Absorbing (39) changes in World of Warcraft’s pre-Legion patch

The hot topic in the WoW community these days is the coming (…soonish? Augustish?) of the 7.0 pre-Legion patch. I always felt that these pre-expansion patches kind of robbed the expansion launch day of half of the featured goodies and half of the fun, but I see why they do it.

It won’t be a whole new game, of course, but 7.0 will be a significant game-changer to the current rut that players have been in. I liked this video for listing 39 important changes coming with this patch:

Of greatest interest to me is the class overhauls and the new transmog system, while I will kind of mourn the general gold nerfing to garrisons. I know, I know, it’s what “everybody” wants, but I’m still relatively new to the whole garrison thing and it kind of stinks that I’ve just now gotten it up to speed in making me a little bit of money in time for it to be nuked. Plus, it certainly robs some of the enjoyment out of building up a garrison when Blizzard makes it blatantly known that it should be forever abandoned once Legion arrives.

Man it irks me when devs roll out some high-profile feature only to completely abandon it later on. I don’t really know how I feel about class order halls yet.

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8 thoughts on “Absorbing (39) changes in World of Warcraft’s pre-Legion patch

  1. Tesh June 20, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    Agreed. Abandoning garrisons is Bad Design, I think. Blizzard’s obsession with making only the latest content interesting is unhealthy. Cataclysm was, I think, one of the best things they did for the game, by letting the whole world be interesting again for a bit.

  2. Atheren June 20, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    Not a fan of the Class Order Halls, though the Hunter one has a better “feel” to it than the Demon Hunter Hall. They don’t feel immersive, or like my character has a home in the world, the missions just feel blah grindy.

  3. jameshateswordpress June 20, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    Yup.

    Couldn’t agree more.

    I spent so much time farming in Pandaria. Couldn’t believe that they abandoned it when the WOD was released, so I quit after a month. Probably be the same with Legion.

    But the pre-launch quests are always fun. The Troll quests before Cataclysm were great

  4. Tyler F.M. Edwards June 20, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    I sure didn’t want garrison gold nerfed. It seems terribly wasteful to me for Blizzard to simply abandon garrisons when they could be iterated on and improved. This trend of building huge, ambitious new features and then abandoned them next expansion is very worrying.

  5. Azuriel June 20, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    I guess I’ll be the only (?) dissenter here and say that I’m glad Garrisons are getting nuked, just like all the past features. Not only were Garrisons terrible design for WoW – pushing people into personal instances to click on UI features rather than pressing buttons in the world – but keeping them would be madness. Do people really want to spend ever-increasing amounts of time on idle maintenance? You know, like cycling through 10 alt Garrisons, then all of their Farms, all the way back to Argent Tournament and Sketties dailies? No thanks.

  6. Wilhelm Arcturus June 20, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    I am glad to see the end of the level 40 armor type change. No longer will plate wearers be dressed in mail until the big switch at 40, and likewise mail wearers in leather. That was annoying back when there were only 60 levels. Of course, with people spend so little time from going 1-40 these days that the change feels like it is about a decade late.

    Also happy to have all those tabards in my bank being absorbed into the wardrobe. Same with more things becoming toys. More space freed up!

    The end of gold missions for garrisons is the end of garrisons for most people. Since I am not fond of missions in garrisons, removing the one reason for me to keep running them is fine by me. Blizz always nerfs gold earning right before a new expansion hits. I miss all that sweet gold I was rolling in doing MOP dailies, but that was then, this is now.

  7. Telwyn June 20, 2016 / 5:53 pm

    I’m over Blizzard’s “redo all the things every expansion” mentality thesedays, so much dev time wasted on chasing some idealised concept…

    When I think of the wasted potential of the farm and the garrison (not the reality, the potential), I’m left with feeling I should be playing more EQ2 or Wildstar – games that did housing right without the throwaway nonsense.

    I’ll play Legion for sure on a WoW token or two but the days of me auto-subbing for a new WoW expansion are gone I fear.

  8. tithian June 21, 2016 / 4:50 am

    “Agreed. Abandoning garrisons is Bad Design, I think. Blizzard’s obsession with making only the latest content interesting is unhealthy. Cataclysm was, I think, one of the best things they did for the game, by letting the whole world be interesting again for a bit.”

    Severe case of Stockholm Syndrome? ( I kid, I kid)

    If I were to look back to make a list on what ruined WoW for me, Garrisons and Cataclysm would most likely be my #1 and #2 respectively.

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