Whooo... there's quite a lot to pick from, but I'll start with this, erm, point.
Do you think people aren't playing the end game because there are no locks and we've all already got what we want from what we can beat? Do you think the loot is what inspired us to stick with it and beat them in the first place? Do you think that if we could only beat this stuff once per week that we would be sad? Conversely, being that we are able to do them as many times as we want, how many complete runs do you think a kin capable of BfE Challnege does in a night? A week? How many people do you think do it once per toon and never again?
Originally Posted by Cirgellon
Do you think a game with a healthy end-game needs Hobbit Presents?
But aside from that, all you need to do is look around. In case you didn't notice (as already mentioned), well-established kins and alliances are dropping like prom dresses. This game is no longer worthy of the time it would take me to actually count the number of level 85 instances, but I'll guess it's about 25. Of these, there are exactly 7 that aren't at least 3 years old. Of those 7 we have a fairly well-rounded representation of the most generic, recycled and uninspired content this game has ever seen, bar none. Flight Challenge hasn't been beaten, but that's it. And if I recall correctly, 40% of the last raid wasn't beaten for a long time, either. Why was that again? Oh right, because we all suck.
The majority of "true raiders" are indeed leaving or have left the game. It no doubt has more to do with the fact that "farming" is the only way to get the best loot anymore. That is, if you haven't had the luck to trump it. Raiding has become an unrewarding waste of time here. There is essentially no reason to do it other than to say you did it (which makes your reward dependent on braggadocio and that's just a whole 'nother can of worms, in't it?). When you make a loot system (or distribution of "wealth") based in luck and/or abject socialism (it's one or the other here), there is no longer a purpose for those who desire to reside in the upper echelon through skill, intuition and effort vs playing the lotto whilst running in a hamster wheel.
It's just that simple.
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