Well besides only getting gold most of the time anyway. If you removed all of the loot, all the sub par “LFR Tier” would I still want to run it? Yes.
Many seem to feel everything is about gear. Gear is the motivator, gear to be powerful, gear being our Legendary whatever, gear, gear, gear. I don’t care about the gear. I want to experience the content. I don’t care that it is not as challenging as Normal or Heroic, or Mythic. I don’t care if really awesome looking gear pieces drop. I just was to experience the fights.
Last week I stepped in for a normal run. I had to say on every fight that I did not know it. I had done them once that first week LFR was open, and that was it. I do not want to use Open Raid, at this point in my WoW life, I don’t want to even pug a higher level run. I don’t need any gear from LFR, or Normal for that matter. The only upgrade I will ever see is either in the brief pre expansion time, or beyond when I am questing to 110.
I want to just be able to do something on a whim. Be it going into an old raid by myself, or grouping up with 24 strangers. I run LFR because it is what I can handle mentally.
When Heart of Fear came out I lost all desire to raid. One shot mechanics were what did it for me. Being in a bad location at a point in the fight, and instant death, sealed the deal for me. I tried to get back in for the end, to get Siege done on Normal. And a good friend invited me for 4 weeks to get everything done to the end. I did not spend the majority of time dead. Because I had done the fights a few times in LFR.
I run LFR to get a feel for the mechanics. I don’t care if they are watered down. I need to know what happens at certain points. I need to know that the floor is going to drop out, need to know what the Trains looked like. How things appeared on my screen. I am a visual learner. It might take me 5 or 6 times to pick up subtleties that many take for granted playing at the level they do.
Would I want the fights harder? Not really. It’s a crap shoot. Sometimes you might have 2 Mythic geared tanks that know what to do, sometimes it could be people barely meeting the minimum gear. Or the supposed afk people. When everyone does what they need to its a face roll. When they don’t it gets ugly.
I want to run LFR because it is what I can do.
Thinking on it also. Has anyone stopped to wonder why LFR/Normal/Heroic are all lumped together as one achievement? Is it possible that if they separated them, people might just see how bad a situation raiding is in? Sure we can see the stats on how many have completed certain fights on Mythic, there are achievements that can be scanned for it. But for everything else there is an umbrella of you have downed these bosses on some level. Of course there is the Ahead of the Curve, but that’s about it, as far as I know.
Some may tell me that I am doing a disservice to myself by accepting LFR as my only choice, that it is not really raiding, and I accept that opinion. I have chosen to do what to me is somewhat challenging, allows me to learn what I can, and do offer what level of skill I have to a type of organized content that I can try to be the best I can at. I don’t do it to ePeen flex, or show off skills. I try to do the best I can, so that maybe, just maybe, if most others in the group do the same, we can all enjoy doing something together as a group, and have fun doing it. I personally do not find wiping 25, 30, 50 times learning a fight to be a fun evening. Nor do I enjoy stomping on current content like it is trivial. I want to learn, experience, excel. I want to feel like what I bring is an asset to the fight, not a hindrance. Because doing a fight on Normal, or Heroic where I do not have a clue, feel my DPS is sub par, or that I cannot perform interrupts, or CC, or play with different combinations of talent builds based on fights. I want to be experienced enough that what I can do is a help. If that means running outdoor content until I am beyond bored with it to upgrade my gear to where it trivializes the content, then so be it.
If you want to remove LFR completely, that is fine by me. But do not wonder why when it is gone, I am not there looking to start at Normal. I, and I am sure a great many others, will choose to just not raid. And when the numbers fall off to such a level as they determine it is not worth designing for, then everyone will be stuck doing the content that many of us do every day, because it is all we have. I try to do what I can in game. I work to get what I need to succeed in my own way. If that means I am a tier behind, I don’t mind. I do what I can, when I can. And that does not have to be good enough for others, it just has to be good enough for me, good enough to keep me logging in every day, good enough to keep me subscribed. The only expectations in this game I have to meet are my own.
So yes, I would run LFR for just gold. Because you really don’t need to run it to get the gear any more.