Removing Cutting Edge from Crucible of Storms is just cruel. My guild is 9/9M and we were US 106 on a 9 hour schedule. No one in my guild (and a lot of other guilds in my shoes) was happy when CoS released, as people would have rather farmed 9/9M in 1 to 2 nights and be done with raiding for the week.
With that said, we tried to embrace this new raid and we have been trying to clear BoD in 3 to 4 hours per week and we are really close to killing Mythic Restless Cabal after 200ish pulls. I am already not thrilled with the difficulty level of this raid considering every guild just came off 300-500 pulls on Jaina. Now you are going to pull the rug out from under people with no notice? Like so many other things over the past 1 to 2 years, why was this not communicated in April when the raid was released? I bet you most guilds would have not even bothered, especially knowing the pull counts and difficulty of these two fights. Now you are basically spitting in the face of guilds who decided to progress in your poorly thought out micro raid that no one (besides super high end guilds) asked for.
Now guilds who have invested a lot of time into Restless Cabal basically have to give up if their only aspiration was Cutting Edge. On the flip side, imagine being a super high end guild just getting to Uun’at now. Now you have to make a decision to go all in on this fight or give up to prevent players quitting and burning out before 8.2’s essence grind and the new raid. Imagine being some guild who is consistently top 75 US for many tiers dying because you went all in on Uun’at and failed to get Cutting Edge right before Eternal Palace releases. That is a great way to spit in the face of another portion of the player base. I was already pretty fed up with this raid and this is just icing on the cake.
There are only 79 US Restless Cabal kills and 25 US Uun’at kills. Who was this raid meant for? The HoF leaderboard is not even full!
What makes this even more confusing is you could get Helya CE up through the end of Nighthold and Margok CE through the end of Blackrock Foundry. Maybe the player base should not make assumptions, but you have set a standard that a good chunk of guilds will be able to get CE. Now you took a 180 turn and are blindsiding people.
I usually try to be positive and stand by Blizzard, even through the tough times. I have run my mythic raid guild for years and try to be excited about the content that is coming. This really sucks though Blizzard and you really should be ashamed.