It's only natural that Flex would be popular. It offers gear with a higher item level than almost every single piece of non-normal/heroic raid gear in the game, the only exception that I know of being Balanced Trillium crafted gear and equivalents. On top of that, Flex is actually EASIER than LFR if you have at least a semi-organized group. Went through the Underhold on flex yesterday with only one wipe, and that was on Thok.
When you combine those things, it makes sense that you'd have a lot of people running it. I personally think that flex is a great idea, but we can't forget that reward versus difficulty makes up a big part of what and how people do things in this game, and flex has pretty great rewards for the difficulty level.
It's also a sort of LFR+ for normal/heroic raiders, and being able to complete your tier set with Flex pieces is much better than completing it with LFR pieces.
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so far flex experiences have been mixed (with pugs), but even the worst flex group has been a thousand times better than the best lfr group.
I have been running a Flex group for the last 2 weeks, and will continue to do so. It's great - I invite some guildies and post the event on openraid. I have an entire week to filter out the bad people by checking their gear raid progress via the wow armory. Probably 50% of the people I find on openraid have no normal mode SoO experience, but I've given them a try if they have all their gear properly gemmed and enchanted. Also the fact that you have to create an openraid account to sign up is a good indicator that the person is decent. So far I had great groups with very minimal wipes. Very enjoyable
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I'm looking at my oQueue list of ongoing raids on Alliance US and there are 97 listings, at least half of them are Flex groups, probably more than half. Look on Open Raid and it's the same story, dozens of Flex raid events posted, plus more forming all the time in OR chat. So, that's just cross realm group finder tools, and that's what it looks like every night. Who knows how many guild groups are running on top of that.
If you're judging Flex's popularity based on the number of trade chat PUGs you see forming, well, who does trade chat PUGs anymore? If you don't have oQueue and/or and Open Raid account, you're doing it wrong.
PS. I queued for LFR2 on my healer, got in at Nazgrim, and spent more time on Nazgrim LFR than I spent on the entire wing in an oQueue group with my rogue earlier today. It's depressing how bad LFR is now...
Last edited by hablix; 2013-10-09 at 01:26 AM.
Everyone keep telling me how great FLEXI is. I have had nothing but bad experiences. Turned off it already. Prefer LFR because it bads can't hold it back as much.
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It's popular for now because most normal or even heroic raiders can use an extra chance at a trinket or a tier piece here and there. Give it 2 - 3 months and it's going to be reduced to crappy pugs who can't even clear the place.
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Flex seems to be off to a good start and will settle in nicely with Normal and Heroic. LFR is something else being random groups. I thing that what we have now is going to be more or less what we have for a good long while. The only thing Flex and Normal need is a better way to form pugs in game without the use of an addon or outside web site. I think that will come as well but is not such a priority as it might be because other ways exist.
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I'll never go into LFR again. Flex is amazing.
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Very popular on my server. My guild so far have been doing it every Tuesday and Friday, and it's really fun. I find it a lot more enjoyable than LFR.
Having 4 difficulties (heroic, normal, flex and lfr) is a bad idea.
Blizzard is giving up on the lfr people.
They expect them to unsub after 1 month.
Last edited by xenogear3; 2013-10-09 at 12:56 PM.
Flexraid is what LFR always should have been! Its a great addition to the game.
As a Semi-Hardcore player it encouraged me to finally level my Alt. I always hated LFR and because i play on a small server there are no PuGs around for nHC SoO so there was no reason to play an Alt for me. Now i can just look up for Flex Groups in the LFG-Forums basically 24/7.