The main reason people don't raid is because their guild doesn't or are giving up. My first real break from raiding was in WotLK when my guild at the time decided to stop raiding during the summer (same year as Cataclysm was gonna come out) so I took a break aswell. THen after summer I came back and joined a new guild and started raiding again.
So basicly as soon as you see you starting to lose people (or you think you are going to lose people) find new ones to replace them ASAP! It is much better to have reserves than it is to not raid at all. Almost all guilds I have been in during Mists of Pandaria have recruited just enough to raid, but almost never have any reserves at all. I wouldn't mind at all to be left out of raiding a bit now and then if it meant we are still raiding on all guild raid nights.
What you say is very true and the correct way to manage a good guild.
BUT, OP is saying that they try to do this - and that recently it's as if there are no other raiders to recruit (dwindling population) or there are no recruitment offers from the few guilds he sees that are still raiding. My theory is that it's LFRs fault, there are other theories about the age of the game and whatnot. But I think OP knows how to recruit and keep a guild going.. he is saying there is no one to recruit.
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Strange that someone stating something that is their opinion is simply wrong because it is an opinion. I guess no one has ever had a right opinion?
I think the problem is the number of people who are actually interested in raiding was never to big to begin with. I personally find normal raids insanely boring. I'm not a raider. Thing is, before I was FORCED into raids because there was no other way to advance my character beyond a certain point. I think this might have been the case with a lot of players - they didn't raid because they loved it, they raided because it was the only way to get gear past heroics.
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As I stated earlier, LFR raiding is fine with me. Between working 11-12 hours a day, traveling and being married, I don't have time to commit to a normal raiding guild with set times, etc. Jumping into LFR while doing dailies or anything else in between is just fine with me.
To be honest allot of the problems in this tier come form the fact they switched it up to a full tier of mechanical challenges vs a mix of dps check and mechanical fights.
Thus instead of having some easier mechanical fights and then being road blocked by a dps / gear check 4-5 bosses in it was 1 dps check boss and BAM mechanical check! The problem it has created form what I can see is there is no longer the 3-4 bosses to farm up gear to overcome the traditional "gear check boss" and many normal / avg groups are being road blocked now with no gear up path. To say go back and do T14 heroics for gear to a normal guild is the equivalent of saying "throw more time at horridon you will get it". If they fail at mechanical fights then they will fail at T14 heroics as the harder part of those fights are the new mechanics and 10% less dmg and hp wont trivialize the mechanics!
What they should have done to be honest was have a little less mechanical cap for bosses #2 and 3 and then used a traditional wall on 4... did not need to be dps/gear check wall could have been a huge mechanical wall that would have slowly been chipped away with better gear! This would have given "normal" raiders 3 bosses to farm and 1 to work on thus you keep them coming back for more > keep bashing head on the Horridon wall and if you don't like it...you can lfr and wipe to t14 hard modes ...have fun!
For myself I like the difficulty as it is giving our group a nice challenge. Then again we only raid 4 hours a week but our group has a couple of old timers that use to be server first players that just don't have the time we use to. Thus for us this tier provides just the right amount of difficulty for our time invested to keep us at about 1 progress kill per week... but I can see where it would road block a similar guild time wise that did not have previously "hard core" raiders to buffer the lower amount of time.
I would not call the 2nd or 3rd boss normal tuned atm ..it's more Hard mode Diet or HM light :P
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LFR. Play when I want, get some loot, log off and enjoy life.
Well we getting older.Start a job most have wifes and familly.For me every year the time who i spend in WoW for raiding become smaller and smaller mine guild for example was raiding 5 days back in Wrath now we raid 3 days and have half hour cut off from raid time
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Where's the streetwise Hercules to fight the rising odds?
Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and I turn and dream of what I need!
Anyone else hear that in their head whenever they read the thread title?
I will say in 5.2 they have picked up the fight mechanics. Like Ji-kin and Durumu. +1 Blizz for new style of fights.
The game looses its flare, what is great is that no matter how long the hiatus. Blizz will save your toon for you.