Seen a few comments and talks about the feeling that Blizzard is caving to player pressures about Azerite gear. Honestly? I highly doubt it. If there is anything pressuring them to make changes, it is direction from the top. They no longer care about how many subscribers they have, what they do care about is how many hours those that subscribe play. Oh sure, they can spin this whole situation as “we are listening”. Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if they had plans all along to add in a currency system from the beginning to be implemented at the time where they normally see a drop off in hours played. What better way to get people logging in doing difficult content so that they will be able to buy the best piece they want. It won’t work as well as they think. They are designing and implementing changes and goals based on a player mentality from 10 years ago, on exit surveys from players that quit because the game was too easy, not enough of a challenge. For me the new system won’t work well because it requires players like me to do content we don’t enjoy. I will just keep using the system in place to slowly creep up doing quests in the world. Sooner or later I will get there. And then we will be on to the next expansion, the next new system which tosses out all of this for something new and even more convoluted.