|quinn.anya @ flickr. Bad writing by me.|
I know I can use both the points and the reputation, but the need to take part simply hasn't been there. I was beginning to wonder whether I was missing something obvious, and it looks like I was. Yesterday afternoon the clouds parted, a Terry Gilliam animation appeared in the sky above me, and the inevitability of the problem finally registered.
|Terry Gilliam's God is an unforgiving git.|
It all began when I started making lists.
Aware that 5.3 is
Then I understood.
|And THERE WE HAVE IT.|
The reality of the situation made sudden and perfect sense. Back when my Guild was raiding, 10 mans mattered to me a lot, but never at the expense of completing them. I'd sub myself out of fights if I knew there was someone else who wanted it more, in a heartbeat. The key to my love affair with progression content was WE AS A GUILD finished it. That's not happened with the Throne of Thunder, the first time since Karazhan that I've not 'done' a major instance 'properly.' And yes, LFR IS NOT PROPERLY, BLIZZARD. I get to see the boss, sure, but completing it, killing him is not the same as a 10 man or 25 man experience. I am forced to complete LFR with people I don't know and may never meet, and there is no affinity in this action, no empathy in the action. Suddenly doing it 'because it's current content' is no longer enough. I have no competitive desire to be the first person in the Guild to have done it in LFR. Most importantly of all, completing the content on my terms is what matters more, and I can't do that.
Sure, I could desert my Guild and jump server... but I don't want to. I want to do this with my friends, and I've known many of these people as long as I've played the game. Suddenly, the greatest strength the game possesses becomes its biggest drawback.
|Not in the slighest bit ironic. Unlike my situation.|
If I want points, I may as well run the Vaults repeatedly. The only real need to do ToT is for the Legendary quest, and I don't need to do the 'harder' parts of that at all. My luck with drops continues to be woeful, and gear isn't really an issue if I'm not doing anything other than raiding in LFR... so I have no need to complete the content now. I may as well wait until I outgear it, go back and muller it.
This is not what I think Blizzard had in mind.
What I don't want to be doing right now is wiping repeatedly on Lei Shen with a bunch of people who don't care about me or what I do. What I do want is to be planning things that give me a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment. Suddenly, end game content is not part of that equation, at least for me.
I think this might take a bit of getting used to.
|A return to faffing days of old. I can live with this.|
I realise I am not a 'typical' player by any stretch of the imagination. I understand the need to keep running LFR for those people who believe that the iLevel of their gear is important (for whatever reason that may be, I'm not casting any aspersions here) and I really do grasp how LFR keeps people 'engaged' in content... except it doesn't. Raid content works in 10 and 25 man far better when the people playing have a tangible link to each other. They choose to play as a team, and are not thrown together by fate. There is a honking great big hole in the LFR plan which could explain why the Blizzard subscription ship's started to take on water. Those of you who are 10/25 manning away happily might not notice this sudden listing to one side, but I think anyone who spends a lot of time in LFR might want to take a look under their seat and make sure their flotation device is there. You know, just in case.
|Frankly you can never be too careful.|
For now, if you want me, I'll be over here faffing on anything I can find and, if I do go to LFR, it won't be for shiny rewards. In fact, now I come to think of it, I should be running Heroics for Justice Points to spend when the gear upgrading chaps reappear...