The Daily Grind: So, were you pleased with BlizzCon 2019?

    
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This isn't it.

Folks, I’m writing this from the distant past and you’re reading it now. I’m writing for the future. So as I type this, I don’t know for sure what happened at BlizzCon 2019. But you know all about the big announcements, like World of Warcraft Shadowlands, Diablo 4, and Overwatch 2!

Here’s the thing, though… there’s more to this particular event than just the announcements. We all knew that this particular event was going to be as much about convincing people to like Blizzard again as it would be about any given announcement. So now that the event is over and you can look back on the whole thing… were you pleased with BlizzCon 2019? How do you feel in the wake of what was shared? Do you feel better or worse about Blizzard itself now?

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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Rodrigo Dias Costa

Not pleased at all. Their games are professionally made and the cinematics are top notch, but their decisions as a company are the true decision factor for me opening my wallet.
Their response on this Con (fitting for more than one reason) was really bad.

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Teh Beardling

This is the first year in idk how long i didn’t actually watch blizzcon as it happened. Theres just nothing blizz has that excites me anymore. Bad decision after bad decision has driven me from every ip they own. I was hopeful that the wow announcements would pump some life into my heart after the dumpster fire thats bfa but it just didnt. I felt like legion was steps in the right direction with the focus on specs and customization to have a deeper rpg feel but that was tossed out the window for bfa. Now they are backing off spec identity to go to class identity which is lame and robs you of feeling your character is unique. The new abilities that i saw did not excite me in the slightest and having them tied to a faction gives me no confidence they will stay past the expansion is over so why bother. (Seriously, i will never move past how badly the transition from artifacts was handled legion->bfa) in the end i was still left feeling cold to wow and sad that the special place it held in my heart for 14 years had vanished, likely never to return at this rate.

/rant over.

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Nate Woodard

I don’t know what happened and I don’t even know when it happened, but somewhere along the way, post Legion, WoW stopped being my go-to game with qualms and has become an uninstalled game for the extra hard drive space. Maybe it was all the loose ends tied up finally, maybe it was how they completely butchered what it meant to be the horde and the alliance. I don’t know.

Seems to me as though they are moving forward with a pseudo jedi vs sith Light side vs Dark side and changing factions up that way. I just don’t know anymore. What happens when WoW isn’t the WoW you knew and you don’t necessarily like the direction they are taking with it? Also, I cannot stress how much I loved Legion for it’s class story and the linear progression with artifacts and how those artifacts actually gave you new abilities.

At first I thought that this could be a new way to level. Now, I’m not so sure, but it’s certainly something else to do. I don’t know. I guess I’ve finally grown up and decided to move on?!?! I don’t know. It’s just not the same anymore. Heh.

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Nate Woodard

I literally said I don’t know four or five times. That’s how much I can’t put my finger on why I’m not playing nor was I very excited about Shadowlands.

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Christmas Dog

Very happy with the direction WoW and Shadowlands is taking. While I still stand by my initial criticism of no new class, race, or spec being a bit lame, the rest is really fantastic looking. My major complaint in BfA, the sheer amount of RNG making gearing be frustrating rather than fun, is being directly addressed so I’m overall quite happy about that. Ditching the AP grind, adding more solo content, and walking back some of the pruning changes (seriously, you have no idea how excited I am about my sub rogue getting her poisons back!) are really, really positive things that have me interested.

Sure, some are going to argue that these changes shouldn’t have ever been made in the first place and I’m getting excited about being given things that were taken away, and I do agree with that sentiment, but I’m still overall quite happy with the fact that they are stepping down from their less than fantastic direction BfA took.

Very pleased with the look of D4. Of course, it will be a while before release, so I can’t make any judgements yet, but it looks overall positive. Much more interested in D4 than I was D3.

Overwatch 2 seems cool. I don’t know if I’d spend the money to actually play it, but I strongly prefer PvE over PvP so it’s a good direction to take in my opinion.

Don’t care at all about HotS or Hearthstone so can’t comment on those.

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EmberStar

To answer the question in the header: I didn’t even notice Blizzcon. I’m no longer a customer of Blizzard or Activision, so I don’t really care what they do anymore. Blizzard lost me as a Warcraft player when they first attempted RealID. (Don’t know, don’t care if they changed direction on that.) I deleted the rest of my Blizzard stuff when I went to launch Starcraft 2 so I could mess around against the AI as Zerg and the launcher demanded I pick a Battle.tag. “Yeah, not going to happen. I’m out.”

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Jokerchyld

I was pleased overall with the direction of WoW. I think they are on the right trajectory when BFA made me stop playing because it just wasnt fun.

Class stuff comes back. Story based questing. Less RNG. More solo stuff to do at max level. Potential fun leveling alts.

Thats enough to occupy my time and keep me content.

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Carebear

new expansions seem more of the same… mythic plus(rush dungeon mentality against a timer), weekly chest, raid, world quests, pathfinder for flying. Nothing new really, except the copy/paste from FFXIV for the tower (Deep Dungeon, Heaven on High).

Should I celebrate because profession items will not be random now? when in reality professions need huge overhaul to be worthy? or because I will chose between 3 items in weekly chest when I do not like mythic plus dungeons to begin with? So that was the problem of BFA and retail wow in general?

The only thing that got me a bit hyped was the new customization options for races, but I cant tell before I see them.

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Jokerchyld

Curious. What are you expecting from WoW?

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Bruno Brito

Consistency and a world to immerse into.

You know, MMO things.

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Jokerchyld

That’s funny. I have seen WoW offer that since Wrath. It’s a different game now. I play wow now as an Arcade RPG versus a real RPG. A bunch of stuff to run through with serviceable story with a bunch of rides at endgame to challenge your build. Only for something different to appear in the next expansion.

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Mordyjuice

Yes I guess, I mean Shadowlands is basically going to be more of the same with a different kind of grind, but that’s MMOs as there is always something to grind.

Diablo 4 is years away so once the excitement wore off the realization of the wait kicked in.

Positive reaction followed by an ambivalent hangover (is the the right word for it?).

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Sorenthaz

Overall I’m feeling positive at least, but I don’t know how long that will last with Blizzard. Basically it’s another “we’ll see” thing. The announcements were good, cinematics were great as always, the apology was about as good as it realistically could’ve been, and they did allow folks to protest Hong Kong/etc. at the event. So props to them. I guess my outlook is hopeful and we’ll see where things go from this event.

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G0dl355

Tepid about Diablo 4. From what I gathered, its a mix of all 3 previous games. Artstyle/vibe from 1, systems from 2, combat from 3.

I’m concerned about D4’s monetization. D3 sold a playable class individually for 15 dollars and i wonder if thats why they only showed 3 classes at event. Are the rest locked behind a paywall?

If they do indeed to sell classes piecemeal it could catch on, remember, other gaming companies look to Blizzard to see what they can get away with in their own games ( sparkle pony ).