Apr 12th 2011 6:27PM I think you hit the nail on the head. Many of the comments on the net blame one group of players or another (bad tanks, lousy DPS, etc.), but the truth is that the Blizzard devs bear the brunt of the responsibility.
By allowing players 1 full year of over-powered steamrolling of heroic Wrath content, they conditioned the player base to the notion of quick, easy dungeons runs for badges. Then they turned the tables by simultaneously making tanking and healing "more interesting", and at the same time tuning the dungeons to require near raid levels of player cooperation. The idea that these factors would greatly increase queues in the LFD system for DPS shouldn't have been any surprise to them.
The truth is, Blizzard devs are now trying to bandage the system to keep the player base happy. No reasonable amount of bribery will takes queue times anywhere near back to what they were in WotLK (unreasonable bribes would of course blow up in their face even quicker). If WoW keeps bleeding casual players (whether they leave to go play Rift, and later SWTOR, or just leave MMOs altogether), I predict that Blizzard will be forced to forgo their design aspirations and swing the pendulum back to casual/easy tanking and healing in the next 6 months.
Mar 23rd 2011 7:28PM A little closer to the Uldum/Egypt theme might be the lamassu (or shedu). They were flying lions, but had human heads.
Mar 23rd 2011 7:24PM There has been speculation that in the COT - War of the Ancients raid that is coming in a future patch, we will get the chance to somehow warn Illidan, thus allowing him to be redeemed during Cata or even the next expansion.
Mar 22nd 2011 10:01PM Six years down the line, we have Faction Change and Real ID (limited comm between factions COULD take place...) but it surprises me that all the AHs are not linked by this point.
Feb 23rd 2011 7:12PM Hmmmm...
At the last BlizzCon, Chris Metzen stated that he would love to find a way to redeem Illidan and return him from the dead. So, how about the following:
1) in Patch 4.x we will have the Caverns of Time raid on the War of the Ancients. This gives us a chance to go back and save Illidan. We players show up, save Malfurion from some demons, convince him that Illidan is making a mistake, and then fight through demons and evil Highborne to finally face Illidan and knock him out, thus rescuing him. Maybe the Infinite Dragonflight were behind the Broxigar/Rhonin/Krasus time travel and we get to smack that red-headed mage around too. :D
2) This could feed into the next expansion, allowing Blizz to effectively ret-con the Black Temple as part of the overhaul of Outlands (which, BTW, I think they should do as part of the effort to send us to other planets - Xoroth and Argus, maybe). Maybe they could put Azshara into the Black Temple in place of Illidan (we saved Illidan, so Sargeras transformed Azshara into a demon instead).
Feb 10th 2011 8:04AM Sounds pretty cool! I would like to try it out.
Jan 11th 2011 12:27PM The Know Your Lore about the Tol'vir was my favorite this week, because only the insane genius of Matt Rossi would connect possible tol'vir once living in Uldaman to lions in Stormwind.
Jan 3rd 2011 11:23AM Thanks for all the awesome giveaways!
Jan 2nd 2011 8:02PM Cool prize package!
Jan 2nd 2011 7:50PM Nice package of books!