This isn’t a QQ/complaint thread to begin with - It’s just my unfiltered thougths put into a post. I’m curious if anyone else is in my position. I understand that not everyone is experiencing the below but I know this is happening to many guilds in the Oceanic/US scene.
I’m a raid leader who started a guild at the beginning of the expansion, we managed to get Cutting edge in Uldir finishing at world 1301. We had a stronger tier in BoD and finished at rank world 605. We are currently ranked 174th in the world while raiding 7 hours a week(Wed/Sun) as a 2 night guild and we’re progressing on Azshara at the moment.
Leading into 8.2, everyone in the guild was excited and they had a right to. We had a new essence system which sounded like it would shake up the meta, a way to alts to gear up quickly with the benthic system, two entirely new zones, a new m+ affix and a new raid.
However from almost the get go problems started appearing. It initially started with small complaints about the benthic system; Most of the complaints revolved around sockets and how they were handled, socketed benthic gear was beating almost every piece of gear in Palace in sims - Well, can’t win them all i guess. I personally feel like benthic gear shouldn’t be be able to roll sockets but people have the option to pay 100-200 pearls to put a socket in a piece of gear or add a secondary stat.
Next came the problem with essences. Most of the guys in the guild play this game to raid, including myself. It’s the content we enjoy unfortunately. Essences are now forcing us who have limited time to do content that we do not enjoy to be competitive in raids - But it’s fine, we only have to do it once… so suck it up and get in there.
One of the ways we manage to stay alive post raid tier is to play alts(we were doing BoD alt run last tier), do reclears and maybe do some m+ pushing. Unfortunately due to the above problems, nobody is playing alts and this scares me.
8.3 is most likely 3-4 months off after the drop of 8.2.5 which leaves us with the below scenario.
- Nobody wants to play alts because it’s forcing them to do content they don’t want to do.
- Azshara doesn’t drop a mount, so there is a very apathetic response when it comes to the idea of reclearing.
- Some raiders are playing and enjoy classic at the moment, because of this those who aren’t playing are feeling lonely when they do log on. We’ve already lost a few players because of this.
As someone who raids mythic, 8.2.5. brings nothing for me or my guildies. Most of this content is a one and done deal, I’m scared a lot of my guys will just stop playing. It’s already happening and the patch hasn’t dropped.
A lot of us were hoping for BoA essences but that’s not happening, so people already dropped the alts they started playing.
I don’t know, I don’t even know the point of this post. I guess I’m just upset of the thought of everything I’ve worked so hard to build being almost sabotaged by the release of classic and Blizzards insistence on wanting everyone logged in all the time.