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    Quote Originally Posted by cantrip View Post
    While all that gameplay simply could have continued to exist with gear rewards.
    What gear rewards from Torghast and Island Expeditions? The transmog sets? I don't ever recall any kind of gear (that directly rewarded player power) from those sources. Sure indirectly maybe they contributed to player power via currency (i.e. Soul ash/cinders) or AP but I thought the goal was to move away from grindy activities. A renown like system seems overall better which is what we're looking at for DF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nyel View Post
    Imagine if they'd stuck with artifacts and order halls and just extended them in BfA, Shadowlands and now Dragonflight. It would have made so much sense and would feel like a natural progress of an existing system. Maybe it made too much sense for Blizzard.
    Not really? Do you really want to tell a new player (or returning player or player on an alt), hey you'll need to go back to Legion, do the intro questlines to get the artifact, maybe do the quests to unlock the NLC (NetherLight Crucible) then you can do "current" content. Oh and don't forget since we're now 2~3 expansions past Legion, the current amount of AP you'll need to grind to advance 1 level is in the quadrillion amount but don't worry, here are sources that give you around a few billion each time you complete a WQ/kill a rare/etc.

    I'll pass... Also for players who complain that Legion didn't need weapon drops... Hello, what did you think relics were? Basically weapon drops minus the name. Gave you a little more flexibility in trading until the NLC became a mechanic (gotta check the relic to see what the secondary trait could become).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwyrm View Post
    Unfortunately I don't think Blizzard thinks long term anymore (if they ever did).
    There's a reason for that: it works. Their model is a cyclical reinvention of the game with retained core concepts only - that in itself runs somewhat counter to long-term cohesion already. Added on top of that is the investor placating that goes from quarterly report to quarterly report, in which boosted profits during key performance benchmarks are more important than a decade+ long strategy for which many of the investors won't ever be on board anyway because they tend to shift their money around far more quickly these days. And no game rules forever anyway, so it's not like they have to worry about WoW lasting until 2090.

    They COMPANY thinks in the long term, because it wants to be around for (theoretically) ever, generating profits. But the PRODUCTS can't really be thought of the same way. They all have limited life spans, and their purpose is to juice, not to ferment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redwyrm View Post
    For instance, Inscription. That profession lasted a whole expansion before it got gutted from it's original purpose. And it has never been the same since (also Archeology, First Aid and to some extent Jewelcrafting). Same can be said about Garrisons and Order Halls. Blizzard only sees these as useful for the expansion they were introduced in and then abandoned thereafter. They seem to be completely reinventing the wheel each expansion and not utilizing the things that worked or were enjoyable from past expansions.
    This is definitely a trend, and one could well argue it's a problem that Blizzard doesn't stop and iterate more rather than, as you rightly say, reinventing the wheel every expansion.

    It does have practical limitations, though, that are behind their decision to do it like that. We can call it "the PoE problem", because that's effectively what that game has: a convoluted mass of systems upon systems, kept around past their initial context and interconnected and intermeshing with all future systems. The result is an opaque, highly complex AND highly complicated behemoth that not only makes it difficult for veteran players to keep everything in tune with each other, but also creates an absolutely massive barrier to entry for new players.

    Someone already pointed that out in a post above: imagine you're jumping newly into WoW, level your character, get to endgame... and now before you can do basically anything, you have to learn, manage, and invest into 8 expansions worth of systems, all of which have their own progression paths, gameplay demands, interactions, and theorycraft mechanics. Along with professions both primary and secondary, and of course the usual dungeon/raid/pvp trifecta that is the core gameplay loop of WoW - all in competition with people who may have been doing all that for A DECADE OR MORE and have an according leg up.

    It would be an absolute nightmare for old and new players alike.

    Now, does there exist some middle ground where you keep SOME things around but not everything, and have regular "soft resets" around expansions to curb the seniority issues? Maybe. Probably? But it would be so much work it's likely to be in no proportion to the actual benefit. As I said initially: there's a reason they do what they're doing - it works.

