Apr 26th 2010 12:03PM I honestly think this is an accurate evaluation. IMO, the main motivation for doing 25-mans is the higher ilvl gear, achievements, and better mounts. Gold is already ridiculously easy to make and the fewer number of 10-man drops is not going to dissuade folks. OTOH, getting 25 people to showup 3+ nights/wk and focus on progression is a major PITA.
Following the path of least resistance is human nature, just as it is physical nature. Regardless of whether this is Blizzard's intention, this change WILL be the death of 25-mans.
Apr 13th 2009 2:27PM Past practice has been to shutdown the PTR a few days in advance and last time I checked it was still up.
Could be a sign that patch is going next week... or not! ;)
Oct 27th 2008 6:22PM Relentless Few of Bronzebeard was formed in Oct 07 for folks who wanted to experience end-game on a RL time-constrained budget, raiding 3 nights per week. We started 25-mans in Mar 08, and downed Illidan (pre 3.0.2 nerf) on Oct 7th. 'Casual' end-game raiding is most certainly doable if you have smart, mature, and committed membership. :)