Would WoW be more fun with 6-person parties?

| Saturday, September 5, 2009
I don't mean more fun as in more fun at a given time, but more fun on average. One more group slot would mean one more space for a DPS. That would help with the tank/healer shortage not by adding tanks and healers, but by reducing the needed ratio. For DPS this would mean more time in groups rather than soloing with ever-increasing despair as LFG fills up with "lf2m tank and healer." For tanks and healers it would mean one more tell and invite to send out.

Loot tables would need to be adjusted slightly to accommodate the greater proportion of DPS. It would be worth it though. Not the loot table changes, but the increased DPS presence. When a tank can get a run any time and a DPS cannot, who gears up faster?

For all we say of how a geared tank makes more of a difference than a geared DPS, how much of that is adaptation, that we're used to overgeared tanks and undergeared DPS? If DPS were on par with tanks, we might start seeing how the group overall matters more. Currently we don't see this because by the time the DPS are geared up, the tanks are so overgeared that you might not even need a healer (maybe the elemental shaman tosses a couple on bosses).

With DPS gaining a larger share of loot and being better geared overall and tanks in worse gear overall, we would see a smaller gap between new and old tanks and could potentially reduce the problem of people expecting tanks to carry them. Move even gear distribution would mean that the tanks couldn't carry them, or at least not as much as they do now. This would mean new tanks would have a better chance of getting into groups and get gear; resulting in not just fewer very overgeared tanks but also many more reasonably geared tanks.

From this we'd find something really great: challenges as instances are no longer trivialized on a wide scale.

5 comments:

Stabs said...

EQ2 has 6 man parties.

Always seemed to make more sense to me. Tank Healer + 3 dps vs Tank Healer + 4 dps.

More throughput of instance for your dps players.

Klepsacovic said...

Those damn Japanese stole my idea! Half a decade ago... Shit, they have time machines!

Shy said...

When the parties would be 6 big we would want them to be 7 big. A limit is a limit, and there will always be situations where you would like to expand those limits, no matter where that limit lies.

Klepsacovic said...

@Shy: You raise a good point. Ideally the party size and tank/healer/DPS ratio would be fairly close to the player population, but I don't know how big that would be.

bitterflux said...

Increasing the group sizes won't really help, the problem is that your group needs to be 20% tanks at the 5 man tier, 20% tanks at the 10 man tier, and 8% tanks at the 25 man tier (+1 guy that switches from cat to bear on a few fights).

Unless bliz commits to requiring 3-4 full time tanks on every boss in a 25 man there really isn't any particular reason for anyone that wants to raid end game to roll a tank, unless they are willing/able to start their own guild... and good tanks do not generally make good guild leaders (though they do make good RAID leaders) because being a tank requires tactical thinking, raid leading takes strategic thinging and the people that are good in those areas usually have no interest in things like diplomacy and logistics, which is what it takes to run a guild.

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