This has happened before and it'll continue happening at the end of every expansion. You said that MoP raiding is a "big turn from cata raiding..." and that makes me wonder if you raided BWD, BoT, and To4W at the start of Cata. I'm guessing you didn't, because some of those fights were just as difficult, especially once you got to heroic modes. Certainly more difficult than heroic DS.
Either way, as I said, this is going to happen with every final raid in every expansion. The only people not used to it are hardcore raiders (since they don't have problems killing stuff anyway) and those who just started the game or just started raiding.
I started off this expansion telling myself that I would do lots of other things in wow. I would pvp more, and would level my professions and take pride in having a really cool toon. I would do the quests, and get titles and achievements. I made this decision, in part,because if I wanted to see raid content, I could que LFR, see the bosses, experience it and move on.
What I missed though was that shared effort that comes from a guild trying to progress. Its something in the blood that LFR can't replace.
Mind you, I don't want the hardcore life style, where my life centers around raiding. A huge weight was lifted from my shoulders when I stopped trying to have a life, career and raid hardmodes.
Right now, I miss progression. I miss trying and then succeeding. That sweet spot is tough to find.
I don't think that DS was the problem. IMO.
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Its the servers. My guilds old server gorefiend used to be a high pop really good raiding server with some top US 25 kills. Now everyone has migrated to illidan because of the recruitment pool and ease of finding pugs. I have not been in a pug for a modern raid since WOTLK. If blizzard wants to keep guilds alive and allow them to recruit. Take away the payment fee of a server transfer for 1 every 3 months or merge a lot of servers. It was impossible to recruit even at the beginning of the tier for my guild so we resorted to roatatin 18 people in and out of 10 mans for gear. Its hard on the raiders and the GM where I decided to stop playing all together. This whole cross realm zone was nice bringing people together for PvP, questing, etc but because of this recruitment for raiding is near impossible. They need to merge atleast half if not 75% of the servers into like 10-15 highly populated ones. Without this guilds on low/medium servers will ultimately start dwindling to nothing like my guild did. Eventually everyone will be on those high pop servers anyways.
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I hate these casual Fridays ruining it for real Fridays.
feels like my guild have picked it up a little, started hc msv a couple of weeks ago or so and got trollbinder down yesterday and got a couple of new healers
Not got this problem here, the GMs of my guild are pretty amazing at keeping things going. There is always a surplus of raiders, never a night where there isn't people willing to participate. Slowly but surely starting to progress through heroics after a short spell of being stuck over Christmas, most fun I've had raiding since Wrath imo.
Let me tell you the story of my guild. We are a casual, social guild that raids a bit for fun, something to do with our friends. In Cata, we enjoyed DS on LFR on our alts, and we eventually cleared DS normal after he was fully nerfed.
When MoP rolled around, we all meandered thru the leveling content at our own pace, some of the people who cleared DS normal with us only hit 90 mid January. But an interesting thing has happened, there is no serious talk of doing normal modes. We have a few people who have alts/mains in raiding guilds doing both normal and heroic, and their universal verdict is (paraphrased) "Normal MoP is about as hard as Heroic DS, don't waste your time." Instead, we've been scheduling guild LFR runs. They have all the joking, social fun we had before, without any of the pressure. I think our biggest LFR group had 14 people in it. Lots of jokes that we should form a 25 man raid and queue up for LFR to see if we can make our irony meters explode.
I finished it before any DS nerfs even came out except for Spine that was a well needed nerf so I guess I can't compare but if its anything like the ICC nerfs then I guess I can agree.
As much as I personally love the LFR feature, I think it's heavily contributing to the demise of normal raiding.
I always looked at my old 40 man raids as 10 people who were amazing, 20 people who were casual but did what they needed to do, and 10 people who we needed to just fill slots with. With 25 man it had roughly the same proportions. 5 amazing, 15 casual, 5 slot-fillers/friends.
With the advent of LFR, I think what happened was it took away a lot of the casual/slot-filler players since they are ultimately indifferent to high end raiding achievements. Problem is, unless you're in a top 20 guild where everyone is that 'amazing' player, you need those casual slot filler guys. That's why people are breaking into 10s or straight up bailing to a more populated server to get into an active guild.
Our guild is a 10 man semi-progression (16/16, 2/16H) guild that consists of RL friends and friends of friends. We have a core of 10 raiders, but had some people drop out due to RL commitments or just boredom with the game. Fortunately, we've always had backups to replace those people. I think a lot of us have cut back in in-game time as this current tier is about to end and it really helps with burn out. I've noticed that people have been playing other games together (SC2, DoTA, D3, etc.) or just spending some time away from the computer.
I guess since we all know each other IRL, things are a little different, but we haven't run into too many attendance issues with MoP raiding so far. Our server seems moderate with raiding activity (maybe 20-30 raiding guilds) so if we ever have to pug, we can usually find someone.
This tier of raiding didn't feel poorly tuned as some previously posters have said. We hit the same roadblocks (Elegon, Garalon, etc) as most guilds, but were eventually able to clear them within a week or so. Our thinking has always been, if we're going to spend XX hours a week raiding together, spend the 1-2 hours of free time to read up on your class and the fights. Whenever we had issues with people underperforming, we asked them politely (always privately and never in gchat or raid chat) to just take some steps to bring their performance a notch up. Most (mature) raiders, in my experience, have been more than willing to listen to our suggestions.
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