I know the main hubbub is still all about the upcoming expansion Warlords of Draenor. I am somewhat reeling from needing to go 20 man but that's something I can't even deal with until we're 14/14H. I suspect it'll ultimately be better for the game but I'll still miss the feel of 10 man raiding and it'll definitely absolutely stink upsizing.
But that's not the topic today.
The idea of having Proving Grounds interact with LFR was floated a while ago by Ghostcrawler in an interview:
"We’ve even talked about maybe there’s a way that Proving Grounds can
replace item level as the gating mechanism to get you into say raid
finder or similar match making content."
But then Ghostcrawler clarified what he meant here and here:
"Yeah, we would never require PGs for LFR. It would just be a way to demonstrate that you didn't need the ilevel."
"It would probably be more like LFR requires ilevel 500 OR a Proving
Ground Silver Medal, or maybe Silver + ilevel 450 or whatever."
But...what if it did require Proving Grounds? And no, I don't mean Gold or even Silver -- I realize that there are hordes of players out there who are really not good at World of Warcraft. But Bronze? Is that too much to ask?
What if we saw something like the following for MoP? You have to fulfill one of the requirements listed for each LFR.
Bronze + 460 ilvl (same as reality except it requires Bronze)
Silver + 450 ilvl
Gold + 440 ilvl
Note that if you could pull off Gold at 440 ilvl when it's tuned for 463 that would be quite a feat.
Bronze + 470 ilvl
Silver + 460 ilvl
Gold + 450 ilvl
Bronze + 480 ilvl
Silver + 470 ilvl
Gold + 460 ilvl
Bronze + 490 ilvl
Silver + 480 ilvl
Gold + 470 ilvl
Effectively every medal you have past Bronze in LFR shaves off 10 of the required ilvl -- and 10 ilvl is usually something like 15-20% damage/health/healing. This also isn't some colossal time investment -- getting Bronze should only take like 15 minutes and that's counting travel time to the Temple (or wherever Proving Grounds are in the future). It also requires very little skill to get Bronze, but more than going AFK and it shows you understand at least some of the basics.
Now, this is irrelevant for me as I never intend to step foot in LFR again as long as I live -- to use WoD terms, Normal/Heroic all the way for alts (if I have any -- the fact I can help any non-Mythic group with my main severely limits the benefits of having an alt for me, another post about that soon) and the joy of Normal PLUS Heroic PLUS Mythic for my main. But it seems it would be useful as it allows people who have demonstrated they can pull their weight with less gear into LFR and forces people who just don't give a damn to at least do Bronze -- and everyone else in the LFR KNOWS everyone else can at least do Bronze.
Of course, they might simply nerf LFR so far into the ground that it really does become solely a tourist destination with awful ilvl compared to anything else -- or so I hope. Make it clear that people who like raiding absolutely should be stepping up to Normal (current Flex). The long term health of raiding depends on getting new players into the raiding pool.