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1-23-2012 @ 2:59PM
I'm thinking it's going to be a long, long Dragon Soul run. Which is a pity, since we saw what happened to raiders in the dryspell at the end of Wrath, which even the Ruby Sanctum couldn't avert.Consider where people are in the game right now. If you're into PVE, and you can *at all* handle your class, you are a very short hop to get into the HoT 5-mans. Do that in the LFD, and you'll accumulate Valor as well as get 378 drops quite easily. I resurrected an 85 shaman that I had not taken into an instance at all during Cataclysm. Literally, the last time he'd been in an instance was when he got Kingslayer-25. I had to pick up a couple of reputation pieces from Molten Font, but as soon as I could, I took him into End Time. That was less about 3 weeks ago. He's currently at iLvl 383, he's 8/8 LFR, 2/8 on normal. The guild I in, realistically, doesn't stand a chance of doing hard modes, and I have neither the time nor inclination to do them anyway.So the rest of this expansion is about me trying to get through the rest of DS on normal mode, which I'm sure I will accomplish. And that is the only way I'll be upgrading any gear; I have everything else that I need from earlier content, so there's no point in going back. I can only imagine how bleak the future looks for those elite raiders who are 4/8H already.
1-23-2012 @ 3:53PM
My only thought is that Blizzard hopes the D3 release shifts the focus of the WoW player base away from Mists for a few months. Considering that they bundled D3 with the Annual Pass, maybe they're thinking that if D3 comes out in February/March, people will play it for a month or two, then have the Mists beta to come back to in May/June - with the Mists pre-patch in July and a full Mists release in August/September?I really hope not, because seven to eight more months of DS will be excruciating.
1-26-2012 @ 12:21PM
Yes Klausse, I agree with you a hundred percent. Also, remember how they promissed beta access the the annual pass. I think that they expect wow players to be distracted by D3 and then go into to beta game play for a few months and then MoP will release in the late Fall-early winter for holiday sales. They will also have to find a way to make the game cheaper for new subscribers to afford Vanilla + 4 expansions. Vanilla, BC, and WotLK will be a bundled set and Cata and MoP will be separate. look at the holiday sales Blizzard has for WoW in the past few holiday seasons. Retail wise, that is the best time WoW expansions to release since it is the most affordable time of year to buy every part of WoW.
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