and then there was light… or however it would happen if the Bible met My Fair Lady, in Azeroth.
OK, OK, so I am not the only one who has been asking about this for a long time. However, since I am a total egomaniac, I am going to take all the credit anyway. Yay me!
I am sure that you have all now heard that in Cataclysm, you will be forced to choose between 10 and 25 man raiding. The long held perception of dumb-dumb 10 man raids will hopefully be done away with. People won’t feel forced to run the same content twice a week to remain competitive. 10 mans should be more challenging because there will no longer be any over gearing.
I know many people who are afraid that this will be the end of 25man raiding. The same old chestnut gets mentioned every time this is discussed. “But why would you bother doing 25mans if 10mans gave the same loot?”
Why? Because you bloody well like 25mans, that’s why!
Believe it or not, some people prefer 25man raiding. I used to play with someone who actually missed 40man raids. Some people like that large size, that epic scale, the camaraderie you get with the people of your class and role that just doesn’t happen in 10mans (Arcis Warlock Chat, I miss you so much <3). The level of inner competition and drive was amazing in 25mans, solely because you had so many more people who could potentially be kicking your arse at your job.
Others like 10mans. The intimate feel, the huge sense of responsibility on your shoulders knowing that, if you mess up, that’s ten percent of your raid gone. Raiding in a group that is small enough that everyone can actually have a chat on Vent (or even get a word in edgewise), and everyone can carry some of the responsibility of running the raid.
For most of Wrath, 10 man exclusive guilds have been punished for being just that. The player base refuses to see them as anything other than casual, regardless of how seriously they play the game. More attention is given to 25man downings than 10 (partly because the top guilds raid both levels of content, and so over gear the ten man equivalent). The emphasis on bloody gearscore has also meant that 10man only guilds and players are, again, largely seen as casual or scrubbish. This annoys the hell out of me.
Not one type of raiding is better, or more important, than the other. But by allowing people to do both, 10 man is always going to be pushed to the bottom of the pile, where 25man raiders run the 10 ‘just for badges’, making 10man raiders appear lazy or unmotivated.
I’m not sure how popular this change is going to be. I remember once suggesting this on a TNB Round Table, and I think most of the people there at the time vehemently disagreed with me. However, I think it will most definitely be for the better.
Now let’s just pray for some challenging raid content. Heck, this change may see me go back to serious raiding!Tags: 10man, 25man, Cataclysm, raid lockouts