I been playing since BC. I wouldn’t say I was a hardcore player ever, but always had fun in the game. I mainly do casual pvp, the odd dungeon and raid if i get in. There have always been ways to gear and have fun while playing the aspect of the game you enjoy.
It’s sad to say that now in WoW it seems you have to do everything but have fun. It really hit home today while I was doing a mythic 9, that I didn’t even want to do the dungeon, but had to if I wanted to up the ilvl on my leg or wep, that have been 415 for almost a month. However at the end of the dungeon I rolled my wartorn seal and opened chest and got… Azerite and more azerite from the chest with no gear. I think it was here I realized I was simply fed up with the forced rat race.
I was lucky to get in the mythic group being a SV hunter in the first place, so it was more disheartening I got nothing. I mean, I can understand from a business perspective why they would want to drag out your playing time and make the stats look good. But mate, this grind is a bit much. In order to keep up with the jones’ I have to do:
Exploration (like really)
All this in order to get essences and a chance within a chance within a chance within a chance of getting an upgraded gear piece with desirable stats or warforged/titanforged. Inception has nothing on WoW, neither does the lottery tbh.
It wasn’t that long ago where I could do what I enjoyed and gear through what I enjoyed without ever looking at other content. Never stepped foot in a dungeon or raid in WoD (Very, VERY few times if i’m being honest) and solely geared through pvp, because of Ashran and vendors. I could enjoy the game the way I wanted, I had a choice to play how I wanted and progress in the game how I wanted. Even better most people that put the time in with pvp had the same gear. They say pvp is a seperate thing and made it as such. No drama.
Fast forward to what we have today, and it is depressing as hell. I would love to just pvp, just do the content I want, but I simply cannot. If i want to get some gear and just spam bgs all day then I should be able to do so. I was able to do that just two expansions ago so why not now?
People always argue and say, but this is an mmo you have to do all content and pvp is a side game. Well a lot of PvErs whined about the Blood of the Enemy grind, when they had to PvP to get that one essence. How do you think pvprs feel, when we have to grind pve for everything. Do remember that although maybe PvP is a bit of a side chick, but the game never stifled pvprs as much as it does today. Not ever.
Lets try to not even talk about alts. When 8.2 dropped we pretty much assumed it was all good. Alts have a chance to be geared. And after a few days we realized that the game has never been so cruel to alts. I have 4 sitting ~400-410 and they are going to stay there until the next xpac. Do you think i have time to grind the gear and essences for even one alt, HELL even sometimes my main. Let alone a couple alts. They are parked.
Blizzard chasing of the stats and trying to keep people playing has imo simply broken the game. They have actively neglected proper class design and just thrown stuff at us to divert us from the fact the gameplay is actually a lot worse than it was a few years ago. I mean we literally lost abilities, baseline or otherwise just to get a handful back as stripped down versions in talents. That is baffling decision making to me.
If you enjoy what this game has become then good for you tbh. There will always be players that like things others don’t. I just imply miss how it used to be and don’t feel there is any real justification for how it has ended up like this.
WoW is now about doing everything, but having fun.