EZmode = happy masses.
It really is that simple.
The reason your PUG group today does not implode halfway through an instance like before is because short of getting the five absolute worst players on the server in one group, you will likely no-wipe clear any instance. Given that, and the fact that you don’t actually need to talk to your group (who needs strategy talks when the strategy for EVERYTHING is AoE and loot, and who needs to correct a poorly playing player when you will win regardless), its a magic formula for PUG happiness. Even the ninja-looter has to try extra hard to get noticed because everyone gets a token for much better loot anyway.
And lets face it, if you wanted a challenge, and you wanted to still play WoW, you would not be PUG’ing instances. You would be in a progressive raid guild and wiping to learn a new boss (it’s still possible to wipe on a raid boss in WoW, right? Or has that been ‘fixed’ and made more ‘accessible’ too?), or at least running instances above your level with a set group to make things interesting (but then even noobs can do that now).
Personally I don’t understand what is fun about steam-rolling everything at all times (which is partly why I find Torchlight to be just an ok game that can’t really hold my interest for long), but clearly so long as you are being rewarded and called a hero, many love it. Puzzling to me, but whatever works right?