Well put, GC. I like the heroics the way they are now: a challenge but not impossible, given that each player take the time to train for them through normal dungeons and farm for rep with dailies and tabards (which is NOT that big of a chore: most people can get the rep they need with at least 2 factions within a week of dungeon runs and dailies).The comparisons I'm seeing between Cata and BC heroics are a bit moot, don't you think? You have fond memories of running heroics in BC back when you had to spam in trade chat to do it. The only people who would respond were the most confident and patient, those willing to take the time and effort to complete them. The chaff we're hearing about in the LFD queue are those who never had that kind of patience, who perhaps quit WoW until the next expansion after they were done questing.The LFD tool then came about late in the Wrath expansion, when everyone was already geared like champs for the content it provided. Personally, I got my first 80 just after the LFD tool came out, so I grinded for gear there in order to join raids with my guild. Most groups were able to carry, to some extent, and even if were were all the same low gearscores, the content was not that challenging. GC and the other devs admit to that as a mistake in retrospect, anyway.When the tool came about, those who originally quit until the next expansion came back and used the tool to run dungeons. They hit a button, a timer counted down, and lo and behold, they've got a dungeon group! Combine that convenience with the ease of completing Wrath heroics, and they basically had an "I Loot" button.Now we have a joining of two crowds: those who have the skill and patience to endure the challenges of these actually "heroic" Cata heroics, and those who would otherwise not be experiencing dungeon content ever were it not for the LFD tool (or if they vastly out-geared/out-leveled old dungeons to run solo). The latter group was only used to the challenges of a Wrath heroic and was not prepared for a paradigm shift such as what we are experiencing now, and is crying foul. The former couldn't give a crap and are having the time of their WoW lives.Who you find when you queue in with the LFD tool is a toss-up, and the only way to determine who you get and how they can best contribute is to communicate effectively. Use the first couple of minutes to introduce yourself, ask who knows the dungeon, make sure your tank doesn't go pulling trash on his own without a plan for CC, etc. (BTW, as a hunter, for all you lil tanks: hunter CC uses traps, which are easiest to use before the pull. Quit crying about bad pulls and learn the requirements for different classes' CCs.)And for the love of god, don't go QQing just to re-join the queue hoping for a better group. There aren't as many people running in the LFD queue right now, so the average wait for groups is pretty long. Very long. Tanks get in almost instantly, of course, but the DPS you're running with have probably been sitting there close to an hour, so cut them some slack. Plus, if you try to re-queue, chances are you'll get thrown into the same group.Have some patience, learn the fights ahead of time, watch a video or two, work on your character's gear beforehand... Basically, do everything you might do to prep for a raid as prep for a heroic. Yes, they are a stepping stone to raiding, not a half-hour walk in the park to some entitled loot drops. Put in some effort beforehand and you'll find it just getting easier with time.
I personally love the changes. Its about time it went back to working for what you have, and not having it handed out to everyone that logs in. And yes, I am learning my healing rotation and mana usage all over again. It gives the game even more of a new feel with this expansion.If you don't like the way heroics work, then don't run them. it'll make the ques go just a touch faster for the rest of us.
A very important thing to consider is the fact that many players zerg their way to 85 without ever having run a dungeon, expecting to queue for Heroics at 85 and start getting geared for raiding, thus making any normal dungeon gear worthless. Lo and behold, they get into a Heroic and their quest blues and greens do not give them the proper health / mana / damage stats in order to properly carry their weight in a group, leaving them up the creek without a paddle 90% of the time.Sure, they'll occasionally get into a group with players that are very well geared and doing the Heroic solely for the purpose of their daily Valor points, but most of the time they will end up with a group that gets frustrated and ultimately disbands. And so, their furious path to 85 leaves them with more time spent in the two dungeons that they can run at 85, and more money spent on BoE gear to make up for their inadequacies. In Wrath, when you got to 80, you queued up and got epics that readied you for raids. It didn't matter if you ran dungeons on your way to 80.It's not the olden days anymore. The path to raiding doesn't begin at 85. It begins as soon as you ding 80.
So far the expansion has been about one overpowering obsession: to level archeology, discover that Vial of the Sands, and make the Drake. That's it. I do a couple instances a day to get some gold and hopefully rep and gear, but then I go right back to the archeology.When I am in instances I ALWAYS heal tho. I am healz4life, will never quit no matter how frustrating it gets. I love watching shiny green numbers and managing mana and cooldowns. Thank you Blizzard for making my job hard and rewarding again.