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3-17-2011 @ 9:54AM
Actually, I think the Expansion is killing WoW. I have played since Vanilla, and got BORED with the game and took a 10 month leave. The thing about Vanilla was that if FELT like grinding. And, as much as I can think back to +12 Frost resist on an item, let's be honest, the game boomed under TBC. It opened up more of the game from Hardcore to Casual (not once a week, but an hour or two at most a day). Then WotLK comes along, and there were PLENTY of people who never saw the inside of Naxx raiding it! Opened it up for the masses. Then, we had the Heroics (which were a step up from Normal, but not much more) and all of a sudden, you had time to play ALTS as well as your main. ToC brought EPICS to all. The badge system simplified and showing return, meant you could Gear up an Alt in 232-245 gear in a reasonable amount of time played, not all your time for minimal return. Then, you can start joining ICC raids as you could get yourself geared for it. Look, ICC was no cakewalk, and as the 30% buff eventually made it forgiving, it was still not a guaranteed success at all. Just look at your trade channels, see alot of Raid PuG's anymore? Also, when it takes sometimes an hour to do a regular random dungeon because of the group makeup? And, don't forget your 20+ minute queue for DPS. Alot of us have time for a SINGLE dungeon run. What happened to the 15-20 minute heroic dungeon time Blizzard was aiming for WotLK? The participation of our Level 17 Guild is pathetic the past 6-8 weeks. And, after talking with others, it is mirroring their log times as well. It seems that Blizz may have shot too far up on the curve. We like mechanics, we do not want to just AoE everything in a Heroic dungeon, but trash is taking too long. Forget the fact I have only been able to complete 2 (are you serious Blizz) Random Cata Heroic PuG's. The game itself is chasing people away. If I can't go wit a Guild / friend run, I am not bothering anymore. And to be honest, I can't find 5 role fillers on anymore to do this from 7-9pm EST. I really Hope Blizz is watching the log times of it's mass of players (which are the casual, we do outnumber the HC raiders). I fell this is the crossroad of the game. 80-85 leveling wasn't as long as expected. But just gearing up to enter Raid's, run Heroics with PuG's with 80-90% success, is FAR off. Don't hand me everything, but allow me to run dungeons enough and get reward from them to move up, instead of, my eyes bleed because someone stood in the poo, and we only have 1 CC in the group.
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