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8-05-2009 @ 8:03AM
No. Patches deliver smallish morsels of goodness. Expansions deliver great feasts of goodness.
8-05-2009 @ 8:27AM
Yes. And in this case, IMO, quite a small morsel.There was nothing ‘new’ about patch 3.02 (maybe the author wasn't playing WoW back before the Burning Crusade?) Patch 3.02 was a repeat of the 2.x patch before the Burning Crusade dropped, with things like talent tree updates and a tantalizing grayed-out BE creation screen.And no, patch 2.4 and 3.2 are not harbingers of free expansions. Path 2.4 was pretty big. But frankly, as a person who does not PvP, patch 3.2 strikes me as a very small patch, smaller than 3.1.
8-05-2009 @ 9:28AM
Personally I'm preferring patches. I like that my gear isn't immediately useless. I have a horrible feeling that after doing the expansion gig twice so far (vanilla to bc and bc to wrath), my appetite for throwing away all my shinies is gonna be pretty low next time.
8-05-2009 @ 9:41AM
@JonDo - You realize that the Isle of Conquest introduced in Patch 3.2 is going to OUTLAST every single dungeon and raid in Wrath of the Lich King? Unfortunately for you who doesn't PvP, you don't see that. It's a pretty hefty patch, all things considered.
8-05-2009 @ 10:10AM
@ZachApples and oranges.PvP BGs and Arena are incentivized at-level. That is the difference between PvE and PvP design. In PvP, new brackets are added, and the rewards are kept level-appropriate. That is how they got away with only 4 BGs in two+ years (WSG, AB, AV, EoS until Wrath).When PvE was upgraded the content was popular again: Naxx. And what do you suppose will happen with those old heroics in 3.2 with Conquest emblems? Why, if you took good ol’ SM and added a max-level heroic mode with the best emblems, and loot that upgraded in ilvl with every patch, I guarantee you that it would *always* be popular.
8-05-2009 @ 1:23PM
Given that Arthas was the hyped baddy of the Expansion and neither him nor his dwelling in Icecrown being in the game yet I'd call an Expansion a mere promise of gaming goodness which will only be delivered over the course of a year in small installments via patches.
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