Originally Posted by Cin
Why coming up to cata is the whole guild focused on 10mans, with a guild holding over 400 people, with at least 60 or so raiding, can a permanent 25man team not exist? I understand the lack of such a team in wotlk with the lockouts not being shared, but with the new system could this not be an opportunity to bring 25mans back to the forefront?
We spent most of Wrath doing 25 man raids. We ran 2 full 25 man raid teams during ICC, as well as 5 10 man raid lockouts. The threads in this sub-forum attest to that. However, it is the changes to the lockout system in Cata that has forced everyone to reconsider what they would prefer to do, because you can't do a raid on 10 and 25 in the same week anymore. You do actually have to choose. I don't want to go into the politics of 25 man raiding, but it is most definitely harder to organise and many people feel that at least initially, they would like to dip their toes into Cata raiding in 10 man first. As has already been stated, we do plan to run 25 man raids, but not initially and probably not all the time.
I do agree that as a format, 10 man raiding is less efficient (and undoubtedly less Epic) than 25man for a guild of this size, however, it's extremely doubtful that we'll have more than 25 members 'raid ready' before the Christmas period anyway. Anyone who wishes to debate this issue with me, send me a PM - I'll give you a history lesson which explains that even during Wrath, showered with Epic gear, at times, we still couldn't muster a roflstomping 25 man raid. As a guild, we've become very succesful in 10 man teams. That may change in Cata, but until we're there, raiding and kill bosses, we just don't know for sure. It maybe that everyone hates 10 man and wants to go back to 25 mans. We'll have to wait and see.
Ofc, most of the above is just my perspective. It would be interesting to read comment from others. For now, 10 mans and the occasional 25 man (say, once per month) are all that has been slated in. I would point you to this
thread for a little more detail.