I’ve been dragged, only semi-reluctantly, into some raid finder runs in WoW since my return to the game. Gearing my character using the random drops on the Timeless Isle wasn’t such a hard task, but my main goal at present is to earn the legendary cloak from the Black Prince quest chain (WoWHead guide). This is a pretty long set of quests involving several token collection stages, which involves repeated runs on different raids. The quickest way to do this by far it seems is to use the random-group raid finder system.
So we’ve been running different wings of Throne of Thunder so far. The loot drops for the bosses in this raid are barely better than the random gear found on the island (ilevel 502 compared to ilevel 496 on the island) so I’m not going to be massively improving my armour doing these raids. The purpose though is to collect Sigils of Wisdom and Power for the Prince.
In one weekend we managed to complete a run of all four sections. But that wasn’t enough to earn all twenty sigils needed (10 of each type – WoWHead link), so I guess we’ll be running at least part four again a time or two more. According to my WoW guru partner the last boss is guaranteed to drop one of these sigils so that section is the best to repeat now.
Somehow I never imagined myself willingly running raid finder, I do find the random grouping experience pretty distasteful compared to guild-runs in Flex-mode. But since I game to relax more than to be challenged raid finder is at least sometimes a better fit for me as even Flex-mode can be too much if I’ve had a hard day at work. Tuning out the random rudeness and arguments in raid chat when there’s a wipe is something I’m learning to deal with but at least the mechanics aren’t so unforgiving of newbies. One apparent benefit of playing this content relatively late compared to most is that the majority of players do seem to have learned the mechanics of the boss fights, that makes for fewer wipes and less reasons for arguments and chat-channel bickering.