I haven't actually blogged a blogging blog in a while, so let me crack the ol knuckles and let's get this rolling.
31 point talent trees.
Where do we go from here?
Does anyone get the distinct impression that we're starting all over again, and that this feels way more "WoW 2.0: The Re-imagining" than "WoW 4.0: Expansion Pack Number Three"? Can you honestly believe that in order to start a new toon, and reach the endgame, you need to buy 4 boxes off the shelf, and the fourth box completely replaces the first box? Doesn't that seem a little silly? What happens to the guy that only owns vanilla WoW on the launch day of Cata? Is he phased into the ghetto of Ogrimmar? Do we phase him into a separate Trade channel, too, so we can't hear his pathetic whining and asking about where Thrall's throneroom is? Doesn't that friggin noob know Thrall died when Jaina put the Matrix in his chest and he was no longer Rodimus Prime, but reawoke as...
I mean, really. The most obnoxious part about all of this is not that we're going back to training-wheel talent trees, but that after we crap our pants with ZOMGCATA we pass back through the Dark Portal and are faced with the grim remembrance that Hellfire Peninsula is just the grind that leads to Zangarmarsh. And then (!), after you slug through the 'old again' content of BC and WotLK, you go 'back' to Cata to experience the endgame? Really?
Seriously, where do we go from here?
WoW 5.0: The Really Really Dark Portal that Leads to the Hecka Burning Crusade (this time it's personal, and this time you REALLY aren't prepared)?
WoW 6.0: Northrend 2.0?
Why not have a real Cataclysm, and just wipe servers? Or... not wipe servers, but just release a new client? You can continue to side grade and do ICC/LK hard modes, or start over, buy one box, start a new subscription (this time with all that RealID crap starting from the beginning, and not tacked onto the back of a 6 year old playerbase) and 'reimagine' WoW?
Would that be so bad?
...Where do we go from here?
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