The raid change announcement is welcomed news around here. I have long despised the fact that 25 man raids get better loot than 10 mans. For me it never made sense but my argument has always fallen on deaf ears. For the time being at least it looks as though my raiding prayers have been answered.
With 10′s and 25′s sharing lockouts and gear I believe we might see a dramatic shift in the way guilds approach raiding. Today the only way to get the “top level gear” is to run 25′s. In Cataclysm the loot will be exactly the same for both raid sizes. Sure 25′s will drop more loot but in 10′s there will be less competition for the drops. There will no longer be a substantial benefit to a 25 man raid.
Does this mean the end for large guilds? To be honest I don’t think so. I think that there will still be large guilds based on the previously announced guild benefits in Cataclysm. The change will be most visible in the raiding structure. Instead of mobilizing and organizing one big group, there will be multiple smaller groups running content. Just about any successful 25 man raiding guild could easily fill three 10 man groups. Prior to Cataclysm there was a penalty for doing so, that will no longer be an issue.
It looks like I am not the only one excited by these changes. John over at Big Bear Butt seems to be down right giddy about the news if you ask me, as you can tell I share his enthusiasm. Matticus is feeling a bit apprehensive about the situation. He has concern for 25′s and I think rightly so. This news is perfect for those of us with multiple alts, limited schedules or low idiot tolerance levels. I could easily see myself running my Boomkin in one raid and my Disc Priest in another. Good times are coming friends, good times are coming.