#1 - 2013/02/05 12:25:00 PMFirst off I don't really go on these forums alot, I just browse through mmo-champ for the blue responses. BUT it seems one topic is constantly being brought up, and that's how generic/dumbed-down WoW is getting with every ExPac and patch. This is usually countered by a blue saying something like "(Hardcore) raiders only amount to 10% of the community so it's not the highest priority".
While ofc Blizzard is a company serving it's shareholders who wants their profit margins, it's slowly losing their "prestigious players" to a more casual crowd.
With prestigious I mean the players that go all in and really gives their heart and soul to clear the most difficult encounters, setting a benchmark for the rest of us to strive for. While these players are a small % to the community as a whole, they are the forerunners and give others an incentive to push a little harder to get further. This is now slowly getting trivialized with pokemon, cute pandas, transmogs, LFR, daily rep gear better than raid gear etc etc.
Less prestige -> Less incentives -> Less "rolemodels" -> Less skills = Generic
If the game loses it's focus on skills and perseverance, we're only left with the social aspects and I don't really see why we just couldn't sit on FB and play farmville or some pokemon app there?
I could go on and on about this, because I really have enjoyed playing WoW all these years.
I have never been one of the elite players, but I've always had the hopes that "one day I will have that gear, after clearing those hard bosses"
Finally here's a quote from the US forums which I think concludes my thoughts, and leaves a couple of questions to be answered; Discuss! :)
They have not ruined it yet, but Wow is at the tipping point. They have made the game much easier in many ways. Everyone can complete raids (LFR), gold is a joke - anyone cam farm 2K an hour with minimal effort. Talents, downranking, buffs, raid composition have all been beaten to death or killed with the nerf bat.
Hardcore players are losing interest, and the game is being dominated by casuals, and the gimmie it now/its not fair crowd.
I'm starting to lose interest. Non LFR raiding is the only thing left with any challenge. Now compare MV with Karazhan. MV is pull trash, pull trash, kill boss, repeat five more times.
Activision is getting lazy. Look at Diablo 3, it is inferior to Diablo 2 in EVERY way except graphics.
What can we do? Post our disgruntlement and hope it gets better. For me, the removal of talents and the make every class have the same abilities/playstyle movement is ruining the game.
Before DKs actively mitigated, Pallys reactivly healed, Warriors blocked, Druids soaked damage. Now, all tanks are basically DKs :( What's the difference?
Before Priests shielded, Druids hotted, Shamans chain healed, Pallys Flashed. Now all healers can effectively flash, chain and hot :( What's the difference?
Edit: changed the title of the thread, as it attracted flaming comments, rather than constructive discussion :)
I would also like to add that I encourage people to read the WHOLE thread before commenting, as I have tried to rectify many of the wordings of my original post.