An Idea, Just a Small One

Hi, it’s me, Gloria. I’m the author of such silly idea threads as “add a class difficulty rating” and “long, wordy, too many comparisons battlepet post” A, B and C as well as “add a battle pet that is an artifact.

Basically, I come up with weird ideas on the regular. I don’t know what it is about WoW that makes me think this stuff up, especially since, like, look at me? I work customer service day-to-day, what makes me think I know more than the developers a massive hit of an MMO? I guess it’s a good outlet, since most people know suggesting things at work can be pretty hit or miss. At least I got them to replace the random generic stock photo person on our website with an actual employee though, hah. But I could be brainstorming to improve my own life, or building ships in a bottle or something! Instead I sit here like, “But…what would make the experience better for newbies in the game?” because WoW is so ingrained in me after 10 years and I want to see it succeed.

That said, I was thinking the other day about why I see so many of the people in my community (which is mostly friends on twitter) so rapidly abandoning the raiding lifestyle. I do still have friends that raid regularly and even do mythic. (Bear Retirement Home is recruiting, btw, great group of people. Search them up on twitter.) But a lot of us…a LOT OF US have just given up for various reasons.

Raiding retirement reasons include:

-Not wanting to commit to a weekly schedule anymore.
-Not wanting to sit at a comp for hours at a time to prepare for a raid or do the raid.
-Not wanting to focus on wiping, recovering, and doing it all over again.
-Not wanting to have to actually maintain a raid group. Scheduling, raid leading, and hoping people show up, and recruiting can be incredible draining.

Now, I don’t have the data Blizzard has. This is all data taken anecdotally from conversations I’ve had among friends. But it seems that, by and large, an aging playerbase is slowly growing out of the raiding mentality. Because you have to admit, the points made above are…kinda what raiding is all about? It used to be that there was plenty of new blood to replace retiring raiders, but with how newbie unfriendly WoW has become I’m not so sure that’s the case right now. But again, anecdotal. I’m sure Blizzard has meetings with data to go over trends and whatnot.

But anyway, I was thinking the other day about how the idea of raiding is going out of style. Do people want to feel like they have to sit at a computer for 3+ hours to accomplish anything? The current popularity of MOBAs and FPS games says that no, no they do not. Also, note that I said “feel like” because we all know some MOBA matches can take longer than 40 minutes. But the illusion of, “Oh I can just sit here for 20 minutes and get a game in” is there. And that’s what appeals. With raiding, unless you’re doing LFR, you know that’s probably going to be an hour+ long commitment going in. Is that what people are turning their noses up at? Hmm.

So I was trying to think of a way that kind of content could be adapted to WoW. And I says to myself, I says, “What if people could jump into a progression raid with a guild and automatically have their ilvl boosted to the average of the rest of the raid?”

Okay wait. WAAAIT. Before you freak out at the idea, let me explain.

I find myself constantly wishing I could jump into my friends’ raids to help out every once in a while without making a commitment. But my character’s ilvl would be a hindrance, especially on my horde character that is a late-to-the-expansion alt. Now I can farm to get my ilvl up, and I do, but it would be nice to be able to jump into a raid once in a while to help heal when they’re down a person and still be able to actually HELP.

This would serve two purposes:

  1. I get to do raid content without having to commit, and suddenly you see that bite-sized MOBA style influence coming in here and it appeals. Oh does it appeal.
  2. If my friends’ guilds are ever down a person, it’s easier for them to fill that spot without fretting about backup raiders not being available.

Eh? Eeeh? Seeing my picture now?

Obviously there would have to be some serious limitations on the system. You shouldn’t be able to just join a random raid group where the leader has an ilvl of 6 billion and automatically have yours boosted to that level. That would trivialize like, everything ever. But if you are joining a guild group that clearly has 10-15 people all with the same guild tag and general ilvl, that’s when yours would be boosted up to the average.

LFR is controversial because people see it as sightseeing content. And let’s be real, it is. You can blow on the bosses and knock them over, and there are some people that like it that way. That’s fine, it’s whatever. I think a lot of people that run LFR don’t run it because it’s fun, they run it because it’s bite-sized content they can enjoy in an hour of playtime. So let’s bring that concept to another area of the game and help the now retired/casual raiders to sometimes have a little challenging raiding back in their lives on their own and also help guilds that may be struggling to recruit on their servers or whatever have a bit of a backup plan.

And who knows? Maybe the retired raiders will fall back in love with it and start to revive the system a little, alongside newer players coming in Legion.

There’s also the fact that a lot of people want to introduce friends/family members to the game and outside of dungeon content, well, you can’t really bring your undergeared brother to your heroic raid, even though you might really want him to be able to see just how freakin’ cool it is. So your option is to run with him through LFR.

….ehhh.

This would allow you to have him tag along.

I mean they already do this with dropping ilvls to make Timewalking dungeons relevant again. I don’t see why it couldn’t be applied in what is essentially the opposite direction. We have the technology! I mean, sort of. We sort of have the technology. They really need to work on stuff like trinket proc percentages and whatnot because in Timewalking those are BAaaaAAAad but…we have MOST of the technology!

Though to be perfectly honest, I would be shocked if the developers hadn’t already considered an idea like this. I’m sure it’s come up in a meeting at some point. So there must be a reason why it hasn’t been done yet. And I’m sure players can think of dozens of reasons why it’s terrible. Trust me, I get it, lots of my ideas are bad. But hey, gotta get them out there even if I’m shouting into a void!

So you know, food for thought.