World of Warcraft’s Visions of N’Zoth is kind of a ‘horrific’ mess – where’s the old ‘Blizzard Polish’?

    
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One popular World of Warcraft YouTuber is calling this past week’s Visions of N’Zoth Blizzard’s “buggiest patch ever” as a result of the WoW dev team being rushed, understaffed, and behind schedule. Similar sentiments are rippling and rolling across the game community as players bemoan a poorly tested content drop.

For example, the revamped auction house is now just up and misplacing items that players post for sale (Blizzard claims that this is a mail issue, not an auction house one, by the way). That’s a problem for the game’s economy, to put it mildly. Another big issue is the inability to finish some of the new horrific visions due to game-breaking bugs.

And while some players are praising the “horrific visions” of classic locations and zone events, many others are criticizing the overly onerous rep grinds, competitive quest objectives, general alt unfriendliness, and barrage of daily quests that seem to make up most of Patch 8.3. It might be a good idea to give this patch some space until Blizzard gets on top of these problems. Here’s one YouTuber’s take on the situation:

Source: Official forums, Reddit, #2, #3, #4. Thanks Mordyjuice!

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MightyForty77

The old Blizzard is long gone. And with it quality and polish, among other things.

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Alexus Yanova

Blizzard polish? As far as I know Blizzard always had bugs in every patch for WoW ;-)

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Robert Andle

I don’t know if it counts as worst patch ever – the selfie cam patch is pretty hard to beat – but it’s sure giving it a good go. I logged in on patch day, almost died of boredom doing one loooooooooooooong quest with Magni, got hit with some of the most tedious quests I’ve ever seen… and just gave up. Blizzard would have been better off just skipping 8.3 altogether and going straight ahead with SL. Which might also be naff but it’s hard to imagine it being worse than this.

On the other hand, Classic is still bags of fun to play.

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Dobablo

It gets better later. There is a lot of variability in the invasions and there is some decent content hidden in the leaps into Ny’alotha. Unfortunately the introduction chain takes quite a long time to complete (a lot of which is travel time) so people die of boredom before they see the new stuff. It couples badly with the slow rare spawns (which has been buffed fixed now), some buggy content, and some encounters that are not bugged but feel as though they are because it is not entirely obvious what to do.

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Lily Cheng

Soo… are there still people out there that wonder why WoW classic is a thing and why it’s become popular…? Because this is where the old blizzard is.

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Nathan Aldana

Not really. because 8.3’s daily quests and the slow rep grinds and the pittance rewards resemble classic and nobody likes those dailies.

some people wanted classic because they wanted the grind and misery of an oldschool mmo, a lot of us playing retail /dont/ want that but we’re not being given a choice.

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Alexus Yanova

WoW Classic? You mean the game where most of my guild already quit ‘cuz they got bored of competing with bots in AV or doing the pointless world PvP where you crash the whole layer if you attempt to raid Org as a big Alliance group? ;-)

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Cymek

Damn. And here I was hoping Blizz was going to give me a reason to go back to retail. Guess it’s Classic for the foreseeable future.

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Bob Khan

Looks like the soul of WoW has finally left Blizzard. Here’s hoping that Rob Pardo is able to recapture that kind of magic with his new studio.

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Bruno Saraiva

The old blizzard polish died with Arthas above icecrown

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Connor

Blizzard polish was laid off so Activision could report even bigger quarterly profits. It’s now working at Square Enix on Final Fantasy XIV.

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Steve Fury

I resubbed for 8.3 a immediately regretted it. Maybe its burn out but the game has lost its soul. Sure you get the cool cinematics but the gameplay loop is designed for addicts..not gamers.

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Blizzard can’t even figure out how to keep a simple game like Overwatch popular or attract more casual players to it so the casual players would spend more on cosmetic items (a hint for attracting casual players: allow game modes with large amount of players per team where nobody would bother to complain that you play specific hero, which is worked well for Team Fortress 2, the most relaxing multiplayer FPS game I have ever enjoyed when playing on 32-player servers). A lot of players who have played it competitively or even streamed it every day have quit doing that long time ago, from people like A_Seagull (former professional e-sports OW player) who is now a variety streamer on Twitch to Moonmoon_ow (a very popular casual Overwatch streamer who used to stream it every day) who now streams variety of other games instead. And just look at what happened to Hearthstone. You expect Blizzard to figure out more complicated game like WoW? ;-)

Sure there will always be fanatics who enjoy playing Blizzard games but let’s face it – their popularity will keep decreasing and Blizzard is incapable of doing anything truly interesting for majority of gamers anymore.