Well, I have nothing to do so I thought I put down my thoughts on raiding in the next expansion. It looks like you can do anything with 10 people (though that isn't for certain). In reality there probably will be no more than three of four (at most) 25 man raid guilds on the server. I'm sure more will try, but they'll fail.
I've said before I worry a bit about being a moonkin in a pure 10 man raid, I'm way better in a 25 man. The new balance talents on the test servers give a couple of nice buffs for group usefulness, but how it compares to the other classes I don't know.
I also worry about how Blizzard plans on handling the loot situation. My plan is stay balance, does that mean I'm doing entire raids where no "moonkin" gear drops. I'm thinking badges will be around and I can get gear that way, but I'm still at a disadvantage. I might need to spend badges on 75% of my gear. If it's like ZA and the matching set through badges, it will suck. One drop, everything else badges, for rogues only 4 badges items and the rest drops.
The other loot concern is that at this point they are planning to make 25 man loot better. Does that mean 10 mans will be less challenging? It could also be more difficult if the bosses are of equal level but your gear isn't as good.
For a ten man raid team to work you need to be a team. Classes who can fill more than one roll but don't, don't fit in my mind. If you are going to have a small group that means hybrids need to build up their other gear sets without taking gear that people will need for their main set.
For my money a balance druid would have the most painful route to go. Gearing to be useful to heal, tank and do melee dps in case I'm needed is a lot of work. I'm never going to respec because we need a kitty druid for something, but if I need to be feral for off tanking I need to able to push decent dps when I'm not. I'm going to try my best to keep up on this, I don't want a week of raids called because we have a couple of tanks or healers who are gone and we don't have someone to fill in. (I've seen this happen more than once).
Loot distribution is a minor concern, I'd love to be on a team that is looking for the team to gear up not individually. People passing on gear to someone who it is a bigger upgrade or it is better for them. No holy paladins rolling for spirit please if even if at the time it's a bigger upgrade for the paladin. Blizzard made something designed for you, grab that instead please.
I personally like the idea of getting tanks geared first. As we were first tackling HKM I was always hoping that if our mt didn't win the token for his shoulders that I would so I could give them to him. My dps is useless if he dies. I don't think healers need priority, not because they aren't important but because they are easier to gear, at least in my expierence.
Well, FedEx claims they sending me my computer tommorow, but they are liars so I'm not sure about that. They are on my enemies list, here's a quick run down of the list.
1. Super Bowl 40 officials. Getting into why may make my head explode.
2. Clay Bennett. Loser currently trying to take my basketball team to a minor league town.
3. The "Man". Always keeping me down.
4. FedEx. Takes a week to do 2 day shipping.
5. Roger Clemens/ Bill Belichek (mispelled I'm sure). Cheaters who lie about cheating and call and into question the character of those who accuse them. Cheaters cheat.