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Is World of Warcraft bad For Casual Players?

The age old question of whether or not World of Warcraft is for casual players has reared its head once more on the game’s official forums. user Neuriki states that he is a proud casual gamer of the MMORPG World of Warcraft. However, because of the schedule of his life, he can’t partake in certain content like Raids, and he can’t join a Guild because they only do Raids at a certain time, and if you can’t do their raids, you can’t be in the Guild.

He lists other grievances as well, but it all adds up to him not being able to enjoy the game to its fullest.

“So from a casual perspective, the game is bad and literally don’t know what to do besides quit,” he states.

In response, several World of Warcraft players offered options to help Neuriki out. A common suggestion being to move to a new realm so that he can have a better experience and meet people who play during the hours he does.

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Another suggestion was to go onto the subforums and ask for people’s hours and availability to see if there are hours who share his play sessions.

Others though dismissed the idea that the game is bad for casuals. One even stepped up and said that though World of Warcraft has flaws, as a casual gamer himself, he was still enjoying it:

“I wouldn’t say that the game is bad for casual, I’d say that for how I play, it’s very good but with flaws of course,” said player Yuheria.

What do you think? Where does the game stand in regards to casual gamers? Let us know in the comments below.


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  1. I’m in the same boat! I don’t have a lot of time to play either. I left my previous guild which raided 4 days a week mon-thurs 8pm-10pm my time PST. It was too hard to be there, so I found a guild that suits my needs. They raid on Fri and Sun (8pm-11pm fri and 7:30pm-10:30pm sun PST). There are tons of guilds that raid at different times of the day, as well as guilds to pug with! I hope you find a good fit! Never quit looking, if you enjoy the game. You WILL find an amazing guild to build and grow with 🙂

    If you’re looking for some friends to play with, feel free to add me to btag and we can pug some raid(s) or do some mythic + groups 🙂 – Banana8008#1675

    • Well just realized I posted on the wrong forum LOL – WoW can be good and bad for casual players. It all depends on what the player is interested in doing. If all they have is a small window of time during the week/weekend to play, then they need to have a game plan of what they are going to do. I myself, find there is too much to do in the game, in terms of daily quests, ect. For some people, it’s great to have all this stuff to do! its really all about how you apply your time. I tend to play mostly on the weekends to catch up on mythic+, daily world quests, mount farming, Etc. My ilvl is currently 896 equipped and 903 unequipped. It’s not impossible to get a higher gearscare while only playing a few days a week. There are tons of ways to get geared up, which is one of my favourite things of this expansion.

      As stated above, I constantly am looking for new friends to play the game with. I’ve met quite a lot of fun friends in dungeons and raids, it’s always nice knowing a lot of people in the community. Makes it so much easier to get groups formed, and have fun with the same people for the majority of the time. You don’t necessarily have to be in a guild to have fun, although the guild perks can help sometimes!

  2. As a hardcore gamer at heart, but casual gamer in time, I can understand the frustration. I work 40-50 hours a week with a 1-2 hour commute each way making it more like having a 50-70 hour work week, plus needed time with my fiance on weekends, I’m lucky to get in an hour a night and 1 or 2 binge days a month, so I am in the same boat.
    I ended up joining a family member’s deserted 10 year old guild and only really play with 2 others with similar time constraints. While it sucks, I am still enjoying playing casually. I only get 1-2 mythic+ runs a week and am limited to 3man lower level raids for titles and collectables, but I enjoy it no less.

