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 I am beginning to loathe the dungeon finder tool but not for the reason you’d think. It’s true that most of my recent experiences with it in Cata have been terribad.

I have encountered tanks who think we should be able to heal them through everything, tanks who think we don’t need cc, tanks who regularly break cc then don’t bother to pickup the breaks. I’ve butt heads with dps who go afk, dps who can’t target of target, and dps who get really mad when they die from standing in the poop.

But none of this really bothers me. Aside from the occasional ground slam, I am now at the point where I can heal through anything a pug group has to throw at me. I dislike the LFD tool for a totally different reason altogether.

Before the LFD tool, most of my time in-game was spent tanking. This was before I fell head over heals for holy. I collected healers like they were epic mounts. I had a continuously updated friends list full of healers from the server who I had run with and knew were reliable.

I used to be a go-to tank for a lot of healers as well. I would get whispers when I logged in because folks were just waiting to see a tank who was available to get in a quick daily. Random people would even offer me gold to tank for them. Of course I would never take it but it was nice to feel needed.

I don’t want to come off wrong here. I’m not hatin’ me some LFG because I don’t feel popular anymore. I’m rallying against it because it has removed the need to group up with players from my server community.

This constant need to find reliable players to pug heroics was the best reason for interacting with the community. Now with segregation between 10 man and 25 man raids and the LFD tool, the only players I regularly interact with are my guildies.

I miss  the days of LFGs and LFMs laced between the ongoing steam of verbal diarrhea that is Trade chat. I miss socializing with members of Bladefist while casually making our way through AN or UP; chatting about old guilds like 40 Man Failboat and infamous players like Blackball and Panobad.

Is this the case on most servers nowadays?  That there is little reason for venturing outside the social confides of your guild and meeting new people in a social game like WoW has become a chore? What sort of things are you doing to meet new people on your server?

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In <Obsessive> we have this bird who loves to toss back a few on the weekend and reminisce about the “golden age” of World of Warcraft. The man can go on long into the night to anyone who will listen about how much better things were in BC. This has become such a big joke that whenever anyone complains about a change to the game he spams this macro

           Well back in BC…Well back in BC…Well back in BC…

Then we all have a good laugh by making crazy claims about the way it was. Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded of the way things were and sometimes it’s drunken sentimentality driving everyone to a different vent channel.

I hate to admit (especially to this bird because it just encourages him) that I missed most of BC. I was a more casual player back then so there was a lot that I did not get to experience. I make up for this by reminiscing about when Wrath was good. Back before TOC, before jousting, when you could still do 2v2 for current arena gear, when people still did the Heigan dance, before the LFD tool, remember that?

After my most recent LFD pug group disaster, I decided to try putting together a group for my daily,  recruiting players from trade instead of using LFD.  Finding the dps was not hard (they’d probably been waiting in the queue for 20 mins already) and finding a tank didn’t take five minutes. Everyone was a lot more polite, actually acknowledging each other at the beginning of the run. We joked about server politics and discussed current raid progression. It was nice to get an idea about where others were on the server and trade tips for boss mechanics. All in all it was a very nice experience.

I would definitely recommend pugging using /2 to find players for heroics on your server over using the LFD Tool. This has many advantages

  • find a tank who is properly specced and geared 
  • find players who know and have completed the encounters
  • find players who are more likely to hop in vent
  • find players who are going to bring their A-game to the party because they are representing  their guilds 
  • custom tailor your group to have the specs and cc abilities you need
  • put together the most ideal group in less time than the LFD tool

Are you as sick of pugging heroic dungeons with the LFD Tool as I am? Guildies too busy running dailies in Tol Barad? Try this out and send me an email or leave me a comment. I’d love to hear about your experience.

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