Does it all go downhill from here?

Last week Blizzard released a bunch of information about WotLK. Lots of people have commented on that, so I will pass.

However, this does make me think of late 2006 when Burning Crusade information was coming out.

At that time I was in the same casual guild that I am in now. We were late getting to the raiding party then, as we are again now. The decision was made that we should try a 40-man raid. We all went and got attuned for Molten Core, set a raid date and… never went in. Blizzard released info about Burning Crusade just as we were ready to pursue raiding.  Once it was obvious that expansion was going to be a gear reset, a lot of folks lost interest in raiding. There were some that still wanted to play for the experience rather than the gear, but not enough to make a raid.

Will that happen now? I have been in exactly two 25-man raids, and suddenly WotLK info hits the internet. Will raiders stop raiding? Once a release date is announced, will everyone just farm gold and level tradeskills in anticipation of the expansion? I hope not.


4 Responses to “Does it all go downhill from here?”

  1. May 13, 2008 at 8:28 am

    I think that the gear reset thing is really highly overhyped. Some of the older weapons for example are still pretty good, so I really doubt that the Northrend greens will be that much better than the T4/T5 purples. Maybe if you were still in your lvl 70 quest blues, then yes, you would change it all to first greens that come by, but for the raider his epics just mean quicker levelling in the new zones.

    In time you will probably get it all replaced, yes – for good blues and new epics.

    And of course there is another thing: raiding is *so* much better and funnier time-sink than endless, boring farming.

  2. 2 Rochmoninoff
    May 13, 2008 at 11:48 am

    In addition to what Saithir said,
    Isn’t it more epic that your guild completes the raid content now while it’s challenging than later when it’s just rofl-raid?

  3. May 13, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Yea, that too – and as I read that they’re planning to disable the ZA bear mount drop (and probably the attunement titles too), there still is a lot of achievements to do before the expansion. So no reason to stop raiding, right?


  4. May 13, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    You’re preaching to the choir here… I want to raid right up to the day the expansion is released. I know from past experience that there are players who raid for fun, and players who raid for gear. If your guild has both, the ones who raid for gear will lose interest when the expansion gets close.

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