  3. I’m the opposite of Tim. I have a decent amount of time to play (although I work fulltime) but I am a casual solo player. What I liked to do in WoW was level my full roster of toons, level their crafts, do quest chains, PVE achievements, open up flying, get the best gear I could that was not instance/raid gear, and get transmog gear. One good thing in Legion is that they made PVE play more cooperative w/ being able to tag other same-faction tagged mobs. But Legion ruined a lot for me. I don’t raid or do instances. I find them too stressful and fast-moving, and I am not good at them. I’m the one who dies on a puddle of something or slips off a cliff. So first Legion ruined crafting for me by making it worthless that I spent 11+ years keeps all of the crafts of every toon leveled since now people with 1 skill can craft the same items. And they also gated the patterns with instances that I won’t run. In addition, none of my characters will be getting their 3rd artifact relic slot. And even more annoying, the gating of class order halls is unbalanced – my Druid got 6 companions and tons of missions without even doing an instance or boss, but my priest stuck with 2 companions and a SINGLE 200 XP mission per day unless she does an instance. I’ve been told I’ll have a similar issue with my rogue. And also (but less) unbalanced is that some classes can do a single LFR boss and complete their class hall chain (I managed to do that once), and other classes may need to do multiple complete instances. I think this is all very unfair to people who do not or can not do raids or instances. There are players who cannot be stuck in a chair because they have a baby that needs attending, or dogs that need to be walked, or have a psychological or physical disability. So I guess my class halls won’t get completed, my artifacts will have 2 relics and my crafts will go unleveled for the first time in 11 years (and I guess forever from this point forward).

    • Susan,

      You could have friends or guildies carry you though those dungeons. I know it’s not an ideal solution but it’s still easily accomplished. Alternately you might have a friend run them for you. The carry option is easier with no need to change passwords and less to worry about – you could trade a skill or pay gold or just ask friends to help.

      I’d help if you wanted, nothing asked in return.

      Let me know.

      Good luck.

    • OMG! This is me! I have dissolved into tears so many times over the past month thinking of having to do instances to complete my class halls. I stay out of them because I am not good at that play style and I don’t want to ruin other player’s experiences. But, Blizzard forces my hand and in I go, to the ridicule from 12 year olds who don’t find the mechanics overwhelming. I don’t blame those players for not wanting me there and believe me raids and dungeons are the last place I ever want to find my tunes. I’ve had 11 years of fun crafting, fishing, collecting and doing a thousand other things that were available, in game. But, the AP grind and the forward movement of the game feels so dependent on class hall progression – and that for my warlock means completing 2 dungeons. I barely made it through Black Rook Hold (really big carry) and studying the fights, lol, there is little to no hope of surviving the Vault of the Wardens. So I guess I’m done. And I am very sad. Even with add ons, I don’t think I can get my skills up to par to survive the fights and earn my Netherlord title.

    • I’m in the same boat, been leveling my professions by waiting for the Darkmoon Faire every month, but it still means missing a lot of recipes. Did one dungeon on my mage through lfg, ended up with kids who had too much sugar on their cereal, felt like a pensioner. Legion has been very unkind to solo players.

  4. Exactly why I finished up playing in start of Pandaria. Work commitments and being away from home on a 4:1 roster and my guild couldn’t find a spot for me every 5th week. Everyone concerned that loot they been chasing might drop if they weren’t there. I never really found pvp fun apart from TM back in the day or world city rushing but that was vanilla’s fun.
    Basically the sports team roster working 3 nights of raids a week, 4 to 6 hrs a run gets prohibitive if you have other real world commitments.
    I still check out the news from WoW and miss raiding terribly and still tempted to return but it just doesn’t fit in my life these days and I’ve been gone too long to catch up.

  5. I work in the gas fields and am away 3 weeks out of 4. Yes I do not get to experience all that full timers do but I am happy with what I get to achieve.

  6. I’m not enjoying this expansion as a casual and I’ve stopped playing. I love solo play and levelling my professions and alts and this has become impossible with the current requirements.

  7. The game is great for casuals. All of them are casuals anyway. Hardcore player play asia grinder with hard to reach level caps. An example would be black desert online where you can always progress. Wow is not as casual as guild wars 2 but from where it came from with dark age of camelot and the likes as its competitors during that time it was the most casual friendly game. Which is why it was such a huge success. Even a 50 year old father of 2 with no knowledge on mmorpg could pick up wow.

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