You want a medium pace? Go do some dailies.
Furthermore, the add-ons that track timers, proccs and windows of execute/opportunity are largely convenience. I've got bloodshield tracker... I don't need it; I just like to keep track of how much Blood Shield I've got. On my shamans, I use no add-ons other than group performance meters (recount), Deadly Boss Mods and a threat meter (Omen). I don't need anything else in order to do well. Same for all my other characters. And even then, those add-ons are strictly for convenience. Everything is easy to track.
It becomes a problem with RAF and SOR, where you are instantly bumped to a higher character level, and didn't get much of the progression, but as long as you experience the progression, it's a fine and mellow learning curve. Honestly.
Also: You don't have to be really good. You can get away with a poor rotation. Just so long as you don't mind playing at questing, some heroics, and maybe some LFR or more. And if you play more, you'll get better.
Am not sure if this is right, but from my point of view it looks like sarcasm.
I'll admit some of the boss mechanics are complex, it's just stacking up old mechanics on top of one another for the sake of making it difficult, which is why I hardly played in Cataclysm. It was quite stale to me.
Rotations are very easy, and I usually figure them out without reading up online or now in the spellbook. With the amount of resources now available to us, we just copy and paste it in-game and hope we do well.
It has become both more complex and simpler.
Simpler because they've trimmed all the flavor out of it. Removed most of the stuff that made it an "rpg", and turned in basically into an arcade game.
If you pve, you kill raid bosses, if you pvp, you do rated pvp stuff.
Sure, there's a storyline attached, but long gone are the days of adventure and/or exploration. No more weapon skills, quivers, etc etc. Yes they are all "fat" that has been trimmed, but thats what made it an rpg, a living world you had a role in. Now you're funneled into some extremely linear progression systems, and that is the entire game. You choose a class, a role, and work your way down the same path as everyone else.
It's not complex for me because I played Feral in Wrath.
John fucking Madden.
Kiteable bosses...while I have very fond memories of kiting fel reaver to shatt, and watching him level everyone and everything until they reset the server to fix it, I understand that this can be considered griefing by a lot of players and understand why they leashed stuff..
Gms shouldnt be appearing in capitals for the sole purpose of wiping people out, but if you are stupid enough to attack one..........
WoW isn't complex, it's a game, not rocket science.
Sure, rotations can be difficult if you're trying to squeeze literally every bit of DPS that you can put out, but you can do fine using just the bog-standard rotation and ignoring all of your procs etc. Unless you're working on heroic modes (which would also suggest that you enjoy and care about your dps/healing/tanking abilities), you don't need to worry about anything that makes your rotation complex. On an individual skill level, boss mechanics aren't very difficult either - It's mostly about co-ordinating your group properly, the actual execution of a good plan isn't that hard to pull off.
I honestly can't think of a game that's SO hard that there are people who are incapable of beating it with a bit of time put in. Games are designed to be accessible to large amounts of people; If they wanted to make it ridiculously hard they could - But they can't do that because nobody would even participate. Even games that are designed to be unfair or ridiculously difficult aren't that bad, take I wanna be the guy (Or any of its fangames) or Dark Souls - Compare it to an extremely high level Maths course; It comes absolutely nowhere near in regards to difficulty and time investment required. Anybody, and I mean anybody (unless they're literally mentally handicapped) can learn how to play these games at a high level, if they so desire.
It's only complex if you want it to be, you can do most content without knowing every single thing there is to know about your class; If you want to do harder content then it's to be expected that you'll have to do more complex tactics/rotations, that's not a bad thing.
Yeh back in Vanilla, spamming frost bolt as a mage and only frost bolt was really fun.
Depends on what you like about WoW.
I look at my warlock atm...then think back how it was to play him in vanilla raiding. Then look at the current state again.
The playstyle has become so much more fluent, so much more active. So much more fun.
Maximize a DoC feral dps and tell me how simple it is compared to Cata/WotLK/TBC. Clearly you play your feral in ezmode, because if I didnt have a naga mouse and extra keys on my keyboard I wouldnt be able to play as DoC efficiently.
