#1 - 2013/07/19 04:57:00 PMFlex raiding is probably one of the best ideals Blizzard has come up with. However, at the same time they are rolling it out they are also coming out with the dagger that will aim straight at its heart.
Yes Proving Grounds, a very good ideal in and of itself but it will or may become the cancer that kills flex raiding depending how it is implemented.
Why? You ask.
Because you are graded "Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Endless". There is nothing wrong with the grading system except for the fact your grade will be out there for everyone to see.
Now I personally have no problem with the grading system, the problem is Flex mode is meant to encourage pugging and the grading system will work against it. Again I think most players should know how to play their spec but if everyone can see your grade who do you think the people trying to put together a Flex Raid will ask for.
Bronze = Not just no but ____ no.
Silver = Over my dead body.
Gold = Maybe, but only if I know you.
Endless = Ding, Ding, Ding you just answered the $64,000,000 question.
Now once again I believe someone should know the basics of their role and should strive to get better, but the best way to get better is through practice and Flex Raiding will be the best way to get that practice.
Now I am not a part of PTR and have not seen how the system works but Blizzard needs to be very careful about how they implement this.
Maybe the grades you earn should only be seen by the player and a grade of pass (not fail) should be seen by the outside world.
After over 50 years observing human behavior and 12 or more years of observing Homodotnetus behavior I can just about predict what is going to happen.
I hope I am wrong.