Sorry in advance for the long post, but if you have the time I’d appreciate if you read it and discuss with me about it
I am your standard friendly, half-casual, half-serious WoW gamer who likes the game a lot. I have a some AotCs, got to 2100 in arena, but never anything more than that. I just enjoy the game for what it is and have a good time.
I never had an issue with Covenants when I first saw them. I thought they were just going to be some cool RP choice that I would decide on and then that would be that, and I would get a couple of new abilities; cool!
This weekend I decided to do a little bit more research on it with all the discussion going around, and I started to see them a little bit differently. I then came across this video by Preach, and he completely changed my perception on this topic.
If you guys have not seen this video, I suggest watching it because and let me know what you think about what he says.
Personally, I’m a little bit upset about the whole Covenant choice now, and the one thing that Preach was talking about that resonated with me the most is about just trying out a cool spell just for poops and gigs.
For the last 13 years (started in BC) I have been able to respec to try something out just for the fun of it if I saw a guy of the same class using said spec/ability/build. If I didn’t like it I could easily switch back to what I was doing beforehand, and it was awesome. So much flexibility and so many cool things you could try out without feeling shackled to a certain decision.
I’m still very much looking forward to Shadowlands, but these Covenant restricted abilities are starting to leave a bad taste in my mouth, even as a casual, and I just wish they were talents. In an expansion built upon player agency, the fact that these two types of abilities (Covenant main and class abilities) are not 55 and 60 talent rows are very depressing.
That would promote more player agency, make the leveling process more rewarding, and allow us to mess around with some really awesome abilities that Blizzard has designed (some of them are SO cool).
Yet they lock them behind an RP choice and tell us we are making “meaningful decisions”. It’s truly upsetting and as someone who has played since BC, this expansion has the potential to be one of the best, in my opinion, if those abilities were talent rows. Hopefully they reconsider this because the idea that this effects the 1% is not true. Would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this! Thanks for reading my rambly thread