While lately I've been at a loss of things to do there is one thing that does hold true. Raiding is still fun.
As I mentioned before, the difficultly level is a bit much for most of the player base. Even the nerfed 20% difficultly level of T11 normals is still too much for the average raiding community. That is the reason why lower progressed servers like mine can still not pug that "old" content.
So even if I do enjoy raiding I don't see things getting better over all because there are no pugs going around.
To get people back into the swing of things we started off with TotFWs. It took roughly 15 minutes and one shot to down it. WoW, what a difference some time makes.
It was only that quick and easy because everyone there knew the fight except one person and that one person had seen it so it was more of a quick once over and then at it. Just because we did it in 15 minutes does not mean that it can be pugged. A pug would never make it past the first boss (3 bosses?) so the last would be impossible when you ask pug people to move from the wind and even more of a dream to think you will do it in one shot.
It was kind of funny that it took us longer to assemble the raid then it actually took us to do the raid. Hence the reason I hate these short raids. I also hate the whole air phase thing but it is what it is. Sad part is that this raid is perfect for helping people gear up being it is quick so we are going to be stuck doing it once in a while, like it or not. Even if it was that simple, I still think it needs to be nerfed, a lot more. I don't care about difficultly. It is annoying. Annoying does not equal fun. Someone should explain that to blizzard. Find a way to add "difficultly" without making me go into the air and I will be a happy camper.
Being we finished it quickly we went over to BWD and figured we could knock that one out quickly as well. A few people had never been to that one however so it took some explaining time. We had a few people come and go, the bane of a casual guild, it is rare we do a whole raid night with the same people the whole time.
Either way, we ended up wiping a few times on Nef by the time we called it a night. Once was because I missed an interrupt. Got stuck on the freaking platform. That ever happen to you? Makes me feel so bad when stuff like that happens and I know it was all my fault. Another time, one of the other interrupters got stuck under the platform and it was an instant wipe. One time. God knows, we wiped spectacularly. I think it was all of 20 seconds of a fight. Not sure what happened there. That time the rouge that had never been there vanished after the wipe and said he would wait down there for us. I told him it won't work. It didn't. I waited outside until I saw he died.
We all had some fun laughs and all had a good time even if we wiped a few times on nef and did not get it down. At least a few new people now know the fight including a brand new boomkin that really has no gear but seems to be dedicated enough that they might become a good player in the near future. 10K with no real gear on a fight they never even heard of before shows that they have potential.
We could have downed that one too and it could have been a really fast run just like TotFWs was but those one shot mechanics ended the dream of 2 end bosses in one 2 hour raid night. Even outgearing the content can't help against one shot mechanics.
This is also why this is not puggable. I have a member in my guild that has been doing it whenever he sees a pug come up. He laughed when I told him we always seem to have someone miss the interrupt because of something stupid and that is the whole fight right there. He said, what interrupt. I said, the one in the second phase. He said, Oh, I've never made it that far.
He has been in at least 20 different pugs that where on Nef and has never seen phase two. I was not even sure that was possible.
I like raiding. I like getting stuff down quick and easy like we did with TotFWs. I don't mind not getting things finished like we didn't in BWD. Either way, when you are with people that are willing to learn and show they are adapting, raiding is fun. Lots of fun.
Too bad I can't do it again on my healer tonight or my mage the day after and then maybe my druid tank on sunday.
Back when raids where puggable, back when fun was more important, I would have been able to pug on 5 different characters the current top tier raid. Now I can not even pug a raid that is the last tier that has been nerfed and is mostly outdated unless you need a choice piece here or there.
Raiding is still fun. I still love it.
It just is not what could be considered fun content any more.
Unless you are in a raid group or on a well progressed server that might pug once in a while you will never see the inside of a raid.
I guess the next time I log in will be Monday for the next raid (or Saturday for an old time raid for achievements) maybe finish off Nef and knock out Shannonx on Monday.
Until then, no reason for me to log in. It is not like there will be someone pugging raids so my other characters have something to do.
Raiding is still fun.
I just wish I could do it more.