BigBearButt's recent post about griefing in LFR reminded me of something I've been meaning to write about. Specifically, I've found that there's a lot of slacking healers in LFR. It seems like a lot of them just don't care.
Take, for example, the Dragon Soul: Siege of Wyrmrest LFR group that I was in the other day:
Now, the first thing you're going to think is that I just way out-gear these other players. Yeah, not so much, take a look at the armory for the healer in the number 2 position:
So he's wearing six pieces of Heroic 410 gear with an overall item level of 401. Compare this to my ALT Priest that just hit 85 10 days ago, and is wearing mostly Justice Points 378 gear, with an overall item level of 378.
And no, this isn't just something I see on my Priest, here's a Dragon Soul: Madness of Deathwing LFR group a few days later on my Shaman Khaal:
Of course, the second thing you're going to say is that HPS doesn't matter, keeping players alive is what really matters, and you know what, you're right. But the issue here is that if you actually dig into the logs, you'll see that most of the slacking healers just aren't doing much. Their overall "active time" is usually somewhere around 30-50%, which means that more than half of the time they're just standing there not actually casting anything. Maybe they're even AFK on /follow.
But still, there's something that bothers me about this. Maybe it's just the perception of anonymity and just doing what you think is the minimum you need to succeed.
It will be interesting to see what happens with LFR in Mists of Panderia, as the content will be new, and everyone's gear is essentially going to be "reset". I suspect that players will need to start actually caring again, or else groups will wipe more frequently.
Or maybe I'm wrong, and LFR won't really change much.