That question is really all about opinion, like most are, but I believe that even if my opinion would be yes, as I will explain, my opinion holds water when I say the LFR in its current state is hurting the game as a whole. Or at the very least, is hurting how I play and just maybe some others.
How is the LFR hurting how I play?
Lets say you made me some cookies, pecan sandies because they are my favorite, and you place them down in front of me but they kind of suck. You burnt them a little, they taste a little off, and somehow you managed to make them all warm on the outside but still cold and uncooked on the inside. I might take a taste, I might even eat one or two and say thank you. It would be rude to insult you and just say your cookies suck.
I will appreciate you made them for me but in the end I really do not like them. You could have set the heat correctly so it did not burn the outside without leaving the inside undone, you have have checked that you put he correct measurements in so it tasted, well, edible. In the end, no one can fault you for trying. You did something out of the kindness of your heart and we should still appreciate that.
That is basically what I see the LFR as. Something blizzard did so everyone could get a taste but not everyone has the same tastes. While we all would rather our cookies not burnt, perhaps someone else might like the mixture that was used and the taste, outside of the burning, would be fine for them when it is not for me. But even for the people that did like it, it is still burnt.
The LFR is a burnt cookie. We all might eat it, but most do not like it for one reason or another, even if we will eat it. The next time around when you offer to make us cookies people will say, no thank you. Just like what is happening with the LFR now. I, and so many others, are trying our best to avoid it. We might want to do it, just like we would want more cookies, but we know it will most likely suck, just like burnt pecan sandies.
Each new set of LFRs they work on the recipe. They are trying to make it better adding more of one ingredient while removing some of another, trying to find that best balance that would be suitable for everyone. However, each time they play with the recipe they are making it worse.
Lets move this analogy from cookies, because I am getting hungry, to spices, because it seems more fitting with where I am going with this next actually.
There is a reason when you go to most restaurants the food they serve is bland for the most part. They need to make it for everyone, so they make it a the lowest common denominator. They let you add your own salt or pepper or spices as you want, so you can get that little extra you want out of it.
The LFR is putting the salt and pepper and spices in there and each time they add a new tier to the LFR they are adding more to it instead of taking some out. They have not grasped the concept that every decent restaurant in the world has already noticed. Basic is better, let the customer spice it up themselves.
Now with flex, normal and heroic you have your "add your own spices" raids. LFR needs to be basic, it needs to be bland, but blizzard keeps saying, lets add more salt. Well blizzard, what if I don't like salt in my random group content? Thank you for making it, I do appreciate it, but if I wanted some salt I would add my own and do a flex pug. If I wanted some pepper I would add my own and do normal. If I wanted both salt and pepper and maybe even a little hot sauce I would do heroic.
LFR keeps getting more spices in it when it should be getting less. Blizzard seems to think if they keep adding it that people will learn to like it.
No matter how often you say "clear the center" people will still fall when the platform disappears. No matter how often you say "follow the marked person" people will still die to the maze. No matter how often you say "do not attack in defensive stance" people will still unload when they shouldn't.
People are stupid blizzard. They will join LFR even if they can not handle the spices. That is a news flash for you.
None of those mechanics, and many others, had any business being in the LFR. They are the spices, they should only be there for people that want their food spicy. Those people, the ones that seek it out, have the option to do something else, something special, something spicy, like flex or normal or heroic.
It is as if blizzard is trying to add salt to everything they make, lots of salt, and forgetting that some people do not like salt and possibly might even be deathly allergic to salt. But they do not care, they keep adding more salt in the form of mechanics.
There are dozens of reasons someone might not be a raider. Maybe they are slow to react, they are not good at movement, they have a bad memory, they are bad with instructions, they take a while to learn, they have horrible hand eye coordination, they have a bad connection, they have a bad computer, they are still learning, that are self centered and believe they should not have to learn, they do not care, they are hoping someone will carry them, they would rather do something to troll like killing all the tents on spine just for fun, there could be dozens of reasons someone is not a raider as I said, but lets call every single one of those things "allergic to salt".
So every time blizzard adds mechanics to a fight it is like they are added salt and there are many people, a great many people, that are just allergic to salt that are going into the LFR and this is what is usually happening when someone gets a bad run. They are in there with a bunch of people that are allergic to salt and it is the salt that is killing them, not the floor disappearing, not the maze killing them and not the fact they are hitting through defensive. It is because there is salt there that should not be there.
With each new release of the LFR it seems like blizzard is trying to convince people, "you like salt, just try it". They do not understand that there will always be people that are allergic to it and as long as those people can enter the LFR just by simply hitting a button they will not care that their aversion to salt is going to hurt the others they are with, they will still use it. So the LFR needs to be made without salt.
The people that want those spices can do flex or normal or heroic. They are making a conscious decision joining a hand assembled group where someone, hopefully, took the effort to see that everyone can handle the spices of that level of difficulty.
I understand the argument that some people have, some actually good and even very good players that love the LFR. They do not have the time for assembled content. They want to pop on and enter a queue and see the raid. They can handle the spices that the LFR offers and they might even think it should have more. In the end however, as I mentioned, as long as anyone can get in there, including the people that can't handle the spices, you have to make the LFR with them in mind. The LFR should be bland.
Each time they release a new tier of the LFR they keep adding more spice to it. They keep making it involve more mechanics. They keep thinking people will just get used to the salt and sooner or later they will be able to handle it.
They will never be able to handle it. There will always be people that are not raiders in there. There will always be people that will troll and try to get people killed. There will always be people looking to do as little as possible and get carried to free loot. In other words, there will always be people allergic to salt in there.
Because of this the LFR should be designed around them. So they and their special snowflake attitude does not ruin the time of 24 other players around them. LFR should be a basically salt free zone. A bland representative of the actual finished product. To people that can handle spices, the minimal salt that is in the LFR seems like nothing. But unless you queue up with a complete group of those people you are at the mercy of the true nature of random and getting those allergic to salt groups is what is ruining the LFR experience for most people.
If they release it without the salt the chance of a failure would drastically be reduced and this would increase both the enjoyability of randomed raid content and the usefulness of it as a tool for the average player that just does not like spices.
The LFR, in my opinion, is going in the wrong direction adding more mechanics hoping that people will learn from it. When will they get the concept that random and any level of difficulty do not go hand in hand. They need to be separate.
I know somewhere in there offices someone knows that. I believe even ghostcrawler said it once or twice with reference to difficulty in random content, how it doesn't work. It is not often I agree with our friendly neighborhood crab but he is right on target here. Now all he needs to do is let the raid design team learn that. Take the spices out of the LFR and you will have a much bigger hit on your hands. Adding more levels of difficulty to it is not the answer. Some people just can't handle the salt and no matter how you try, you can not teach them to handle it. Just make LFR salt free.
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