……..it will also be swiftly renamed looking for idiots.
Looking for raids is a great idea, really is. The only issue I see with it is the simple fact of firestanding, mouth breathing playerbase means the resultant raids will have to be so easy that they’ll basically be 10/15 man raids you can take 25 to.
What changes might it have to the way wow is played, though?
Well for a start 10 man guilds are going to hurt. The pressure to simply add whoever is stood around in org to the 10 man and then hit the queue for 25 button will be immense. Nowt wrong with this, but the general direction is then set to go 25 man. As someone who doesn’t like 25 man much it’s a bit shit, but for every guy like me theres one who loves 25 massively cheered by this development. 🙂
There is also going to have to be “firmer” systems added to wows basic interface to manage the LFtool. Who is leading? What are the default loot rules? Who can you kick and how often? What gear will drop? Who assigned the class roles/healing etc Any automated system will be a massive clue into design philosophy as well.
Blizzard always, always, always massively incentivise whatever they introduce at the start, so I am expecting major VP drops from LFR bosses.
Next up – a tidal wave of returning players. The ability to raid at absolutely any time at all will see it snow old skoolers, many of whom have moved on and done wacky stuff like have kids, settle down or even gone outdoors. It will rain people who like wow but don’t have the ability to commit to a schedule. 100%, guaranteed. Whether they stay or not….well that’s another thing entirely.
Annnnnd – No more hotfix nerfs to normal and heroic mode raids. I think this is actually one of the reasons why they’d look at a LFR system, to seperate out those who want to raid hardcore and those who want to just have a bit of fun/see stuff properly so they aren’t arguing over a pool of limited resources.
Overall, I like the idea (not too keen on 25 man but that’s life) and think it’ll only be good for the game.
Let me know what you think!