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May 1st 2011 1:31AM wtb edit button, meant to say in my last sentence that I had stopped paying Blizzard money not that I had never paid them money as that would not make sense. I've been WoW clean for 3 months and counting.
May 1st 2011 1:28AM You know what I couldn't agree more. Blizzard should push about 1/3 of their subscriber base to quit by making raiding even less assessable. I'll be over here playing Rift with open arms to welcome all the dejected Wrath Babies like my self. Our development money paid through subscriptions and game/expansion purchases would definitely be better spent at another company such as Trion at this point. Blizzard slighted me and players like me I have not paid any money to Blizzard and will continue to not do so until they come to their senses.
Apr 30th 2011 3:49PM Same thing here, most of the people in my guild relocated over to Rift because we weren't getting anywhere in this expansion raiding.
Apr 30th 2011 3:45PM Sounds like you're a good candidate for Rift; that's what I did man. Decided it wasn't worth paying Blizzard money for a game that I'm not seeing any of at lvl 85.
Apr 30th 2011 3:43PM Maybe you should quit and play Rift too; we're sure enjoying the hell out of it and the end game is alot more up to the speed of some one that preferred Wrath of the Lich King. So by all means man hit that cancel button and throw your weight behind a company that deserves your money. A company that has reduced you to pugging BH once a week and getting abused in RDF is not deserving of your money man, more people need to teach Blizzard a financial lesson as opposed to paying them and banging your head against a wall. Remember something man I was in your shoes back in January but you have to realize that if you keep paying them money Blizzard will have no incentive to change a damn thing.
Apr 30th 2011 3:37PM Couldn't agree more, this is part of the reason why I quit WoW back in January and started playing Rift. Blizzard gave me end game content I could do finally in Wrath and took it all away in Cata; so I took my money away.
Apr 30th 2011 12:37PM My situation was similar. Most of my guild and my self quit this game for Rift as well; we decided the mechanics for raiding were too punishing. I got tired of tanking because of RDF which I had to use because my wife only logged in during off hours. Back in January during Magmaw our latency wasn't terrible but we didn't have the margin of error that the great Blizzard decided was mandatory this expansion and my wife wound up dieing and wiping half the ranged because of lag; hell I even tried keeping an eye on the AOE effect on the ground by turning my camera angle to warn her but my latency from both of us playing at once caused me to miss it in that split second as well. My wife and I decided to cancel our accounts that night; as soon as I found out my guild was starting head start over at Rift I canceled my LoftR Online rebound account and started playing that game. Sure Rift copied a lot of stuff from WoW ( the good stuff in my opinion) but they added a hell of a lot of interesting stuff that Blizzard never got right like Invasions, and spec varieties. It just was not a good feeling for me to go from a 11/12 ICC, to a tank that dreaded queing for 5 man Heroics and only downed the PVP boss in Cata. At least in Rift we down the Raid Rifts every week, and are currently working on the 3rd boss in Greenscale. Experts (Heroics) are still challenging in a good way and you feel satisfied at the end of completing one instead of relieved. I personally think Blizzard could learn a thing or two from Rift.
Apr 29th 2011 12:47PM Crap like this is why I quit playing WoW all together. I started playing WoW in 2005 but I had never leveled a character to cap until Wrath. For most of the Wrath expansion I tanked in 5 mans, and raids. Once Cata started I couldn't deal with it any more; putting up with the verbal abuse by PUG's and being a in a guild that couldn't down a single raid boss after being King Slayers a few weeks before.
Every one in my guild either went inactive or started playing Rift. Hell my experience from tanking in Cata turned me off so much that I just play a support role (Bard atm) now so that I can still get groups easy but I never have to worry about the bull crap pressure that was dropped in my lap as a tank in Cata.
I'll part with some for food for thought . . . If Blizzard really wanted more tanks and healers then they would bring Tanking and Healing back to Wrath Difficulties. I know it's going to take a lot to woo me back to re subbing.
Apr 27th 2011 11:51AM I've been taking a break since I quit playing WoW at the end of January; I didn't appreciate the sea change Blizzard dropped on us with this expansion. After struggling through Heroics, getting geared through Heroic Blues/BOE Epics/Crafted Epics/and Rep Epics I hit a brick wall because we couldn't get any raid bosses down. After 2 weeks of MIA healers I said screw it and quit the game.
I've been playing Rift since the Head Start and have been having a great time. The only draw backs to Rift at this time are the linear lvling paths but then again if you have played WoW we all know that the lvling experience from 60 to 85 is linear as well. Public group Rift Invasions keep things fresh, Expert 5 mans (Heroics) are a lot more forgiving. The boss mechanics don't require you to have fast reflexes like Cata does. Basically if you see something appear that you have to move out of/get away from if you have delayed reaction's like my self then you're not going to punished for it; the important thing is that you move. In Cata if you see it happening it's already too late.
My WoW break won't end until they bring WoW back down to my speed in end game; like Wrath of the Lich King speed.
Apr 26th 2011 5:44PM I disagree regarding Rift; while the leveling process is pretty linear the end game is much more refreshing casual friendly then Cata's end game turned out being. Rift also has a unique public class system that pulls the community together during Rift Invasions. Yes there are patches every day but you are only talking about 30 minutes at a time once a day in the mornings. thats 3.3 hours per week which is half the down time that WoW has. There is a hell of a lot more variety for builds then WoW does. Some times I miss Wrath of the Lich King; but when Cata came out I needed to find the closest game I could to give me that smooth gaming experience I felt when raiding in Wrath; I have found that in Rift. Some day if Blizzard decides to bring WoW back down to the difficulty level of the Ulduar days I may consider coming back.