Unfortunately, The Empire is going to be a casualty of this same problem. We have struggled and fought hard to continue as a 25 man guild, but no matter how much we recruit or pug we either run into the problem where we are a couple of seats short of 25, or we end up taking undergeared or inexperienced pugs that effectively kill reasonable raid progression. Either one of these problems causes another set of problems in that our strongest players who want to raid have started to make the hard decision to realm transfer or faction change in a bid to get better 25 man progression. As a guild, we have now decided that we are better off leaving Dath'Remar and moving to a realm that has a stronger Horde population. Unfortunately, we run into logistical problems in that some guildies can't afford to transfer, or they can transfer one but are torn over leaving all their other toons with various professions required to sustain their game. Overall, the decision is a hard one because the realm is dying, but at the same time has dramatic consequences for my guildies. I have petitioned some 10 man guilds to take some people on, but overall I know of about 8 players who have indicated that they will quit WoW because they only want 25 man raiding and it has all got too hard to continue playing. I have spoken to Blizzard about this problem, seeking some sort of assistance with moving a large volume of toons, but I have been told that they can't assist us and that players will have to pay full price for every toon that they want to transfer. Myself, I think that this is contrary to the spirit of the game. We are moving, there is no if's and buts about this situation, but I would like to generate discussion on this problem as I believe that under these sorts of hard game situations Blizzard should allow bulk discounted moves across realms. If quality of service cannot be guaranteed on realms that are struggling, then the people responsible for the management of this service should be able to accommodate such predicaments and facilitate remedies that will not cause gamers distress or cause them to leave the game.
Comments would be fully appreciated on this topic.