Tanking has always been faceroll. MoP actually added depth to it, at least for rage tanks.
Healing has also been expanded to counter the dominance of addons. Every xpac gets new spells for healers that need to be rotated in.
I respect your right to an opinion, but that doesnt make your opinion a 'fact.'
From wikitionary: 2. roleplaying game(video games) A type of computer game where the player takes the role of a character or party, normally lacking tests of physical skill and including more story-telling and narrative aspects than traditional action games.
"Back in the day" players used to create the dynamic environment - combined with elite mobs and the occassional elite (or harder) rares and a world that had less "space" per active player, it actually felt like you were in a "real" place. That's gone, not just because of the community, but because Blizzard has killed it. Group quests were everywhere back in Vanilla. Doing them, and just looking for people to do them with was a great push towards meeting other players.
Current WoW feels more like an amusement park ride. Blizzard seems to hate players doing anything that they aren't "intended" to do. Classic always felt like Blizzard was focused on world-building, and left you to experience the world however you pleased. But now it's more like you're strapped into a ride with other players (and you just get to hope they don't puke on you ). What was once a "secondary world" is now just background to, as Wazooty says above, an arcade game.
The class quests are a perfect example of what's been done to the game. Sure, they were long, sometimes difficult, and required co-operation, but they made you feel like you'd accomplished something, and there were some incredibly unique and awesome rewards that, while nice, weren't horribly game-breaking. But now stuff like the Fire Ruby or Whisperwalk Boots are history. With the exceptions of a couple things per expansion, all the gear is generic beyond belief. It's like they're afraid of adding any sort of flavor or uniqueness back into the game.
I don't think that WoW's necessarily too complex in and of itself... None of these are deal-breakers or something that can't be learned with patience, but there are a couple of things I don't think are the best long term:
- Increased rotational complexity, plus new resource systems, plus more things to keep an eye on: My eyes are flying all over the screen. Numbers and debuffs flying everywhere. I find it ruins immersion.
- Leading on from the above point, all that and some herculean new level of situational awareness that seems to be mandated for everything these days. More complex boss encounters, more varied trash mobs, active damage mitigation for tanks. I used to find enough challenge and enjoyment just having to set a pace for a group in a dungeon and watch for overzealous DPS. Now I still have to do that plus watch the timing on my own abilities.
- Too many systems and things. I don't just get a piece of gear anymore, I have to save points to upgrade its ilvl. I have to gem it. I have to reforge it. I have to enchant it. I may or may not have to complete profession progression or faction rep to gain said enchants. The gear might come from a faction vendor I need to get rep for. Shear logistics and man-hours aren't dauntingly impossible, but they can lead to buyers remorse.
- "Optional" dailies. Heavily incentivised (stick more than carrot), interdependent, gated dailies and factions leaving me feeling crappy or l like I've been lazy if I opt not to do them. That's good game design in the sense of repeat-customers, but it's bad design in the sense that you're leaving some players feeling like they have an unhealthy relationship your game.
TFUTRTOAF (Too fucking useless to read text on a forum); OP is right. Lots of stuff going on. Unnecessarily (if not admittedly unwelcome) rotational complexity combined with a far higher level of situational awareness. Myriad other nebulous livable but in all honesty functionally pointless mechanics and issues.
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Complex - or rather complicated, as I believe that is what the OP meant - as a word implies information that cannot be processed properly. I think this is true for the original Interface. But clever use of addons can turn this game from complicated to ridiculously easy quickly. CLCRet being only the most obvious and extreme example. All the outside information sites (just like MMO-C, Icy Veins - to a lesser extent EJ, because honestly, that site is not half as active as it used to be) are helping you with various tasks to be done in WoW. It's only as complicated as you let it be.
What I'll agree with is that WoW has turned from a big MMO into a humongous monster of an MMO. It can be daunting. My personal approach is to take it one step at a time. It works.
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This thread is a joke, WoW right now at its simplest its ever been. If you disagree then you're either just got into wow or never were any good at it.
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