I'd like to formally collect everyone's feedback on whether they would like to raid 10-man or 25-man on Friday nights come Cataclysm. I think it is important to decide this now as it plays into what we do between now and Cata, and how hard we try to recruit.
Raiding in Cata will be changed as follows (thanks to Ziv for the nice summary):
Just to make it clear Blizzard has announced that they want to bring the 10 man CLOSER to the 25 man in terms of what it does. 10 man raids are going to drop the EXACT SAME gear as 25 man raids. They are also going to be WAY HARDER than the 10 mans of today and are going to be closer to the level of the 25 mans of today. Also to be noted although the 10 mans will drop the exact same gear as the 25. The 25 will still drop SLIGHTLY more gear per person than the 10 does. So what does this mean? Well 25 leet A-game players will probably gear up slightly faster than 10 of the same leet A-game players. At the same time 20Leet A-game players +5 down syndrome chimps. Will probably fall far behind a good group of 10 leet a-game players. For those who haven't read up on all this the one other change is that you can only get locked to one version of the instance 10 or 25. there is no more doing 2 raids a week of the same instance. Also (and this may be an advantage to our one day a week gig) Blizzard has decided to design all future raid content around having 3-5 raids with 2-4 bosses each per raid versus having 1-2 raids with 8-12 bosses per raid for each new level of content. Say goodbye to Ulduar/Naxx style raiding they have opened the door to the ToC style low trash high boss instances we seem to do well in.
1) I'm not making "both" an option as i don't think it is very viable to do both 25-man and 10-man in a 5 hour block.
2) Rhaeyn/Cliff/Zoble feel free to vote if you plan to come back for Cata (it goes without saying that we want you to!)
3) A 10 man raid would pretty much just be the whiskey officers.
Please make comments so i know how each person voted. don't be anonymous!