Oct 5th 2010 3:52PM Here is an angle that I just realized.
This is the first expansion that people can be expected to run normal dungeons to gear up.
Remember that LFG didn't exist until recently. Many people had a very, very difficult time getting instance runs back in the BC days (didn't play before then). Even if you were in a guild, if you came late to the party nobody wanted to run them anymore. In Wrath, it was really hard to get tanks from the guild to run heroics if it wasn't the daily. People were too busy raiding, and during their off time they didn't want to spend the 30 minutes just to get a group together, then wait for everyone to buy water, repair, sell their junk, etc, then fly to the damn thing.
Now, anyone can enjoy instances any time by queuing up. Guildies busy, or no guild at all? No problem, just run it by yourself. So blizzard can actually expect people to run these dungeons earlier to gear up with the good stuff before hitting heroics because they are easily accessible.
Most people, especially DPS, will probably do quite a bit of both questing and dungeon running.
That'll change later in the expansion, as even LFG will run mostly dry on regular mode dungeons eventually (I played hell getting a group for the tanking cape in regular HoR even with LFG), but then gear levels will be higher as newer tiers of raiding are introduced.
May 17th 2010 2:46PM All of you who say this is the buyer's fault for being stupid, I can't wait until you're caught by a scam similar to this because you got caught in traffic coming home from work, was late for your raid, and had to rush to re-stock something and didn't pay rapt attention to what you were buying. It's obvious when you're reading an article about it, but most people have never heard of or seen this scam and would not know to watch for it specifically. And if you're not looking specifically for it (as all of you are since you know what you're looking at), it does blend in very nicely.
Every scam does not revolve around intellect.
May 14th 2010 9:38AM Why can't you do both?
Here is what we did for this issue (in 10 man, we're pretty casual).
Once we got to LK, we brought an alt in to save the raid ID. This alt would always start the raid, then get replaced by the main once people had zoned in.
Here is the trick to this: You don't get saved to an instance if no bosses are killed that week.
So once the raid ID is extended, you can run LK early in the week a few nights, then later in the week take a normal ICC run or two to get people gear and to help them relax a bit on easier content.
So in this case you can eat your cake and have it too, to an extent.
Mar 12th 2010 3:54PM Blizzard, are you listening to Chuck?
That is the single best idea I have ever heard to stop ninja/pirate looting. Every BoE should be like this!
Mar 12th 2010 1:26PM Because on many battle groups the convention has been to always greed frozen orbs, and a lot of people follow that convention by default.