The Daily Grind: What would it take to get you back into WoW?

This week, I found myself discussing with MOP’s Justin and Eliot my current disillusionment with World of Warcraft, specifically for its allied races. I’m happy for people in love with Allied races, but they do nothing for me. It would take world and class updates to get me to go back to WoW and go through the effort of catching up. Without that? It’s time I could be spending in one of my “home” MMOs, so there I stay.

But dang. If WoW added bards? Dual-classing? A crafting system that actually cared about crafters? A more (as Eliot put it) open class structure in general? Real housing? They’d already have my resub, and I’d be right next to Justin grinding gold for tokens.

What would it take to get you back into WoW? Did allied races do it for you? Are you holding out for legacy? Or is there nothing at all?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Rolan Storm

On ‘dual-classing’ I spaced out a bit with silent ‘oooooh’. I’d make a lot of fun with that option. You write the best stuff, I swear. The possibilities, the possssibilitieeeeesssss…

Time. I need more time. I missed MoP on purpose, but intended return to Warlords. So far did not happen.

P.S. Also – classic server. That will pull me back like they never pulled – even in ‘Godfather’.

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nobleeinherjar

Housing alone would get me to return to WoW. But just something to do besides combat would go a long way. Also since (from what I’ve read) soloing old raids isn’t entirely possible anymore, that’s just one more reason for me not to return. Seeing old content without having to be part of a raid group, being able to take my time and look around and soak in quest text and stuff was something I enjoyed a great deal.

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Sorrior Draconus

I heard they nerfed the loot drops but thought once 110 you could go ahead and farm em..just get crap all for items unless you used some tricks to remove personal loot

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Sally Bowls

soloing old raids isn’t entirely possible anymore,

There were some bugs for a week or two, but soloing old raids remains a design goal.

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nobleeinherjar

Oh cool. That’s good to hear. I actually forgot my stance on trying not to take early patch impressions to heart once they go live since huge patches are bound to have some bugs that need fixing.

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Nick Martin

I’ll take a different tact and explain why I just returned to WoW after taking a fairly decent break back to the initial release of Legion. It was before the announcement for the next expansion date, but after 7.3.5. That patch honestly doesn’t even do all that much for me, since my characters were all 100 or better.

I was looking at my time and what I wanted in a game, and ultimately what I had time for. Despite the flaws for WoW, there’s a lot that it does well. It’s got a direct business model (something rare for an Activision game), the content is repetitive at times but also gives you so much of it to do that you can mitigate it. It also manages to make the classes feel fairly distinct, which is something that’s gotten more rare lately.

More importantly, though, it’s a game I can pick up and put down as I need to. I have kids, including a 7-month-old trying to crawl his way into #$*&@ everything, so sometimes I don’t have a ton of time to either get ready for content or to just dedicate. They’ve tuned WoW to a certain style of play, to be certain, but it turns out to fit.

I’d looooooove some real crafting or housing or things like that in the game. But given that no other games out there are really scratching that itch either, I opted to go for what could fill my time and let me have fun in short bursts.

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Specus

I’m pretty sure I’m done with WoW. I’ve played through most of the story lines that held my attention long enough to finish them and have gotten far enough to be turned off by their PUGs during dungeon runs. At this point, Blizzard would have to do the same thing Square Enix did with FFXIV, throw out WoW in its current form, completely re-write it, and release WoW:A Realm Reborn.

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Kristian Leitzen

Absolutely nothing. The game always just built on what other games did. That’s why I play the other games.

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NeoWolf

I resubbed before Xmas I was having a great time, I was slowly going through content, taking in the new stuff, enjoying the lich king storyline and the Cataclysm etc.. I had a couple of characters high enough that theycould solo raid so I focused on that for a while to get some mounts and a bunch of transmog unlocks so my characters could finally look decent..yay.

Then they put scaling content in, and suddenly most of that was unavailable to me again..so the solo raiding ended, I went back to grinding content but it was much slower and discovered despite being over levelled for the zones I wqs in I was woefully undergeared.. got disenchanted but persevered.

They they announced Battle for Azeroth..initially I was excited, the Allied races appealed to me as an Alt-o-holic the prospect of more characters is like a red rag to a bull for me.. but then they presented the “what you need to do to unlock list”…and my anticipation turned into frustration as it meant a monumental amount of work I had still yet to do and the inclusion of rep grind requirements was just too much slap in the face. Paying for content I couldn’t access for months..yeah, no thanks.

Once my sub runs out this month I’ll let it lapse.. disappointed that it seems to be aimed at longterm players, whereas new or lapsed players are pretty much not considered for the new expansion at all.

So what could they do to make me resub.. re-think the unlock requirements, playing through the respective scenarios should in and of itself be enough I have no desire to grind World Quests for a mmonth or more in rep grinds ugh..the horror.

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Will Martin

wwoooooow you have to grind just to unlock the races? Maybe i need to go play a casual mmo then… oh wait…

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Erik Heinze-Milne

Wait… you have to unlock the new races? Well now I’m definitely not buying BfA. Fuck that shit to hell.

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Will Martin

i agree, not gonna pay 60$ for something i wont get until the next expac is announced

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NeoWolf

Sadly yes, you have to unlock a special quest achievement and have Exalted rep with a specific faction for each in order to unlock them.

As I said in my previous comment the expansion is pretty much aimed at people who have been playing all along not at those who are just starting or who have had lapses in their play.
For those people your looking at a month or two of rep grinding world quests from the previous expansion and thats IF they even have something high enough to do those quests to get those reps, which many won’t (and yes the expansion gives a free level up to 110..but that level skip does not work i so much as it assuming the character has done any content to get to that level so it has no reps whatsoever.

The requirements slap a whole lot of people in the face and will cost them a lot of sales they otherwise could have had. Like you I pretty much said forget that. :(

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Will Martin

same here

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Vigo Martel

I’d resubscribe tomorrow if Blizzard announced they where getting rid of the character models where they look like they are wearing colorful spandex. Update and add depth to the armor models and I’ll be hype for the game again.

That is probably the only thing that actually drove me away from the game, spray on armor.

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mosselyn

The only thing that would make me return is the return of the people I used to play with. People are what give a game longevity, for me.

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Deja Twixt

I think I am done with WoW. I played it from 2008 to Legion endgame. I had a good run with it but it is time to move on.

Plus, I am too invested in FFXIV. Been playing it since 1.0 and playing more than 1 MMO is time consuming enough. If anything I can dabble in both GW2 and ESO since there is no sub. But FFXIV is my future.

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hurbster

Cata made me leave and there has been nothing that is making me want to go back.