The new looking for raid part is out and last night I decided to get it in before my guild would run their version with as many members from the guild as wanted to go. Guild runs are usually better because you are going with a group of people that are communicating. Even if we are not the greatest raiders the fact we all at least go into it knowing the fights and what to expect and have the ability to communicate with each other even if we run into some problems we can usually get through anything the LFR throws at us.
Without my guild it is a different story. It is a nightmare. And the nightmare keeps getting worse with each new release of a raid in the LFR. All I want to do is wake up and find out that this was all a dream, a very bad dream, but that is not going to happen. The looking for raid is now officially progression raiding for randoms.
I have to say I am done. I quit. I just can not do it any more. I have no desire to do progression raiding with 24 people I have never met and will most likely never meet again. I have no desire to do progression raiding in a group with 5 people that all think they are the leader and have different ways to go about the fight. I have no desire to do progression raiding with random people that all think they are better than everyone else even if they are the first one to have died to an easily avoidable mechanic. I have no desire to do progression raiding with people calling each other names and insulting each other instead of doing what they were there for, you know, killing things.
I have no desire to do progression raiding with no communication. I have no desire to do progression raiding with damage dealers who think DPS is more important than doing the right thing. I have no desire to do progression raiding with healers that think doing an AoE heal to increase their HPS is more important than keeping the tank alive. I have no desire to do progression raiding and have to explain everything all over again every attempt because people leave and come in and none of them even consider taking 3 minutes to watch a video or read a post. I have no desire to do progression raiding in a random setting that is intended to be so easy and it was for seeing content, getting loot and collecting valor in a quick and easy way when there is nothing quick and easy about it. I have no desire to do progression raiding with random people. I quit.
The looking for raid was intended for people that could not do real raids because of time or skill reasons by being something that was easy that they can do at any time of the day in short doses and it has failed miserably at being that.
Last night I waited in queue for 42 minutes and entered a raid that went on to wipe 10 times, could have been more, I think the determination buff stops at 10, but I guess it was 10 times because we had 10 stacks when we finally lucked into killing the boss over two and a half hours after I entered the raid. I say lucked into it because when it ended only 3 of us were still up thanks to nearly the entire raid dying from one mechanic.
Over three hours, including wait time, to down one boss? This is not easy, this is not something that people that can not dedicate a lot of time to raiding can do. Three hours on one boss is ACTUAL raiding. It is not LFR. I do not even raid three hours a night with my guild and yet I get stuck in a looking for raid, when including wait time, is basically three hours to down one boss. Then, just to add insult to injury, I win nothing and end up spending over 250 gold for repairs to get a 25 gold baggie. Yeah blizzard, you win, I quit.
I want to ask an honest question here. How exactly is playing for three hours to down one boss something that people that do not have time to really raid work?
People want to use the looking for raid for something quick and easy. Three hours is not quick, 45 minutes to an hour total, including wait time, would be quick. That is all any section of the LFR should ever take. No more than 1 hour, including wait time. Even if filled with player lacking skill it should never take more than 1 hour total.
Instead I waited forever to get in. Then waited after each wipe when people left. Some of those waits upwards of 15 minutes between pulls. Then twice the boss bugged out and would not come down so we spent 10-15 minutes jumping up and down trying to get a shot in on it to aggro it so we could continue. Then when we did start the fight it was a guaranteed wipe because the melee could not hit it and the visuals were not exactly excellent when the mob was hanging out in the air which caused more to die. But we had no choice, we had to work it and wipe, so we had a chance to get back in and do it right. Either that, or drop a group that we had already invested hours in, just to have the attempt to down one freaking boss. I quit.
Now for the adding insult to injury part. I had to drop group because I had guild commitments to deal with. This means I now need to wait in queue for god knows how long again if I want to try to finish the raid. I might even get stuck in on the first boss again and have to deal with that hell again. Or even worse, I might get put in on the last boss, be forced to deal with that hell, and then need to queue up again so I can get the second boss. Waiting for yet a third time in queue for one freaking raid I should have been able to do on three characters in the time it took me to down one boss yesterday. That third time it will most likely put me in on the first boss, unless I am really super luck, which I rarely am, and I will have to spend hours wiping on that again just to get the chance to experience the hell of the second boss. I quit.
