(normal) raiding is not dying. I don't know why people would think this is the case.
So yea some 10 man raiders wanted to be special snowflakes and wanted the same gear as 25 man raiders and bamm a lot of other wrath raiders can't cope with the difficulty any more.
So yes LFR was a bandaid but it does also give a loot pinata event to many new people who get to smash the pinata till it drops loot and see the socalled content.
So yes I blame the 10 and 25 man shared lockout for starting this whole mess of raiders leaving.
Back in the day I didn't mind that 10 man normal mode was forgiving, I did some with alts for fun but did 25 man with my main.
And 10 man raids and 25 man pugs where good places to get to learn people and maybe find people to recruit. It was also a nice stepping stone for new players that they could try raiding in the more intimate easier 10 man setting.
And well now a days where you have a lot of mandatory things to do in order to be best prepared to raid (and that includes doing LFR for upgrades), Normal mode raiding has become rather time intensive and does not give that much in return. In an average guild you've already "seen" 50% of the bosses and killed them in LFR before you ever reach them in normal mode.
So what does that bring you well if you wanted to see the content you might as well just go into LFR and see it.
In the end one does have to speculate, when the LFR supporters say that only LFR make raiding financially viable, then why did they do raiding in the first place before didn't stop them before. And second if the normal and heroic raid participation keeps falling the way that it does will we reach a point where blizzard says nobody does normal or heroic raiding we will stop supporting it and only release "raids" as LFR.
Last edited by Dax75; 2013-04-18 at 09:55 AM.
As for lack of firing over millions of sub losses (and that is a good question to wonder about!): either the person responsible is Morhaime (and he won't fire himself), or the decisionmaking structure is such that no one person was directly responsible (in which case Morhaime is again responsible, if indirectly.)
Guild Blog for <Debonair> EU, Zenedar.
The bylaws require that the Activision-Blizzard CEO (Kotick) put together an annual plan, which the board signs off on. Changes to this plan that affect Blizzard have to get written approval by the board.
This insulates Blizzard from meddling, but I wonder if it also makes them less nimble.
They are not fired (maybe) because WoW is still after all this year n1 mmo.
They raided in WotLK because it was accessible, and the community decided that it wanted to start shutting these people out.
Yes, I can certainly see a LF 10 man option at some point. And rated bg's not being solo-que was a huge huge mistake to begin with.
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If anything, the casual player (for lack of a better word) spends a lot more time demanding that content be adjusted down than 'elitists' do asking for exclusion. And Blizzard does listen.
The current trend of eventually nerfing even heroic mode raids (weekly buff stacks) reflects this.
The ongoing trend of making leveling quicker reflects this.
Every new feature, UI change, etc put in game is to make things easier. Look at how questing is now vs. 5 years ago, for example.
Very little unique content is developed to be truly challenging. You'll get 1, maybe 2 heroic-only raid bosses per expansion. Challenge modes are dungeon rehashes with different stats.
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Next time you guys log in, Blizzard should freeze your character, spawn your favourite mount and shoot it in the head. - Mormolyce
I have always been a raider but I got bored very quickly after MoP and stopped playing right after my guild started to raid. I also really no longer like having WoW as a "second job" which requires me to be on and play certain nights and times. Sometimes I want to go to bed early or just watch TV but couldn't because I has promised many weeks prior I would be at the raid. I loved the group I raided with and miss playing with them but I don't miss the "second job" aspect at all.
Most casual players are not interested in and never set foot in a normal, let alone heroic, raid and the nerfing of levelling if anything is more aimed the hardcore player that wants to jump into end game content as quickly as possible than casual players.
Last edited by Pann; 2013-04-18 at 03:42 PM.
Christ they even got rid of the your first 7 heroics will award valor. That was extremely casual friendly. I could get valor at any point and NOT MISS OUT on it. Now I can get valor at any point but I miss out on the bonus. It's lame and is only for hard cores who can log on every day.