I hardly think adding one new pet, or a new mount, and some current tier-appropriate gear would be a massive time sink.
What is it with you people, everything is always in extremes with you guys.
What they need to do is update the events and make them fun. They've been the same damn thing for the most part all these years. They need new fun vanity items or quests to get involved in. SOMETHING.
Increasing the item level of the drops to 496 surely would not have taken a vast majority of the valuable time of the next xpac designers, nor would it have had any game breaking consequences on itemization, yet it would have brought more incentive to run the event bosses.
With so much more man power though, you think they'd do something. Maybe next expansion they will. lol
Man, a lot of people want the bare minimum and settle for very little. That's, actually, very disturbing, though, not much surprising!
I just don't understand this obscene reluctance to call Blizzard's choices into question by a certain group of people.
You can love the company, and still critique them, you know.
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It'd be fun to have them update the holidays, however they only last two weeks and I'd rather have those resources put into the next expansion over something that only happens two weeks out of a year.
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So Blizzard might get the next expac out 10 minutes later if they upgrade the gear drops from holiday events?
Fine by me.
now im not saying that EVERY holiday need be updated at the same time, but i think they could do one event at a time, and create a new series of events over time that happen along side of the current holiday events (no reason to remove those). that can be included in these smaller non-raid/PvP season patches.
the holiday events are exactly as fun as they were intended to be. in that they were fun the first time you did them for the 1~2 weeks that they lasted. after that they just be came a chore as you fight against horrible RNG to try and get that last reward. or a new item on an alt. updating these holiday events provide a break to the norm "do daily stuff to farm raid gear" concept that is what players do now. just a little vacation from that every 2 or 3 months.
you're right that blizzard is focused on these Raid/PvP patches a bit too much, at the expense of other ideas. but for the sake of this thread, yes it would be nice if they surprised us and tried to do something new.