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12-23-2008 @ 10:39AM
I raided 40-man content in vanilla WoW (all the way to C'Thun) and I don't want to do that ever again. As many have pointed out, the logistics were a nightmare. Try instructing a new healer (example) on what to do when you have 8 groups = massive delays. Having 40 people recovering and buffing up in 5 minutes or less after a wipe were poor. Always someone sneaking an afk - which is alright except when you spend an evening always waiting for someone to return from a stolen afk and get tired of hearing officers on voice comms asking the culprits if they're back yet. For the 50th time that night. Plus, you only knew a quarter of people you raided with (even if you did so regularly), and that meant that chances of misinterpreting what the other 3/4 said or did were nearly 100% - most fellow raiders just came across as total asshats because 1 chatline + 40 people + 3 hours to raid a night = tower of babel.And it was very easy for people to "hide" in the crowd - loads of people not pulling their weight but who were difficult to spot because they were in the big mass of average dps on the meters.Finally, having 40 people fighting over 1-3 drops per boss = total lose and insanely complex loot roll systems, rotations, sitouts, etc. Wiping for a week on a new boss and finally... finally... 2 items drop, equalling 5% of the raid get an upgrade. DRAMA! Compare that to 10-mans, where a new boss means 20% of the raid gets an upgrade.Say No to 40-mans!
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