Thank you for taking the time to respond!
Objectively, I don’t think BFA and Legion are alike at all, given player interest/engagement as a metric to go by, and whilst we don’t have official subscriber numbers we have other phenomena going on which we can interpret. There is also the microcosm of guilds and friendships - I for one have 0 friends left playing the game, we all drifted away from any type of serious content engagement by the end of 8.0.
This comes from a dramatic change to how BFA was compared to Legion. Whilst you may take 7.2 and 8.2 and say they’re similar in design, for me that may come as a negative – because in a while I will be able to say I haven’t played both.
In your original post you describe how 8.2 is okay as far as BFA goes, yes, and then I said that it’s still the context of BFA – there’s limited player engagement: islands are a chore, M+ has been changed into a weird thing and dungeons are not as interesting as Legion ones. The same ‘interesting’ aspect translates into the story – the War Campaign is a joke compared to all the different Order Hall stories, and HoA is similarly a joke when compared to the Artifact weapon.
You’re right that the 8.2 systems are similar to 7.2, but I think an important difference is that Legion launched with more working systems from the start – only adding the Netherlight later on – but it should get a point for that, alongside the other differentiators from BFA.
But that’s what I’m saying, over all, BFA is still a turd, regardless if it’s in a better spot compared to 8.0. And regardless if its 8.2 systems are matched with counterparts from 7.2, BFA is still inferior to Legion. And I don’t see 8.3 changing that, whatever else they may bring won’t fill in for 3 tiers of lost sets and months of good storylines.
They had a bad start, a bad 8.1, a bad 8.1.5 – and it’s definitely too late for some players, and I think it shows. I don’t think the expansion will ever recover.