Now, I’m a 10 man raider. My only forrays into 25s were PUGing them in Wrath and it was rarely a pretty picture. Give me a small, tight-knit group to kill my goons with, thanks. But I know other people feel the opposite to me, and that folks who prefer 25 mans are worried the larger raid format isn’t long for the world… of Warcraft.
Larisa’s got a heartfelt piece on whether 25 mans are on their way out. She starts off with several down-to-earth disclaimers which boil down to the fact that we can’t really judge 25 mans’ longevity yet as we haven’t played through enough of the Cataclysm to see full results. Even so, she goes on to say that she’s worried, as a member of a hardcore and well respected 25 man guild on her server.
The other night our officers set a date. If we can’t fill our vacancies before March 1, so we’re sure that we can pull off every raid and progress as planned, we will no more be a 25 man guild, but a 10 man guild spotting only one team, and the roster will be cut down accordingly.
No one wants it to happen and everyone’s prepared to do whatever they can to help out recruiting. Hopefully Adrenaline won’t become one of the victims of the 25 man raiding death of Cataclysm. But there’s no guarantee we’ll succeed.
Larisa points to a post by Gavendo who says that guilds like the world-class guild Paragon are sailing through as a 25 man, no problems. But Larisa’s right: most guilds are not Paragon. Very few 25 mans play on Paragon’s level – and Larisa says on her level, things are looking worse for wear. She wonders whether we’re really seeing people give up on the larger groupsize due to no extra shinies, glory or prestige now 25 and 10 mans give the same rewards. Time will tell, but my sympathies to any 25 mans in this difficult situation.
What about you – are you in a 25 man that’s struggling? Or a 10 man that’s finding you’re full of new applicants while you see 25 man groups on your server fail?