New deadmines (the heroic version) is actually fun. Beyond the "character" of Mr. Smite and his one mechanic, the old bosses from Dead mines really have nothing behind them but nostalgia. The new bosses of deadmines have interesting mechanics and it doesn't in any way go against the "story" of the Defias.I can say the same for Deadmines. My original guild had this thing where when someone would max level out we would get together and do a deadmines zerg and then go fishing off the boat inside. The new DM is trash. Mr. Smite. RIP
Again, the new bosses were fun. That you had bad groups that you ran with to do them shouldn't be a reflection on the dungeon itself. I had very few problems running ZA/ZG with random groups. Even did the bear run in a random PuG before it was even an achievement.ZG and ZA were not well done. They just closed off some of the areas and threw some random bosses at you. The instances became so despised by people at the time as the random puggers would cause wipes for not paying attention or even caring to try. The time to complete them took too long so Blizzard came back and changed it up again so people would be willing to finish the dungeons. Any and all epicness of them died when the raids where removed.
The only reason I don't like new SFK is because they changed the story of the zone. VC, Scholo, and the new SM dungeons all keep the same story.Shadowfang Keep. As alliance I have fond memories of trying to get to that dungeon in vanilla. In fact that was half the challenge. So much PvP. Then there was the cool little things like the ghost soldiers lowering your awe weapon skill or sword and so forth. Made it a pretty cool experience. I am not a fan of the new bosses there. I am happy they didn't change the look of the place, would have been a travesty.
The new leveling experience was necessary. "Kill 10 bears and collect their asses" for 60 levels might be fondly remembered, but don't let the nostalgia blind you. If you want a good shot of reality for Vanilla leveling... go to Silithus and see how much fun you have leveling there.I don't get why Blizzard has to replace the dungeons completely with this new garbage. They should at least put some bronze dragon flight NPC that allows them to go back in time and do the past version of the dungeons. Wouldn't be all that hard.
Also Cata was the worst thing to happen to WoW besides flying mounts. Instead of having the 1-60 experience be about general story lines with some major story arc aspects everything is locked to that of the Cataclysm which is a horrible experience from the alliance side and makes leveling any toons through it painful. Now several expansions later, it will still be the same and I doubt Blizzard will ever spend the resources to change the world again because of how negatively perceived it was after the fact with Cata. I guess it is one of the things they are hoping will push people to just buy level 90 characters.