LFR Woes

by on April 10, 2013


Seems like things aren’t going too well in World of Warcraft’s Raid Finder at the moment. Whilst that’s not exactly a surprise – the Raid Finder is one of the major reasons I’m not playing WoW much right now – it’s interesting to see just why things are going so wrong.

We’ve seen two great posts this week. First up is Alison Robert at WoW Insider, pondering the ethics of “tricking” the Raid Finder into giving you quicker queue times -

“The solution, as so many players pointed out, was to tell the system you weren’t tanking. Sign up as a healer or DPS, get a raid much faster than you would otherwise, and do the fights while still specced as a tank. No matter how poorly you healed or DPSed, the system would give you loot based on your tank spec when the boss died.

Not a bad deal … unless you cared about doing a really crappy job in LFR.”

And The Grumpy Elf has finally given up on LFR altogether. The reason? Because with 5.2′s changes and new “determination” buff, he’s now finding that LFR is far too hard for what it is -

“I have to say I am done. I quit. I just can not do it any more. I have no desire to do progression raiding with 24 people I have never met and will most likely never meet again. I have no desire to do progression raiding in a group with 5 people that all think they are the leader and have different ways to go about the fight. I have no desire to do progression raiding with random people that all think they are better than everyone else even if they are the first one to have died to an easily avoidable mechanic. I have no desire to do progression raiding with people calling each other names and insulting each other instead of doing what they were there for, you know, killing things.

I have no desire to do progression raiding with no communication. I have no desire to do progression raiding with damage dealers who think DPS is more important than doing the right thing. I have no desire to do progression raiding with healers that think doing an AoE heal to increase their HPS is more important than keeping the tank alive. I have no desire to do progression raiding and have to explain everything all over again every attempt because people leave and come in and none of them even consider taking 3 minutes to watch a video or read a post. I have no desire to do progression raiding in a random setting that is intended to be so easy and it was for seeing content, getting loot and collecting valor in a quick and easy way when there is nothing quick and easy about it. I have no desire to do progression raiding with random people. I quit.”

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Nina April 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I dunno. I’ve found that LFR is really nice when you have a guild group of at least 1 tank, at least 2 healers, and at least 3 dps although usually we get 10 or 11 of them. It means we don’t have to wrangle a whole 25 people, we can ignore the pugs, we can kick the really obnoxious people easily and the whole thing progresses really smoothly.

LFR with 24 complete strangers is doable but a chore. LFR with 5-12 friends is a joy.

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Mike April 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Nah it’s not that bad…people, however juvenile, realize there is a comment objective and works towards it…the fastest way to get away from the PITA people (short of dropping) is to complete the instance, and so at least everyone’s interest is aligned.

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Hugh Hancock April 15, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Sorry this comment languished in “Unapproved” for so long – no idea why Wordpress decided it didn’t like it.

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faerierhona April 11, 2013 at 10:02 am

I don’t get it. I mean, I get why you don’t do LFR, but why not play WoW because of LFR? You don’t have to do it, so why does it bother you that it is available to others who do?

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Hugh Hancock April 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I have absolutely no problem with other people enjoying LFR. Indeed, I rather respect them for having the patience and calm to tolerate it.

It’s extremely hard to play most of the parts of WoW I enjoy – like raiding – without LFR. Add LFD in there too, and it goes from “extremely hard” to impossible.

And given the choice between “don’t play the bits of WoW you like” or “do play the bits of WoW you like, but also spend significant time in LFR and LFD”, I’ll take option 1 every time. So I end up being an extremely, extremely casual player these days.

I’ve played WoW since release. I like the game, but I don’t absolutely love it any more. And unfortunately, I don’t find that I like it anywhere near enough to do the LF*s. Indeed, there are very few things that would make me tolerate an atmosphere like LF*.

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