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FFXIV’s World First winners explain why Final Fantasy raids are “more accessible” than WoW

Following their stunning Final Fantasy XIV Dragonsong’s Reprise Race to World First win, Neverland has broken down why FFXIV’s raid scene is more accessible than its rival title, World of Warcraft.

2021 marked the rebirth of the MMORPG. After New World and Lost Ark finally hit our screens, and Final Fantasy XIV grew exponentially after a mass exodus from World of Warcraft, hordes of gamers flocked to these sprawling universes in search of new adventures.

In the case of FFXIV, interest in Race to World First events has also increased. After an insane WoW Shadowlands RWF, the Dragonsong’s Reprise contest saw record numbers tuning in to catch a glimpse of Neverland’s unexpected victory.

Comparing the competitive raid scene of the two games isn’t an easy task, but the Neverland squad has broken down the fundamental differences for Dexerto – and also explained why this has led to an increased interest in high-tier raids.

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Dragonsong’s Reprise is no walk in the park.

Neverland explains the differences between FFXIV and WoW raids

While parallels have been drawn between Square Enix and Blizzard MMORPGs, Neverland firmly believes that FFXIV’s raid system is far more accessible to players who can’t spend hours and hours grinding.

“I think [FFXIV’s raids] are designed to be very accessible”, zeppe said Dexerto. “WoW very rarely releases patches, but it’s a very big patch, so it’s a very long race, but then the gaps between them are relatively long. In Final Fantasy, events are typically shorter – Savage typically lasts around a day or two, and an Ultimate around a week on average – but you get an event around every three to four months instead.

“I think that makes it more accessible to people because you can plan it and the patch cycles are very reliable,” he continues. “I can now tell you when 6.2 is coming, when 6.3 is coming; I can now make the plans for it.

“Also, the way gear works in Final Fantasy is very forgiving. Each new Savage tier effectively resets gear, and each new player can craft their own gear. It’s very affordable, it doesn’t take a lot of gil [FFXIV’s in-game currency], so they make sure anyone who wants to raid can do so. It takes no effort.”

Nahlock agrees, stating, “World of Warcraft tends to take a lot of time with a lot of powerful and very important consumables and relying on you having a very large gold bank and multiple characters for World First.

“The difference is that in Final Fantasy outside of the raid itself there is very little you can do to prepare other than just work on your skills. People can actually spend their time living their lives outside of the raid, so it’s easier to prepare because they don’t have to spend their free time around it.”

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As ex-WoW raiders flock to the emerald pastures of Eorzea, Neverland has seen an exponential increase in players looking to dig into the Savage and Ultimate universes.

At FC he worked before Neverland, Schalfu Notes “I was in charge of recruitment and I’ve had a lot of WoW players come up with Warcraft logs like ‘I killed that in World of Warcraft,’ and I said ‘Sure, that’s not the same!’ I definitely felt like a sudden influx of WoW players came and gave it a try.

“It’s hard to start over in a new game – I was there,” he admits. “But I hope they continue to grow in Final Fantasy and show off their FFXIV achievements instead.”

As FFXIV’s competitive section grows in popularity, it will be interesting to see where it ends up going forward. Until then, though, we’ll be scrambling for a spot in Neverland – after all, they proved dreams can come true, right?

https://www.dexerto.com/final-fantasy/ffxivs-world-first-winners-explain-how-final-fantasy-raids-more-accessible-than-wow-1821223/ FFXIV’s World First winners explain why Final Fantasy raids are “more accessible” than WoW

Emma Bowman

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