Yesterday I talked about the two most recent announcements and how it would effect your free time. Today I want to talk about a different aspect of the game it will effect and hit mainly on the first announcement that is putting the 10 and 25 man raids on one lockout.
Should I be angry about a change to a game I don’t play? Sure, why not.
I’m not actually angry, just sad. I think this change is a huge detriment to the community that they try to promote.
At the moment the reason to run 25 man is because the loot is superior. You have a lot of groups that struggle in 25 man raids because they are PUG’ing 5-15 people. They do this struggle because they know its where the good loot lives. If they could drop those PUGs allowing them to run a decent group for the same loot they would happily do that.
I think we’ll see a HUGE decline in the number of 25 man raids that are being run. Raid leading is stressful, if you can ease that stress by 150% without really losing anything… then its a huge boon.
You’ll still see the uber 25 man groups I think. There is more prestige to do it with 25 than 10 of course but there’s no reason to struggle on 25 man for less than you could do in a more competent 10 man.
You’ll see a lot of really horrible 25 man groups as well. They’ll be recruiting in trade chat (/point Marisse) and forming groups to go do things you wouldn’t have imagined. Except now those groups aren’t going to be mains that missed out on their 25 man for the week… they are going to be semi geared alts trying to figure out why they get aggro when they death grip the mob.
My estimation is that you’ll see 60% less 25 man raids than there are right now. Even if the difficulty level is similar… 10 people management is soooooooooooooooooo much easier than 25 people wrangling.
Once you take into account the fact that your character is cap’d on the number of points you can earn in a week you realize you have another reason to go with a group that is better and more likely to get the job done.
Why struggle with 25 when you can rape with 10?