Folks keep bringing up “experience” and how this was not good for providing players a good demo of what the game will be like when it goes live.
You have all failed to understand what this 48hrs of testing is for!
It is for STRESS testing the server. It is not a beta, it is a stress test for blizz to try and ensure that their hardware and coding can handle the extreme load they will likely see at launch. Anyone that has been around long enough to have played Vanilla will understand this, and I commend Blizz for taking this sort of step to ensure a more smooth launch. It is something that they have struggled and failed to handle well in some past expansions. What some of you saw lastnight was minor compared to those of us that were live at launch of TBC. Lack of mobs and scorched earth landscape due to severe player load is nothing compared to entire servers flat out crashing completely so you cannot log in just because of the number of players trying to log in. Spawn rates and phasing/load leveling can be fixed easy these days, but only if the servers can handle the initial hit of player load.
It has nothing to do whatsoever with player enjoyment RIGHT NOW, at all. It is all about ensuring quality of experience at launch.
BLIZZ - Keep it up! I was having flashbacks of my 1st toon (which I rerolled for this test) Please do NOT change tagging either! Other than initial launch mayhem tagging needs to stay as is, it is what brought people together into groups which made vanilla such a good experience and built friendships many of us still have today. I got more group requests in 2hrs lastnight than I have in months of Live.