I was reading and posting in an online forum on a WoW-related topic. In the discussion, someone spilled the beans about the ending of the Dragon Soul raid and storyline. Another person said, “Dude, put SPOILER ALERT on that so we know not to read it if we haven’t done it yet.”
At this point, the person who had asked for the spolier alert was raked over the coals in the way that WoW trolls really know how. They accused him of being a failure at the game because, at this point, only a total loser has not cleared the Dragon Soul in the LFR.
I stepped in to disagree, saying that I preferred to raid with my guild and so I, also, have not done the LFR raids yet.
Then the tide of opinion turned against me, saying that I should be running LFR to get gear to help with normal mode raiding. The fact that it is super-easy was the main argument for its necessity.
I feel like I’m part of a dying breed in WoW. The main joy of raiding for me is playing with my long-time gaming friends. There is no thrill in loot. Loot lost its appeal to me back in BC when epic purple gear became more common than rare blue-level gear. My joy comes from the shared experience of overcoming the obstacle that the devs have set before us. For that reason, I’d much rather run the raid in normal mode, using gear I got in normal mode Firelands and by running heroics.
Basically, I see the LFR as a nice alternate path for those who want/need it. I don’t see it as a necessary part of the gearing-up process.
Am I the minority here?