Pretty horrible timing IMO. Right before Thanksgiving and Christmas (though good for sales probably). But I'm curious as to why a Thursday when pretty much every game is released on a Tuesday.
Makes me wonder if they are going to stagger the raiding some so that maybe normal will be unlocked on the 18th, heroics on the 25th and then mythic on December 2nd. Realistically speaking unless you're top 10-25 you probably won't get to 100 and clear normal by Tuesday and assuming you need to clear normals to unlock heroics that would mean most guilds probably won't get to heroic content until the 25th anyways.
Who knows though, with normal and heroic being flex based you only need a small subset of people to clear them and allow the unlocking of the next tier, unless they do it per player now which would be surprising.
In any event, I'm not a fan of this release date. I've already got vacation time from work from December 1, 2, 3 because I'm going to GB to watch the Packers play the Patriots that weekend so it might be a little tough to get a 2nd week off so close to those days even though I've got 3 weeks+ left to use. Ugh.
Yeah. It's definitely thrown a curve ball into the mix.
Until they announce the raid release schedule, all we can do is put up a tentative schedule (which should be coming this weekend). My hope is that raiding does get pushed back a week or two, but I doubt they will do that.
Hopefully we catch a break and the throttle the raids until after Thanksgiving. Assuming normals then heroic then mythic progression it could be they aren't really available until Dec 2nd anyways...that is assuming you don't clear normal before the first reset.