Pugging is down because of the attitude of the people pugging and the game being made
Having been in a pug in the weekend where the drama was high and a lot of ranting from "Vets" about how they hate pugging and why other players suck, its no wonder people are prefering to solo or just run with static / guild. The number of pugs I have been in where this has happened is high.
The second pug of note was where we rushed through at breakneck speed no optionals no side chests and exploits to get to the end. This may have a time and place but I like to do the quest if I just wanted to pike for XP I would buy a stone or do gold roles.
Thats why pugging is down, first it was dont die or you cost 10% rants, now its byoh, know it, dont suck etc etc. If that is the attitude why bother ?
I started opening up LFMs for quests I was running until I got some prat who thought leaving soul stones behind because people werent good enough was acceptable (Sad thing was all it did was slow down quest completion while I left one side and ran to the other to go get them. Mr Left Them Behind still had to wait until we got to where he was).
After that I havent bothered.
Since when did it become acceptable to treat people like trash because they cannot play the game the way you want them to ? What happened to the tolerance for new players and mistakes and just plain old bad luck.
After my experience in the weekend I will start making pugs again just for some balance
Edit (Love the title being cut off Pugging is down because of the attitude of the people pugging and the game being made easier to solo.