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2-06-2012 @ 9:39PM
The whole if you join a raiding guild, and do LFR with your friends on the side and everyone will be happy thing, is a total myth. Hate to say it, but it is. If this guy gets into "serious" raiding... GF and Friend may begin to feel neglected and ignored. Either that, or they may begin to drift away slowly from one another in game as they meet new people and have separate interactions. Growing in different directions doesn't always have to mean growing apart, but it often does. One of the reasons I've met so many people who wanted to raid more hardcore, but couldn't because of their guild over the years is that many people feel forced to not do what they want to do, in effort to stay close to people they like/enjoy playing with. In many ways, LFR wont solve the issues caused by merging 10s and 25 lockouts on servers. By merging the lockouts in CONJUNCTION with the guild leveling system, it made it so straying outside of your guild for pugging purposes wasn't attractive, as most players feel like they have to do things with their guild. It makes people even more reluctant then they might have been in the past to pug content, as it wont count for guild achievements on a boss if they have to pug beyond a certain number. Back in the say, it use to be you could do your "serious" or HM raiding with a guild on 25 .. and then pug a 10m with your friends guild, on normal on the weekends. That option just really isn't there any more unless you've got an alt of similar roll, gear, and skill. -------------I am irritated so many people in the comments are calling this guy selfish. It's no more selfish for them to decline to raid with him, than it is for him to want them to raid with him. In both cases one party isn't getting what they want, simply because there are more of them, and less of him doesn't change the fact that as friends, neither party is willing to bend on their wants/needs/desires. He's not selfish, in my eyes merely scared to branch out.Some people want to raid, but they worry that they'll wind up in a guild where people yell at them for every little mistake they make and are afraid to give it a shot. Others join a guild to raid where they don't know anyone, and for whatever reason they feel too shy to get to know their new guildees or feel as if by making new friends they are in some way being disloyal to their old friends. It sounds to me like OP would feel safer and happier making the plunge into raiding if he felt he had his friends by his side.
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