I Take It Back

I’ve written in the past about the changes to raiding guilds that the new, smaller instances are going to bring. As a member of a Naxx raiding guild, I really dreaded it. But now we’re a week into TBC and you know what? I think Blizzard made the right decision.

We’re having a two-week hiatus on raiding, so that we can all explore new content and level. We all seem to be having an enormous amount of fun, and the guild dynamic has gone back to the casual comraderie of more social guilds. We come together as needed for quests and instances in different combinations, everyone is posting funny or infuriating things that are happening, and it’s been great.

Tbh, I am dreading having to go back to Naxx…

I like the chance to be more active in new instances, rather than just “mashing buttons”. As you learn bosses in 40-man instances, everything becomes rather scripted. As long as the tanks and healers stay up, it’s really not a disaster if one single lock dc’s or dies.

I’m also loving the chance to actually play my hunter, since at this point in the expansion there’s no alt/main issue, or dkp. Although the warlock is my main, I love Kit…she’s fun to play, and yes, she IS a nelf hunter, so sue me. ;) We have a surplus of hunters, and she’d never raid. But in small groups? We’ve done five mans with two hunters and both pets off-tanking, and had tons of fun.

Do I want to go back to Naxx, 20-30g repair bills for the night, and just being one of 40 people? No, not really. How about you – has this changed your perception of serious/hardcore raiding?

6 Comments so far

  1. Kelderek (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 8:48 am

    Given the (high) quality of the drops in TBC, I have to ask: why on earth would you start going back to Naxx? And if you did, why would you run it obsessively, or farm it?

  2. Ravven (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 8:50 am

    Exactly. :/

  3. Miztress (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 2:27 am

    We’ll be going back to Naxx to clear it. Not to farm it, or for the loot especially – but because it’s a challenge we started – and we’ll see it cleared at least once!

  4. Xoruka (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 5:46 am

    Somebody gets their senses back.

    Welcome to the real world. Hope you enjoy your stay.

    Seriously, you thought 6 hour, 40 man raids were fun? Seriously?

  5. Ravven (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 6:12 am

    Fun? I’m not sure that is the right word for it. Challenging, yes. And the fact that 40 people could meet in a virtual world and successfully carry out what amounts to a precise military campaign, fascinating. Yes, after time it becomes boring…IF you think of it as a game, something frivolous that you do for a few hours.

    Much of what I do professionally involves usability and group/social dynamics, so I find the structure and demands that serious raiding takes to be interesting. Hardcore raiding guilds are closely akin to corporate structures, with application processes similar to CVs or resumes and great demands placed on all members in terms of long-term responsibility.

    And that, my friend, is definitely “the real world”.

  6. Miztress (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 6:23 am

    A six hour 40 man raid can be a lot of fun. It depends on your guild for one thing. We take it seriously enough to progress, but we’re not a guild that lays ridiculous rules and expectations on our members. THAT’s what keeps it fun.

    And yes – the first time my guild took down Nefarian – the ‘uber’ dragon – the pinnacle at that time of 40 man raiding, the cheers on Teamspeak were deafening. With the right attitude – fun is where you make it.

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