It's a lot easier on some classes than others. Ranged have it much easier than melee in general.
After consideration I think the crux of this is what is the expectation of the guild when it comes to raids?
The raid leader comes from a hardcore background and the guild is one day a week (Casual) Now casual doesn't have to mean bad but I'm sensing an expectation gap between the raid leader and the players. That will be the end of the raid team if it isn't discussed and all people agree on a level that's suitable for them.
People who say "his raid his rules" are technically correct but stupidly naïve. (S)he may just end up ruling over an elite raid team of one member.
I tried it. Proving Grounds is a brawlers' guild type thing. You're not testing raiding. You're testing brawlers' guild. That's not raiding. It's just an epeen thing for boys. Many players are turned off by that.
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I think all of your warlocks should be required to have green fire also.
Proving Grounds as a healer bears absolutely no resemblance to what I do as a healer in an actual raid. It's so different that it's honestly hilarious. From a healer perspective, it teaches you nothing and breaks quite a few specs.
As a healer, successor failure depends entirely on a set of bots that do brilliant things like:
1) Stand in any and every fire (I've watched Sooli disengage into the fire on multiple occasions)
2) Fail to use their survival CDs in any kind of coherent manner
3) Fail to use their active mitigation as a tank (the "tank" bot is a Warrior)
4) Fail to focus down adds one at a time
5) Fail to interrupt adds doing massive AoE damage to the group
6) Do such shitty DPS that the HEALER finishes second on the DPS charts.
This happens on a regular basis. And before you say it - no, I don't have gold on my character. But I got it multiple times on the PTR, where I was one of the people heavily testing Proving Grounds. At the moment, I just don't really want to spend the amount of gold I would need to completely regem and reenchant my gear to do them effectively. I'll get around to it at some point, but not at the moment.
BTW, OP, the difference between healing specs in PRoving Grounds is massive. Shaman, Monks, and Pallies have interrupts, Druids have knockbacks, Monks, Pallies, and Druids have stuns. Priests have Fear - which doesn't work on 99% of the mobs. Certain healing specs are more dependent on gear to maintain mana. Others (primarily Disc Priests) have no way to catch back up if their group falls behind, because they lack any kind of appreciable burst to deal with Chomp. So while it may have been easy for you on a Shaman, that doesn't mean it would be easy for every class or spec.
Honestly IMO I think this place is great for raiders, a lot of stuff, especially hard modes, require a single player to focus on a few different tasks at the same time, and while it's not exactly like every fight (but the bronze dps one is identical to norushen's orb phase) it teaches you multi-tasking in a format that's very easy to practice. I personally think it's a great addition.
I think the dps trials are a decent judge of damage dealing skill, it's a good test of dealing with multiple mobs, having to dps on the move, as well as having to do some fast target switches. Overall I would be happy to invite someone with the gold achievement to my raid, I would be pretty confident in their capabilities.
Most raid mechanics are rather trivial once memorized anyway, in some ways I hold the proving ground difficulty in higher regard as it has more emphasis on being holistically good at your class, in terms of general mechanical ability (movement and targeting), as well as use of skills you don't normally use in a raid like frost nova.
I think that if they really wanted to test a player they would scale the enemies up to your gear instead of scaling you down. At 463 item level - feral kitties have insanely poor energy regen and their ability to generate combo points is greatly diminished as a result. The play style is completely different as well than that of a 556 item level raider.
I was able to clear the gold trials with much more difficulty than I would've liked, and was shocked with how easily I could clear it with my alt affliction warlock, wind-walker monk, and assassination rogue. These trials are not balanced whatsoever. Go try them on one of the specs that are actually 'hard' and see what you think of them than. As it stands, I had trouble clearing the gold trials on my main, and on my main I'm currently ranked top 20 dps on most heroic fights, cleared heroic 25m TOT in the top 30 world...so what does that say about these trials?
Don't get me wrong, I love a challenge. I was thrilled with how challenging it was to clear the trials. However, when you have a bunch of classes that can do it easily and scoff at players who had a rougher time due to the mechanics of it all -- that is BS. Hearing so many players giggle at how easy it was for them while I had to really put some effort into it bothers me immensely. So, maybe, in some instances, the player isn't the baddie. Maybe, you just had a much easier time because it was easy mode for you.
Regardless OP, using this as a test just shows your ignorance. Most wow players will eventually get this done with enough repitition and attempts. that's just how most people learn to play - if the achievement told you how many attempts were made to get it - or how long it took to get, then maybe you have a good determining factor at how good a player is (like they one-shot it), even then class imbalance to the test makes this piss poor as sfr528 stated.
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To get back to the point, proving grounds is not the same for every class or spec and is therefore a worthless measure of raid capabilities. It will require a higher level of play for some than it will for others. As a raid leader myself, I think you're trying to make the game do your job for you here and it will likely fail in the long term.
I sent like 5 hours today trying to get Gold on my mage (i'm not playing wow more than LFR for 2 years now).
As of now i go through waves 1-7 easily, and my best result is 10% of last mob of 10th wave.
It seems to me that after some time all the 'mechanics' are obvious.
To get decent dps i have to be very strict: at each wave i stand at particular place and know exacly in which order i'll kill mobs, and with which spells.
It seems that i kinda learn encounter by hearth, but that does not seem to do much for actually being better. Another encounter would just take less time to adapt.
Sometimes i misclick once and fail at 1st or 2d wave. I'm not sure this is right :/
Seriously...you could check those raiders armory briefly...if they have done ANY current raid in the past, it is proof that they somewhat understand their class.
My guild raids with people who raid since MC together...it just means they perform on the level they laways performed, meaning getting sth like 75% of hradmodes (or the raid tier pre hardmodes) done during a patch cycle (like...you know...9/12 in ICC...9/13 in ToT HM) - but they will never ever be paragon or method skill level..no matter what wave on endless they hit in proving grounds.
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Just finished gold dps as a ret and it wasn't too bad, though I panicked a bit on wave 8 or 9 when my cooldowns weren't up. Managed to one-shot bronze to gold though.
Tried the others and I will say the healer one ain't exactly a good judge of healing considering the people you need to heal stand in bad stuff A LOT. Tank one's a pretty good judge of it, though I will say the dps one is fine in terms of judging said dps for raids at least.
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The DPS one is about ONLY dpssing while not caring about standing in bad stuff.
The healing one is about waiting for damage before you heal it up with your cheapest spells (no preemptive healing). You just cannot wait for significant damage in raiding at this moment. Abilities just hurt too much.
The tank one is said to be the most challenging. The reason? It has very little to do with actually raid or dungeon tanking. You're supposed get aggro and then you cc and kite while your npc kills stuff for you.
Considering I one shot bronze, silver, gold and got to wave 18 all on my first attempts and going in blind, this is hardly asking anything. "Hey can you spend 30 minutes in Proving Grounds to show you're not a complete idiot?"
It honestly seems unnecessary from how easy it is. You're the raid leader, so you should know each person's individual raid performance. That will tell more than Proving Grounds. I'm under the assumption Proving Grounds are for a new player to learn their class. For the healing one at least, it teaches when to AoE, when to ST, how to conserve mana, proper CD usage, and future-planning. A lot of the lessons in proving grounds aren't actually applicable to real raids. The playstyle is completely different.
For example, you'd never catch me using a greater heal on a DPS to heal them, yet I do it all the time in PG. Since my mana regen is so abysmal, I can't atonement heal or PW:S spam or do other things like that. When was the last time I used "Heal"? Oh right, in PG. I've never used it any other time this expansion other than maybe regular dungeons.
LFR was honestly a better teacher for healing in a raid.
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