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1-30-2012 @ 1:36PM
I raided 25 man last expansion, and am doing 10 man this expansion. I agree with everything you are saying, but personally I have been happy with my transition to 10 man. I find the atmosphere more personal in a 10 man group. For me it feels more like a group tackling a task, rather than a force of people directed by a select few officers. We still have a raid leader, but I feel like there is more personality present now.I honestly wouldn't be too upset if 25 man raiding was phased out for all but LFR in the future. I think it would help with making interesting encounter design if there was only 10 man to focus on, and LFR 25 man was just dumbed down a bit from that. It seems more difficult to design the same encounter at the same difficulty for 10 and 25 groups. That being said, if they want 25 man to remain viable, they must offer some extra reward, or something, as an incentive.
1-30-2012 @ 3:40PM
I agree with Tim (except I've never raided 25s - only been playing for about a year, and only raiding for half that).For people that believe that WoW Raiding is "Serious Business(TM)"... sounds like 25 man raids are for you. I say this, cause they sound like work. For someone like me - I enjoy the challenge of raiding, but I primarily am in it for the camaraderie and the teamwork. I look forward to socializing and joking with my raid team... something that strikes me as being nigh impossible on a 25 man team. Hence - 10 man raiding is for me. I raid for fun. When I work, I expect to get paid. All that being said - I don't mind if they do something to help 25 man raiders set themselves apart, be it titles or achievements or whatever... as long as it's an aesthetic reward, and not a gearing advantage.
1-30-2012 @ 4:02PM
Well, as the article points out, running a 25-man is exponentially harder to do. If Blizz wants more customers, they are indirectly eliminating the raid size that is harder to do. If they announced it being eliminated, they would have complaints and quitting left and right. But, by ever so slightly nudging 25-mans out, they will fade away with the result of a happier player base that is less stressed.That is, perhaps this is good for the players, and blizzard is indirectly steering in this direction.
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