So continues this contentious issue. I don't really agree with it, but I want your opinions on something specific that is sort of bothering me about it.
Blizzard have said you'll get a free 90 with WoD, so I assume anyone who buys the Battle Chest and every other expansion (i.e, a brand new player), will have access to a 90, which will either be max level or 10 levels off (depending when/if they buy it/it's available.)
A lot of arguments seem to be focused on the player "not being very good", and "not learning anything 1 - 90".
Can this really be said for brand new players?
Please all remember back to when you started. Learning a rotation was not a concept to you.
Having a decent gear standard, and starting the treadmill was not a concept to you.
WoW is huge in all the knowledge you learn in it, and to pick a few examples I specifically remember for starting many years ago,
daft stuff like how to type in party chat, what a tank even was, all the little abbreviations for words (LFG, BoM), how to loot things, what professions did, how battlegrounds worked, what cities and locations were where, how basic questing worked, what addons were (I thought they were cheating), what a buff was, what a debuff was...
And even social things like, "wow, that guy took my gear. Why are there arseholes everywhere?" "Why is no one joining my group?" "Why can't I go on that level 70 raid? I AM level 70."
Even further, it gives you SOME faction pride (or it did me), and give you a genuine fear/hate/competitiveness of the other faction (which is healthy.)
I understand the desire to introduce someone to WoW and say "hey yeah, you can play with me straight off", but tbh, I imagine they'd quit a lot faster when, aside from not knowing their class which they picked because it sounded cool, they would be completely out of their depth with all the things that people take for granted, and, quite genuinely, while I love WoW atm, some of my best memories are being a wide eyed level 34 human Paladin trying to sneak into Orgrimmar and kill Thrall because I could damn well make it if I tried, surely. (I didn't.) And I don't think 10 levels of WoD is enough to teach you all this (and the much more I couldn't mention.)
Sorry for the huge post. Sorry for not articulating well, I just think this is important. Yes it doesn't affect me. But it doesn't have to to discuss it.
EDIT: I'm sorry but can people read the post? Seem to be acting like I am QQing about people not learning their class/rotation.
I'm talking about every single other thing that we take for granted. Which is a whole load of stuff, especially if you've never played an MMO before.