Monday, 18 April 2011

My two cents: Call to Arms.

Okay so there's been a lot of chatter about the new Call to Arms designed around dungeons. I'm sure you've all seen numerous blog posts about it, each with it's own views on the positives or (mainly) negatives.

Now, before I start I must remind you that my level 85 characters are all dps. Granted, my shammy can heal but his gear is pretty crappy and is ungemmed and unenchanted, so I'm currently not healing and I dont fancy spending money on getting it sorted seeing as I like melee.

I'm a bit late to this here party so I'm sure you're all well aware of what the Call to Arms gives as an incentive to make queues shorter by giving rewards to people choosing to tank instead of dps, etc.

My opinion of this is extremely simple. I'm totally against this for two reasons - people should tank because they enjoy it, not because someone's waving a mount shaped carrot infront of their greedy little faces and two, some people just need to stop being spoilt.

Y'see, before the Looking For Drama tool was introduced getting a group meant having friends, (which in turn required you to be a nice person towards other players - something with LFD has pretty much destroyed, and with it, part of my happy-go-lucky soul) or spending a while advertising in trade.

My first point about friends - 50% of the time, I'd run in an all guild group but the other half, I'd be with a group of friends I had, be it old guild members, old friends from vanilla or just people I'd grouped with randomly who knew how to play their class and were friendly.

The second, is self explainatory, infact you still get people doing that to find more members to speed up their queue time - which I'm all for, lets get a bit of human interaction when getting our daily valor points instead of entering a group with Arthás the DK 'tank' who doesn't know his arse from his elbow. The latter part of this also doesn't fill me with confidence for the new system, seeing as you'll probably get everyone that's class can tank or heal attempting to tank and heal without a) adequate gear or b) experience.

In all fairness, the wait on some servers can be ridiculous and I feel for those people that have to wait an hour or so if they're a pure DPS class but if you're queuing do something else while you wait instead of moaning about the wait time. Do some dailies, go gather some stuff, duel outside Orgrimmar, play the AH or even read a book and wait for the dungeon to pop. Just don't moan about the queue because it could like the old LFD system, where you didn't just click a button and wait, you had to go find the group - which would either accept you or not, which then had a 60% chance of collapsing before it was even fully formed.

Now that my rant's over, I'd like to share this little gem I found on Youtube before, it's not WoW related but it's very...Eastery (if that's a word!)

Battlefield Heroes: Easter Treat

1 comment:

  1. Good post!

    Whilst I won't mind being given presents for doing things I would be doing anyway, I have to agree the whole system seems quite ridiculous. But then, this is really just a continuation of the annoyance that is the LFD system anyway.

    Ultimately this system isn't going anywhere, but since there are now going to be even more fail healers and tanks out there now in the random PuG world, everyone who doesn't have a guild and friends to raid with should go find some. Now.