09/19/2011 04:13 PMKeep in mind we do intend to allow tier 13 set pieces to drop for those using the upcoming Raid Finder. Similar to the difference between normal and Heroic versions of tier sets, the Raid Finder set will have a lower item level than the normal and Heroic counterparts.
Posted by Zarhym
This doesn't make any sense to me. Why would you reward random teams of raiders less than a regular group? The difficulty of coordinating random people is far higher than organizing a normal weekly group of players. PUG raids invevitably fall prey to the worst kind of elitism, entitlement, dropped players, and undergeared idiots that WoW has to offer, and that's really saying something. On top of that, it will also suffer from lesser loot levels?
Why is there a tank shortage in heroic 5-mans and za/zg? Because most of the good tanks have long since geared up and moved on. That leaves alts and bads. So you add an incentive to them with the extra bag of loot for needed roles. I don't think the call to arms worked well, but it did work to a degree. The same concept applies to the LFR, except you're giving tanks and healers LESS of a reason to use it by making loot levels worse, and putting them in a terrible environment as well!
Entry level raid-geared players in a guild have the advantage of guildies who understand and are likely also learning the fight and are interested in progression, even at the cost of multiple wipes. PUGs do not have this tolerance.
They expect the run to go perfectly, and gear to fall in their laps, and to expect to be carried to it while they abuse the system to get into the raid in blues and greens.
Blizz, you want people to put up with all that for less reward than just playing with their friends and getting better loot while they're at it?
I very much disagree with this choice by blizzard. I think its a terrible idea if they really want people to use the raidfinder. Otherwise I see it going the way of the built in voice chat for blizz(you know, the one that no one uses.....)