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6-17-2011 @ 8:18PM
The main thing I'm going to disagree with in this article is that 25 man raiding guilds are being created all the time. From my experience this is not happening. On my server for example every 25 man guild that exists today has existed since June 2010 at the very latest. Many, many 10 man guilds have tried to expand to 25 man and they have all failed. Two guilds that started Cata as 25 man guilds have become 10 man guilds and another 25 man guild dissolved to merge with a different 25 man guild.It is far tougher to run a 25 man raid and even tougher still to form one. These types of guilds do get formed from time to time but it's the exception rather than the rule.At times I've considered narrowing our guild to a 10 man force because I know we could progress further even though I don't like the format as much. Hell we tried it for the first time last week, our 25 man took one week off before Firelands but 10 players still wanted to raid. With those 10 we downed a new heroic boss we had been working on for awhile in addition to killing the ones we've downed in 25 in record speed and this is with a group who had never run 10 mans outside of Al'akir all throughout Cataclysm. Sometimes the constant recruitment and screening for a 25 man raid is taxing but I do it because I really prefer this format. I would trust 20 at least of our raiders at least to stand on their own in a 10 man format. I do not want to divide people up when they enjoy each others company. At times we do carry a few but that is how it is. We have had to cut nice, friendly people from our 25 at times as well which was hard, but for whatever reason they were causing issues so they went.Anyway that is my main concern. It will be interesting to look at wowprogress in a few months and see how many guilds are still raiding in a 25 man format. I am fortunate that my server still considers 25 man raiding to be serious and we have multiple highly progressed 25 man guilds that are very stable. We also have 10 mans that seem to fall apart every few months. I'm guessing that only a few of these 10 man guilds will exist come 4.3 although this format may become more stable as time goes on.
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