Either more players are reaching a ripe raiding age (groups needing fill-in players) or more raiders are quitting (groups needing replacement players) because I've seen several raid recruitment threads lately, at least on my realm. And not just for healers are usual, this time every class is sought after.
One I came across said "we're not hardcore", but later said "we raid weekdays seven to midnight". I've never considered myself hardcore, although I raided more hours than I'm willing to admit here.
I'm starting to think we raiders have a very skewed idea of time invested.
I have no idea how much time some of the top raiding guilds in the world put in per day. But when I think of hardcore I think of them - the raiders who have cleared Karazhan, Gruul's Lair, Magtheridon, Serpentshrine Cavern, etc. When I compare myself to them, I'm not "hardcore" at all. Yet for the past year, I've put more time into raiding than probably anything else besides my job.
If that isn't hardcore, what is?
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