World of Warcraft .. the end of Raiding as we know it

January 15 2007


As I write this, people all over the US are getting ready for the release of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade expansion. This release is huge ... with over 8 million ACTIVE subscribers to the game, this might be the biggest game release (in terms of release day shipments) ever. But many on the outside do no not realize what this means to the community. The character limit was 60 in the original game release. I have been level 60 since 2 years ago ... which means I have been playing end game content all this time. Most of this content is in the form of Raiding, either in 20 or 40 man groups.

The BC expansion will bump the level cap to 70, increase all of the skills to another level, and present 6 zones of new content. But it also is the end of the 40 man raids. Blizzard decided to drop the max raid size to 25. They did this for many reasons, but I think the biggest reason is the level of effort it takes to organize 40 people.

Lunaris, my guild, will continue into the expansion. Our raids and raid invites will change once we all hit 70 and begin tackling the Outworld raid zones.

It has been my pleasure to be a part of Lunaris ... and looking forward to the battle on Outland with my guildmates.

Time to get to the store ... the doors open at Midnight :)