Does "Nailed it!" refer to the fact I called this addition was coming nearly a year ago or does it refer to the fact that blizzard has found the possible solution for the friends and family casual type guilds? Maybe both.
July 28th 2012 I wrote a post about scenarios where I mentioned it would open the door for dynamic raiding, you can check it out if you would like, Can Scenarios Change the Way we Play?. I might have went along the wrong path to lead me to believe dynamic raiding was coming but I did say it would be coming. Then today I pop on to see A Raid for All Seasons: Flexible Raid Preview on battle.net. Just like I posted about the scroll of resurrection promotion before it was announced, the tillers farm before it was introduced, and various other additions to the game I have another notch on my belt for calling one right.
I'll repeat the line from that post to express my feelings about the flexible raid system.
"Dynamic raiding. The idea of that just makes me smile."
It is not exactly what I would call a dead on accurate prediction but if you read their post and my post you will find some surprisingly similar comments in each that explains why this type of dynamic raiding is a great idea. They call it flexible raiding, I call it dynamic, it is basically the same thing.
What I like the most about it is that it will be on a separate lock out. It will be harder than LFR but easier than normal. It is EXACTLY what my guild needs right now. We have so many people interested in joining our 25 man but many of them really are not raiders and we do not have enough solid players to carry them in a 25 man. To have something like this to gear them up and to train them that we can run our mains on to help push them through while we teach them makes working toward a real 25 man so much more a reality than it is now.
I can also see this type of raiding replacing the LFR for my guild to some extent. We do a guild LFR and fill out the spaces with the system once a week. No longer will we ever need to do that again. If we have 18 we will walk into the 18 man version. We can easily carry those people that need gear without subjecting them to the unwashed masses that live in the LFR.
We can have them on vent and teach them to do the fights the right way even if they could just avoid the mechanic like in the LFR in preparation for getting them ready for the real raid. And the best part of it all, it drops better loot than the LFR. Better loot? Why even run the LFR unless you can double dip on reputation, quest drops, or something else. Maybe to help gearing up faster, but I think I would prefer to gear up slower with better gear and with guild in this new flexible world, at least on my alts. My main I will probably still do all three on as long as I need gear from them.
And alts, oh my god alts. I can now make more alt nights where we can run alts. I love that idea. A new raiding world is open to everyone, maybe, depending on difficulty of course. There will still be people that just can not do it. Heck, there are people, many of them, that the LFR is too difficult for. We can run the guild group for everyone one night, the progression 10 another and then maybe even a alt run the one after only to finish the week up with a real 25 that now has people that have had the experience from the flexible run, and maybe some gear to boot.
And it will be upon us for the next patch too. This is reason to be excited. The raiding world is hurting, hurting bad, as you might have noticed from a few of my posts recently and posts all over the net. This is just want the doctor ordered and this is just what the elf said was coming.
BTW: Being I have been pretty accurate predicting the future the last couple of years perhaps it is time you refresh yourself on some of the things to expect in 6.0, as the elf sees it, New for 6.0: Player Housing and 2 New Professions.
Nailed it is right. This might not be the big unannounced feature they were talking about but it is surely a welcome announcement to my pointed ears.
What do you think about it?