Elfman wrote:I hope the trend of beginner guides like this continues in the next expac. It was disappointing to see that the 5.4 guide was focused entirely on 'best' comp rather than having an 'accessible' version and a 'best' version like Phraide's guides.
What is a "beginner's guide" to you? What is your definition of "accessible"? The thing that makes this guide here so useful is you can do all of the tamers with just a few pets, correct? Well what will happen if in Draenor they add a whole NEW set of Master Tamers that you just can't beat with only 4 or 5 level 25 pets? If the beginner's guide contains 28+ different pets to manage the job, is it still a "beginner's guide" or just another collection of good teams like the 5.4 guide?
As the author of the 5.4 guide you're criticizing I think you are misunderstand something here, too. This current guide wasn't redone (by me) because it wasn't the project I was tackling. Not only that, it hasn't been redone by anyone else yet (apparently) because it still works! The fights haven't changed enough to change the slow, methodical strategies in THIS guide. The quick and lethal strats in the veteran's guide in some places fell apart (or just didn't live up to the requirements) when things changed - so they had to be rewritten because as published they would NOT work and people were getting frustrated (myself and my fellow guild tester included).
Keep in mind - people ALSO criticized the 5.4 guide I put together because I refused to use pets that were unavailable or required real-world money to purchase. I have many of them, but I wanted the guide to be within the reach of the largest # of players, old AND new. None of the strats are "elite", they just require some effort to collect the core pets. But you can't please all of the people all of the time -- if someone doesn't want to have to get Raiding with Leashes II pets then the guide wont work for them, etc, etc.
I'd really like to see, before Draenor comes out, this site giving us a way to have a top level post in a forum for each tamer out there, where below it we can discuss different teams that work and provide the work to prove it out, and then EVERYONE can see the strats people think work best. Then we all can find what will work for us based on what we have and we can all contribute in an easier to search medium than the pages of posts that always swell the guide posts into uselessness unless the guide author maintains it (which I am trying to do).