Lately on these boards I see a change happening.
First we had people who said: "OMG why can't Blizzard make all content (of that expansion) relevant?!"
Now we have people who say: "OMG why do I need to catch up, I want to jump into the fray with my friends the moment I hit 90!!!!"
So finally Blizzard listened to people who wanted to have all content relevant (cause it was supposed to be a shame of all the work the developers did and players wanted a natural progression, seeing the story, especially if they were new).
But now people complain that they cannot go to the last instance after a short grind in 5 man heroics....
I used to be a "very commited/dedicated" raider. And when I was with that mindset, I wanted everyone to be behind me if they stepped into the game late. They needed to do the same "amount of work" as I did to come where I was. Ofcourse this state of mind backfires as soon as you are looking for new recruits for your guild. But that is not the point etc I am trying to make. I did the work, so I wanted to be special. Let's leave it at that. Oh yes: I never cared much for alts. I made an alt tho in WOTLK. And I laughed my ass off that in 72 hours I leveled a toon to 80 + made him ICC heroic viable. I thought it was the stupidest thing I have ever seen. But it was handy.
Now I am very much casual. I am making more alts. I now have 3 alts (Warrior, DK, Druid). Now in this expansion I must say that I am a little frustrated about how everything works. I do those endless quests, get myself to 90 - then do the same dailies etc. Spend enormous amounts of time on my single new alt. Therefore neglecting my other alts. Which means less valor for them and or reputation (if still needed). I can handle 2 characters at once per week and cap the valor. Thats the amount of time I have. So now I am hurting. Sure the new patch is nice tho. 50%/25% off the 5.0/5.1 valor items. This does help. No denying it. And the grand commendations work aswell. But it does suck to maintain "control" over all your characters at the same time. Now I am not saying that you should be able to cap every character you have on that particular realm. Now you have to choose what you find most fun/important to play for/on.
But more and more I am inclined to agree with the "new" posts about not being able to jump on the same boat with my friends... and raid in the latest tier.
I know this sounds selfish...: I would like alts to made that jump should the player so choose. New players perhaps shouldn't be able to make that jump. But then LFR for these instances that are still important to those players will have an insane queue.
So thats not an option either. I think Blizzard still did it right - they chose the best option - and went for content to last. Even to the frustration of players.
What do you think?