It’s simple really and IdC to get into the difficulty argument because Blizzard themselves have come out and said they try to tune the encounters equally but 25 man ends up being harder.
Keep it to a single lockout for everything and just upgrade the gear slightly for the more difficult content. That being the 25 man difficulty. SIMPLE
Do NOT bring this to be a 10 vs 25 man debate on which is harder. That was NOT the point of this discussion nor do I want it to even get remotely close.
First and only warning guys. 10 vs 25 man debates get very nasty and we've had enough of them.
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This is strictly a business move by Blizzard in South Korea.
See third paragraph down from bookmark and I've personally confirmed this within Blizzard CS. You can contact me directly if you'd like to discuss/confirm.
Let us be honest here Lore. This move by Blizzard, in fact really shows how much "the suits" are getting their MBA hands into the mix.MBA Wanker 1: "How do we squeeze a bit more blood out of this Korean turnip (or kim-chee)?MBA Wanker 2: "Hell, let's bring back 10/25 separate lockouts! That'll keep them playing for 4-6 hours more per week!"Game Designer: "But North American/Europe have been wanting that too."MBA Wankers (in unison): "eff those monthly paying noobs! Why would we add that cost to our balance sheet?!?! We'll see no ROI from those monthly paying fools in the States and Europe. Silly noob gamer!"While I wasn't a fly on the wall, I can assure you that the above is a close approximation of why this move has been made in South Korea and ONLY in South Korea; not South America, China, North America, or Europe.
Additionally, I'm not sure your candy analogy really works here. Unless of course politically, you lean towards having a nanny state. It's not Blizzards responsibility to meter out to us how much raiding we should or should not have. So let's not candy-coat (see what I did there) the real reason behind this move.
Not implementing this in NA/Europe saves Blizzard MONEY, by reducing their operating cost
This is purely a move to beef up Activision/Blizzards Global Balance sheet (they no longer report by Geo, shocking) and it should disgust gamers in general.
That Blizzard will add a feature to only one sub-set of it's base, strictly out of pure greed, while denying it (and spinning with their regular PR bulls#%t) from a large portion of the NA Community that has cried for it.
I realize that part of your livelihood depends upon the game, but spinning this move into one of "Blizzard is protecting you kids for your own good" is a bit demeaning (even tho gamers are by definition unable to control their actions); completely false; and really misses the point.
Last edited by Dionys; 10-30-2012 at 04:30 PM.
25-man players are NOT second-class citizens now. You still get a slightly better quantity of loot per raid member than 10-mans now. Evidently slightly greater than equality is not enough for you.
I am in a leadership position in my guild and I think 25m raiders often want to act like leading a 10m takes no effort and 25 is so hard. I do completely agree that 25m is relatively harder, but that should not be used to trivialize the effort of leading a 10m. Personally, I don't see why 25 would need more incentive than it already has if people actually prefer 25m.
It couldn't possibly be that many people who raided 25-mans in Wrath *only because it dropped better loot* now run 10-mans because they like that format just fine when rewards are even, could it?
Last edited by mavfin; 10-31-2012 at 12:04 PM.
Q. It has become apparent to the WoW community since the beginning of Cataclysm that 25-man raiding guilds are starting to become a dying breed. The recent news that top ranked guild, DREAM Paragon, will be switching to 10-man raiding, has caused us to realize that even some of the best guilds on the planet are being faced with this crisis.
I myself have been keeping extremely up to date on MoP, and any posts that Blizzard makes anywhere for that matter. But one topic that I rarely see is the conversation about 25-man raiding.
I think that, at this point, it is extremely hard to deny that 25-mans are beginning to fade away. There are even quite a few servers that don't have a single guild on it that runs 25's, anymore! Obviously, yes, you can run LFR, but that just doesn't do justice compared to the real thing. We saw a decline in 25-man raiding since the start of Cataclysm.
So my questions that I have for you are this: - What are Blizzards views on 25-man raiding? - Can anything be done to save 25-man raiding or make it more appealing? (Does Blizzard have something up their sleeves?) - What has caused 25-man raids to fade away?
A. In short, we're not satisfied with the current status of 25-player raids. There are clear logistical challenges to sustaining a 25-player raiding group. It's inherently 2.5 times as much churn, and thus 2.5 times as much recruitment needed. In terms of actual encounter difficulty, while we haven't always succeeded, we feel that we can deliver on a comparable experience between the two modes: 10-player raiding often involves greater personal responsibility, while 25-player raiding is more complex on a macro level (more moving pieces). Even perfect tuning doesn't compensate for the logistical difficulties, though.
Our hope and intent when introducing the parallel 10/25 structure in Cataclysm was that people would be free to pick the raid size that they prefer, but I'll admit that in light of the organizational challenges of maintaining a 25-player roster, we may need a slightly larger incentive to make that choice a truly free and fair one. When you're the guild leader of a 25-player raid group, and you realize that you only have 21 people regularly showing up, it's much easier to just forge ahead in 10-player mode than it is to go through a fresh recruitment cycle to bolster your ranks. And if Mechanar taught us anything, it's that players will always take the path of least resistance when the rewards are equal. (Note that this doesn't mean that it's necessarily the most fun path or what players would choose in the absence of any outside forces pulling them one way or another.)
A small step we've taken to that end has been to increase the amount of loot dropped in 25-player Normal mode in 5.0 to 6 pieces per boss, matching the Heroic loot rate as it has stood in Cataclysm. That's something. But it's not a true solution to the problem. It's something we continue to discuss on a regular basis.
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I forget which dev it was who said it but the force that is kiling 25m raiding more than any other is entropy - disorder created by guilds dying and the loss of raiding interest from server transfer fees is perfectly analagous to entropic heat loss in thermodynamics.