storm of healers being able to keep the whole party alive without breaking a sweat, tanks holding aggro right from the start of every fight, huge damage from AoE, and no CC required. And then remember that all the players got to experience this situation for a full year.Then the Cata Dev team decided to roll back each and every one of those items, and to top it off they made sure that even normal dungeons had some tricky fights. Players who had been able to see all the content of Wrath for a full year were now effectively held back from PUGing dungeons, and if you can't even PUG a dungeon, what chance do you have in a raid?The lack of tanks is just one symptom of the real root cause - the Cata Devs abandoned the very large pool of casual players that had been created in the last year of Wrath. That large pool of casuals has been voting with their wallets ever since. It is obvious that they believe the answer is to provide grindy quest hubs like Firelands and Darkmoon Island. I honestly believe that in order to fix this problem, they are going to just have to embrace the fact that the majority of players want a short queue for a quick and easy dungeon run. Although they may be loath to admit it, easier tanking and easier healing are the only smart decisions for their business.
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