I was fuming yesterday when I saw the loot announcement.
And this little note
Bonus rolls no longer exist, and the Great Vault captures the value they used to provide to raiders. Non-raiders should also factor in the Great Vault, as completing a Mythic Keystone +15 will award a choice of up to three item-level 226 pieces from the Great Vault.
So for me the idea of completing a mythic +15 is laughable. I haven’t done a mythic dungeon since Legion, the few I did were mythic 0 so I could get a cloth drop to make a piece of gear to sell. Since they took that aspect out, selling crafted items, and the fact that I have gotten better from doing 15 minutes of emissary quests, doing dungeons on normal, heroic, and mythic seemed pointless. There isn’t a currency to collect, just AP for the necklace. They painted themselves into a corner with players like me by allowing us to keep relatively current without having to raid or do mythic dungeons. And in true Blizzard form they just stomped across the wet paint and made a mess by changing direction to the other side of the room, into a different corner.
These past few years where I have felt like less of a player because of class design has seen my time playing cut by 60% or more. I’ve been going through the motions, I’ll pop into Darkshore Heroic when it’s up, occasionally will do an emissary for a 445 reward that I disenchant for materials. All of my gear is 445-460 and higher. I’ve sat in queue for the last wing of LFR just so I can complete the quest for over an hour without getting in, before logging out, which has led me to a why bother feeling. The expansion is over, I hardly recall what the whole story line was because it’s felt like years since it started. I have barely played for so long, WoW feels like an Atari game you pick up every so often for nostalgia. Sure I am excited for class changes, but I’m also a bit peeved with where we are at.
About 2 months ago I spent some time at the 3 target dummies, just to see where I was at since they were going to do some Heroic AoTC runs for people. And my damage numbers were horrible, like 28-30k horrible. So you can imagine my surprise when I was hitting 58-60k damage numbers when I really haven’t gotten any gear improvements in that time. I know I didn’t suddenly git gud. Where were these results 2 months ago? What changed?
I guess back to the topic, even if I feel more confident, with the changes made to gear drops, the time commitment to getting anything, will I even feel like playing. I’m not thrilled with the subject matter of death, not thrilled with the notion of doing the same content over and over at increasing levels of difficulty, or being a mule funneling resources to one faction so I can do more daily quests.
Who knows, maybe it was a good thing I happened to notice Mike Morhaime is starting up a company.