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4-26-2010 @ 12:54PM
I have to agree with Como on this one, but not because of some sort of "raiding as we know it will end!" feeling.I think there is merit when people say that this might end up killing 25-man raiding. Certainly not a fast death, but if it just becomes too much trouble to pull 25 people together, guilds will start to get their 10 best players and just do that instead. It would be folly to insist that people don't play for the gear, because they do, and when 25s no longer drop superior gear, I feel like there will be a lot more people who don't think they have to 'deal' with what they feel to be crappy players and will form their own guilds and raiding groups. Suddenly the game becomes that much more exclusive.And this will be especiailly hard on PUGs. There won't be any raid-geared people looking to start various PUGs for whatever reason; they can't get locked to any raid their guild might be doing that week. They could bring alts, of course, but as we've seen, a lot of raiding guilds have their own special alt runs too. Plus, if you get locked to a 10 or 25 as a pugger, you can't pick the other to join if your group falls apart with next to no chance of it reforming later to finish content. And what if you get a 10-man for a weekly raid quest? There goes your chance of trying to find a 25-man that might actually finish more bosses.Don't get me wrong, I dont' think this is the end of the world. I just don't think it's the BEST THING EVAH either. I think it could have ramifications that we just don't understand yet and I'm a bit concerned how this will effect the raiding culture.
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