Coming to a board such as this, with the audience it has and whining about the 'hardcore minority'? - That is just a bad idea from the start, also, I suggest you read: Public Service Announcement
Originally Posted by Rayeth
In a very general sense I see WoW raiding deviloping along 3 paths.
10man zones - aka Casual Raider friendly
Like Karazhan and ZA...
Entry and Low End 25man zones - The middle ground
Here is HKM/Gruul, Mag, SSC and TK...
High End 25man zones - aka Hardcore Raider Content
This is where you get BT, Hyjal, Sunwell etc. ...
I definitely agree with this and would say that Blizzard really dropped the ball on the first one when developing this expansion. A small puggable ten man dungeon (UBRS-like) before kara would have been excellent. And ZA appearing after BT shows blizz is spending far too much time pleasing the hardcore minority.
I would also add that 5 mans should also have some form of progression that is more than "Heroic--hey look things hit harder now". Heroics definitely were a step in the right direction, however.