What do you think of Turbine’s announcement that they will be removing Radiance, and what do you think they may do as an alternative?
Wow, heated topic. But hey, you asked so here’s my take on it…
One of the problems with the radiance system is that it requires players to spend a lot of time farming gear that, radiance aside, they wouldn’t ultimately want just to be able to legitimately access the end-game raid content.
This requirement handicapped players who have very limited play time every week. This type of player wants to be able to get a taste of a raid without having to spend what is about 2 months of play time for them just to set foot inside. This time requirement puts a serious handicap on otherwise capable toons and players when it comes to doing the current bit of end-game raiding.
With the dropping of the radiance system in the near-ish future we’re likely to see a lot more people being able to participate in raids which is great in terms of people being able to get a look at the full game.
Drawbacks to Full Accessibility
One thing that the radiance system did well was to drill into people’s minds that you can’t simply stroll into a raid wearing just your underwear (or gear that is more than maybe 5 levels old for that matter). Even without radiance, people are going to have to remember/realize that your gear WILL affect you ability to be effective and successful.
Thinking back to the days when “The Rift” was the “in thing”, most if not all of the very successful raid groups had set minimum morale requirements for attendance, due largely to Thaurlach’s (the balrog) “Baleful roar” attack which did a large chunk of damage 1-2k (which at a level 50 cap was huge)… Oh, it also wiped hope which made things worse. Since this attack was something that really drove the final phases of that fight, if you didn’t have the right morale you were a serious liability and in many cases wouldn’t be allowed to go. Can you blame the raid leaders? If you were going to be dead every time the balrog roared you weren’t going to earn your shot at gear if the group managed to succeed with you lying around dead.
So what I’m getting at here is this:
In order to maintain a suitable level of challenge in raid content the developers are going to have to use attacks and mechanics which are going to create more situations where your other stats become critical. Gear (and traits for that matter) WILL STILL be a gating point for success and effectiveness. Good news here though is that the currently available crafted gear for high levels offers plenty of raw stats.
Any New Gating?
If I had to wager a guess as to whether or not Turbine might use another form of gating for future raids and even past raids once they’re reworked I’d say yes.
My best guess is that the only gate on future raids will be similar to the way Thorog is currently gated for Helegrod. In order to access Thorog you must complete Giant Wing, Spider Wing and Drake Wing at least once each per character in order to gain permanent access to Thorog on each character. So in a future release we might see a deed that requires completing each small fellowship and full fellowship instance at least once per character in order to access that cluster’s raid.
I think this type of gating would be perfect for a couple reasons:
- It encourages players to check out all of the new cluster and not just the “fastest” or “easiest” parts
- It gives the developers the chance to introduce key mechanics to the raid in small doses in other parts of the cluster. Thus making those instances a “training ground” for the raid.
- Gaining access to the raid would be acceptable and tolerable and should deter no one.
This is going to be an interesting transition back to a radiance-free end-game scene. My biggest concern is that the raid content might not be made difficult enough to keep the “elite” and “hardcore” entertained. I do hope though, that turbine comes up with something that is both accessible and challenging enough to stay interesting for a long time.
This article is part of the “Ask Elborigorn” series, where I encourage CSTM readers to send questions to me at: email@example.com . I then will answer the question either with an entire article or as part of a multi-question weekly article.