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11-16-2011 @ 1:42PM
This is incredibly unfortunate, yet I can't really say that it's surprising. Even with the inherent decreased difficulty the Raid Finder comes packaged with, the nature of a raid is to be a complex challenge that can only be overcome through teamwork, communication, and above all, patience. I think Fox nailed it when he said that people will be less forgiving of mistakes and less willing to contribute their time when the easier route would be to ditch the group and find another, ad infinitum, world without end, amen....and the result of such an attitude (especially when reinforced by the tenacious "GOGOGO" culture developed in heroics) will be severe growing pains for the LFR system, if not outright failure.Honestly, I'm not even sure Blizzard can do much TO fix it...maybe I'm a shade pessimistic, but it seems as though it's a lose/lose situation should they try. On the one hand, if they nerf it even more than it (theoretically, relative to non-RF raids) already is, people will get bored because it lacks challenge and succeeding will be meaningless. I know people look fondly back on the days of Wrath heroics as a 20 minute "git er done", but i don't care who you are, how many days a week you work, or what else you have going on in your life...if something is that easy to the point where you end up doing it for the sake of doing it, with little reward (the loot and VP will eventually become obsolete, mind you), it's going to lose its luster pretty quick and people will become unhappy. On the other, even if they add incentives like loot bags that won't encourage or develop the necessary skills to succeed in the raid. I understand the RF is supposed to be raider training wheels, but how can you train someone when you don't even show them what right looks like? It won't fix the real problem, and there are only so many competent players to be passed around...odds are you'll get the same results, just using different methods.Finally, if they do nothing and keep it the way it is the environment will mirror but magnify the poisonous atmosphere developed through the Heroic DF and people will just continue to try to find PUGs via their regular realm commo channels, getting better loot and better quality(relatively) out of the bargain. The players on less populated realms, who are less experienced with raiding via less exposure and for whom this RF should be a boon, I fear may be stuck with other less experienced and (with a high degree of certainty, but not absolutely) less patient and/or skilled individuals who will make the whole thing a nightmare for them.Ultimately, I think Blizz did their part when they baked in dungeon guides and lessened the RF difficulty...but really the RF's success lies on the shoulders of the community, and maybe this is the jaded Pally that has tanked 1 too many or the burned out resto druid tired of taking unwarranted abuse talking, but I don't really have faith that they can bear such a responsibility for the most part. I'm sure Blizz had good intentions with the RF based off of the relative success of the HDF, but it's kind of like comparing apples to oranges. Just because the one succeeded by no means does it lead to the conclusion the other will. But, given the fact that it's still in its infant stages...I guess we'll see how things go.TL;DR: the current wow community, in the state it's in, will not let the Raid Finder succeed.
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