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11-17-2011 @ 5:25PM
The design encourages players to use the Raid Finder to get drops. You also get a sizable chunk of VP for using the Raid Finder (250 for each half of Dragon Soul, with a max of 500 per week), so it encourages players to get in there and come away with VP even if they don't get gear. Additionally, 5-mans will offer 150VP apiece for clearing them, the troll dungeons are being reduced to only requiring 3 boss kills total, and the ICC heroics promise to be faster than the current crop. So running 5-mans (and less of them too) is STILL a viable method of getting VP. And since you can buy gear for ALL SLOTS using VP in 4.3, the only unique thing you're getting off the raid bosses is Tier Pieces, and thus Set Bonuses, which are always intended to be cool bonuses and not mission-critical elements that are needed to clear the instance. What this change does is emphasize "killing the raid boss for loot" instead of "killing the raid boss for his VPs." It doesn't remove VP from the raid equation, but instead makes the potentiality of a loot drop more appealing. And if you don't get the item in your regular raid, your guild can queue up in LFR, blast through the lower-difficulty version of the boss-fight, and you have a second shot at a lower iLvl version of the same piece of gear, which will still be an improvement over Normal Firelands gear.
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