I wanted to voice some concerns I've had with the loot system, since it's implementation, that, at the time, were relatively unimportant but as time passes have become, in my opinion, larger issues. At the time we implemented the soft reserve everyone that had been raiding for some time knew what issues it was attempting to address.
- Giving veteran members a way to lock in on the last item or two they are missing from months of raiding MC
- Ensuring the very best of MC loot goes to the most invested members
- Giving members a bit of control over how they prioritize their own loot instead of a central group deciding how loot gets prioritized or random chance
In addition, at the time we implemented this loot system we were still able to transfer items when things didn't shake out as intended which, I think, is what made it continue working mostly as intended.
At that point in time we were also still of the notion that MC raids would continue for the indefinite future so there would still be plenty of time for everyone to get the last of their loot. With AQ on the horizon we have started talk of dropping MC off the weekend raid schedule entirely so it is more important now than ever that we get the last of the core raid group the items they need.
How has the loot system been working?
It has actually done quite well, so long as a form of etiquette is maintained. When working as intended veteran players have been able to reserve the last items they need, mostly off of Ragnaros such as Band of Accuria, Onlslaught Girlde, Choker of the Firelord, Cauterizing Band, Ring of Spellpower, etc. New members have been able to reserve specific set pieces, Garr weapons, T2 legs, and accessories from the first 9 bosses that make the biggest impact on their current gear set up.
When has it faltered?
When new members intentionally game the system. No, there is nothing stopping you from reserving Band of Accuria, OS rolling everything else in the dungeon then capping that prized piece of loot off Rag except ETIQUETTE. I think some new members either don't know why the system was implemented in the first place or just don't understand the etiquette, which is fine, as long as we can have a conversation about it and redirect people in a better course.
I have quite literally heard comments in discord voice during raid "That's a good item but I wouldn't MS roll that, I don't want to lose my reserve on X item." This is exactly against the spirit of this system.
What can be done?
- Two ideas, one thought is that if you have a reserve in you are ineligible for any other loot at all. This allows the people who really need just one last item to put in the proper reserve so they have an advantage on that one item. If you show up in all blues/greens and are reserving something and ineligible for any other loot then you are not actually trying to progress your character and contribute to the raid and those people might just be left in Stormwind.
- Second idea, we are more vocal about the etiquette of the system and how it is intended to be maintained. As someone who no longer really needs any loot from MC, I have taken to this method and just let people know who have a reserve that seems unfit know that that's what I think of their reserve. I think that being outside the need of any of these items puts someone like me in a position that it's not coming from personal greed when I bring up a reserve with someone but I can understand those who still have highly contested reserves not wanting to come off as greedy by speaking up.