The Daily Grind: Where do you go to get your World of Warcraft fix?

    
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Following last week’s nasty Blizzard Hong Kong mess, many players publicly stepped away from the studio and its games, in some cases deleting accounts entirely. This meant a lot of unscheduled ends to World of Warcraft runs, leaving a fresh pool of MMO refugees floating about looking for another game to fill that void.

Of course, it doesn’t take a controversy to send players on a journey from WoW to other MMOs; this sort of move happens all of the time, and when it does, one of the most commonly asked questions is what MMO would be the best substitute for Azeroth.

What say you? Where should you — or others — go to get a substitute World of Warcraft fix? Is it the PvE shores of Final Fantasy XIV? The insanely flexible Elder Scrolls Online? The relaunched ArcheAge? Or another MMO entirely?

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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Oleg Chebeneev

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sizer99

If you want something that plays really close to WoW, then there’s RIFT, LOTRO, or EQ2, or SWTOR. All the games from that generation had WoW’s now terribly boring combat.

But really, this is a fantastic opportunity to try out other good MMOs like Guild Wars 2 or Final Fantasy 14.

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Jack Pipsam

As tempted as I would be to go back to SWTOR, the lag is too high to bare in that game.
LOTRO or EQ2 might be an option though.

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Mordyjuice

World of Warcraft, if I want my GW2 fix I play GW2, and so on and so on.

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Sray

I saw a lot of new people on SWTOR’s starter and capital worlds this weekend. By the time I hit the third planet, the crowds had dissipated a bit, but probably more because I was leveling superfast (vet with lots of stuff here). I suspect a lot of the refugees are finding their way to F2P WoW clones, hoping for Blizzard to miraculously undo the glorious PR wreck that has been the last week.

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NeoWolf

ESO is where I get my fantasy fix these days its not ideal but it hits a lot of checkboxes for me regardless.

WoW is a fine game but it didn’t hold my interest for a cornucopia of reasons, to begin with, and in light of their recent antics I’m not likely to revisit it any time soon as their behaviour has been hugely disappointing and offensive of late. My integrity is not for sale ;)

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aussie_eevee

I go to World of Warcraft, naturally. It’s an amazing game backed by an amazing company. I will never leave.

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Bruno Brito

It’s an amazing game backed by an amazing company.

Some jokes write themselves.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I canceled my WoW sub. This just after I picked up BfA on sale. No tears on that. When it’s over, it’s over.

Although Diablo has always been my favorite Blizz title, I’ve played everything else in their library with varying degrees of interest. But Diablo was my home IP. And I’ll really miss it. Actually, I’ll miss hoping that D4 was going to prove me wrong.

My opinion about Diablo 3 (projected forward to Diablo 4) is that Blizzard Irvine has never made an RPG. They don’t know how. D3 proved this. The base game does have RPG elements, but they completely abandoned these with the introduction of rifts and seasons. The fact that the company has so little faith in what an RPG can deliver that they canceled the third expansion and pushed D3 into the Classic stable tells you a lot.

So I, fortunately, had no expectation that D4 would be a return to form or even a good game. I was hoping it would be and I’ll certainly miss making my own determination about whether it is or not. But no tears here, either.

SWTOR’s been doing a nice job of filling my open world questing needs. It’s been years since I played FFXIV and I might go back to that. There’s ESO which is always a good alternative.

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Andy McAdams

Dropped WoW, which kills me because I couldn’t wait for Vulpera as a playable race (turns out that in fact I could wait … and will continue to do so). I’m still putzing occasionally in FFXIV, but re-picked up ESO.

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Schmidt.Capela

I had uninstalled the Blizzard launcher long before this; there’s no Blizzard game new enough to require it that I can stand playing.

I can’t stand WoW due to how much it focuses on raiding, in particular after LFR. Also, WoW has one of the most boring “fast travel” schemes ever in their taxi system, and to make things worse they lock the one thing that could allow players to bypass the taxi system — flight — behind some of the most boring and inane grinds the game has to offer.

I can’t stand Heartstone because I utterly hate the idea of opening lootboxes, and the booster packs that are the backbone of progression in that game are effectively lootboxes. I hate them so much that even opening lootboxes obtained for free, or that can’t even be obtained with real money, makes me feel bad.

I can’t stand Heroes of the Storm because I can’t stand playing MOBAs, though if I was to play a single MOBA there’s a good chance it would be HotS.

I can’t stand Diablo 3 because, despite liking the underlying game and many of the changes since D2 (I love being able to respec on the fly), Blizzard decided to focus on temporary content (the “seasons”), with unique rewards usable in the wider game and not obtainable in any other way. I utterly hate time-limited content or rewards, so I actually left the game over it offering exclusive rewards for participating in the seasons.

I can’t stand Starcraft II due to the always online requirement even for playing single-player, so I just watched the story on Youtube and play the original for my Starcraft fix (the non-remastered version, as I don’t want to have to install the launcher to play).

Overwatch… Well, I could play it, looks like a fun enough lobby shooter. But I’m of the opinion that adding lootboxes to a buy-to-play game is unethical, something only a person greedy to the point of being obnoxious would do. Besides, even if you disregard the lootboxes, I don’t think a lobby shooter that doesn’t even have a permanent single-player mode worth the asking price.