My raid group has one “official” day that we raid together as a group–that day is Saturday. However, I’ve been known to start up alt runs on other days of the week, or pug into groups via the Premade Finder. The thing that baffles me is, over a year strong into both Warlords and the new raiding paradigm for normal and heroic, how much loot drama you still see in raids.
The primary loot drama I’ve been forced to deal with, even within the groups I lead at times, revolves around personal loot in general. I get it, people have a very bad taste in their mouth with the personal loot (PL) system thanks to LFR. Yes, it does suck a lot to be looted the same item over and over in PL when you don’t need it or you’re after another drop on the same boss’s loot table for your spec. It sucks to go weeks on end getting gold off a boss, especially on bonus rolls. It sucks even more that personal loot items can’t be traded to anyone within the same raid group (CURRENTLY–devs have confirmed that for Legion this will not be an issue). However, my group has found that PL is easiest for us to handle loot, especially when we consider that our “core” group tends to consist of about 5 people on a good night, and we have to pug the other 10 or so spots if we want to raid. PL has seen a few tweaks in 6.2, and personally we feel that more loot overall gets distributed out under the PL system. Not to mention, PL cuts down on me (or my master looter) having to waste time spamming loot links in raid warning while the group clears trash to the next boss and dealing with people crying because they didn’t roll on the item in time. (No joke, one 30-man pug I joined spent 45 minutes trying to distribute loot from a normal Archimonde ML kill, and still someone got screwed out of loot.)
For the most part, the people I pug into our group don’t complain too much about PL since I make it very clear in the description and the title that we are using that loot method. Occasionally, I will get the random uppity fool who berates me for not swapping to ML, or claiming that PL is useless and unfair. I’ve even had one PUG tell me that PL gives bosses a completely separate loot table from ML!
Not to mention, there are people who chain farm a boss hoping for a drop by using bonus rolls, and they usually “forget” that they’re loot locked on that boss for the week when their item drops under master loot, then guess what I’m stuck dealing with because some people haven’t figured out how loot lockouts work since they were implemented in 5.0?
Master Looter (ML) is great for guild groups where people are raiding together on a consistent basis and they are working on progression as a team. I’m absolutely fine with a guild that uses ML to distribute loot, as (generally) there’s an expectation that the loot distribution will be fair. In a PUG situation however, I think most of us know all too well how some people are greedy and won’t hesitate to ninja that mount or loot drop once they look inside the boss’s carcass. With cross-realm grouping enabled for normal and heroic modes while the tier is current, unfortunately it’s provided these degenerates masses of individuals spread out among 200-ish servers to steal loot from, and with how rampant it’s been based on the number of complaints in the CS forums and on Reddit, it’s clear Blizzard really has no solution for how to police this other than to warn jilted raiders to stick to personal loot groups when pugging unless they trust the raid leader. And from personal experience, I know exactly how frustrating that can be when there are BARELY any PL groups out there, and every ML MS>OS group posted in group finder has half the damn loot table reserved either for the RL/their guild/their friends.
These are all very strong reasons I support PL in general, and especially in a PUG-majority situation. If it were up to me, I would use the code the game uses to identify how many within a group are in the same guild for guild challenge credit to determine whether a raid group is allowed to set master looter for raids posted in the group finder. If 70% of the group is from the same guild OR is on the raid leader’s btag friends list, THEN the group is eligible to set ML. If the group does NOT meet that condition, force PL as soon as the group enters the premade group finder. This combined with the PL changes coming in Legion would put an end to all this loot drama nonsense.