And the down side is...?
Well, the downside is obviously not on your end. It's on my end.
both group sizes drop the same gear now
Another injustice but one I can live with. I am actually fine with the gear being the same, I just want achievements separated again.
25's are harder to maintain and lead,
yes sir, but that part really only effects the officers and raid leaders. the part that effects the entire raid is the "roster boss"
you can call it "the path of least resistance", but my guess is four out of every five people who consistently raid enjoy the game more by killing more bosses and getting better loot regardless of the format.
My guess is that most people don't want to put forth the extra effort because there is nothing to show for it.
I am fine with loot being the same. What bothers me the most is achievements being the exact same. People can argue difficulty and stuff all they, and they can argue about 1 vs 3 battle reses or people getting carried in 25s but there are a few issues that aren't arguable and those are pretty much the issues that stand out.
We all know that older computers handle 10s better.
We all know that 25s have less room to work with.
We all know that getting 10 people to stand in the right spot is easier than getting 25 to do so.
We all know that 25s have 15 more people to fail on any given attempt and wipe the raid.
We also know that the dps requirements are higher for 25s. Enrage timers are more generous in 10mans. I can continue with other non, arguable points like 15 extra people to DC, 15 extra people to fail at clicking a button. 15 extra people to have real life issues and not make raid, or 15 extra personalities to conflict.
However!!!!!!!!! I am not trying to argue 10 vs 25 and my goal with what I have said is not to put 10s down or debate difficulty.. The only reason I have pointed those issues out is to express my disappointment in shared achievements.
Separate achievements would appeal to the vanity in a lot of people. There will be a portion of raiders that would go back to 25s just so that their achievement says 25 instead of 10. Right now with the way it works it's like saying they did the exact same thing which they did not.
Additionally, I also know that separating achievements is all it would take to revive 25s because anyone interested in obtaining both the 25 and 10man achievements would need to raid with a 25man guild (at least on one of their toons)