wow addons & mic + grinding
you do not really need any addons to raid with - i seriously would be able to on most encounters do without them.. i think its too emphasized as a necessity. outside of making the buffs movable in game there isn't anything else needed and i know it sounds mad ... the more addons i have removed from use the less time Ive worried about having them.. for dps a boss can be set in focus &
raid warnings for fight can entirely be macroed and outside of that i find being in voice chat often times more distracting. if a group would not allow someone to raid without having addons or a mic i find it to be somewhat narrow minded .. ive found very few people able to explain a fight to a person who had not done it yet ..they have for the most part tried to explain way too much and just confuse dps .. kill that guy and then get the adds and go do this .. is usually more than needed ..
that being said .. i still would not want to keep a person who did not use these things who was entirely clueless .. such as did not know how to use assist or to focus off of other people, died because they could not follow direction and so on .. but outside of the raid leader being able to see and use statistics from addons i really do believe blizz has provided a really good ui.. aside for being able to see the important self procs in buffs ..and debuffs
having a mic tho is cheap and vent or mummble is free
its just not really fair to say the most important tools are not there the rest is just nice- but that's not to say i would ever catch my predatory swiftness without using weak auras :D
& Grinding is perfectly fine when you are in a guild that is progressing in raiding.. and still somewhat competitive about it but the thing is blizzard has casual players and people that are looking to get ranked in some way on some forum bored on the web... That shows how good they are .. and then the casual person who just doesn't care anything about that........ some people really would enjoy being able to play a character that was fully geared they had not worked for and to just start raiding with it .. Grinding is horrible when you don't want to put a months worth of time into a game. It really would be nice if they allowed for actual different realm types of no ranked anything that a person could simply log into .. not gain anything no gold nothing... and pvp at max level or raid .. just for that experience.. think about all of the dead realms that no one really uses or logs into ..it would in some way in some variant be nice not to have to work for anything so hard and it be acceptable for players who didn't care about the ladder system of play or rating system ..its a game where you can spend the entire time playing it and not get anywhere while still having the rules that are applied for players who want competition in the game .. this may seem very much to make it obsolete or will never happen till free to play but the grind is only alright for those who want the glory of having spent so much game time to get what amounts to absolutely nothing. I feel there is absolutely some way in which they could separate characters caught up in this in things such as BGs - you have fully geared players and the ones that are not going head to head .. and for the casual player it seems absurd or not even fun to play this way. Obviously its not losing subs.. but there really needs to be some separation to keep things feeling more even or less like a waste of time.. i grinded up my rep only in another patch to have it bought out .. there really isn't as much fun in the game as the content and having worked for it - but still people shouldn't feel it to be so much work to get to where they want to go with it. can you really say the grind is the only thing that gives the game legs.. i had an epic experience this week catching the time-lost proto drake , but as soon as i got him .. it was gone, the thrill of the hunt. If there is anyone who says that they enjoy doing a daily for the fun of it ..and not splitting someones skull in arena or downing a raid boss, then i think maybe Ive lost complete prospective..