I have to say that, personally, I am excited for the 4.2 patch a.k.a. Firelands. If you couldn’t tell, my WoW playing has been primarily logging in to raid on Tues, Wed and Thurs. For a while now, we’ve been sitting people out of our 10 man on/off based on people needing certain gear from certain bosses. This is all non-heroic except for Halfus.
I have had all the gear I’m looking for from everyone except for Chimaeron, Nefarian and the Chest upgrade from Heroic Halfus. So generally I offer to sit out because I’m nice that way .. (lol) What I’m most excited for in 4.2 is the new raid. Part of the reason I offer to sit out besides the work I can get done if I am not playing is that I’m getting somewhat bored of this content. I know, we’ve only even attempted one boss in heroic mode so how could I be bored?
Well, it looks like we’re not really planning on trying the other heroics until 4.2 drops anyway and, at that point, why should we bother other than achievements. I can’t say I did not like the “entry-level’” raids in Cataclysm. I enjoyed them quite a bit. I still enjoy the encounters and playing with my friends when I AM in the raid too. I just love new stuff.. Who doesn’t? I’m also excited to see what Blizzard learned from these dungeons and how they are making the new stuff better.
I’m not all that interested in the dailies, I think. I’ve never been very fond of things like that. The other changes coming with 4.2? I’m a big proponent of change in MMOs and especially in WoW. I think it gives more “spice” to the game and if they didn’t make all these changes, what would all the Bloggers, Podcasters and Forum Posters (read Trolls) write/talk/whine/argue about?
I also think that Blizzard has to start moving faster with the additional content, unfortunately for them. With each new release you see the speed at which we seem to, not necessarily FINISH the content. but become somewhat “bored” (not really the right word, but I can’t think of the one that is more fitting right now) with what we’re doing. I don’t know that the content is easier or that the content is less interesting. I think much of it can be attributed to ever growing number of “veterans”. We’re building up a tolerance! We need bigger, better, faster to keep our WoW “high” going and I think that’s why we see more and quicker drop-off with each new release.
I’m not even sure there is a solution to this. The experiment of rebuilding EVERYTHING? I would deem it a half-success. I know that the players on the top end are a small percentage and that many people are happily leveling alts and alts of alts and alts of alts of alts but I think that there is also a large group of players (not just made up of raiders) which consumed what content was available and to their liking and now hunger for more.
I suppose we’ll just have to see how Blizzard moves forward now. They HAVE promised bigger, faster, better.. Well, maybe not “promised”. I’m looking forward to this patch and I’m looking forward to what they have to tell us at Blizzcon this year. I’m hoping that the next expansion is on the agenda. It’s about the right time.. Again, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
Oh, and I got my Worgen Warrior, Fuzzbucket, to level 20! Woot!