I must be the only one who has been waiting for a while now, hoping that this buff would come out sooner rather than later. For my guild, it will be a help, and possibly revive the raiding program that is starting to stagnate from boredom, now that we’ve hit a “wall.”
Casual Guild Focus
My guild is a casual guild, and the general rule is that everyone gets to participate, as long as they put in the minimal effort to get there.
Not ICC-ready yet? We have TOC-10 and TOC-25 runs to help you get there.
ICC-ready? You get to go just as often as anyone else. Doesn’t matter if there are 5 other people who can do the job better sitting the bench. You get to go.
In many guilds doing ICC content, the guildies all get their 2 frost badgers every day, and their 5 weekly badgers, and then any badgers from ICC. In our guild, far less than that. I would say that if the diligent wow-addict gets the maximum of 19 frost badgers from non-raiding activities, our guild average is closer to 10-12.
Usually, if I’m raiding on a given night, I don’t have time to do my random. I’m logging on minutes before the raid, helping organize, etc. After the raid, I’m crashing, because I have this “job” thing in the morning. Twig needs attention in the evenings, not “Sorry, mommy’s gotta get her frosties.”
We want to run ICC-25! We have enough people to pull it off, and it has more favorable ratios for tanks and healers than running 2 10-mans. We wouldn’t have to juggle 2 ID’s, which would make continuations a breeze.
We haven’t gotten down Marrowgar.
We’re running 1-2 ICC-10 runs a week, depending on how many people sign up. We are just now, like in the last 2 weeks, reliably killing Saurfang. We’ve killed Festergut twice.
Festergut has been close to dead and enraged on us a good number of times. The group last week ended up having to 2-heal that fight and they won by the seat of their pants. 2-healing Festergut. Ugh. 5% to us would be the difference between success and failure on that fight. I have no doubt about that.
How the Buff will Help Us
We’re getting bored. Sign-ups are falling off because we’re doing the same content week after week, 4 lousy bosses, and sometimes still struggling with it. By this point, everyone knows the fights, and everyone is mostly properly geared. We just keep hitting a “wall.” 5% may be just enough to get us over that “hump” and into some newer content.
We are getting better at everything (gear and skill), but not fast enough. Casual players are simply not willing to work THAT hard to see the content. They want their raids to be fun and challenging, but not a wipefest. If it seems like it’s going to be an impossible amount of work to get to see the content, they’re going to wander off, not to be seen again until Cataclysm.
We need this buff. We needed it last month. I just wish it were a little bigger.