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A survey of gear levels in current 10- and 25-man Cataclysm raiding

If you've been curious whether or not you're geared enough to start raiding, the answer is "definitely maybe." Let me explain.

The nice people at GuildOx have collected and passed on their information for the average gear level for groups completing 10- and 25-man raids, and they were good enough to share this information with us. There are several interesting things to keep in mind about these numbers.
  • These numbers are from the last seven days and only for the first time a group beat the encounter. Subsequent kills aren't counted in this data set.
  • The average ilevel is higher for almost every single Cataclysm raid fight on 10-man than on 25-man. That is, the fights were first overcome by groups in higher ilevel gear on 10-man than on 25-man. Ascendant Council seems to be the only real exception to this rule.
  • The ilevels for the groups defeating this content are well achievable, starting at 337 for Omnotron Defense System and Conclave of Wind on 25-man. This is well within the level of gearing achievable through heroics. Even the 10-man encounters don't require much more, starting around ilevel 341.
  • There's a lot more data for heroic 25-man encounters than heroic 10s. Some fights don't seem to have had many or any clears on 10 for this data push.
  • Heroic Conclave of Wind had 40 kills on 25s and none on 10s, while Ascendant Council on normal seems to be easier on 10s than 25s for some reason.
See the data in full behind the jump; you can make your own conclusions, but I find the higher ilevel for 10-man clears over 25-man to be very, very interesting indeed. I also find it very heartening that yes, you can gear up for this in heroics and rep rewards, so don't let your gear hold you back from attempting these raids.

Avg.
gear
score
Avg.
ilvl
Avg.
ilvl
25
Avg.
ilvl
10
Total
guilds
1 Heroic: Ascendant Council 8,759 357 357 0 1
2 Heroic: Valiona and Theralion 8,720 356 356 0 1
3 Heroic: Magmaw 8,614 351 351 0 4
4 Heroic: Atramedes 8,592 352 352 0 10
5 Heroic: Maloriak 8,571 352 352 353 23
6 Heroic: Chimaeron 8,509 349 350 345 22
7 Heroic: Omnotron Defense System 8,487 350 350 353 23
8 Heroic: Conclave of Wind 8,382 348 348 0 40
9 Heroic: Halfus Wyrmbreaker 8,130 343 343 346 143
10 Nefarian 8,128 343 341 344 326
11 Cho'gall 7,963 343 338 343 1,147
12 Al'Akir 7,950 343 341 343 1,104
13 Ascendant Council 7,863 343 345 343 2,087
14 Chimaeron 7,813 342 339 342 2,119
15 Atramedes 7,741 341 340 342 3,034
16 Maloriak 7,679 341 339 342 4,347
17 Conclave of Wind 7,632 341 337 341 5,443
18 Valiona and Theralion 7,630 341 339 342 5,838
19 Halfus Wyrmbreaker 7,559 341 340 341 8,163
20 Omnotron Defense System 7,553 341 337 341 8,261
21 Magmaw 7,547 340 338 341 8,375

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Guilds, News items, Raiding, Cataclysm

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