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12-23-2008 @ 8:56AM
/sarcasm onI'm all for the return of 40-mans so that a few of us can, once again, carry the many./sarcasm offNow that that's out of the way, let me just say...no. I'm not even a huge fan of 25-mans, because the larger the group raiders you have, the less personal connection to other raiders (i.e., Joe the Mage becomes that mage in group 4) and less coordination you have. In regards to the latter point, the challenge should be the content not getting 40 people on the same page; it can be difficult enough getting enough people to focus in 25-mans and sometimes 10-mans to get content done.It also increases the need for loot systems like DKP, which I'm not a fan of. In smaller raids where people pretty much know each other and trust each other to some degree, it's easier to distribute loot in such a fashion that nothing goes to waste.40-mans would also create a huge gear gulf, as the gear would easily outstrip 10-man gear. Right now, someone can step into a 25-man with 10-man gear and feel useful, and someone who runs 25-mans regularly can step into a 10-man and not be insanely overpowered. 40-man gear would likely tilt that balance too much in favor of the person running larger raids in terms of itemization.Finally, humongous raids like that are, I sense, going the way of the dodo in MMORPG's altogether - and with good reason. So, no, let's not go back to an old model that didn't work so well.
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