With some apprehension I decided to give the LFR a try on release day. I always have since they were added to the game. It was not always about gear, but sometimes it was, it was more about I like to experience everything there is to do in the game more so anything with such ease of access as the LFR. So worst case, I wanted to do the LFR at least once.
After so many first day experiences with bosses that blizzard really screwed up with because they thought a random group of people that just wanted to blow through content for some quick loot, valor, or entertainment, would be capable of working as a coordinated group ended up in complete failure I was, understandably, not expecting day one of warlords first LFR to be anything better than painful.
After snagging about 8 people from guild we queued up and got into a fresh run and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by how easy things were. For the first time ever since the release of LFR in the last patch of cataclysm was it really something one could call a quick way to have some fun and get some loot in sightseer mode.
The healers that were with the group said that there was almost no healing needed. Not that being they were over geared for it that it was easy to heal. No, they said there was no healing needed. Even due to mechanics and people failing horribly at them, they were still so easy to heal it was as if they were not really healing at all.
We, of course, had our LFR jerkwads. It would not be LFR without them. But instead of being like so many fights before this release where one troll pulling something they were not supposed to would wipe the group, it did nothing of the sort. Even a damage dealer it seems could easily tank the trash, at least that is what the healers told me.
Trash packs took longer than bosses. Trash packs seemed more dangerous than bosses. As a matter of fact one of the people in the group, after we downed butcher and I reminded everyone to loot, said, "that was a boss". The bosses seemed like nothing more than glorified trash, with less mechanics than trash has, and I loved it.
The entire run, and I might be exaggerating on the high end because I did not actually time it, might have taken 20 minutes. Most likely it took less. All three bosses were ninja pulled by some moron but because there were no wipes, no deaths, no problems, it really did not make much of a difference. Blizzard finally realized that in LFR we need moron protection. That easy fights are good. Even more so in a setting like that, the type of setting that inspires your standard jerk to step it up a notch and see if he can be an even bigger troll than normal.
I had absolutely no intention of bringing in alts to LFR this expansion. I hated the fact that it would still be the only way to gear alts on a steady basis. But after this experience I am second guessing myself.
I am thinking I can bring in my healers, that have no healing gear at all, and it should be fine because of the lack of healing needed, and get them some gear for healing as well as the quick queue to boot. The fact I have no spirit gear should not matter being the fights are light on damage and short on length.
I even began to entertain the thought that I might actually tank this. We had no guild tanks with us that I could ask but from what I saw it did not seem as if the two tanks were even talking, although I know it could have been kept to whispers. They just went at it and I guess whoever had aggro tanked. Could this be one of the things I have been asking for since the first half of dragon soul was released? That all fights in LFR are designed for one tank. Oh please say it is. I might actually tank the LFR than.
I know this is opening day. I know the better players are there. Lets face it, the worst damage dealer in my group was doing 16K and you know damn well that will not be the normal case in the LFR. So I am aware I had, by LFR standards, the best group ever in the history of the LFR. But it gave me hope. It was really sightseer mode with this group, so when we see groups where 6K and 8K is the norm instead of 16K and 18K being the norm, maybe it will still be easy, and if it is, LFR is a winner all around.
If we did not just over power it, and it really was as simple as it seemed to be with that group, I would say blizzard finally hit the nail on the head with the difficulty level of the LFR. If this one experience I had yesterday will end up being the representative group for LFR than I can't help but have faith that there might be a future in the game for it. Or more so for me doing it on alts. Because the cesspool of hate and bile and mechanics that could wipe people that it could sometimes be before really made me lose faith in the players and the designers of the game. But this smooth first day run is helping restore that faith. Lets just hope it stays this easy all the way throughout the expansion. If it done, I would be very happy.
But as wonderful as it was, and yes I did love it, it still leaves me with one question.
Shouldn't heroic dungeons offer higher level gear than LFR? It is the harder content after all.