World of Warcraft hotfixes include an account-wide Argus unlock

    
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Evil Planet Land!

How many alts do you have on World of Warcraft? Be honest, we won’t judge you (and can’t hear you anyway). Because unless the number is “zero” you probably have already had enough of unlocking Argus on each and every alt you want to bring in there. Good news, though; the latest round of hotfixes makes Argus an account-wide unlock as you complete the story chapters in the region.

The net result is that your extra characters will be able to jump in and go (assuming they meet the usual requirements) rather than sitting through the same story you’ve already seen before. The patch also includes PvP balance changes and a handful of bug fixes, so that should affect your play experience, but really it’s all about bringing your alts to Argus for that sweet Burning Legion experience. (By experience, we of course are referring to the experience, not actual experience points. You should not be leveling up in Argus.)

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birini

I saw this and assumed they were having some major MAU problems a month into Argus. Head over to warcraftrealms (the best we have now that Blizzard has stopped reporting subscriber numbers) and see that the post-Argus bump has completely evaporated.

I think the next expansion is going to be telling. I believe a lot of people came back for this because (a) Illidan and (b) the belief Blizzard learned from the WoD screw ups. If people were disappointed in the latter assumption, they may well not buy the next expansion.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Demon Hunter class was a big pull as well, I think, even though I don’t think they play very well. They did themselves no favors with some of Legion’s design, including the whole flying BS and gating every aspect of progression with dungeons and raids. Some of their decisions were just pointy head stuff, like putting the Obliterum Forge in a FFA PvP zone, as though there was nothing special about that, only to move it out again.

It seemed from the pre-release PR that they did learn some things from WoD, but Legion simply affirmed the direction they want to take the game in, which for a casual solo like me makes the next expansion a very iffy buy.

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Briar Grey

Their problem seems to be that they are in stuck in a “throw everything out every expansion and make everyone start from scratch” loop, and finally people are getting fed up with it. I want it to BUILD on what I’m doing not make me spend 18 months building up a weapon to have a new expansion be all “sorry, that weapon is done now even if that’s been a huge focus.” Build up a farm, a garrison, whatever to just have it be completely irrelevant.

Not to mention they totally ignore what a lot of people want (player housing).

I’m torn – WoW is my go-to MMO but between Draenor and now Legion, I’m about bored out of my mind with the repetition of things that I know are just going to be thrown out with the bathwater next round.

I’d rather have some sort of centralized “home” where I do things like build up garrison-like resources, the pandaria farm, and stuff that I can keep coming back to that’s pertinent and built upon by each additional expansion. And if you’re going to give me some “uber special” sort of weapon, then you probably need to make that one be “the one” that you stick with.

Plus, be more alt-friendly, ffs. I may not play alts, but I sleep with someone who is a professional altoholic, and it takes its toll when the repetition is SO bad, and just keeps getting worse.

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birini

I haven’t played since very early WoD (like 2 weeks). I don’t see myself ever going back but I think you have some good insights. It’s become largely about raiding which just doesn’t appeal to me as much as it used to. Waiting to see if any of the indie games do it for me. Pantheon and AoC intrigue me but I’m not getting my hopes up.

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ceder

This expansion killed most of the guilds I used to play in. It killed my interest and enjoyment of playing with alts, and it pretty much killed my interest in the game other than perhaps some future 1 month back to feel some nostalgia.

When coupled with the fact that Wow is bleeding devs from the project every few months almost like clockwork, I think there’s very little to compel myself think the game is in a good place or will ever return to a good place.

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Utakata

I’ve made all Vindicaar ships turn *yellow on all my toons save for one Gnome! So this change is a but pointless for me. :)

*Note: I preferred the said ship to have remained pink though. :(

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Nathan Aldana

yeah, unfortunately story is the only part of argus that I found interesting’

Luckily I finished it and can now ignore argus altogether.

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Eliandal

Well…would have been of interest, if I wasn’t already so sick of trying to get alts through the story PREVIOUS to Argus (having 10 main alts – man that sounds funny ;P – it’s just too much repetition for me) I know things are changing, and good for them, but it was still too late for me. For the first time, I won’t have an AOTC achievement, and honestly, I’m not that concerned!

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Armsbend

“it’s just too much repetition for me”

Then simply stop doing it.

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rafterman

I’m pretty sure he said that he did.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I think they miscalculated on how much people play alts and how they play them. There’s probably two ways to play alts. 1) leveling a main through an expansion then going to alts and leveling them one at a time (which is what Blizzard WANTED you to do); and 2) level a main through some content, then push up the others so that everyone’s more or less doing the same content at the same time (definitely not what Blizzard wanted you to do).

I quit WoW about a month after Legion launched because I need viable alts in my MMOs, otherwise I get bored. Now that several things have been altered to suit me (the Obliterum Forge moved out of the Underbelly; alts being giving significant APs at level 110, and required dungeons available on normal LFG), I’m back at it.

Argus was a big yawn. I did part of the opening story and then asked myself why? Why even do this? Basically a repetition of what we just did on Broken Shores.

WoW really needs to update its QoL in some areas. When I switch from LOTRO to WoW I’m always amazed that I have to dismount to interact with objects, that there’s no AoE looting or that there’s no auto looting. This just doesn’t make sense in today’s gaming environment. If LOTRO can do this stuff, WoW can too.