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Discussion > WoWJun 24, 2021 8:00 am CT

Would you prefer several small raids or one large one per patch?

With Shadowlands and the Sanctum of Domination raid, Blizzard has put out a 10-encounter raid for the capstone of patch 9.1. That’s not an unusual choice — go back to Wrath and you see Ulduar as the first content release’s big raid, a large collection of encounters in a similar vein to SOD. But I keep thinking back to the opening of Cataclysm, where players had not one, not two, but three raids at release, with Bastion of Twilight, Blackwing Descent, and Throne of the Four Winds.

Even in Battle for Azeroth we saw the large Dazar’alor raid paired up with the smaller Crucible of Storms, giving players two separate places to raid, in a move reminiscent of The Burning Crusade with its Karazhan, Gruul’s Lair and Magtheridon opening raids, and even the Tempest Keep/Serpentshrine Cavern second group of raids that then led into Black Temple and Mount Hyjal raids.

So we’ve seen lots of different approaches to raiding over the years. Personally, I prefer a couple of smaller raids to one big one, just for variety’s sake — I enjoyed deciding to head over to Throne of the Four Winds instead of Bastion of Twilight just because sometimes you don’t want to see the same raid fights again. But I get why you’d want one big raid with a single unifying theme, like Firelands or Siege of Orgrimmar, and I certainly think that Sanctum of Domination will be an excellent raid with lots of interesting encounters.

So what about y’all? Do you prefer that raids be big, unified ones that collect every new encounter into one location? Do you maybe enjoy a large, multiple-boss raid be paired with a smaller, one or two encounter mini-raid? Or do you enjoy it when Blizzard gives multiple kinds of raids in one raid tier/content patch?

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