Originally Posted by Xion X2
What are these "instances" I keep hearing you guys talk about? I'm always hearing this as an advantage to WoW, and I'm curious as to what it is.
Instances are dungeons that are set up so that once a group enters, they are in a unique zone and cannot interact with other groups. This allows the dungeons to be heavily tweaked for scripted events and boss encounters with a high degree of strategy. Instances are the reason people play WoW endgame aside from PvP (which means Player versus Player). The bosses in these instances drop rare or epic gear which allows people to progress their characters beyond simply leveling them (leveling to 70 is a small portion of WoW).
Endgame WoW raiding and PvP is what has kept me playing for all this time. Grouping up with friends to tackle new challenges has always kept the game exciting for me. The expansion is even better because it allows you to do this on a smaller scale (5 to 10 man groups) and still enhance your character. Previously all raiding was done with 40-man groups for the major instances and 20-man groups for the smaller zones. 25-man groups are the current raid cap.