So, ever since Mike Portnoy split from Dream Theater there has been an almost unhealthy amount of fans freaking out about it(blaming Transatlantic and A7X). Really, these things happen, the man needed a break, get over it. I'm not saying I like it too much either, but I love Dream Theater, and Avenged Sevenfold enough that I am wholeheartedly interested in where they will go next... And I respect Mike Portnoy enough that I will continue to follow what he does.
Really though, people are incessantly stupid enough to keep bitching and bitching about this. Yes, this is a big change for Mike, for DT, and for DT fans. GET OVER IT
that's all i have to say for now... i need sleep