I have this bad habit of being nostalgic about the weirdest things: Today I was hit with the desire to see attunement re-enter the game. Attunement was a screening process implemented to limit dungeons to people who had the proper credentials–you either gained enough reputation, did a quest for a certain party, or killed a particularly nasty boss in X dungeon in order to gain entrance to Y dungeon.
Could it be complicated and annoying… you bet!
This is an actual listing of required dungeons and raids required to be completed to gain access to content. However, like Achievements today, attunements allowed a group to know that you had some experience with playing your character at max level. It didn’t exactly guarantee a great run, but chances were, a player you picked up for a heroic or raid would have the minimum gear requirements, and a certain amount of time played to actually make a contribution to your party.
How To Bring Attunement Back
I Can Raid!
Now, it might just be my experience with some people who are just really cool at video games, but generally, if people can play a character well, they can play alts just as well. Additionally, even if you learned a strat initially on your tank, just because you’re on your healer doesn’t mean you have to be re-groomed for the fight. Yes, you twitch differently, but overall, if you’ve beat an encounter on Class A, you’ll do just fine when playing as Class B too.
I’d like to see an attunement process that requires you to beat certain encounters, and basically progress through the raid process before allowing you to enjoy the next tier of content. However, once you have a single character with attunement priveleges, all your character on that server would have the same access! You could still gear up your alts and drag them into content when needed without having the “oh, everyone already has the key, too bad for that healer… even though we really need one this week.”
Something like a BoA key that you can hand off to another toon when they reached a minimum requirement (like a gearscore) would be perfect for this.
I’m max level, open the gates of Heroics… or not.
The best part about the attunement system was that it required you to play your character at max level IN DUNGEONS before you got access to really GOOD stuff. Faction reputation that is tied to a dungeon is a great way to make sure that new players know the fights and have some experience tanking, healing or dps’ing in a group before they got tossed to the wolves in heroics… and took their party down with them.
In the BC system, you were required to become Honored with a faction to gain access to heroics. If you could combine this with tokens or trinkets for turn-ins (that you got from the dungeon) Honored is an ok threshold even for alts. However, for a pure kill for kill rep grind, I wouldn’t mind having this bumped down to friendly.
Do NOT Allow Weekly Raids to Complete the Attunement
Now, this may sound like a meanie-headed thing to do for newer characters on an old server; however, I’ve seen some of the people who go on weekly raids, and I don’t think its sufficient raid expertise to bounce you to the next core of content. Since Blizzard seems to be into the whole “wing” mode of dungeoning, require a raid to complete the first wing in order to gain access for the next portion–that shouldn’t be a burden for a guild recruting new players, or even for people attempting to PUG. It might also see a slight resurgence in older raids getting some love. Most weekly raids only require a boss, max two, to be taken down, and I think asking someone to kill four or five bosses for experience is not too heavy a burden.
Don’t Bring It Back
I Have the Key! Bwahahahaha.
Dungeons and raids should not be accessible by a single member of the party who can then grant access to everyone else. This undermines the entire attunement process, and basically, makes you feel compelled to bring X because “they have a key.” Yuck!
Do not require me to spend 2 hours grinding an item from a solo-able quest mob in order to complete my attunement. Attunements are for group activities and should be obtainable in group. Keep it simple: Kill something, get reputation from this dungeon, or do a quest in said dungeon. (And on the quest in dungeon, don’t make it something that requires people not involved in the quest have to wait on my butt. I will never be able to complete my quest if it’s something “not required.”)
And Since I Had This Post In Draft
There has been a small leak in the Cataclysm news that attunement of some kind will be making a come-back… but no details as of yet (that I saw… you know I skim these things, I don’t want real information). While my post may be too late to affect the powers that be *snickers* I can still use it as a milepost of “How close was I?” Yay, post saved from the dumpster.
How would you change attunement if you were bringing it back?