Thursday, April 7, 2011
Everyone Remember These Shoulders?
Unless yer luckies enough ta play in a totally Horde-dominatified serververse, I bet ya does. They was the Alliance plate T9s, and after patch 3.3 landed they was bein' worn by approximatelies 723% of the peoples runnin' around Dalaran. Why 3.3, when they'd been introduced in 3.2? Because 3.3 were the patch that Blizz through out the crappy, seldom-used "Lookin' Fer Groupies" and replaced it with no-muss no-fuss "Dungeon Finder".
Let's think about that fer a second.
DF appeared right at the same time when the emblems were changed, making iLevel 232 gear the cheapest ya could buy. Yeah, the vendors still had some 200 and 213 and 226 gear, but the sets was incomplete and they actually cost more. So now ya had a situation where everybodies could get inta heroic dungeons easy, everybodies wanted ta get inta heroic dungeons, and high level raid gear was cheap as dirt. What happened? That's right.
Everyone wanted T9, everyone got T9, and heroic bossess went down fasters than Booty Bay whoores. Didn't matter what ya was with four total randoms, many of whom didn't know what a threat table were or what them lucky charms over the trash's heads meant - as long as folks was sportin' T9, ya overpowered everything. Whether ya liked it this way or not, it were the reality.
Now, though, reality be different. Dungeons is longer, fights is complicateder, and nobody - 100% nobody - is so geared up what they can roflstomp like they could a year ago. We ain't in the magic land of 3.3 no mores. So, runs take longer, groups cycle through less frequentlies, mistakes and ignorance hurt, and a lotta folks is saying "I don't wanna pug - I'll stick with the buggers I know." So queue times, if yer a poor dps on his own, is longer.
Blizz done announced just now "Call Ta Arms", ta try ta get more folks ta queue up as tanks all by theyselves. Throwin' a bag of gold at'em, with a gem inside too, maybe a pet, maybe maybe a mount. They's tryin' fer ta bring queue times back down ta what they was. Truth is, though, no amount of bribin' done gonna bring back 3.3. Not untils 4.3, anyhow. They could send Marilyn Monroe ta tanks' houses fer ta give thems a jolly, or whatever the eqivalent'd be fer wimmenz tanks, and it still wouldn't be enough of a bribe fer ta make us forgets what these days mistakes and ignorance hurt, and most days it just ain't worth it so we'll just run with our guildies thankee very much.
Is me opinion. 'Course, I's just a simple orc from Durotar, so mebbe I's wrong. Mebbe folks is still wantin' Anzu enough what this'll temptify them and queue times'll drop ta twenty seconds fer everyone. But I ain't countin' any chickens 'til they done crossed the road.