We all knew this was coming in Cata, but I didn’t realise the new Flexible Raid Lock System would be implemented for ICC and Ruby Sanctum in patch 4.0, before the xpac comes out. This pretty much kills any hope I had of working on Heroic Lich King in 10-man. Edit: Or maybe not. The latest post seems to state only the “flex” part is being implemented but the 10 and 25 raids will still be separate. Maybe. I’m finding the explanation of the changes lacking. Update here.
One piece of clarification on questions being asked so far, although we’re still compiling feedback and will work to answer some of the questions and clear up any confusion we can.
The loot system in Icecrown and Ruby Sanctum is not changing. This implementation of the new flex raid lock is only that, a new implementation of the raid lockout system we’ll be using in Cataclysm. This does not change the separation of 10 and 25 in ICC, and does not change the item drops or achievements.
I know people have mixed feelings on 10s and 25s sharing lockouts. I’m still undecided on the issue, but reading through the most recent description makes it sound really complicated, especially when heroics are thrown into the mix. I don’t know how useful the ‘flexible’ part of the raid locks will be. Going from a 10 to a 25 (or a 25 to a 10) to continue a raid for the week could be quite difficult from a scheduling and raid comp point of view. Or if you complete 7/12 bosses in ICC with one group (and for some reason can’t continue with them), who says you’ll be able to find another group with only the other 5 up?
What do you think?