At this point in time, I’m with “bust.” I feel a little on the minority side, with all the beta hype and the cheering, speculation, whining and caterwauling. Recently I typed about some things I didn’t like, but I was having a bad day and it was horribly done. Now, every time I look at beta information or hear about new talents, I’m not excited or outraged. It doesn’t even seem like the same game anymore, to be honest.
So much is changing. I understand that BC changed a lot from vanilla-WoW, but WotLK is remodeling the entire game. Removing down-ranking, switching over to spell-power, raid-wide buffs, odd categories and non-stacking, potion sickness…it’s almost as if they’re trying to make an entirely new game from the same cloth. Classes that gained usefulness and notoriety for special features are losing their uniqueness to other classes and losing their importance through randomized nerfs and buffs that change from week to week.
I understand the impermanence of the beta, but there are certain things Blizz has said they’re definitely going to change, that have been around for four years and that they’ve seemingly never bothered to work with before. They’re doing a lot of fun things, like with hunter pets, but I can’t seem to look at WotLK with hope or excitement.
Perhaps some of it is the impermanence. I can’t get interested in anything that I know might be gone or changed or revamped or whatever in days or hours or minutes. Perhaps some of it is that it is possible my class (whichever class at that time I happen to be) could be much less important to the raids, and it’s a little hard to imagine that your niche is no longer your niche. Perhaps at the core of it, it’s just me lacking too much information.
In the end, I’m not sure if I’ll play Wrath. I have a copy on reserve, so I suppose we’ll see. Though, I wonder, besides myself and perhaps one or two people I’ve talked to, is anyone else kind of…ambivalent towards, or even not looking forward to Wrath?