What's most amazing to me is how this community loves spending money.
I have never seen a community before openly want so many paid features to be added to a game. When EA makes a game or adds DLC, there's rage through out the internet, but when Blizzard does it.. casuals and debit card warriors rejoice. I really don't understand it.
I saw one person defend this by saying EA releases stuff with bugs. I sincerely hope they're kidding.. it's a widely known fact Blizzard doesn't give a rats ass about feedback and bug reports on beta tests, they're only marketing hypes. There's a reason that big streamers and YouTubers get first hands on Beta tests and it's not because they thoroughly test the game.
If you look hard enough, Blizzard cuts so many corners to make sure they don't spend as little money as possible.
Example #1: Look at the login screen for the Humans. Look closely at the tree on the right (where your character selection screen is). You will notice they actually copy/pasted a tree doodad over top of the bushes which caused horrible clipping and just didn't care enough to blend it in or put it behind bushes.
Example #2: Stretched Textures - All over the game there are textures that they simply stretched out to make them fit, rather than rendering new texture models. Look at Gu'chi the Swarmbringer. They simply took a small bug, colored him differently and stretched his texture out to make his skin. The tops of arches in Padnaria also have this effect.
Example #3: Scenarios - They can spin this any way they want, but they were hoping that these time-saving 3 man scenarios would be replacing 5 mans. Scenarios are pointless and effortless. Even Heroic Scenarios are trivial with three derp DPS pulling 70k.
The honest reason they love Scenarios so much is because they don't have to design a new environment.. they can just put some quest/event strings into the game, throw a re-skinned boss in the end and call it a day.
I've been a Blizzfanboy since 2000 but I'm powerless to do anything as I watch them spiral down into a fallen giant. I don't think they're going to bring any of the lost subs back and if I had to guess, I would say by the next expansion, we'll have 3-4 million subscribers left, right where we started.
The problem is: They think that their forums are a vocal majority. I never meet people in-game that share the same opinions as the entitled leeches on their forums. They keep making design decisions based on the whining casual players on their forums and look what it's done for them so far. They're almost down half from what their prime (13 million) was.
Teritary stats, adventure guide, 5 dungeons, 2 raids, buy able level 90s, easier gearing up is NOT the way to fix this issue. This is the kind of crap that's driving people away from this game, not encouraging them to stick towards it. I honestly think, now they're just going to milk the franchise for as long as possible and once it's dead, Activi$ion will cut off loose ends with Blizzard and move onto the next company to suck dry.
Maybe i'm wrong though, I guess we can only wait and see.