Return to WoW Update: a newbie in LFR
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Goblin Liore hit 90 last weekend and has been slowly visiting all the Looking for Raid zones. And there are a lot of them! One of the fun things about coming in at the very end of an expansion is that there is over a year of content to see, which means something like 12 different possible LFRs.
Thanks to the magic of Timeless Isle I was able to hit the proper ilevel for the first raid within about 3 hours. My strategy was pretty simple: run around and open every chest, tag every rare that I could get to, and then blow all my Timeless coin thingies at the Monkey Casino. By the end of the day I had 8 epics, 1 Burden of Eternity upgrade token, two copies of Bonkers the pet monkey, and most surprisingly one Hyacinth Macaw, which I was pleased to see still sells for ~25,000 on the Auction House.
I’ve been running one or two LFRs each night all week, and as of tonight I will officially be able to queue up for the final raid and see Garrosh soon. (Orcs Must Die!) So far I have been pleasantly surprised by my fellow raiders — at worst the groups are stonily silent, at best jovial and helpful.
I’ve been cribbing off No Life @ 90’s LFR guides, which are lovely and compact for that moment when you’re standing in front of a new boss and have about 90 seconds until the pull. Even without them, though, the basics of raiding remain the same: don’t stand in stupid shit, don’t run the AOE debuff through the group.
To be fair, LFR still isn’t much of a challenge. In fact, the only time I’ve died all week was on the first pull of Durumu, who I can only imagine was a raid-killer in his prime. (For those who don’t play WoW, late in the fight Durumu covers the floor in purple junk and the raid must navigate through the “maze” on the fly, which is exactly the sort of thing that kills otherwise solid players.)
The simplicity of LFR has been great for me to jump right into and learn the Pandaria class changes, but it’s also made me fairly determined to come back sometime in a flex raid, if not normals. “Organized chaos” bosses have always been my favorite, and there seem to be a lot of them.
One of the guidelines I set for myself in this return to WoW was to not worry about anything that I don’t find fun. There will be no chasing achievements, no grinding out boring reputations, no pouring over rotations and stats if I find myself not really caring about it. So far, so good.