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10-28-2011 @ 8:23PM
I disagree that raiding has become more accessible. In Wrath I had more chances to raid than ever where in Cata it has been impossible. With the shared lockouts and guild system people are less likely to pug current content. Due to the changes people are raiding only with their guild or if they do pug the requirements are insane as people don't want to take a chance. I like the idea of the raid finder but unless they reverse the shared lockouts normal and heroic mode raids will continue to be less accessible.
10-29-2011 @ 9:52AM
I'm going to put this as delicately as I possibly can.Without offense to you, it literally seems as though your complaint is more geared towards not having the ability to be carried through content via a PuG from a guild that has already downed the content. A function of the multitude of PuGs that you say in Wrath was in large part due to the joke that 10-man raiding was, especially to a group of players in a 25-man raiding guild. The most common aspect of raiding was either that members from a 25-man raiding guild would throw together a GDKP run for a 10-man run, or the rare instances where a specific item dropped in 10-man that wasn't in 25, and that did happen from time to time.The emphasis of Cataclysm in general has been on guilds, but your notion that it has destroyed the ease of raiding is actually the exact problem numerous players have. Not everyone can commit to standardized raid times, not everyone even wants to, but joining a loosely based guild or forming a longstanding PuG is not difficult -- even on my horribly low population sever on which I'm in the only 25-man raiding guild, Horde or Alliance, and between both factions there aren't even 10 guilds that even attempt to raid -- it's pretty easy to get a raid going. There are probably fewer PuG groups overall because player's aren't running the same content twice a week, which is a very good thing, but the ability to PuG a raid has not gone down.
10-29-2011 @ 2:33PM
I'm going to agree that its less accessible now, but for a very different reason.Mega guilds is what I blame.First: PUGs are everywhere on some servers, and dead on others. Transferring servers recently has shown me this.I could start a PUG on the drop of a dime with any of my tanks, and be raiding in however long it took to find a second tank.Where raiding is -less- viable now is in guilds.Specifically guilds that have grown larger than a small set of officers can handle.Your average gamer is not the sort of person with the organizational skills to manage 600-900 people's leisure activities in their spare time as an unpaid volunteer.- But that's now the most common situation for a guild.Pre-cata it was rare for me to see a guild with more than 250 toons. My old guild in mid wrath was the largest on my server at 350. We started thinking we were becoming a zerg guild, and realized we couldn't manage all those folks.A single GM will have trouble handling more than 2 raid rosters. Some can handle 3 just fine, but not most. Very few can handle 4. 5, 6, 7, 8... good luck finding a guild running 8 raid rosters.But guilds today -NEED- to be running 25+ raid rosters; 250 accounts of people.600 is about the normal guild size today, for a level 25 guild. Account for alts, probably between 200-300 accounts.They simply can't. So they manage what a single GM and a handful of officers at the core can mentally track: 2 or 3 raid rosters. Often just 1.Everyone else gets sidelined.For people who prefer having a scorpion mount over raiding, that's fine. But for everyone else it means PUG raid or don't raid.- Which is also why I can form PUG raids at the drop of a dime, if I so choose. But I prefer not doing so, and as an experienced tank I'm lucky enough to have made it onto one of those increasingly rarer raid rosters.
10-29-2011 @ 5:06PM
For me, the most raiding I've had was with the Weekly Raid quests in Wrath.It wasn't the difficulty, I could handle difficult. It was the time commitment. W/o weekly raid quests I haven't raided AT ALL this xpack. PuG or guildrun, doesn't matter. I usually can't commit those hours. And when I do get to sit down and say "ok, tonight, I'm gonna raid". There isA) nobody doing a runB) I'm not wanted, because I have no experience.I'm looking at LFR as my last chance at raiding this xpack.In the mean time I run the occasional ZG-run (just so much I don't go insane), do Baradin Hold (a small taste of raiding) and do Molten Front and Tol Barad dailies. The rest of my time goes to my army of alts.
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