I must say that the second looking for raid release was as great as the first one on the first day. All thanks to the fact that the only people that would have the appropriate item level in most cases are the people that actually know how to raid or at the very least try to appear like they are trying.
Sure, there will be people that slipped in. The people that got lucky in randoms unlike me who had to really work to get the item level. The people that got lucky with world drops. The people who crafted their way in. The people that used the auction house to make their way in and last but not least the ones that bought their way in with real money either buying the items online somewhere or the gold online somewhere to gear themselves in.
Those people however were in the minority. The majority of people in the looking for raid that first day were actually decent players. This is why it was a great run.
While I did horrible over all I still managed top 10, which is really different for me, I have never been lower than #3 in a 25 man in any format, LFR, pug, guild, or even filling in for top guilds in at least 4 years. Being less than perfect is something I am not used to but I will chalk that up more to my lack of gear and my unwillingness to enchant crap pieces of gear I know I will be replacing the second I start raiding. I could have done better, I just refused to. I can take some solace in the fact that I did beat two hunters that already had multiple 489 pieces and everything was gemmed and enchanted. So while I felt I did horrible, when compared to them, I did pretty good.
We wiped twice in the run. Once on the second boss because of a messed up pull when people were still outside of the gate and we were waiting on healers and once on the third boss because it seemed not enough knew to go into the totems and kill the adds. No big deal, at least no big deal for real raiders.
After each wipe we joked a little, explained what went wrong, waited for healers and then downed it the next time. No one called anyone names, no one was saying you people are noobs, no one complained a damage dealer was not pulling their weight, or a healer was not pulling their weight, or a tank was not taunting fast enough.
If something needed to be done someone said it, they did not yell it, they did not spam it and they certainly did not call people idiots for not doing it. This was a group of raiders that are middle of the pack raiders. The ones that have not downed normal yet but are still raiders, the ones that will clear normal in the next 3 or 4 weeks most likely but will not rush it.
People always say that the looking for raid is not for raiders it is for people that do not raid to see the content. After a second first day release and seeing how great the looking for raid can be when "those" other people are not in it I am firmly placed in the camp of they are wrong.
Looking for raid is made for raiders. Not hard core raiders, not heroic type raiders or progression raiders but for raiders none the less. Raiders with some skill but less time. Casual raiders, beginner raiders, weekend raiders, retired raiders, part time raiders, anti-social so they don't have a guild or friends raiders, or basically anyone that has the ability to be raid aware which makes them a raider of sorts. It is made for them to see content and do content it is not made for people that are bad players and bad people to see content.
Looking for raid is not meant to see content for people that would never see the inside of a raid anyway if it were not there. It is not meant for people to come and AFK. It is not meant for people that can still not do more than 12K DPS at level 90. It is not meant for tanks that think just beating on the boss with a stick is enough to fill the role of a tank. It is not meant for healers that can't figure out how to heal more than one person effectively and can't even break 8K HPS.
It is meant for the people that were in it yesterday. People that for the most part at least looked up all the fights and had some sort of a clue even if they didn't understand it. People that did not yell and scream at any mistake someone made. People that explained what needed to be done if someone did something wrong instead of insulting them for doing it wrong.
Looking for raid was made for the people that were capable of getting into it on day one and that amazing run, even with the wipes, is proof that the looking for raid was made for them. It was a minor challenge for random people grouped together and worked as a way for them to get gear, see content and get ready for the real raid should they have the time to do that soon.
I like to use it for my raiders so they can see the basic concept of the fights. It is a lot easier to explain in the real raid if they have a basic concept of the fights from the looking for raid. Those are the people the looking for raid is made for. Seeing how great the run was is proof of it. I even have a sort of unspoken rule. I will not bring someone into the real raid unless they have done it in the looking for raid. Like I said, it makes explaining the fights so much easier if people have a clue what you are talking about and seeing it in the looking for raid makes my job as a raid leader for a casual guild 100 times easier.
Beware however, in a matter of a week or two the masses that should not even be allowed to queue up for it will start working their way into and it and the looking for raid will turn back into the load of crap it was at the end of cataclysm. Gear doesn't make the player but gear is the only way to make a wall to get in, too bad the people that should not be there sooner or later will get the gear.
If looking for raid was like this first day raid all the time I would actually consider quitting raiding and only do looking for raid. It is a nice relaxed way to have some fun and get some gear. Too bad the people that shouldn't be there will ruin what could be a beautiful thing soon. It makes an elf want to cry.
A great tool will soon become one of the worst features of the game, just like it did last time. It will happen even faster this time around because the fights seem to be a little harder than they were in the last LFR. If some groups in the last LFR still turned into wipe fests this time around expect to see lots of wipe fests.
So do the looking for raid now if you can, enjoy it while you can, because soon it will turn into hell, a wipe fest, and you will be subjected to rudeness and language that only the dregs of the community can bring.
I think if blizzard were really honest in their desire to let everyone see content they would make a 5 man version of all the raids for those people to see the content. The fact they try to funnel everyone into a raid that most should not be doing proves it is not about seeing content, it is about forcing content on people that they shouldn't be doing or wouldn't want to do it if they were not given a option to queue up for it.
A fair deal of players that I know in my guild that have never raided with us, or rarely raided with us, did the LFR because they could queue for it. Not because they wanted to, but because the option was there and no offense to them, there was a reason they never raided with us and that reason is, they are not raiders.
Looking for raid should be for the people that want to raid, not for the people that queue up for it just because it is there. The people that do it just because it is there are the ones that turn this great feature into hell. At least I got to enjoy one fun run. Maybe I might even get two weeks of good runs in before "those" people make their way into it.
First day LFR gets an A+ from me. But that is because of the people that were in it.
This is a MMO and the people make the game. Good people make for a good game, bad people make for a bad game. In three months I will bet you that the LFR would get an F from me. It will be the same raid, but different people.
Do it while the good people that are fun to play with are there. You won't regret it.
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