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1-30-2012 @ 2:36PM
I'm honestly not sure if giving greater rewards in 25-mans is the answer. I just know that if current trends continue, 25-man raiding outside of the Raid Finder will be the domain of a small handful of elite, dedicated guilds worldwide. As someone who prefers the larger raids, that makes me worry for the future of the game.I don't think it bodes ill for the future of the game. I think it bodes ill for the future of 25 man raiding.Its dying. Its sad to see, but 25 man raids are dying. 10 mans give you the same loot, are easier to organise and manage and are in mnay ways less stressful. There's usually less room for error, but thats tuning issue. Unfortuantely, the current state of the system developed for very good reasons so it is difficult to advocate turning the clock back.If 25 man raids are to survive, then they need to be made worth running. Currently, they aren't. You get more gear, some peopel love the larger raid size but overall the difficulties inherent in the raid simply aren't worth the extra rewards.But thats the question....SHOULD they survive? As things stand, my answer to that would be....no. Blizzard now has to balance for threee difficulties and 2 raid sizes. That eats into development time, resource allocation, adds to problems with the loot tables and even creates esoteric issues such as having a ten man raid in a field designed for 25 players. I think that sooner or later, Blizzard will collapse the raids into one standard raid size....10 or 15 man raids. This has some drawbacks - namely, the effect on existing 25 man guilds, as well as feel, but overall it offers a lot.Other than that, the central problem is simple....its going to be very very difficult to rewards 25 man raids in a manner that rewards the effort put into organising them and the guilds that take part, but which doesn't make the 10 man raider feel like its a mandatory requirement.
1-30-2012 @ 9:06PM
"I just know that if current trends continue, 25-man raiding outside of the Raid Finder will be the domain of a small handful of elite, dedicated guilds worldwide."Will be? It pretty much is like that right now.
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