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1-30-2012 @ 3:41PM
I was actually thinking about something very similar to this the other day. One of the key components of raiding that is missing from raid finder is any real threat of failure. On the surface, this seems like a guaranteed by-product of PUG raiding with 25 strangers. However, I think there's a real line of distinction that should be drawn on what should and should not be assumed from a raid finder group.Because Raid Finder is built on PUGs with no ability to voice chat and no long-term culpability, Blizzard is right to require much in the way of coordination from Raid Finder groups. They can't include mechanics that require everyone to do X or the raid wipes for fear that one bad player (or troll) could wipe the group leading to a bad experience for 24 people because of one guy.However, this lack of coordination does not mean that there should be no threat in RF. Instead, Blizzard should focus on threats based on personal culpability with personal consequences in the RF difficulty. It really hit me when I was doing Ultraxion the other day and I neglected to hit heroic will. I was shocked that I didn't die- and actually a little disappointed. Something so integral to the fight and so obvious SHOULD kill me.And that's the extent of it- it should kill ME, and not wipe the group. Of course, the group will fail if there are enough people not doing the right things, but that is also not an innately bad thing. The group didn't fail because of one guy in this case- it failed because of the sum efforts of the individuals in it.
1-30-2012 @ 10:36PM
so true! RF ultraxion is a fight with a completely obvious mechanic, that blizzard actually provides you a button to avoid. If you fail at clicking a button, you should absolutely be punished for it. As it is, if you've got a competent heals team, then you can quite happily never push that button, and then get healed up straight after. I agree, don't punish the raid for one person not pushing the button, but by God, that person should definitely be taking a dirt nap.
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