Is it a scandal that layering exists?
Some would say yes. I do find it interesting that Ian said that the main reason they are taking it out is world bosses don’t make sense with layering. You can only have one, he said. That is true and a good reason…but shouldn’t the main reason you want it out because it is antithetical to Classic WoW and is one of the primary reasons players want Classic WoW to begin with?
Are the developers so naive or do they believe WE are dumb enough to let it pass?
Layering is merely sharding 2.0. Those who argue against this are puppets, mere white knights for Blizzard. You know, those guys who lurk the forums waiting for any post to pop up that says anything negative or critical of the game in any way. There is no denying that layering is sharding, even developers of called it sharding in the Tips interview.
So why another thread on it?
Check out that thread/video where a player shows you sharding/layering at work. Next, ask yourself why this is existing in Classic at all?
Better yet… I made this thread to ask a few questions that EVERYBODY should be asking. Even if you are PRO-LAYERING, you should wonder…
Why has Blizzard not come out with any comments or updates on the layering issue?
Why are no streamers talking about layering at all?
Why did Blizzard swap from “figuring out something to handle launch” to “goal is to remove layering by the END of Phase 1” (2-3 months+)?
If you are a thinking person you will quickly realize there is almost NO WAY the answer to one or more of these questions isn’t a flat out scandal.
I propose one of the following or multiple are possibly true. I am left to come to no other conclusion since Blizzard, only 2 months away from release, remains silent on this issue AS DO ALL STREAMERS mind you!
Blizzard is being pinched by Activision. They are being forced to save money and alter the experience. The good guys at Blizzard, then, are trying their best with what they have to work with and find a compromise. The lack of Public Relations in the matter is them avoiding this as best they can since they know the community hates sharding.
The streamers are either paid off or strongly encouraged by Blizzard to withold negative feedback. Failure to obey this will result in an effective /ignore from Blizzard from upcoming events or promotions.
Streamers are not encouraged or threatend by Blizzard to stay silent on sharding 2.0, but they decide to do so in unison because they are all greedy as hell and know that Blizzard would look down on negative feedback on this. They are fake.
Blizzard is totally ignorant of how much the community hates sharding and/or the ramifications sharding will have on gameplay. They are naive enough to think that many neckbeards won’t manipulate the system to level faster, gain more resources, and destroy the economy and game experience.
Blizzard knows full well how it will harm the game experience, but doesn’t care.
Blizzard knows it isn’t the best solution, but knows of no better solution. They are stuck trying to figure out when it is best to pull the plug on this abomination. Alongside this, of course, must also be the fact that in order for them to feel this way and this be true — they must also be totally inept at public relations and dealing with the community. The community is left to react (as I am) because we feel left in the dark and are worried about them ruining the gameplay experience.
I believe a combination of these are possible and true.
I would give as much grace as possible and lean towards the idea that Blizzard is incredibly inept at community relations and/or they just don’t care about the community enough to provide prompt feedback on their thoughts & plans in regards to sharding 2.0.
Sharding 2.0 (layering) is set for classic. Almost no information on how it works or how they plan to try to make it work has been released. Even though everyone in the community leading up to Classic Beta & Classic News was terrified of sharding being in the game no streamers are discussing it or mentioning the ridiculous layering experience on Classic Beta. Many posts and much feedback has been given explaining in detail why sharding 2.0 (layering) is a bad idea and bad for the game. Effectively no response from Blizzard has came and we are just 2 1/2 months out from launch.
TLDR: Blizzard silent on sharding 2.0, streamer silent on sharding 2.0… This is scandalous. It seems as if this is purposeful and coordinated.