More insult to injury is the fact that my entire game day play time was spent doing one thing, for nothing. I ended up with a repair bill 10 times the amount of gold the game gave me for putting up with this shit. I did not win any gear, which I should have been given just for putting up with all this crap. It should not have been some random chance to drop it. I should have received everything that is suitable for my class as soon as the boss was downed as a thank you for sticking it out in this hell they think is fun. It is not fun to wipe with random people blizzard, not ever and it should be near impossible to wipe with random people. I quit.
Tuesdays are the good days. I have always said it, tuesdays are the best day to do the LFR because that is when the better players do it. That is why I log on as early as I can on tuesdays, that is why I play a long as I can on tuesdays, so I can get the content done faster when the better players are there. If these were the better players, and this was what the LFR was like, what chance do my alts have of getting in a decent run when I do it on the weekend and there are lesser skilled players?
WTF was blizzard thinking with progression raiding in the LFR?
I quit. I can't do this any more. If blizzard does not want me playing why didn't they just say so. When I get over my anger of this issue I will be the fool that will go right back into it trying to finish it on all my characters because I am an idiot that way. But for now, I quit. I will not do the LFR any more. Not without at least a dozen guild mates.
I am not quitting the game. No, I am too thickheaded and stubborn for that. I also would not quit over one thing. But I quit giving a crap about the LFR. I quit trying it the day it comes out and will wait for my guild now. I will probably quit doing it on alts until most people get a hang for it and it is a push over, the type of push over it should be from day one. I quit going into there being the only person that watched the damn video.
Now for two little side bits.
Looking for a new guild for my non raiding alts.
I want to find a guild for my alts to do the LFR with. Because going solo doesn't cut it any more, it is way to hard for the average player so I want to go with a group that I know is capable of doing it. I don't ever want to be caught at the mercy of randoms any more. At least not unless blizzard learns how to make content intended for random groups. This release proves they have no clue how bad their average player is. Are there any guilds out there that just do the LFR a few times a week that I can tag along with on my non raiding alts? Can we even cross realm queue for LFR? I honestly don't know.
Side bit number two, I will leave you with some fun stuff from my nightmare run.
Warlock: You guys suck, this is so easy. ( posts achievement for doing this quarter on normal)
Tank: Says the person 14th in DPS.
Rogue: And 19th in damage done because he was the first to die.
Healer: He was the first to die every time so far.
Rogue: Guess that means you got carried by your guild.
Warlock: I am better than any of you.
Rogue: Just because you got carried does not mean you are good.
Hunter: Put a star on my head so people can follow me. I know the maze.
(during the fight, talking to me.)
Hunter: Over by me huntard.
Hunter: You are going to die if you don't follow me.
(I don't respond, I do not move to him)
Hunter: Kick him after this run, he is an idiot.
(We wiped, but I was the last ranged alive as he lead the entire group that followed him to their death)
Tank: Seems like the huntard was the only one that knows how to do the maze.
Me: I figured I was safer doing it on my own. Seems I was right.
Healer (and others): lol
(hunter drops group without a word)
Tank: We only have three healers.
Mage: Who cares, we are going to wipe anyway, lets build some stacks of determination while we are waiting.
(I must admit he had a good point)
DPS: A mob just spawned in my beam of light, what do I do?
Healer: Kill it.
DPS: Good idea.
DPS: First time here, anything I should know?
Tank: All you need to really know is where the closest repair vendor is.
(After four wipes)
Tank: Sorry guys, I give up.
(Drops group, and three minutes later)
Same Tank: Oh crap. Well, lets try this again.
(After the seventh wipe)
Tank: I am leaving again, not going to queue up right away, maybe I will get a better group, sorry.
DPS: See you in a few minutes.
(A few minutes later)
Same Tank: This game fucking hates me.
Entire raid: lol
Healer: Lock, you there?
Healer: Why are you not taking the rez?
Lock: We are only going to die again and I am running low on gold, can you just rez me when we get to 10 stacks.
Warrior: How hard it is for people to find the clear path?
Rogue: Judging by the stacks of determination I would say very hard apparently.
(Shaman zoning in at 10 stacks)
Shaman: I did not know this went up to 10, this does not bode well.
Healer: It stops at 10, we are actually on our 23rd try.
Shaman: Please say you are kidding.
See, there were a few funny moments, but was it worth it. Absolutely not. The LFR needs to be tuned down to LFR players with LFR skills and LFR abilities. If the best players, those first day players, can't do it, what chance to the weekend warriors have? Yeah, that is why I quit.