Initially, I had extremely good impressions of this raid. And I still do, it’s just that I have awful impressions of this playerbase. When I cleared G3 on the same day I got back to the game after a 2 months break, I was like “Wohoo, now we talking, finally a challenge in this game”. But it turns out that I only got lucky to find people who were proficient. After the weekly reset and around 200+ wipes in gate 3 over 2 full days of time dedicated to it, I am officially done with this BS.
Reclear parties are scam. Exp parties are scam. Majority of people who clear the raid do so after enormous numbers of wipes every week to finally get lucky with the seed. They don’t actually know how to consistently clear it. Any non-standard situation where the boss does something weird immediately throws people off. They only can clear it if everything goes perfect and there are no overlapping patterns\mechanics. And you can easily see this if you have a low iLvL + low roster character and nobody accepts you. While you are sitting there for 40 minutes you can see a bunch of “exp reclear” groups full of 200 roster 1505 iLvL disbanding and recruiting again.
Of all of those 2 days full of wipes, only about 10 were caused by me (we are talking hundreds here, so it is probably less than 5% ratio). However, for some reason it is usually my mistakes that cause people to start being toxic. We could be wiping 40 minutes because somebody else makes a mistake, but then as soon as I make a mistake people go crazy. And I probably know the answer why. My iLvL is usually the lowest in the group as well as my Roster LvL. And if you are in the fight alongside me, there is an immediate contrast between how I’m staying alive and not getting hit, and how you get so much gauge you can’t even come close to the boss because the portal for your mario is not up yet. People are just mad coz bad, looking at someone who is better than them and trying to find any justification as to why I am the problem. Of course, due to a very smart game design, we can’t see who does the most damage alongside with chugging least number of potions, but what can I do - devs call that toxicity. But showing off your useless roster level - the indicator of how much daily quests you did without skipping a day - and judging others based on this metric is not toxic. Sure.
Try joining groups - get gatekept because of 1482 \ 115 Roster - finally join a group - do the hardest mario - oh shit somebody killed the flamethrower, oh no somebody died to saws, oh no somebody died in mario 2, somebody used Inana 2 seconds earlier than they should be, all good, all good, now due to how tired and bored I am I also finally make a mistake - GG, kick him, restart, im done of this, he is not doing enough damage - why do you think so? - because he is low iLvL etc. etc.
Remake, experience gatekeeping for 15 more minutes, join the group - repeat the process.
I do not see any reason to pug an MMO where you are not even sure if you will clear the raid this week or not. And since pugging is the only interesting option - I’ll just quit the game. I honestly, GENUINELY do not understand what is it so hard about this raid that people literally pass out in front of this damn Gate 3. But I am not going to waste dozens of hours every week and waste gold on pots, because I don’t play the game regularly and I don’t have as much free pot boxes. Literally 2k gold spent on idiots who can’t pull out hands out of their assholes.
Unfortunately, the game made a sharp turn towards static-oriented players, and being a pug player who only plays legion raids on one character became a miserable experience not worth time to be spent on. What static or guild would accept me too? I could randomly make pauses here and there, skip weekly resets and not even show up in the game for a full month. Nobody wants a player like this. But at the same time I feel scammed, because initially the game positioned itself as a very pug-friendly experience. Thanks God I at least cleared it once and got Cruel so I don’t feel like the problem is me.