Now that the Siege of Orgrimmar has been out for a few weeks, we take a look at how people are using the different methods of raiding in World of Warcraft.
By now, most World of Warcraft players who are interested in raiding have dipped their toe into Siege of Orgrimmar in one way or another. The addition of Flexible raiding—and its separate tier of gear—saw a few raised eyebrows and a bit of speculation as to how it would pan out. Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to take a look at the different styles of raiding and how we use them.
LF a few brave souls to queue up for LFR SoO Wing 1
Looking For Raid has become somewhat of a necessary evil. On one hand, it is great that more casual players are able to experience a big portion of the content. On the other, OUCH. When a new wing of LFR comes out, the masses crowd in for the inevitable wipe fest.
Entire essays can be written about what is wrong with LFR, but how about we consider what is right with it? Players can dust off their alts and equip the welfare gear they received on the Timeless Isle and jump immediately into current, relevant content. Heading into Mogu’shan Vaults is no longer required in order to gear up and get into the Siege of Orgrimmar. Pro Tip: bring as many people in as you possibly can. Recruit from your guild, your battletag list and even in Trade Chat (yes, I said Trade Chat). As you gain stacks of Determination, you can feel like you are in this together.
LFM SoO Flex W2 Need All
Flexible raiding is the new hotness and it has servers erupting with invites. It is tooled to fit the size of your individual group. It is raiding for the People! But don’t be fooled: Flex is no joke. You must be in a group that is willing and able to communicate and pay attention to mechanics. This might be slightly easier than normal mode raiding, but if you try to faceroll it, you won’t be successful.
Flex is a great way to get some practice in on bosses and mechanics before you and your team try to tackle it in Normal mode. The gear is decent, and is actually a pretty good upgrade from your Thrown of Thunder sets. You can use Flex to raid with friends who aren’t on your regular team or to group up with peopled you’ve never hung out with before. Go ahead and try it! Put aside a few hours, head into the chat of your choice and start recruiting strangers on your server. You might just meet someone cool. Pro Tip: although you can be successful using any number between 10-25 people, the sweet spots tend to be 14, 19 and 24.
LFM SoO N Fresh Run 1MDPS and GTG
If you have a guild and you have a raid team, then Normal mode is the way to go. Sure you can head into LFR for Valor Points or maybe Flex when you can use a few gear upgrades or want to raid with your brother’s girlfriend on another server, but this is the way people have raided in World of Warcraft from the beginning and it is here to say. You have your crew of 10 or 25 people who show up at the same time every week with one thing in mind: downing bosses and getting phat lootz.
Normal mode takes a lot of extra effort to manage a team with the right mix of raid composition and attitude. This is where personalities clash and the gear upgrades mean something. Members are required to do their homework, gather materials for buff food, potions and raid flasks and show up on time ready to go. It’s a lot of work, but when that boss finally goes down… priceless. Pro Tip: figure out the values of your team and don’t compromise them.
Ah, the Big Show, heroic mode raiding. This is for the recognition, for the glory. I bet you know the name of the guild that got the World First Heroic Garrosh Hellscream kill. You might even know who was second. Although most players won’t see heroic content until the next expansion is out, this is the raid difficulty that is talked about the most on websites and in forums. The Race to World First is kept up with by millions of World of Warcraft fans everywhere.
Another way to use Heroic mode is for something to do after you have “beaten the game.” Once your team downs the final boss, this is the next step to keep you occupied before we see what exactly The Dark Below is all about. Pro Tip: your Flex team full of PUGs you found on your server has time to raise themselves through the ranks and achieve what might be looked at as impossible. You got to start somewhere, right?