How to fix LFR
Yeah, right....that's like asking how to repair your Yugo. That was a really old reference, sorry, but I'm old.
No, since the introduction of Flex raiding, anecdotally, at least, the most annoying aspects of LFR seem to have gotten worse. Its as if a certain percentage of the half way engaged and prepared players without a normal/heroic raid team have shifted to flex leaving the absolute dregs to fend for themselves. So far this weekend on my Horde rogue, I've joined four seperate raids and managed to kill three bosses. In between has been an absolute circle jerk of idiocy.
As such, I've come up with a few suggestions for Blizzard to affect some changes to the system to make it more enjoyable for everyone. I've attempted to make them realistic and take into account their design focus, which is, not to please me or players like me, but the most people balanced against requiring at least a reasonable effort and time commitment.
1.) Lock players in during combat, do not allow players to leave the raid group while in combat. It will catch people who legitimately need to leave or get stuck in bad situations but it will prevent assholes from pulling the boss and leaving.
2.) Make boss mobs untagetabler except by designated tanks until they are engaged. It only takes one impatient person to screw the whole raid over by facepulling or poking the mobs because they are tired of waiting.
3.) Award VP per boss but do not give it out until the wing is cleared. Of course, this is tough because people are going to leave and the raid will fill and the fillers are already pissed off and have to que up again to finish the whole thing and forcing THEM to stick around to finish it to get rewards is going to be a hard sell.
4.) Increase the penalty for leaving the raid.
5.) a possible solution to #4 is to introduce an entry fee of, say, 100g that is refunded if you complete the wing. Ok, this one isn't realistic.
6.) finally, tweaks to the ilvl system that not only select based upon ilvl but on certain main stats. Tanks have to have X hp, hunters have to have Y AGI, etc. People fudge their class role all the time to get in without a long queue and it screws everything up for the rest of the raid.
Certainly, the solution is simple....if you don't like it, don't do it. Fair enough but I have 6 lvl 90's now (sigh, I know, no life) and its hard enough getting a gig for one or two of them, especially because my T-W-Th are blocked off for night classes.
I'd love to here more opinions on this. Yes, we all know there are a significant number of mouth breathers out there who fail at the simplest game mechanics or aspects of social interaction. That's not like to change any time soon.
your hat may be nice, but I have the little white tank top that says Legendary right across my boobs. I win. (or more correctly, H wins)