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9-05-2008 @ 2:53AM
1) WoW is designed to be soloable entirely to max level by people who have no idea what they're doing. On that score, nothing has changed.2) TBC was a fatal blow to the old content. There's really no way around this. (No, dumping huge resources into adding content people will enjoy once on alts on the way up is not a solution. It's a nice bonus.) Lich will do the same albeit to a lesser extent. The gear jump looks to be less and very powerful gear is much easier to gather in TBC than it was in old anyway(smaller raids, shorter raids & instances, insane PvP gear, etc).3) Most toons being powered this way will be alts on additional accounts or being powered by someone already high level. Think about that a second: the new player already has someone they know who can teach them how to play or they can't be power leveled. Granted, that person may be an idiot. See #1.4) If your idea is taken as a given, the increased XP added for 10-60, which decoupled level gains from the curve of existing old content--without requiring a more experienced player's involvement (#3)--was far worse. Any "game breaking" has already happened.What your post should have been about was Death Knights breaking the game. That's a real issue, in the way you mentioned and more. The friend promotion is not."Perhaps they have the metrics to suggest that a promotion of this type will hold enough borderline accounts to combat churn, but I'm not sure if they anticipated counter-churn, which is what happens when customers leave as a result of players acquired by the promotion."What's the possible counter-churn? I'm simply not seeing anything beyond trivial, and those likely looking for an excuse to leave anyway. Again, if it's an influx of idiots not knowing how to play it's death knights that are the upcoming disaster. Incompetent death knights will outnumber incompetent other classes by orders of magnitude early on, made worse because they are a tank class and most will refuse to tank or have no idea how to do so. (Yes, people can be powered to 58 to DK, but see #4.) That's my guess and I'll bet my account on it. That's going to be a s***storm, PvE and PvP.
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