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8-25-2011 @ 2:51PM
I disagree completely. Some of us are part of a guild for the social aspect, but we still enjoy raiding too. I think Blizzard's opened it (raids) up to groups who had a really tough time getting through raid content in the past. To balance that, they gave a heroic level and multiple harder achievements for guilds like yours that want the challenge. I don't think that guilds like yours reflect the majority of players in the game, however.My guild raids casually and the majority of the raiders are in the 40-60 year old range (I'm 32). I really enjoy being with these mature individuals because they have a good attitude towards towards things like RL coming before raiding and are very forgiving of people's mistakes and inabilities (slower reaction times, tunnel vision in regards to raid awareness, etc.) Raiding with them is not a job, it's a hobby. We haven't downed a single boss in Firelands yet, we're still working on Atramedes and haven't seen Nefarion and are working on the twin dragons in BoT. We've done both bosses in BH, but haven't been past the Conclave of Wind yet (we've not given it a shot since the 1st attempt many months ago - but it's on the schedule for tomorrow). We are much further down the progression totem-pole than many guilds, and that's okay with me. It allows me to level alts, check out more of the game, take a week or two off from WoW and not have to worry that I've been way out-geared and can't raid anymore when I come back.Blizzard is catering to guilds like ours by the way they've changed content, and I love it. During BC, there was a very small group of raiders in our guild who were able to get into raids - and even then, not all of them because of the way the gating, etc. was set up. Now, we have about 20-25 people who can come in and raid on THEIR schedule, they don't have to show up every night and it works fine. We don't see stuff as fast as it's put out, we're usually a patch behind, but it works for us. Without the changes, we wouldn't be able to operate how we do now.Don't get me wrong, sometimes I really envy the other guilds who are on the forefront of progression. I have the skill to be up there with them and would really enjoy it. However, I don't have the time to gear up as fast as they do, and I have a really good group of friends that I enjoy raiding with that I wouldn't give up for the progression. For those of us who raid casually, have a life apart from WoW and don't have the time to gear up within a couple weeks a patch/expansion drops, we really do enjoy the changes.I also agree with kerese - we do cheer when we finally get a boss down, you should have heard vent when we finally killed Saurfang after many nights of trying. Even better, when we get an achievement during a fight it makes it that much sweeter.So I say: GG Blizzard, GG!
8-25-2011 @ 3:51PM
The casual vs. hardcore argument is absolutely not the point of this column, and not one that I'm really all that interested in rehashing as my own position isn't one I've ever changed (i.e., that everyone should get a shot at seeing it). But I don't think how achievements interact with the normal/heroic toggle is doing us or the game any favors.
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