There may not be twitch-based skill, but there is skill nonetheless. I've seen healers barely break a sweat in HM EC and I've seen others struggle to keep a group alive in False Emperor. I've seen a dps solo Chasing the Shadow (with healing pet) and I've seen another unable to kill their Infernal Council member despite wearing black hole gear. Player skill impacts this game.
Skill ? Your joking right? FPS, RTS, and CSF games are Skill based. RPMMO's Take very little skill, Gear based ones take even less. That being said ..... THIS IS A GEAR BASED GAME! it has next to no honest skill requirements. Even in PVP, which does requires a little bit of knowledge and skill, is still more dependent on gear.
I suppose you're right, but I found plenty of threads on this forum and on others (mmo-mechanics) that were very helpful at getting good at my class.
The only reason this game has any bit of a learning curve is because it does not include a players manual and at best has a piss poor online players guide.
I'm sorry you've had bad experiences with raiding groups. I actually made good friends with several of the people I've raided with. I imagine that we'll probably stay in touch for a long time as we've had a good time doing group content together.
I don't feel very sympathetic to raiders, The hardest part to raiding is putting up with BS drama and kissing butt to stay on your raiding Team. If you haven't been paying attention as of late the player base making like a biblical exodus and leaving in droves and guilds are dropping like flies. if your not already on a raiding team your pretty much limited to Columi and BH Gear. It takes a weak or two to build up enough BH comms to get a single piece of gear Raiding is and always has been the easiest way to get gear.
All Bioware has done is made it so I no longer have any reason to do EOT. Infact I can pretty much put the Black Hole at the bottom of my daily to do list. As it stands Ilum dailies have the best pay out. fallowed by Belsavis which unlike the black hole only requires one lengthy load screen rather then two and I can solo all the heroics.
POS Flashpoint? Are you saying this because you weren't skilled enough to beat it?
Lost Island ... no point in even attempting this POS Flashpoint. Denova SM I wont touch it past the tanks as there's no reason for it. Kaon ... unless it applies to my weakly (it probably doesn't as it didn't pre 1.4) I may as well exit it every time I get dropped in it from GF.
Lost Island is my FAVORITE flashpoint. I run it because it is fun and the only one that is challenging. I also like to bring new guildies through it, especially if they've had troubles with it in the past -- they have a sense of pride and accomplishment beating LR-5 for the first time.
Look, if the game isn't fun, then stop playing it. But are you really saying that the extra BH comms were the only reason you kept playing?
Simply put all that being accomplished here is bio ware is taking away people's reasons to play. I may as well go back to an actual game that really is Skill based like a FPS or a MMOCFS like Aces High or Warbirds. These are games where some poorly equipped player can still hand you your arse simply because he is better (more skilled) then you.