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1-30-2012 @ 3:00PM
What Blizzard could do is to make raids (specially 25-man raids) easier to assemble, organize, and lead:- Better tools for organizing raid groups. Find the most widely used addons for raid organization, loot, whatever. Talk to successful guilds to learn how they pull it, and to failed guilds to find why they failed. Watch how guilds actually handle loot. Then, use all this information to make a raid leading UI, and raid loot system, that are actually helpful in a 25-man environment.- Better tools for managing runs. Perhaps channels for healers, DPS, and tanks, with the option to send a warning through the channel. Channels for each raid group, also capable of showing warnings. More flexible and arbitrary raid groups - instead of 8 groups of 5 players, let the raid be divided in as many groups, with as many players per group, as the RL/officers want. Per-group (and, perhaps, even per-role) raid marks and floor marks, with RL/officers being able to set and see the marks of any group.- Better organization. Create raid teams, somewhat similar to arena teams, but able to take temporary characters if needed (i.e., pugging to fill the ranks). Let them create calendar events, add descriptions to players, etc. Perhaps even with multiple fields for character notes - say, general notes, raid role(s), loot system notes, etc.- More flexibility. Being able to add cross-realm players to current raids, when/if implemented, will be a very nice first step. Even more flexibility would be very welcome, though. Things like finding ways to enable players to jump-start their off-spec gear sets faster (making it easier for hybrid class players to fill more roles), adding some flexibility in how many players are needed/allowed in a raid (for example, allow the 25-man raids to take from 22 to 28 players, just making sure to tune it in a way that with 25 players is the easiest way), adding more flexibility to how many times players can run the content (the fact players can't do both a 10 and a 25-man raid in the same lock is being pegged as one of the main reasons for 25-man raids suffering), etc.- Resurrect the old LFR tool, but make it actually useful for pugging whole raids or just the few missing players. Integrate it with the calendar (enabling raid leaders to use it to schedule raids, and players use it to look for raids at specific future times). Integrate it with in-game mail (so offers and answers can be sent even when someone is offline), the chat (so even players that just want to spam their LFR/LFM messages have a use for it), the armory (so prospective recruits can be screened from afar or even when offline), etc. Also, make the tool cross-realm, so even if one realm can't support 25-man raiding groups, it's players can still find 25-man raids.
1-30-2012 @ 3:08PM
Another bit Blizzard could do to help 25-mans: add all normal mode fight mechanics to the LFR difficulty, just tune them so they don't wipe the raid or drive the healers OOM; instead, give the player that failed the mechanic an extremely annoying, 30s+ debuff, to make sure he doesn't want to do that again.
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