How are you planning to use the looking for raid tool?
I see it as an opportunity for many guild organized activities. I’m sure that individuals will use it as a chance to learn fights, obtain tier 13 gear and get some Valor points (for clearing 4 bosses), but that’s not quite as interesting to me as the other possibilities.
As guild leader of a large guild, I want to arrange guild activities when I can. There are currently three 10-man raid teams and a rated battleground team, but that still leaves many guild members out of regular activities. I see the raid finder as an opportunity for more guildies to see a raid – mainly the ones who are not in the raid teams.
I’m hoping that I can arrange a night where we get 25 guildies together who are near enough to geared up and down a boss or two in the looking for raid difficulty. If half of the group are made up of the regular raid teams, then it should go a little smoother. This will be a good way to get some loot for casual members and encourage more group activities. If we can fill a full 25 man raid with guildies that would be even better.
I’ve noticed that the dungeon finder has a distinct effect on guild dynamics. Many guild members will do dailies while queueing for an instance, rather than putting a call out in guild chat. Hopefully an organized looking for raid run will get more people interacting with other guild members.
Soon after patch 4.3 I expect that some of the raid teams will use the looking for raid tool to learn fights, but since it’s 25 man raids and we only have 10 man teams, I don’t expect this to last long. I feel its more likely that my guildies will go into the new difficulty in groups of 2-3 before raid night just to check it out and then be ready for the 10 man raids at the regular time. I know I won’t be requiring that my raiders spend extra time in the different difficulty – especially since the loot is different and the fact that 25 man raids can be a bit of a mess if not organized well.
That said, I’ll probably be queuing here myself to try and get some tier pieces early…
I’m looking forward to the lower difficulty of the raid finder. In Wrath of the Lich King I ran 25 man raids with my guildies after the 30% buff went live. These were time limited (2 hours) and anyone could come as long as they had roughly ok gear (that meant mostly epics at that point in the expansion). Those raids still get mentioned fondly in guild chat, and I’m hoping to repeat the experience. At the moment the difficulty of the raids really prevents running this kind of event, since about 30% of the people there hadn’t raided before. Running the previous tier of raids would work, but I’ve had trouble getting enough interest from the regular raiders to support the event. Combined with my low tolerance for pugging this meant that the events have never happened – I hope the raid finder will fix that!