I eagerly await Blizzard's Titan Project and hope it will be as addicting as the first few years of WoW was. But, for the love of God, don't get GC or the main partners of the WoW team involved.
/End rant, flame about my reply as you choose.
Hyperbole is so over abused by the WoW community.
I don't raid normals until the content is nerfed significantly. I'm not claiming that they are hard, they are not, yet they do have some requirements.
- Damage roles in World of Warcraft have "rotations" or "priorities", they are mostly pretty easy to perform. Yet, in a raid envrionment, damaging a boss effectively and competing with other damage dealers require much more attention, concentration and coordination. Depending on the class you play, you may have a lot of keybinds, dots or resources to watch and manage. I'm sure this gets hell of a lot easier with time and practice, yet some(or most, I don't know) of the players just do not have the desire to deal with this mess and spend time perfecting it. It may sound lazy, but still, this is usually not how I want to spend my time in something I call "a hobby", considering that working to perform well in raids can cause a lot of stress when you lack the time, skill, patience, if you get bored from this stuff easily, if there are players depending on you, or if you are doing it among the wrong crowd, which happens a lot.
As I never healed or tanked raids, I won't talk about those roles.
- To properly learn and get used to an encounter, you need friends or a guild, setting aside the youtube videos. Without nerfs in place, guilds usually get obsessed about progressing. They forget about the fun, yelling, curses, insults, those progress guilds are just not proper environment for someone with self-esteem, and finding friendly-yet-good one is usually frustrating after so many attempts.
As a casual gamer, I prefer to spend my time in World of Warcraft with older raids, transmog and mount collecting, lfr, farming justice to buy new looms, leveling a toon of each class and chat with my mates. Yet, I do want to experience new content without going psycho about it, raid finder is a great system for this purpose. I run raid finder for new raids, get better gear and be satisfied about it. Normal/hc raiders get the challenge they want, with much better loot, titles, mount drops and other rewards, everyone is happy. Well, everyone should be happy, at least.
"Terror, darkness, power? The Forsaken crave not these things; the Forsaken ARE these things."
Then why are we remotely surprised that people, no matter what Blizzard can or will do, will still grow bored of the same thing after a decade?
EverQuest peaked at 450,000 subscribers. They're a fraction of that now, but SOE won't disclose how many and that game has gone F2P and it's nearing 15 years old. It's still chugging along and has had a slew of new features, expansions, and still has a strong core of followers, but people move on to new things.
Nothing, NOTHING, Blizzard does can sustain their peak subscription numbers forever, especially as the MMO market itself is changing.
"There is good and evil in this world; we must find the black and white in the gray."
To OP, i hope you understand that GC work is about interface and class design, if you want to complain about PvP for instance i think you shoul open a thread blaming Holinka, for instances i think its Cory and so on... All of this to say, whille they work in group, GC's part is just one amongst many others.
Obviously, not all is perfect, but blaming a single dude for all the bad work its kind a nonsense.
I agree with you on the points OP
Valor thing will just make the money throwing casuals complain because that other guy has better armor and the 25/10 man change, people who raid 10 man will never let it go, its their only way of making themselves feel like they're grown men and kill real bosses and not just a weekend project you do to kill time and get that one piece of gear that doesn't drop on 25.
Plus bringing this whole its only GC's fault into this circlejerking casual filled board is just plain silly, its like walking through a ghetto dark alley where the minorities live.
LFR stuff is the same, "MUH FREE EPICZ, I cun't raid fulltime and be a nerd but I have a right to get epics because I pay 15 a month herp derp" you know the usual.
and none of that will ever change because those cancer ridden casuals have their claws well clenched into the welfare epics and easy raiding and throw the magic "I will unsub" word when they feel blizzard is changing something they don't like.
But I don't agree on the GC part, I don't think its all him.
Hes just the dumbass that puts his name out to take the heat, I think its a collective cesspool of circjerking autistic devs that simply want more money, and they know how to make money from today's brainless gamers, and the game is just reflecting its brainlessness.
BiS LFR gear? i lol'd when i read that one.
"If you want to control people, if you want to feed them a pack of lies and dominate them, keep them ignorant. For me, literacy means freedom." - LaVar Burton.
I see lots of complaints but no potential solutions. Unless the solution is fire Ghostcrawler? In my opinion that wouldn't fix any of the design choices you mentioned. Also maybe you can lend Ghostcrawler one of your fire retardant suits the next time you go on a flame rant against him, it's only fair!
beware the rage of the casuals!
There is only one god and his name is Sargeras.