Even here on my blog, people are pretty up in arms about what I’ve written about the changes coming with the expansion. I find it pretty hilarious that people are so defensive about it. Let’s just break it down into very simple truths here.
Truth #1: People want the best loot in the game without having to deal with the “RL work” of 25-mans. Those are the people that rejoice over these changes and the ones that have convinced Blizzard to make these changes. The majority of the WoW community want things faster and easier. If only for logistical reasons, that means 10-mans.
Truth #2: Without the “carrot” of only getting the best loot in the game from 25-mans, recruitment for those raiding guilds will be more difficult. People who say this isn’t true are just fooling themselves. Go to your realm forum at the WoW website. Read some of the posts there. How many of those people do you think want to deal with the longer raid times, more wipes and general herding of cats that has to go on for 25-mans?
Truth #3: Even the most stalwart of 25-man groups will die when they can’t recruit enough people to make up for those they lose through attrition (RL stuff like new jobs, marriages, having a baby, moving, etc.). If a group’s members are stalwart in their support of their 25-mans to a person, unless they can find equally committed and skilled players to replace those they lose to RL events the group -will- die.
Truth #4: 25-man raiders have every right to be upset about Blizzard killing off our raiding groups while trying to hide it behind a false “choice.” Even if I choose to raid 25-mans, if 24 equally skilled and driven people don’t make the same choice, then my having any sort of choice in the first place is negated.
Truth #5: Telling people that being upset is “wrong” or that they are just mad as “losing epeen rights” is immature, untrue and dickish.
A couple more interesting reads on the changes here, here and here. Vixsin has a very rational analysis of the situation and keep himself emotionally removed from his arguments, which is nice to see. Cassandri goes the other direction, calmly explaining how a 25-man raider is being effected by this emotionally. Excellent reads, all of them.
As for myself, I’m tired of having “pro-10s advocates” stomping all over and ignoring Truth #5 up there. Guess what? My raiding group made up of 25+ friends is going to break up, if not at release of the expansion then whenever RL situations pulls enough people away and we can no longer get the people to fill our spots. It’s Blizzard’s doing and totally out of our control. I think that gives me the right to be at least a -little- hurt and angry, don’t you?