This is a rant.
I found myself screaming uncontrollably while ripping my clothes in a dionysian madness after one and a half hours of Arena and i now i feel compelled to share my thoughts with you. So a bit of context.
I’ m a returning player, had left the game for 10 years and just got back to it two months ago, got my pvp gear and started to do some arena. I play Dk. So this is it:
Why is this game so mercilessly uninviting to new players?
Every class has like 135 different abilities, you play a moba and within 2 weeks you have figured most things out, at least the fundamentals, while the game still retains all of its depth. Arena it’s a whirling chaos of colours and things happening and i’m unable to understand what is even happening, i saw a warlock with LITERALLY 15 PETS and i couldn’t even target him. I am constantly searching through the internet on how to play because the game design is not clear enough to direct me…
The design language is impossible, everything, friendly or hostile, seems exactly the same design wise. Cloth, mail or plate seems to mean nothing, i nuke a priest with everything i got and his health barely drops. Most classes have weird things that make them immune to like EVERYTHING, who in his right mind thought of giving immunities to absolutely everything in a pvp game??? And healers seem to go from 5% to 100% in 5 seconds. Good grace.
Also, macros! Why!?!?! Isn’s supposed that the abilities provided BY the game should work fine in order to play THE game?? Are the baseline of the game not enough to actually play?? And why doesn’t they fix it? Why do we need a ton of macros, addons, setting tweaks that we have to somehow come across, otherwise the game seem almost unplayable.
What i’m trying to say is that i have played lots of games during my time and in each and every one of them, i gradually understood more and more and became better. Wow Arena seems to me impossible to grasp, even though i’m a seasoned gamer, i can’t understand the underlying mechanics and the game doesn’t even care to direct me.
So that’s my rant. Wow Arena, in my opinion, is the most poorly designed game i’ve ever played in my life. If you feel that burning sensation of anger please share your fury with me