Sorry for the novel, but I have some thoughts on this stupid mage tower.
I played in Legion and I did the tank mage tower on my Veng DH. So I am familiar with the fight. I have been wanting to switch to Guardian Druid as my main for a long time because when my mother played with me, she was a druid so I would love to carry on her legacy but every time I look at myself without the old mage tower werebear form, I die a little inside for not taking the time to do it when it was current.
When Blizzard announced mage tower, I busted my butt to get my druid up to par, began using it in raid, etc. I was so excited to finally have a chance to be a werebear form! My desire to pay a little homage to my mom has finally come true…
… over 300 pulls later, it’s the last day for Legion TW and closest I’ve gotten Kruul down to is 4%. I have literally pumped every opportunity I’ve been able to play into getting this, spent all the gold I have on this toon to optimize for what people are saying are the “best” trinkets, socket items, etc. (Which in itself is a problem if you have to spend MORE time to go hunt down old content gear or blow all your gold just to optimize enough to make it EASIER.)
Point is, I main a tank and I like to think I am a decent tank. I should have this by now. I pay my $15/month and MORE on in-store items I should be able to obtain the cosmetic items that I want to have. I do think it should be a challenge, but it should be a challenge for a CASUAL player, not someone that has to pump 10-15+ HOURS of their life into something cosmetic (I know most have dedicated more, I know I have.) Especially, when “just a bit of luck” will be the determining factor for tipping the scales JUST ENOUGH. AND when so many people got this while they were dead and their dots were the killing blow. Some players do make this look easy, and that’s good for them. More casual players want to look pretty while they play too. I’m not even a super casual, I get AOTC every raid tier. I would hate to see what an even more casual player that never plays tank or even druid would be feeling. The elitist can have their 20+ keystones and their CE achievement, etc. Something cosmetic that adds nothing but personal enjoyment out of the game should be THIS hard to get. I’ve almost thrown my keyboard several times these last two weeks and I don’t typically rage.
I see both sides the arguments. The people that have it will say “its not that hard, don’t nerf” but I feel it should be nerfed. When Legion came out with the MT, they stated that if you saw someone with the MT weapon, you knew they were a high-skilled player in that role because it was meant to challenge their ability as that class/spec. Legion legendary combo exploits made it so you could cheese parts (at least for guardian druid that I’m aware of) so did it really give that purpose? And as you geared up in other aspects, it got easier. Besides, those old colorations aren’t coming back so you can keep your victory there. I didn’t play the PTR, but those who have say it was easier there. Can we meet somewhere in the middle, Blizz?
Some possible suggestion: First, just nerf it. Second, have a “normal” and “heroic” mage tower, rewards scaling as appropriate, having only the “heroic” variation count towards the book mount achievement. With the uniqueness of this werebear form, I think a casual player base would be content with having a “normal” coloration that they felt was challenging enough. The elitists can have their uber form and those that want to continue to work towards the “heroic” form can do so each time TW comes around. This mode could even be harder for those that feel the MT was easy as is. Third possibility. Implement a system where the more pulls you have, the easier it becomes. Stacks of determination maybe? You’d have to get to P2 or something, couldn’t just spawn in and jump off for a stack. I think if someone puts every waking hour their allotted to play into this thing, time invested should be rewarded. Even druids I’ve talked to that have it say it took them 200+ attempts.
Bottom line, this is TIMEWALKING. I don’t feel as though I am reliving the Legion experience, I feel like I’ve wasted days of my life for something and rather than pushing me towards enjoying my form and looking pretty, I really just want to throw my computer out the window and quit the game all together. I don’t feel that it should be a given reward just for doing it. There should be a challenge and I think the idea of managing priority mobs, avoid dmg is good at challenging the role of tank. But this is too much. Sorry for rant >.< See you in July, Azeroth!