The combination of:
- easy and abundant Emblems of such high iLevel,
- teleportation instantly to and from the instance,
- easy PUGs with cross-realms giving minimal waiting times and
- T9 raiders carrying people in random LFG groups
is creating a spoon-fed era.
I did a random LFG PUG and found myself zoning into Oculus. I like the new loading screens that came with 3.3. I was reflecting on the quality of graphic designers when the loading finished, and I’m in Oculus. Portalled to Oculus instantly; I didn’t have the previous painful flight to Coldara.
Immediately, party chat was saying:
[party] Ahh shit
[party] Damn it.
Within 10 seconds, they had all left the group. I didn’t even get a chance to negotiate with them.
I’d written earlier about how the new LFG system was well designed behaviourally and technically, with a great mix of rewards and removal of barriers.
What I hadn’t anticipated was the convergence of a few other factors to strengthen the system:
- tier 9 raiders in the PUG system and obliterating all the content, thus able to carry the rest of the team, even if they’re undergeared, making 5-mans even easier and faster
- timed release of raiding content, so that bored T9 raiders have nothing else to do.
I think Blizzard should reduce the bonus Emblems for doing a random PUG to 1 Emblem, from 2. The supply and demand will not change, since everyone has had a taste of a proven system and know it works, so will continue to subscribe. It’s Emblems per hour ratio will still be superior to anything else they can do with their time. But at least with only 1 Emblem, it will take a little longer for people to gear up.
But more so, the thing is, currently there are too many people playing with this sense of righteous entitlement to loot. Loot is being given to them too easily, they don’t have to work for it, they’re being spoon-fed.
This is creating the behaviour I saw in Oculus. Damn, that instance has been nerfed twice now; it’d be easy to complete. But no, these spoon-fed losers just zoned out; they didn’t even want to try.
I like that making epics attainable will ensure everyone can get into ICC and kill the Lich King in person. It means I can, someone who has had to re-roll a tank from scratch when I switched to Oceanic realms. I can be geared enough to MT Lich King eventually, and I’m grateful.
I have no problem with epics of one lower tier being available from Emblems. I’m not one who has complained about these welfare epics. I think it’s fine.
I don’t think the LFG system should be changed. It’s excellent.
I do think the reward of bonus Emblems could be reduced slightly to 1, even if that’s just lip-service to the social problem I’m talking about.
I do think some of these WoW players should be grateful for what they’re getting.