    What's more realistic is small, tentative increments. Trying to find a way to modify the core instead of constantly iterating upon the ancillaries. That's something like the talent revamp they're doing in DF, likely to stick around for several expansions in much the same way the last revamp did. Perhaps the profession stuff, too, to a degree. Those are not nearly as big as people make them out to be, but it's something. And it may be the best we can hope for, feasibly. As much as we'd like to see more fundmental interventions into what the game offers and how it does it, I think it's unlikely we'll see it simply because it doesn't quite solve the cost/benefit equation to enough satisfaction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwyrm View Post
    Unfortunately I don't think Blizzard thinks long term anymore (if they ever did).
    No systems from one expansion (if carried forward) are iterated on. For instance, M+ was derived from CM from MoP and WoD. Mission table from WoD moved forward in Legion, BFA and SL, granted rewards were lessened to reduce players feeling that they NEEDED to always do them.

    Do people forget how profitable Legion mission tables were? Or how you could get raid loot from sending followers to do missions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redwyrm View Post
    For instance, Inscription. That profession lasted a whole expansion before it got gutted from it's original purpose.
    Glyphs weren't a good system and considering how mandatory some of them were, it's a good thing it went away. But that profession isn't totally useless, vantus runes, DMF trinkets, tomes/codex were and still are useful.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redwyrm View Post
    Blizzard only sees these as useful for the expansion they were introduced in and then abandoned thereafter. They seem to be completely reinventing the wheel each expansion and not utilizing the things that worked or were enjoyable from past expansions.
    Making older content irrelevant is a good thing though. If those systems were still relevant today then it would be a lot more "chores" players would have a desire to do. Imagine telling a new player... Oh welcome to SL, here are some of the major quest things you should do along with dungeons and raids and oh yeah because of carrying older systems forward, we'll need you to go back and do BFA and Legion content too. No the rest of us who have been playing since Legion won't need to go back (we already have our Legion Artifact and BFA's HoA) but since you have neither have "fun" going back to get them and grind them out.

    There's a reason why for these recent expansions there has been a free character boost so that new players (or returning players) can proceed to the current expansion instead of having to start at level 1 (or 10 for allied races).
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    I agree that WoW can't continually manage every system from each previous expansion and tack it onto the newest expansions experience. The workload put onto the player would be daunting if they haven't been keeping up to date. But, there are some items that Blizzard has managed to introduce that have continued on through each expansion. Such as Pet Battles from MoP. It's a popular side activity that has grown with each expansion (not too sure how far they have taken it since I stopped playing in BfA and didn't use the Pet Battle system). It's not really mandatory. If you want to play it you can, if you don't want to you are not penalized for that.

    What happened with scenarios from MoP? Is it my imagination or was that intended to become more than an afterthought (unless that is what Island Expeditions turned into)

    Same thing with Archeology. Blizzard could do so much more with that profession. Use it to incorporate old world lore into the game. Want to know the history behind the Plaguelands? Dig up enough tablet shards around the zone to see how those zones got that way. All the lore (world and major characters) from Warcraft 1-3 could be woven into Archeology.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alroxas View Post
    Not really? Do you really want to tell a new player (or returning player or player on an alt), hey you'll need to go back to Legion, do the intro questlines to get the artifact, maybe do the quests to unlock the NLC (NetherLight Crucible) then you can do "current" content. Oh and don't forget since we're now 2~3 expansions past Legion, the current amount of AP you'll need to grind to advance 1 level is in the quadrillion amount but don't worry, here are sources that give you around a few billion each time you complete a WQ/kill a rare/etc.

    I'll pass... Also for players who complain that Legion didn't need weapon drops... Hello, what did you think relics were? Basically weapon drops minus the name. Gave you a little more flexibility in trading until the NLC became a mechanic (gotta check the relic to see what the secondary trait could become).
    Obviously it would not be designed like borrowed power in this case, but as something like talents. The longevity always kept in mind from the get go. Artifacts were never designed with that in mind, which is exactly the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alroxas View Post
    So now you want Borrowed Power? After so many players have complained that they don't want borrowed power (and Blizzard listening), you now want them to go back to it?
    Actually this does not mean that this must be "Borrowed power". Having a system that allows you to get stronger by playing the game is not a bad thing. It's only bad when it's borrowed power.

