After much though and deliberation, we have decided to remove the 25 v 25 bracket from rated battlegrounds. We felt that overall, it created too many logistical issues for players and that in the long run, most players would just skip that week in the rotation.
Thanks for all the feedback on this issue, we are listening.
Here we go again....are you really sure you put a lot of thought into this?
The Back Story:
Rated BG's can also provide, over and above PvP points, Guild Experience points if the team meets the 80% guild member requirement.
Apparently the Rated BG system will rotate on a weekly basis and was to offer 10 man BG's one week, 15 man the 2nd week and 25 man in the 3rd week and rinse and repeat.
As a result of QQ by smaller guilds, who were upset they wouldn't be able to meet the 80% guild membership requirement and thus not earn Guild Experience points, Blizzard has decided to eliminate the 25 vs 25 bracket all together.
So, let's see how this contradicts Blizzard's own philosophy. First, they have repeatedly stated that the justification for 10 man PVE content dropping the same loot as 25 man is so players can choose the format they prefer to play regardless of reward. But apparently those that prefer larger guilds and epic PvP battles don't deserve that same consideration.
Blizzard has also justified the Guild reward system by saying its not a game breaker which puts non-guilded players at a distinct disadvantage and the fact that larger guilds will earn rewards faster is justifiable.
But, the fact that larger guilds would have earned more PvP related Guild Experience points apparently isn't acceptable.
So now, because of a non game breaking reward (guild experience) a complete bracket of PvP, which many prefer, is being totally eliminated to accommodate smaller guilds. Next thing you know they won't bother producing 25 man Raids anymore either because that is the logical extension of this rationalization.
There are a myriad of more thoughtful ways this issue could have been handled. As others have suggested, elsewhere, the "rotation" system of Rated BG's was the real issue. Instead of eliminating the 25 vs 25 bracket they could have eliminated the rotation and allowed groups to join the BG size (10, 15, 25) they preferred to play. There are other ways around the issue as well.
But being logical and consistent are not strong suits of Blizzard.