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10-23-2011 @ 7:13PM
This just looks to me like another extremely heavy-handed attempt by Blizzard to remove even more decision-making from character progression. Instead of actually providing several viable talents in each tree, and allowing people to pick from whatever tree they want (a la pre-Cataclysm WoW), they make nearly all all the decisions for you.One of the things that I've always enjoyed about WoW was that the more you put into it, the more you got out of it. If you took the time to research your class, it would pay off. Don't fool yourself. They're not giving people "unparalleled flexibility" when they only allow you to make six talent choices over the lifetime of your character; they're doing the exact opposite. This isn't about adding flexibility, it's about removing it and making things easier for the most casual players.This is another step toward giving the illusion of equality, of dumbing things down so the people who take the time to learn game mechanics don't have any kind of edge over the people who don't. I'm sure there are a lot of people willing to support Blizzard in doing that, but I'm not one of them.
10-25-2011 @ 12:18AM
I agree completely. It wouldn't even be *as* bad if you could pick 6 of the 18 choices, but it's 1 of 3 x 6, meaning (like someone pointed out) you can't have Dragon's Breath and Blast Wave anymore.My girlfriend and I were looking at coming back to the game, particularly with the free Diablo 3 deal that they have going on: but I'm certain we won't be now. I loathe the new system. I won't degrade those who enjoy it: more power to you, but the two of us will be looking for a different game to play together.
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