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While the Dungeon Finder has been lauded by many as a great success and a quality of life improvement for World of Warcraft’s playerbase, it has not been without well-deserved criticism. In particular, the social ramifications of cross-server grouping I briefly addressed in my previous Dungeon Finder post have been pushed to the forefront.

Having followed the ups and downs of this issue on the forums fairly closely since the system’s implementation, I’ve seen one proposed solution presented time and time again: that a ratings system should be imposed so that “good” players can somehow be given priority over “bad” ones while using the Dungeon Finder, thus hopefully creating a more pleasant social experience while running randoms. While Blizzard has announced that it will not implement such a system, players’ enthusiasm for the proposal is unabated.

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I’ve been meaning to do a full write up on the “ins and outs” of the Dungeon Finder system since its inception, but I only recently found an impetus (a school assignment!) to follow through. Without further ado…


Overview: What is the Dungeon Finder?

In patch 3.30, Blizzard introduced the new Dungeon Finder system to World of Warcraft to facilitate quicker grouping for 5-man dungeons (also called “instances”). Even though the intent of the system is to make grouping easier, many players who are new to World of Warcraft may not find its purpose or use entirely clear. Hopefully, I can shed some light on how you can best use this new system for your instancing adventures!

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