Not really sure why people get so defensive about the difficulty of vanilla raids. Tedious does not mean difficult. If you did actually raid back then, and have raided in any time since that period, you truly cannot have that same mindset. If you do have that same mindset, then I don’t know how your skill in the game hasn’t improved in over a decade. I’m not trying to sound like an elitist, because I am looking forward to classic (mainly world pvp), but it really isn’t difficult to look at some of the outside factors as to why it took longer.
It took far longer to gear people because bosses dropped what, 2-3 pieces for 40 man raids? What is difficult about having to farm the same raid over and over to gear everyone to move on? Not to mention the ridiculous amount of time it took to pass out gear and having DKP (at least my guild took forever).
People underestimate the amount of resources and logistical things we have now that take care of some of the time consuming problems vanilla had (bc as well). No mass rez, respawning trash, cooldowns not resetting when you end a boss encounter (hi 30 minute shield wall cd), I’m sure there’s a lot more but that’s all that comes to mind right now.
Again, I’m not trying to sound like an elitist, but if you didn’t play classic and are excited for some kind of challenging new raid environment, you need to manage your expectations. If you enjoy things like not being able to do a boss because you didn’t have 8 tanks, or reclearing trash because it respawned after wiping for a while, you’re gonna love it.