“You are precisely as big as what you love and precisely as small as what you allow to annoy you.”
Robert Anton Wilson
Honestly, my thoughts won’t be very deep but there are things I think worth commenting on as I play through the Legion expansion.
The use of the Looking for Group tool and the addition of Mythic Plus has pushed the idea of “every man for himself”. It is an easy tool to use and no one can hold you back from playing however you’d like.
I see no reason to support guilds and that breaks my heart.
My guild did some raiding last night. DPS is not a concern, many of our players have +12 Mythic tokens. I’d say about a third of our raid had already run the raid, saving bonus rolls for the tier pieces. I’d guess that after the three hour raid about half of the players continued and pugged in players. Some were raiding at 2am, six hours later.
Our Raid Leader added another voluntary raid night which means our team is not progressing as a group. Why have a guild at all? The boss will be the boss that our Raid Leader is on, right?
And it doesn’t matter. I can join a pug group too. I can save my bonus rolls and roll and roll on a tier boss. I can join for one boss and leave with zero guilt. A lot of groups will exist just for the tier bosses.
Why are we striving for gear and not enjoying content? I need to learn from a page from Gnomecore’s philosophies.
I have maybe five guys that I look to in my guild. The other 200 flow in and out, joining us because we are pretty active. Active in that players want to achieve their goals and will ask in guild first; that is about it.
The players are playing, no doubt about it. We have good healthy niche groups who always party up. Our guild chat is pretty healthy. It is working. That guild is cooking around the clock.
Still, I wonder about five weeks from now. The LFG has made it so you can push to get your tier sets quickly. Will players still want to raid? Won’t they be “done” and pretty sick of the fights because they ran and ran and ran in these first few days. I mean, it’s only Thursday; two days after the raid came out.
The fun of settling into a group, getting on voice, chatting with friends is slipping away. Establishing new friendships through common content is harder not easier because it is “every man for himself” discouraging any generosity in time or spirit.
It is a game. People come and go. Players run hot and then fade. Players move to other guilds. Favorite friends play less or play Overwatch now. Can I call them friends, that is my question.
Like I said, no deep thoughts. Watcher admitted to not supporting guilds in Legion and said nothing (nothing!) would be done this expansion. He is a dick.