So hence as I'm sure like other people, I'd rather not be in a situation where there's wipes happening. I don't mind if they do, but I'd rather not. I remember doing Flex 1 at like 510 or something. Flex 2 at a little bit more with Flex 3 and 4 being done at around 525. Sure, there's folk out here who've done normal at those levels and good for them, but that was my progression on my main. I started doing PVE only maybe in November 2013 or something, though I started WoW in September 2013.
If I was a fresh 90 with no main at all, I'd be extremely crushed that Flex had stupid requirements like 'Flex 1 540 RUSH' because it puts a gear wall around content that can absolutely be done by lesser geared folk. It's just people want the absolute safest option possible. But I guess that's why you have the cesspool that is LFR. The issue is that Blizzard have just constantly devalued content as they've gone along. Purple gear should be gear with the absolute highest equity. There shouldn't even be more than two tiers of ilevel. But because EVERYBODY wants it, they create 'lite' purple gear in order to please people who'd have a heart attack if they had blue and Joe down the road had purple.
I'm digressing here and talking gear but let me pontificate. Kinda.
1. Leveling (Gear is Grey/White)
2. Leveling Content for Groups (White/Green)
3. Story Mode Endgame Content for Groups (Green)
4. Hard Mode Endgame Content for Groups (Green/Blue)
5. Story Mode Endgame Content for Big Groups (Blue)
6. Hard Mode Endgame Content For Big Groups (Blue/Purple)
Purple once again becomes the point of highest equity for gear and representative of successfully completing content. This isn't the point I originally made but it becomes about resetting the value of things. Right now WoW is kinda like a booming economy. Everyone's got a house and car whilst some folk have amazing houses and cars. Blizzard, being the ever charitable banker, hands tokens out to everyone to keep them happy and whine free. But a lot of people are just getting it as a form of faux welfare. To keep them happy. Not because they earned it. Real welfare is handed out to people who absolutely cannot provide for themselves. This is welfare just for people who are mad that someone else COULD provide for themselves but they're too lazy to go in and put in the effort required so they cry foul and ask for it in some form too.
It's silly. I'm guilty of it too, but I'm sure were I to be given the chance to progress through White/Green/Blue/Purple, I'd do it. Just give me the option to lose out first instead of assuming failure or concession and throwing sweets at me to keep the blood sugar pumping. Right now everyone in LFR/Flex/Normal has their blood sugar super high. We're all diabetic and addicted to that sweet. We want it. Straight into the veins. Nothing else works. Someone in the way? Fuck. Build a wall. They sneak through anyway? Burn 'em! Welcome to Flex at high ilevels.
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This is actually one of the reasons I prefer the in-game group finder, as bad as it is, to OQ.
OQ has no way to add any information (ie, 10/14HM main, know fights) to your ilevel and other basic information.
Nor can you whisper a player and ask for achievements, or a group leader and link them.
I've had no problems getting Flex groups at 505-515 linking achievements, definitely not for the first couple of wings.
I usually found it easier to start my own and armory people for achieves/gear and found it to be way more successful than trying to join a random one.
LFR/Flex will probably get worse before it gets better at this point, though I don't think it's *too* late yet if you find the best uptimes. Around June+ though I wouldn't expect much from Heroic dungeon groups let alone Flex raids. (The boosted 90s are also a bit of an issue here as well, along with everything else mentioned.)
*Which is, mind you, why I think waiting too long on the next expansion is going to bite them in the ass if they do it, but that's a bit of a different topic.
What competition is there after the world/server first is finished? Very little.Let's start by defining "necessary" here then, because I'm just adopting the definition the QQers are using. Voice communication is not ever necessary in WoW, not even for heroic Garrosh. A deaf person could play WoW and beat every encounter in the game. So what's there to QQ about (remember, the topic is banning voice comms from WoW)? It's a competitive advantage, and therefore deemed "necessary" by many. And that adds to the game, in my opinion. If you want content designed to be done without those competitive advantages, you have it. It's called LFR.
Most of these raids that demand voice chat aren't competing against anything except killing the last boss.
