After reading so many post, it is clear that people like to put “false information” about the RDF and its functionality. So, I thought here, I’ll debunk some of these:
RDF Removes the social aspect of the game.
First of all, it actually doesn’t. You, as the player, have a choice, to choose to be social with others or just ignore the chat completely. I made many friends in the past through Dungeon Finder as well as before Dungeon Finder was even added, and I have noticed no change in this. In fact, even today, in Retail, I still chat and have a friendly laugh with random people in Dungeon Finder.
RDF destroys the communities.
No, it actually doesn’t. Back at WoW’s peaked, the servers were pretty much, at large, almost impossible to keep up with on who was on your server. At its peak in Wrath of the Lich King, WoW had over 10 million subscribers, estimate. And with that many people, it was basically near impossible to keep up with who was on the server. The only communities that did matter was who was within the guild, which still holds today.
You can’t make friends in RDF
This one is entirely false. You have the power to make friends, in or outside using RDF.
RDF is what made people quit the game.
I think people really need to post a source before making this claim. People quit the game for all different reasons. Some think it may have been time to move on, some just got bored during content droughts and left, and even some may have had to quit due to stuff happening within there lives. There is a lot of different reasons to why someone may have quit the game, but I highly doubt it was because of a tool added.
RDF makes the game easier.
All RDF does is makes grouping for a dungeon little easier. It doesn’t mean the dungeon will be easier as to manually forming a group then walking to the dungeon entrance. I’ll put it this way, what do you think is supposed to be the hard part? The dungeon or forming a group for the dungeon?
RDF means we can’t pick who we want in our group.
People should know RDF is “Random Dungeon Finder. If people don’t know what “random” means, please grab a dictionary. All it does is randomly fills you in with 4 other players to complete a dungeon. If RDF did get added, there is nothing stopping you from manually finding a group with your friends or guilds, or just other randoms out in the world.
People will just sit in a city instead of exploring the world if RDF is going to get added.
People play the game in all different ways. Me personally, I usually quest while in a queue, exploring the world while waiting for a dungeon, as I found it faster that way. If all you’re going to do is sit inside a capital city while queuing for a dungeon, then that is your own fault, not others.
Also, I’d like to add with this, with the current LFG system, most people actually do sit in a city or in one spot while trying to form a group.
RDF is why retail is in a bad state it is in.
Sorry, but this is an entire false accusation. Retail is in a bad place at the moment because of things that have been added over the course throughout Legion, Battle for Azeroth and Shadowlands, were poorly implemented. The intense RNG of Legion, the broken warforging/titanforging of Legion and Battle for Azeroth, the removal of tier sets from Legion up to Patch 9.3, just to name some. Dungeon Finder had nothing to do with the current state of retail World of Warcraft. Even Warlords of Draenor was at a massive sub decline, mostly due to it was abandoned before it had its first major patch.
This one is entirely false. Dungeon Finder isn’t designed to add more loading screens, it is designed to be a tool used for grouping easier and getting to the dungeon easier. I’ll use this as an example, lets just say RDF was in the game, I was sitting in lets say, Strattath, and a Dungeon Pops after queuing for one. And lets say the Dungeon is Escape from Dumholde. How Dungeon Finder would work would just teleport you to the instance, and that is it. Only 2 loading screens total, one for entering, one for leaving. Now lets say at the current moment, I’m in the same location, and I join a group for the same dungeon. Portal from Strattath to Darnassus, Another pinkish portal from Darnassus to the base of Teldrassil, flight down to Tanaris. Run to dungeon entrance and port into the dungeon. RDF does not add more loading screens. (This is irrelevant, but I am putting from my Warlock, which is a Human on Classic)
UPDATE: Someone in another thread made a comment towards this and I wasn’t looking at from another point of view. The fact is, someone in a loading screen wouldn’t effect you playing by any means.
RDF caused WoW Subs to decline
Seen this so many times, and this is actually inaccurate. As posted up earlier on people claiming RDF made people quit the game, it is the same thing with this. People quit the games for all different reasons. Plus, RDF was added in patch 3.3.0 on December 7th, 2009. A year before Cata was released. Just before Cata was released, WoW Sub numbers peaked to 12 million, before steadily declining after the release of Cata.
Closing Statement: These are just some of the things I have seen on the forums about RDF that people seem to make false claims about. If anymore pop up, I’ll be sure to update this post.