Sadly that’s about the best description of my interest in Cataclysm ATM. I’ve tried to be excited about it but, it’s just not happening. 😦
A few real life issues have kinda ganged up on my gaming time (like a new daughter) but after the collapse of my last raiding guild i’ve definently decided i’m over serious raiding. Three or four nights a week was more like a job and although I did enjoy good chunks of it, it is just too much.
So i’m back to social raiding. However, having recently pugged quite a bit on my druid I just don’t think I can face social raiding in WoW either. Some combination of extreme over-gearing of heroic instances, end game raiding tuned for social players and perhaps the Gear Score addon have resulted in an extremely unenjoyable raiding experience lately.
The skill level of players in both Ice Crown Citadel and heroics is generally very low resulting in continual issues with both group composition (players leaving) and repeated wipes on even trivial content. Perhaps it is a case of rose coloured glasses but I don’t remember pugging and social raiding being like this when I was doing it plenty during tiers 7 and early tier 8.
I realise this is the end of the expansion and plenty of players are taking breaks or playing classes they are unfamiliar with. Was the end of Burning Crusade this bad?
I suppose the main issue or thought I have floating around in my mind is, what if Blizzard continue their social friendly raiding idea into Cataclysm? What if the raids there are of similar difficulty to Ice Crown Citadel is now? What would I do in-game once the initial conquest of easy content is finished?
I suppose I should mention what got me interested in WoW initially to put this into context. I looked at WoW when it released and hated the graphics. I played a couple of other MMOGs the last of which was Guild Wars. I eventually left GW for WoW because, although GW is an awesome game, it lacked the end game content that WoW had in Burning Crusade. I loved the idea that there was content such as Sunwell Plateau that I would only be able to see if I was very good and had the time to invest in the game. It meant I always something to aspire too.
Return to the end of the current expansion and look at the end game content. Tier 9 is generally agreed to have been poor filler content. The tier 10 raid was excellent and is well produced, but now heavily nerfed it is easily completed. So where to next? What if the raids there are of similar difficulty to Ice Crown Citadel is now?
The announced change to talent trees, guild talents, new raids and new races in Cataclysm are decent and about on par for a new expansion. The mana regeneration/health pool changes are of potential interest as they could significantly change the way healing works and make it different to the current expansion. Will these be enough to make the expansion worth buying?