    Instead Blizzard could for example add a Paragon system that gives you a little damage buff, new abilities or maybe even additional talent points when you play the game; and this does not need to be a borrowed power system. The good thing about a Paragon system would be that it does not need to be power only, cosmetics, some special abilities, new spell effects; everything could be included needing to add borrowed power.

    Nothing against having ways to increase the power outside of gear, it only becomes bad when you add it, then the next expansion comes out and poof, it's gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velerios View Post
    Actually this does not mean that this must be "Borrowed power". Having a system that allows you to get stronger by playing the game is not a bad thing. It's only bad when it's borrowed power.

    Instead Blizzard could for example add a Paragon system that gives you a little damage buff, new abilities or maybe even additional talent points when you play the game; and this does not need to be a borrowed power system. The good thing about a Paragon system would be that it does not need to be power only, cosmetics, some special abilities, new spell effects; everything could be included needing to add borrowed power.

    Nothing against having ways to increase the power outside of gear, it only becomes bad when you add it, then the next expansion comes out and poof, it's gone.
    The only problem with a paragon system in WoW is that the long term continuous players would be at a advantage when it comes to raid spots and PvP (if the paragon system extended into PvP). As for PvE raid leaders would just choose those players with higher paragon levels and any new players wouldn't be able to catch up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwyrm View Post
    The only problem with a paragon system in WoW is that the long term continuous players would be at a advantage when it comes to raid spots and PvP (if the paragon system extended into PvP). As for PvE raid leaders would just choose those players with higher paragon levels and any new players wouldn't be able to catch up.
    I also thought of it, and yes, people might stone me for this: there is an working solution from "diablo immortal"; i know that is the McBe*h of the forums here: but their paragon system has a general level where when you are below the server level you can easier catch up while people who are way above it only get a fraction of the let's say paragon experience. And yes, i know that it is there to keep whales from falling to far behind their plancton, but this actually can work in wow too that when you are too far behind, you get more experience and have a way to catch up while keeping the hardcore players to get too far beyond the rest.

    And to make it easier for other playes: most experience should come from casual content, not high level raids, mythic+ or rated pvp.

    There's nothing bad giving people a way to increase their power through a system like this; the only problem is when you know that everything going down the drain in the next expansion. Especially if they would give out maybe even abilities this way too. But there are even solution for this; just look how good the heard of azeroth was, no, not azerite armor, this should burn in the fiery pit of blackrock mountains, no i mean the heart itself in 8.2; this was probably the best power system blizzard ever created; it was flexible, you had glyph slots to put stuff in and there was an incentive to collect stuff without making it totally shit. This was fun, and a way that could be added in an paragon environment too.

    Just make it permanent, not a temporary thing that gets removed in the next expansion, and PLEASE make it available through the UI, not by running to an table on the end of the world. I think souldbinds would only be half as bad if you could manage them whereever you are, and not being forced to run back to the faction hub.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alroxas View Post
    What gear rewards from Torghast and Island Expeditions? The transmog sets? I don't ever recall any kind of gear (that directly rewarded player power) from those sources.
    And that was the problem about thoses components. While Torghast had higher difficulties, it did not yield the gear (except those few legendaries everyone saw as mandatory) to master them. You had to get gear somewhere else.

    Gear from component A should not be mandatory for component B. Gear, tho, should be usefull to progress from level 1 to level 2 of a component. The different playstyles should give gear rewards on their own to allow a full progression path with a full scale of easy to very hard difficulties to cater to different skill levels. Simply as the diverse playerbase has a whole continuum of player abilities.

    Currently wow caters to the lowest level and to the highest level of player skill and nothing inbetween.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velerios View Post
    but their paragon system has a general level where when you are below the server level you can easier catch up while people who are way above it only get a fraction of the let's say paragon experience.
    Isn't this the Renown system that we have in SL and is being carried forward in DF?

    Quote Originally Posted by Velerios View Post
    There's nothing bad giving people a way to increase their power through a system like this
    Except for the percentage of the player base that min/maxes the crap out of every system. Didn't an entire raid team switch factions (to Alliance) because the Warfront reward was giving a higher than expected ilv piece? And to be fair, Blizzard's catchup systems are generous in the level of loot they provide. However the trade off is that it will take much longer for a "casual" player to achieve a high-ish level of gear than more invested players.


