Hi. I'm Matt Rossi, sometimes called Ol' Grumpy
. Now, let me first present my credentials: I raided hard modes up until the very end of Cataclysm
and finished out Madness of Deathwing a few months back. In fact, I ran the raid finder to get my tier 13 four-piece tanking bonus after our previous tanks had vanished. By some logic, this meant I was "forced" to run the raid finder. Poster Myshkka
certainly seems to feel that unless we put LFR on the same lockout as normal raids, progression raiders (which we both are) are then "forced" to run LFR.
My take on it is simple. When Blizzard took the step of merging 10- and 25-man raids to the same lockout, I was one of the few who really hated
that change, and I still do. One of the reasons I hated that change was it took an option out of my hands. I don't like it when the game does that.
We've already locked out how many times you can get valor points in a week and will be capping valor in Mists. W
e've put 10- and 25-man raiding on a shared lockout and even put heroic and normal raiding on a shared lockout. We've already seen numerous posts from Blizzard on the role of the raid finder
, and at some point I feel like we have to ask when it becomes the job of the hardcore progression raiders to police themselves. Why does the game have to lock out people who primarily use LFR and who might get the occasional pickup group or join a raiding guild for a week just to save poor, put-upon progression raiders from being bored in a raid finder group that they really didn't
have to run?
Blizzard isn't our nanny. At some point, we need to take responsibility for how we consume content, not demand the game be changed to prevent us from doing so.
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