Everyone has kept asking me if I’m coming back for Cataclysm. Up until this recent week I wasn’t 100% sure I wasn’t coming back (who’s to say I’m 100% sure now). Blizzard has been announcing major changes to the game in my opinion, fundamentally changing the way you play it.
First we take a look at the raiding changes.
The first of the refinements being made is that we’re combining all raid sizes and difficulties into a single lockout.
Both 10 and 25man raids will now be on the same lockout, with the same difficulty, with the same loot. That means the 4 hrs you do for 10man and the 8 hrs you do for 25man is being reduced (assuming you don’t just fill those nights with more of the 25man or 10man).
At first this led me to the general assumption that Blizzard is trying to get you to not login as much. Take a break, a breather from the game ya know. Maybe Blizzard is trying to get you to not be addicted to their game like a crack whore with an infinite supply. Lets take a quick look back though.
You remember how awesome it was when you could send those heirlooms to your alts and level them? How much more time did you spend playing the game? Then they made it so that you could send them across faction! A whole new game opened up. People were playing with their friends on a different faction but not being so horribly geared that they quit. This was a stealth injection of crack, straight into your brain.
Blizzard just announced the way badges will be working in Cataclysm.
Hero Points — Low-tier, easier-to-get PVE points. Maximum cap to how many you can own, but no cap to how quickly you can earn them. Earned from most dungeons. (most like the current Emblem of Triumph)
Valor Points — High-tier, harder-to-get PvE points. Maximum cap to how many you can own, as well as a cap to how many you can earn per week. Earned from Dungeon Finder daily Heroic and from raids. (most like the current Emblem of Frost)
This system sounds like a good change, I kind of like it. Again, it looks like Blizzard is trying to get you to logoff and go enjoy the sunshine. They are capping the amount of Valor points you can get so that you aren’t logging in to do countless daily dungeons and raiding. Sounds good right?
Its a devious plan, it truely is. Don’t you see it? Blizzard is looking all puppy eyed like they care and want us to log off…
…but really… they want us to play our alts more!
Not only can you get them to 80 extremely easy before this xpac (and mostly likely easier after the streamlining of the lower tiers) but your mains will be capped on just how much they can do each week. This opens the door to work on your alt(s). You think I have some free time, I’ll just get a few badges on this toon. Ya know… I don’t have to raid as much on my main, maybe I can take my new 80 to some raids. Before you know it your life is gone, your living in a Burger King restroom leeching the WiFi.
That’s right everyone. Blizzard doesn’t care about your IRL.
They own you.