This sentiment is why raiding is not for everyone. It's about the competition, not the content. Open raiding may not be for you, but I'm not sad about it. For me, it hearkens back to the days of original EQ. Zones were open to everyone. Whether you could survive or beat them was a different story entirely. Gating raid content behind group content always felt artificial to me. Like having the cojones to enter Nagafen's lair wasn't proof enough of my mettle. Anyway, point taken. But I, for one, am aboard this train.