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1-30-2012 @ 2:45PM
I've run a guild (and still do) that has run 40, 10 and 25 man runs. (7years+)Let's back this up a bit, in my opinion, and look at it this way:- The current shared lock-out is positive and flawed in several mechanisms (for example: why can we toggle between 10n and 25n but not between 10h and 25h the same week?)- Blizzard could've opted to meet the goal of 10n and 25m raids and truly 'helped' both by having either separate bosses or zones but instead opted to reduce content. They didn't - (reminder that AQ 20 and AQ40 and ZG20 and ZF10 were active at the time of 25 and 40man raids), and thereby reduce development costs (and lore/selections)- With regards to T13, there's no doubt that LFR < 10n < 25n < 10H < 25H in terms of difficulty. This has been talked to death, it was apparent in T12, and it's overt to a degree that really hasn't been seen since Crusader's Coliseum now. That's OK- it is what it is. (I've cleared on 3 different toons/types)- 25m is more difficult to recruit for, prepare for, execute upon and ... largely more rewarding. It's herding cats - but that means the kills are more rewarding on 25.Specific to anecdotal evidence of my own- 10m guilds to much larger degree arrive and disappear. The tenuous nature of survival is a form of caveat emptor that favors 25ms. (Or as Chris Rock once said at the Grammy's 'here today, gone later today!')- A significant # of applicants we receive indicate displeasure at settling upon 10m raiding. These are those that have raided and frankly enjoy all the mess that is 25m. - LFR is a mixed blessing: it's fun, it's great for Alts, it allows people to gear up relatively quickly. However, the absence of damage increases the 're-learning' for those who ignore bad things in LFR (or, as we often say at the start of our raid week 'it's time to wash the LFR off')In closing, I'm all for choice. I'm OK with the business decisions that have forced Blizzard into reducing raid content to increase the # of 5mans (for example) in a given expansion. However, I for one will retire from WoW, if my only choice for 25m is LFR. I'm sure there are others that feel the same for 10m.Blizzard's job- their requirement from me- is to create challenging, interesting and rewarding content at all tiers. Along those lines, I thoroughly agree with the OP that, at the current moment, 25m (or 10m++ sized) raids need attention.
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