Ion himself said in an AMA on reddit that the only metric they care about is, I quote, “fun playing the game”.
So if we use that quote, which was used in an AMA regarding BFA, we can safely assume that Ion, and his other developers firmly believe that farming essences over and over again is the most fun for players.
Otherwise, they would’ve changed already, right?
Nah the issue is honestly the classic “You think you do but you don’t” scenario.
You think you dislike titanforging, but you actually love it, here let’s “remove” titanforging and add corruptions. They’re inherently different and much less RNG, right?
You think you want account wide essences, but you don’t! Here, let’s slightly lower the timegating for old essences. There you go, we’ve heard your feedback, and we agree!
while Blizzard do sometimes make changes based on player feedback, they never make them quickly or easily, they are bloody stubborn! considering how close we are to the end of this expansion (last major content patch) I’d be very surprised if they do anything about it, since if Legion’s artifacts are anything to go by the entire system will be chucked out next expansion even while levelling new characters through BFAs content
I really would love to be wrong though
Simple as hell. They won’t do it. Maybe the end of the expansion. Bfa is not alt friendly at all. The whole xpac is designed around grinding and rng. I have alts but i gave up on then. Farmed out rank 2-3 essences once, i wont do it over and over again. Doesnt make sense, just like blizzard in the past 1.5 year
Why. What for.
I already grinded whatever content to get rank 3, why should i do it again?
Should i run again X times the same raid to get the same item for the same essence i’ve already grinded?
Aside from having me play more, what is the point in this? It’s not going to be fun.
On something brutally generic like the essences, yes.
If the essences were class specific effects, i may agree on not having them account bound, but since those are very very generic, it makes no sense other than force us to grind more.
Personally, i think that pretty much everything that isn’t class specific should be account bound, more “i have a team of char” rather than “i have 4 different toons”.