    Quote Originally Posted by Velerios View Post
    Just make it permanent, not a temporary thing that gets removed in the next expansion,
    But now you're mandating player run older content to get to current content. Let's say that Heart of Azeroth was still relevant today in SL. For a new (or returning) player, you would need to say to them: Want to join us in SL? Well first you need to go back to BFA and do XYZ questlines to unlock/acquire/empower Heart of Azeroth, then you can join us in SL but only after you spend some time (can be shortened) grind to get your HoA up to "acceptable" levels to join us.

    How many players (new or returning) would want to go through that? The extra steps can be a barrier of entry that some would find frustrating or boring.


    And it wouldn't stop there too, now in addition to PuGs listing "must have Xk r.io score" they'll add "must have HoA level 100+" or "must be paragon 1k+" to their silly requirements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alroxas View Post
    But now you're mandating player run older content to get to current content. Let's say that Heart of Azeroth was still relevant today in SL. For a new (or returning) player, you would need to say to them: Want to join us in SL? Well first you need to go back to BFA and do XYZ questlines to unlock/acquire/empower Heart of Azeroth, then you can join us in SL but only after you spend some time (can be shortened) grind to get your HoA up to "acceptable" levels to join us.
    Not really, this can be easily solved. Add a questline that allows the Heart of Azeroth to fuse with our Spellbook. Then you gain a Glyph tab, similar how the Heart of azeroth in 8.2 worked. Similar to the Heart of Azeroth, you gain 1 Major Power, and 3 Minor ones. You keep all the old Hearth of Azeroth abilities that you had, but also gain all abilities from the old expansions too. In the same questline, you get back to all your old abilities (or for new players you meet them for the first time) to allow them to empower your Heart of Azeroth with their abilities from the Artifact Weapon Shadowland Convenants and hey, maybe even add the garrison abilitiy as an Essece. They can be expanded with other Essences that drop in current raids as additional fun stuff. And in the future, new borrowed power abilities will be added with this system too.

    With a system like this (or some better one that took someone more than 15 minutes to think off), they still can add new systems without making them totally borrowed power, because in the next expansion, you get the essence for it. And as a little bonus, make people who played in the last expansion gain an Epic Essence or Legendary Essence (for those who nearly maxed everything out) with better visuals, just like we had with the Heart of Azeroth.

    Because honestly: nobody will be missing some 10% damage gain on x stuff when you critically hit with ability y when this is gone in the next expansion, because this is what we have with gear since vanilla. But for example shadowlands abilities, or Artifact Power or even some Hearth of Azeroth abilities, that's something totally different.

    And with a 1 big, 3 small essence system we had in BfA, there is also no issue to balance the powers with each other, because you only can equip one at a time. And to make it easier to swap around, they change with the new dragonflight talent profile system too.
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    I disagree whole heartedly

  13. #833
    I'll wait a bit before getting this expansion after I was burned on the last two

    I'm expecting a rose tinted launch experience that will wear off and show it's true colors after a few months (just like the last two).

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    Boggles my brain that there isn't an ingame-features trailer for this product yet. Where's the hype marketing at all?

    Wrath Classic ads have gotten my attention far more. They made a new trailer just to re-hype DKs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velerios View Post
    Because honestly: nobody will be missing some 10% damage gain on x stuff when you critically hit with ability y when this is gone in the next expansion, because this is what we have with gear since vanilla. But for example shadowlands abilities, or Artifact Power or even some Hearth of Azeroth abilities, that's something totally different.
    Nobody except those asinine PuG group leaders that have outrageous requirements to join their group.

    But I think it would be safe to say that if the bonus conferred by these older power systems are significant (i.e. More than 5% player power) then players will farm them up regardless of the grind. The nature of wow playerbase is truly one that min/maxes even if it isn't "fun"

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    Quote Originally Posted by elderu View Post
    Boggles my brain that there isn't an ingame-features trailer for this product yet. Where's the hype marketing at all?