Again, I could agree if we were talking solely about the heroic raiding tier - but this thread is about Flex and what competition is there in a Flex raid against other Flex raids?
Chicken and the egg argument. Raid encounter difficulty had to be ramped up to account for the additions of voice chat and raid helper addons. Those addons were then ramped up to be more helpful, requiring raids to be ramped up even further.Many raids were also very simple in comparison to modern encounters, so this argument is stupid.
Years ago, those raid encounters weren't so "simple" when you didn't have addons like Deadly Boss Mods telegraphing everything to you and you were instead expected to keep track of it in your head. The devs also didn't "expect" someone to be screaming on voice chat for someone to move out of the fire so they accounted for people needing to type.
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Well, yeah. Now most of the groups you join probably don't have people carrying others.
What a surprise, people will have to actually learn the game now! Learn how to do boss mechanics and learn how to play their class properly.
So turn off the 2nd desktop that's streaming Netflix movies or tv shows, shut down the television, put the food down, no more whispering others constantly during boss pulls, etc.
Give the game your full attention.
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I'll lay waiting, just waiting for my time to come.
I can't imagine people talking in a roleplay manner on voice chat though - at least not during a raid.
Ultimately, I'd just rather no item colors at all. Blizzard bases the item color on the itemlevel point multiplier for the item. That doesn't mean the individual piece of gear will be better - it may have those itemlevel points burnt off in useless secondary ratings for your class - with Blizzard's system, purple is still purple and people still seem to think it's always better though.
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This is also why I started using VEM instead of DBM/Bigwigs. The audible notification is far more efficient. But if you want to hurt the group and yourself due to immersion after you've killed a boss 15 times in LFR, go right ahead.
When people say "voice chat ruins immersion", I can't help but think what they mean is "I might find out that hawt elf chick is really a middle-aged man", and have their fantasies ruined.
Either that, or they might get outed as not being a hawt elf chick.
What voice comm application did you use in 1998?
This is exactly why I dislike addons in general. I mean I use them - I'm not a purist, but I'd just rather developers build a solid game with no addons rather than let the community build addons that only lead to being "required" or you get to hear how much you are "hurting the group by choosing not to use them."This is also why I started using VEM instead of DBM/Bigwigs. The audible notification is far more efficient. But if you want to hurt the group and yourself due to immersion after you've killed a boss 15 times in LFR, go right ahead.
The icing on the cake is when these same folks telling you that you are hurting them by not using addons turn around the next day and cry about how easy the game has become. /rolleyes
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I have literally been on ventrilo where the raid leader had to type out the raid strategy anyway because some individuals simply would not shutup and let the RL have the channel.
No, I don't know why they didn't just set the channel to moderated. I can only guess the RL didn't have the authority on the vent server.
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Skipped a couple pages, but has anyone thought to mention that the 'good flexes' are now doing Normals crossrealm ? Or even heroics.
Myself and a small group of our raid team tried to get our raid to move to Teamspeak and there was no interest as we were progressing nicely without it.
I won't speak for the CStrike genre but most of the folks that I know playing MMO/MUDs back in 1998-2002 era were on dialup and that would have had issues supporting voice chat.
These days, even marginal DSL packages will carry voice chat without a problem but 14 years ago? Broadband was a whimsical dream to most of the US population. I was lucky and got my DSL installed sometime between 2000-2001 (I now even work for the company) but I know people that lived in much larger population areas that didn't get their broadband for years later.
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As someone who loves to raid, on many different alts, I complete flex pugs through the in game raid browser weekly. Rarely do I have problems with groups. In any fail pug situation, you are just as to blame for joining a bad group as the group is for being bad.
Always armory at least the raid leader, if not the tanks and healers also. If you don't bother to check them out, don't be surprised when you wipe. I would rather wait in queue for a good group to pop up than join a group led by a character that is missing 8 enchants, no reforging and has 10 empty gem sockets. If someone cares about raiding, it shows in their character preparation. Another big one for me, has the RL completed the wing at least once before on that character (usually only check for wings 3 and 4).
Quick simple things that can make a big difference on the quality of your experience. Does it always work? No. Does it mean all other groups are bad? No, but it sure can help save you some repair money.