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11-18-2011 @ 8:06AM
I agree with much of the above posts. Those of us who don't raid (and this might surprise the raiding community but a majority of the player base do NOT raid . . . raiders are just very vocal in the game, on the forums and places like this . . .) still like to progress and feel like we are accomplishing and earning nice things.While some raiders may have resented the WotLK model (making tier gear accessible by running dungeons and getting emblems) it gave us something to strive for. It was the first time I'd had ANY tier gear and at that time, I got 4 piece sets!!! It was nice. It took longer than it did for raids but then, it should. I do think raiders should get nicer rewards, or at least, get them sooner (plus they get the raid drops which are superior anyway) but I don't get why they get bent out of shape that we have ACCESS - it just takes more time. For the raiders who say "I love the epic feel of raids" or "It's not the gear, it's about seeing the content," I have to wonder (and I'm not really saying this about the original poster asking the question) if it isn't just feeling like they are better than others? Not all raiders mind you - I know plenty of great players who raid who never resented that I got a whole tier 10 set - they were HAPPY for me and encourage me to get the best pieces I could. We ran heroics every day and I had a good reason to. None of this takes away from you having epic experiences or seeing the content. If I get the tier set two months after you do, it doesn't take away the feeling of euphoria you got when you downed that difficult boss with your guild. It doesn't take away from your ranking at GuildOx. But it might help me be a better contributor the next time I get into a 5 man instance with you.Also, people judge you by your gear. Why do you think the gear score addons and so popular? And the dps meter? Even if all you do is run dungeons, if you lag behind the raiders in their latest tier gear they will resent you again because they they are "carrying" the person. You can't win, can you? They don't want you to get the gear you didn't "earn" by raiding and yet if you don't have good gear, they don't like you because you're not doing your share of the dps. Sometimes they vote-kick the lowest dps (which isn't always a gear problem but it could be).What would happen if the casuals that so many seem to resent got bored and stopped playing not long after reaching level cap, returning only if a new patch or expansion offered them new and rewarding things to do? I think developing new content, including raid content, isn't cheap. Keeping the casuals happy and striving for nice things (and keeping them playing the game) is good for Blizzard, and believe it or not, for raiders who want to see new content. Should they make it easy? No. We like to feel like we've accomplished something too, and that we've earned good rewards. But I'd like to see more options, such as crafting. I loved the great BoP gear you got from crafting in TBC, but they had to take that away because it made it seem like raiders "had" to take up crafting. They don't really - if they keep raiding, they're going to get better gear. It was a nice thing to do and I worked really hard to get my tailoring to max and then farmed the mats like crazy. I'd love it if maybe they made Bind to Account gear that required some Bind to Account mats (so you can't just buy gold and then buy up the mats). Since most of the advanced crafted items require elemental items (primals, eternals, volatiles), maybe the special BtA mats could be found in places where you'd find elemental items (like, elemental mobs, ore nodes, herb nodes, fish schools . . . ) and would be available to a person who had at least one toon that had a recipe that called for it. I'm sure this would be much more complicated to implement than it sounds, but this way, you wouldn't have to change your profession to get the item if you were willing to have another toon on the server who could make it and gather the mats.I'm not looking to make it easy, like they just hand you something (though I suspect sometimes they do that to move people along more quickly toward gearing FOR raids, especially for alts or those coming late to level cap) but I do want options. If I have nothing to do, nothing to strive for and nothing to earn, why play?
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