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2-01-2012 @ 8:06AM
In my opinion, definitely not a bad thing. Then again, for a little perspective, I was actually a fan of the gearing in Wrath. I like that I have that option if I so choose that if I feel like playing something else that I'm not shoe-horned into playing a single dedicated character throughout an expansion. I like having that option that I can switch to an alt, quickly gear them up, and get right back into the raiding groove with my new character if I so choose.
2-01-2012 @ 10:50AM
I kind of liken it to parenting. Back in Vanilla and BC, the game was relatively young and fresh, and Blizzard had a different set of priorities. Those priorities- a more difficult game, gated content, and a lower attainment of epic gear- was acceptable due to WoW's much lower gamer population. As a piece of the whole pie, the so called "casual" population was much lower than what it is today. With Wrath and it's subsequent population explosion came a change in Blizzard's responsibilities and priorities. No longer could they afford to soley appease their hardcore crowd (or Blizzard's own hardcore roots) by not providing methods by which casuals could actually advance themselves in the game. In a sense, Blizzard has matured much like a parent does when they take on the added responsibilty of a child. And at 10 million "children," Blizzard has a lot of responsibilties on its hands.The beginning of Cata (4.0 and 4.1) was, I believe, Blizzard's last attempt at harkening back to the so-called 'glory days' of Vanilla and BC, perhaps being misguided by the vociferous outcry of the hardcores throughout Wrath. The long hours of blood, sweat, and tears in dungeons and a difficult entry to raid returned, but this time it was not received well by the majority. The reason being that WoW's community has changed and the game has evolved. I think the 4.3 dungeons, DS, and MoP illustrate that Blizzard realizes this and is steering the boat in a different direction to chart a new course.And it's all for the better, I believe.
2-01-2012 @ 12:09PM
Yeah, I wonder if the hardcores are happy to know they caused a few million people to quit the game.That was their intention all along, actually--to get rid of the scrubby casuals who dared to lay their hands on purples without entering an actual raid--but they had griped like this for years. The difference was that Blizz actually listened to them during the balancing stage for Cata and we see how foolish that decision turned out to be.Has Blizz learned it's lesson: Don't listen to the QQ of raiders?
2-01-2012 @ 1:07PM
The huge roadblock to actually begin raiding, and the fact that Blizz itself wasn't happy at how little people had progressed prior to 4.1 and the delay of Firelands is pretty telling, if you ask me. Racing to 85 with my guild, only to be told we had to run over-long five mans over and over and over before we could even begin to think of getting back into the swing of things really put a damper on our progress. It felt artificial. And that first group of heroics were NOT fun. We were burnt out before we'd even begun on the first tier of raiding content, and for a group that was already fragile after some major changes, I KNOW it didn't help our overall situation. And considering a handful of that group ended up leaving the game since then...Well, as others have said; I hope that vocal angry minority that hated Wrath is happy that so many awesome people left.
2-01-2012 @ 7:14PM
I had a similar experience to Josh, in that I had a n 85 pally tank that I decided to make my 4th healer. Starting from no Intellect plate at all, I got rep gear, purchased 365/378 on the auction, used what Justice point I had for 378 gear and ran a lot of bgs to accumulate honor which also turned into justice.Didn't do one heroic. Apart from detesting pugs for the most part, I needed to learn pally healing and I didn't want dungeon mates to suffer while I was doing it, so lots of bgs later I knew what I was doing. Finally at iLvl 373 I entered the Raid Finder and although I wasn't topping the healing like I do on the druid, I wasn't too embarrassing. A few RF drops later and a 390 PvP head and I'm doing a lot better ;-)The process took around a few days of casual playing and it let me try out a totally different healer (and yes pally healing is way different from disc, holy and tree) without having to spend a month or so doing pugged heroics.I like the new gearing model ;-)
2-01-2012 @ 8:46PM
I liked wrath gearing too, mainly coz i play alts like nobody's business. I think the whole "it was so much easier in wrath" thing is really based on ease of gearing at the end of the expansion, and people seem to compare that to ease of gearing at the START of cataclysm. Now, without a doubt hearing at the start of cata was harder than the start of wrath, but getting decked out in purples wasn't just a matter of showing up I'm 3.0.1. When everyone was wearing 187 blues, things were harder than when 232 epics were dropping in heroics. There also just weren't that many available; one dropped from each heroic you ran, which isn't a huge chance for you to get one, and you actually had to FIND a group! No dungeon finder til 3.3...as i said before, cata was definitely harder, but wrath, at the beginning, wasn't all sunshine and puppies like everyone seems to remember...
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