Thursday, October 25, 2012
Raiding in Korea - 10 vs 25 man
Hi guys, Saintlyn here again with an update. So Blizzard is trying something out in Korea that effectively brings back WotLK times with separate 10 and 25 man raid lockouts. What do to make of this?
Let's look at World First races. Currently the raiding playing field is already not even. US starts earlier, Europe has to catch up to them. While this in itself is not a huge impact on final instance boss kill progression, it certainly affects World First kills on entry bosses.
Everyone who follows the Race as I do, probably had thought about this at some point in time. Solution? Well, they can't just create "progression" servers that will all open earlier then others and at the same time. Why not? Well, guilds that fight for World Firsts are bound to their communities. They create those communities around them. They earn fans and enemies alike. (Think, what would Blood Legion be without Illidan?) If you just throw them all on one server... They will be forgotten by everyone but themselves. These hard core people act as inspiration to us all. Be frank with yourself, haven't you ever looked at Paragon, or Method, or Blood Legion, or vodka and imagine how cool it'd be raiding with them?
So what then? Server restarts at the same time? This would create a technical nightmare for Blizzard engineers. Not a good idea.
To be honest - I don't have a perfect solution. If you do - share in comments! I'd love to hear it.
Now how does this test in Korea affect us all? Should progression guilds transfer there? Should we exclude Korea from WoWProgress and WoL? Probably.
We all know how big e-Sport is there. This seems just a natural reaction from Blizzard to try and get a piece of that pie. For now we're just left on the sidelines... Watching how things will turn out.