I stopped playing WoW actively a few months after Cataclysm because things just got stale. I did all of the 80-85 leveling content twice. The dungeons, in my opinion, are not really as good as the ICC ones for replayability and the raids never really grabbed hold of my interest like ICC’s — maybe because of the story. I made it a personal goal to check the game out again once they add more content and make things easier.
Why easier? It’s the same thing that happened around the time that ICC 5-mans came out. Once Blizzard made it so that gear was easy to get and doing just about anything was rewarding then it was more fun to log in and devote time. If I log in and spend a week and get nothing tangible to show for it, then I feel like I’m wasting my time in a game like WoW. WoW is all about the gear treadmill, but who would stay on that treadmill without ever seeing results?
The new ZG and ZA have been made into 5-man dungeons that give epic loot akin to the ICC 5′s. Awesome dungeons, great looking loot and great loot to get people into the raids easier. There’s also the update to the speed at which you gain Valor Points from dungeons. It’s no longer a heroic-a-day system. Instead, you can do up to 7 per week which means that if I miss a day I can make them up later in the week. This helps someone with a schedule like mine to not feel pressured — when I’m pressured by a game to log in I shut down and move on.
Look, I know I do not prefer the gear grinds and I know that WoW is still the same regardless of making loot easier to get. I know that I’m done with the raider mentality but if I’m going to be wasting my time in a gear grind game then it might as well be one where the epics come raining out of pinatas rather than a grind that requires a lot of time.
I’ll give it a try since my account was never canceled. Maybe it will be just like the resurgence I had from April-August last year. Those were some great times and heck, I have a few months to burn.