I can’t take anyone that says that BfA was better than Shadowlands because it had “better” zones or that they were connected.
What is the metric being used here? Your personal taste? Your opinions?
Most classes were completely gutted and played terribly, only getting better in future patches. While Shadowlands doesn’t have the best Class Design, it’s safe to say that many classes did improved, with both unprunning and removal of certain GCD’s. Mentions to Shadow Priest, Holy Priest, Brewmaster Monk, Affliction Warlock etc.
Mythic + in BfA was not great in the perspective of a healer, a lot of the damage was random spikes of damage from mobs casting into random players and sometimes that would overlap and one shot someone, you couldn’t do anything about it. Too one much shot mechanics on high M+ (some being unavoidable like Freehold First boss) and not a lot of meaningful group healing, meaning that most of time time i was an off-dps with a scuffed 4 button (at best) rotation. Terrible Dungeon Mechanics awards goes to Tol’Dagor, Waycrest Manor, King’s Rest, Atal’dazar, Workshop.
PvP, i’m not a PvPer, but gearing wise Shadowlands is obviously better, but gameplay wise, i kinda preferred BfA, i give you that, i hate this burst, “fast paced” mongoloid meta.
Raiding is arguably better in Shadowlands, Castle Narthia is better than Uldir in many ways.
Analyze expansions over the quality of it’s content, not it’s quantity, BfA may had a lot of content, but it was of poor quality, nobody liked doing Warfronts, nobody liked grinding Islands, nobody liked that was 6 “giant” zones of World Quests to do and i can’t remember a single soul being excited about doing tours of World Quests on the “giant”, “immersive” and “connected” BfA zones, it’s so funny people say these things are amazing nowadays, there’s too much rose tint in these goggles.
Shadowlands World Content is a better version of BfA emissaries at 8.0 simply because it’s not mandatory, you don’t have to do it if you don’t want it, anima is a cosmetic currency, azerite was not.
Not even going to start mentioning how terrible playing alts was in BfA with all the mountains of chores you had to do, or as people in this forum are whitewashing it now as “fun content”.