Now I wanna start this off by saying that lotro really lacks a lvl 100 raid.
I do not know what turbine is thinking when they do not make a raid for more than 1 year, soon to be 2 years. My kinship was broken, and many more have. Many players have lost their reason to play, and so have I.
Why you may ask is it important to have raids?
For one, it gives an actual reason to get good gear. Without raids and only BB, there is no reason to max your crit, get propper defensive items while preserving damage. There is no reason to push you dps. Because why would you? Everything, BB, scaled instances, daylies, TC, Roving treats, are hillariously easy, and do not require you to min max, or anything of the sort. You do not need good gear to do any of them. In fact you can do all of them newly dinged with #### gear. Obveiously you will get to do them faster, but that still leaves no real insensetive to get the best gear and min max your char, or practice your dps.
That is properly the most important reason. (You could argue Ettens is a reason, but I would deny that. Ettens is dead and broken, and it is the fewest of people who still enjoys that.)
Secondly, there is no need for kinships. Why would you join a kinship? To have fun and have someone to chat with, occasionally doing some instance or similiar things. But there is no NEED for it. You do not need it. You can pug pretty much all the content there is without problem.
Third, there is no fun endgame content. I really miss raiding, it was the best. It was the peak of all your leveling, all your dungeon farming, all your virtue and trait farming, min maxing your LI, and then enter a raid with 12 other people, who have done the same. Prepared for this. Prepared food, hope tokens, dmg and def scrolls, reading tacts and made sure they had enough damage and defense for the encounter. It all came to this moment at the boss. Man raiding was fun, and the screaming over vent/teamspeak when you got it right and downed a boss. Or down Tier 2, and continued to T2C. Damn I miss that. That was the best about this game, the peak of the mountain that is the game.
Turbine have lost a lot of subscribers that have played hardcore for all these years. And I know that, because I know a lot people who left - and havent been seen since there was still raids in this game. It killed my kinship, all of the old people are gone.
If Turbine wonders why there are many less subscribers, then this is the reason.
I would also like to bring in an example. Back when MMOs where a whole lot different and worse, a game called World of Warcraft came out. You might be familiar with this, but one of the reason it was so acclaimed and succesful, was that they actually had endgame. They had raids. Besides a startling world and dazzling gameplay, this was the one of the reason of success. And to this day, it remains one of the most important parts of the game. When people talk wow, they talk raid, when they talk patches, they talk new raid, raid changes, raid gear, raid, raid, raid.
So now I ask you:
Why is there no raids? Why has turbine decided that we do not need raids?
What is good about raids? Both when raiding and what it does to the game outside the actual raids?
Is there anything bad about raiding?
Do you know people who left? Why did they leave?
Please I beg you, give us a raid. many say that the Road to Erebor wasn't amazing, but compared to nothing it is actually amazing.
I hope turbine realizes this soon enough.