By Polar (site admin) Jun 6, 2013
The team at Blizzard have announced an exciting new flexible raid system, allowing any group size between 10 and 25 players for patch 5.4:

... we’re in the process of developing a new Flexible Raid system, which includes a new difficulty that sits between Raid Finder and Normal difficulty, while still allowing friends, family, or pick-up groups to play together. This difficulty will be available for premade groups of 10–25 players, including any number in between. That means whether you have 11, 14, or 23 friends available for a Raid, they’ll all be able to participate.

The Flexible Raid system is designed so that the challenge level will scale depending on how many players you have in the Raid. So if you switch between 14 players one week and 22 the next, the difficulty will adjust automatically. Keep in mind that unlike Raid Finder, no matchmaking is available, so you’ll need to make sure you invite people to attend—but if some can’t make it, it’s not the end of the world (or the Raid). You’ll also still be able to invite Real ID or Battle.net friends cross-realm. Who you choose to bring and what Item Level gear they’ll need to join your merry band is up to you, too—there’s no Item Level requirement for this Raid difficulty.

This new system will use the LFR loot roll mechanism and will drop loot of higher ilevel than LFR.

See the full official post
By Lethalock Jun 8, 2013
I'm pretty excited about the new system, through WOTLK my server had a thriving pug community with many family/friendly guilds that would regularly fill holes in their roster through trade chat but Cata+MoP all but killed that portion of the community off with the leftovers stuck with LFR or make the rather large step up to normals. I really hope that this makes some progress towards mending server pug communities because its good for everyone and a breeding ground for new raiding talent, LFR produces nothing. Also the prospect of working on current tier meta achievements with friends from other servers via battletag is VERY exciting ^_^

So far as progression raiders go they will no longer have to do LFR because of the staged release normalsFR(Flexi Raid)LFR, so a progression guild thats doing normals+heroic modes will be able to do a guild run FR to fill holes in gear or make up set bonuses by the time LFR opens up they will have no need to go, seems pretty awesome for everyone. Anyone else have some thoughts?
By Polar (site admin) Jun 9, 2013
Great comments.

The big question at the moment seems to be - "Will this new flexi raid system, with a third lockout system, force us to run new raid content three times per week now so that we stay competitive?"
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