    Wrath Classic ads have gotten my attention far more. They made a new trailer just to re-hype DKs
    Wrath Classic is on pre-patch and launching in a few hours (at the time of posting this). We still don't have a release date for Dragonflight. Maybe when we're 2 weeks out from the pre-patch THEN you'll see the marketing arm do more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frosteye View Post
    I'll wait a bit before getting this expansion after I was burned on the last two

    I'm expecting a rose tinted launch experience that will wear off and show it's true colors after a few months (just like the last two).
    At the very least, the pre-patch (system overhaul) is now up on the PTR for everyone to try. I'd recommend players go and check that out with the new talent tree.

    One thing of note is that you won't be at full strength (compared to live) because you'll be missing some talent points that you earn from level 61 to 70.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alroxas View Post
    Nobody except those asinine PuG group leaders that have outrageous requirements to join their group.

    But I think it would be safe to say that if the bonus conferred by these older power systems are significant (i.e. More than 5% player power) then players will farm them up regardless of the grind. The nature of wow playerbase is truly one that min/maxes even if it isn't "fun"

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    Wrath Classic is on pre-patch and launching in a few hours (at the time of posting this). We still don't have a release date for Dragonflight. Maybe when we're 2 weeks out from the pre-patch THEN you'll see the marketing arm do more.

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    At the very least, the pre-patch (system overhaul) is now up on the PTR for everyone to try. I'd recommend players go and check that out with the new talent tree.

    One thing of note is that you won't be at full strength (compared to live) because you'll be missing some talent points that you earn from level 61 to 70.
    pugs are nuts youll see day 1 pugs for vaults requiring something like CE jailer or something
    i expect a features trailer by the end of the month probably launching around the survival guide for the prepatch

    i cant wait for my monk to get the new talent treatment (yeah theres only like 3 actual new talents but getting to smash all these things together is amazing)

  17. #837
    I simply cannot understand how people of all things are advocating for Borrowed Power... like seriously, even Titanforging is better than Borrowed Power.

    Look at the success of Classic and the absence of Borrowed Power there, Borrowed Power does more harm than good.

    Ask for anything, but please don't ask for Borrowed Power. I beg you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alroxas View Post
    Isn't this the Renown system that we have in SL and is being carried forward in DF?
    no, renonw in dragonflight is basically just an update to rep, its not weekly time gated, or give player power or buffs or stuff.

  19. #839
    I'm kind of glad I got access to the beta it will save me 60 bucks to be honest.
    It is very boring indeed, it feels like playing a new patch.

    Apart from the new class (that feels unfinnished), it's just a revamp of existing systems:
    - class revamp: I tried 3 classes, nothing new, just adding things from the past to choose between. However, you do get the feeling to play with a strong char from the beginning, which is a good point.
    - flying with the dragon, well it's just flying with a twist (you go up and then down, instead of going straight ), except you are forced to fly with a special mount, it's kind of frustrating, but you do get to fly very early for sure
    - profession, well its profession you know so you craft things lol, nothing new here
    - dungeons, same mechanism, nothing new here it's just a set of new dungeon
    - rep is replaced with renown so nothing new here
    - you can pimp your drake, amazing right?
    - no news regarding loot philisophy so I guess we are good for 2 more years of stupid RNG until blizzard realizes nobody is playing anymore
    - maybe raid will be good but will be certainly the same thing we have since 16 years...

    The new zones are amazing, and some players are gona love the expac just because of that. When you take the main hub and compare it to Oriblos, you kind of feel bad for SL . But art team always delivers so nothing new here I would.

    One guy said it very well in another thread, if you are on the fence and hesitate to buy, wait until 10.1 to actually see where this expac is going, guarantee you won't miss anything from release. It's as bad as BFA or DF, no innovation from that side. Long unskippable dialogue quests, like prepare to be on netflix while leveling...
    Let's hope you don't have to do it on alts lol.

    The whole expac feels like Blizzard is afraid of trying new stuff and taking risk (which is understandable when thinking about BFA and DF). Or maybe the talents are working on another game or for another studio. But it really feels like old same old same so if you are looking for a new expac that will blow your mind with crazy new features, nope, you won't like it xD
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  20. #840
    I'm excited because for me the worst thing about BFA/SL was all the bloat.

    Torghast, Covenants, The Maw, Expeditions, Warfronts etc. etc. I never found any of these things exciting, just wasted content.

    Dragonflight seems to be going back go basics, they are trying to make the game great not just bloat us out with boring, repetive content and busy work. That's what excites me.

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