But that’s the problem. Some people would prefer to not have a “no wb” category and the parses currently seem to force that. My most recent Nef kill would still give me top 20 healer for the server and a 99, as opposed to #2 in an inconsequential category that is already overinflated due to having less parses.
Will bomb on Vael (or downing Garr for that matter) force this downshift every week? If so, that seems like terrible functionality; if not, then there’s clearly a way to have individuals still have their parses count towards “WB” parses. What’s the breaking point that downshifts a raid from one to the other? 10 people without buffs? A trash wipe? A boss wipe? Ultimately, the current functionality will force me to fill out the missing bosses needed towards the “no wb” avg. by going to BWL without buffs one week, which seems counter intuitive.
A bigger problem surrounds griefing and bad behavior. This new categories will only further incentivize dispelling world buffs and/or camping instances because you’ve essentially created two tiers now. Want to screw over the competition from beating your parses? Simply grief them by downshifting them to tier 2. This will be especially painful for Alliance due to faction imbalances going into AQ40. I remember the death marches back in vanilla and this will make it feel even worse because you’ll know going in that you’ve been demoted to tier 2 before the first pull.
I somewhat understand the reasoning behind it, but this feels like needless functionality. At the very least, make it so that the person logging the file can choose between uploading to “WB” or “no WB” when uploading and then upshift if world buffs are detected in the logs.