A lot of us here like the Burning Crusade expansion a lot, perhaps even the most out of all the iterations WoW has had. WoW Insider's Grandpappy Frostheim has a different opinion on that and he's not afraid to share it, and while part of his assessment is focused on Hunters in particular he's decided that BC wasn't all that great. In case you didn't know, Frostheim is not only a writer over at WoW Insider - he is also the owner of the popular Warcraft Hunters Union blog. His contributions to the community even earned him his own item in the game: Recovered Cloak of Frostheim, which drops from the second tribute chest in Zul'Aman.
So let's see what exactly he's playing at here with some excerpts and definitely go check out the full thing, then come back here and let's see if we can show him the error of his ways!
There is a small vocal group of WoW players who feel that Burning Crusade was the pinnacle of the WoW experience, an unparallelled beauty of game design, and that life has gotten progressively worse ever since. Those players are starting to piss me off.
The reason they like BC so much is the same reason most players like an expansion more than all the rest: because that's when they started playing. Vanilla players like to talk about how hard yet awesome life was in our day and Wrath newbies (who, appallingly, are old timers themselves now) like to talk about how the game has only gone downhill since their time.
All of us old timers have one thing in common: we look at our glory days of exploring WoW for the very first time through rose-tinted glasses, remembering all the great stuff and glossing over just how bad the bad stuff was. But these BC lovers have crossed the line into being just plain daft, and trying to claim the exact opposite of how things really were.
Because really, BC sucked.
And speaking of Karazahn, let's talk about that raid for a moment. To be sure, Kara was a beautifully designed raid zone, complete with an awesome smiley face underneath. But it was also a 10-man raid in a 25-man raiding world, that forced an artificial bottleneck to raid progression that trashed raid teams left and right and forced you to continue raiding the place two years after there wasn't a single damned thing you wanted from it.
And let's talk about those 25-man raids too. Some of those BC-lovers like to preach the glory of the 25-man raid team and how horrible it is that 10-mans now dominate. They want better incentives for 25-man raiding because, of course, most of the players would rather raid as 10-man and they're clearly wrong so we have to bribe them to get them to play in a way they'd rather not. And after all, 25-mans are cooler and more epic feeling.
You wanna talk cooler and more epic? Back in my day we had 40-man raids, and that's just the way it was. You want to raid, you better damned well have 39 friends willing and able to all be free at the same time. Your 25-man raids are pathetic little dungeon runs compared to the epicness of 40 people fighting together as a single organized unit. And you know what else? The BC switch to 25-mans butchered every single vanilla raid guild. And do you hear us complaining, other than right now as you're reading this? No. Because we were men back then, with great enormous titan-sized balls instead of welfare epics. I'm not trying to be sexist either -- we had women raiders too, but they were also men, with even bigger balls, given the crap they had to put up with.
And you know what else, it's good that they destroyed 99% of all vanilla raid teams by reducing the raid size, because more people raided in BC than in vanilla (a trend that has continued every single expansion since) because that's what the majority of players wanted. So before you complain about the oafs killing your beautiful BC raid format, keep in mind that's just what you youngsters did to ours.
That's right, I called you a youngster. Because you've got no idea what life was like in my day, just like the kids today don't know what it was like in yours.
Take any new WoW player and transport him to your day in BC or mine in vanilla, and I promise you that he would hate it. He would tell you that it sucks! Because it does suck.
And that's just how the game goes.
I've talked before about how the game is demonstrably not being dumbed down. It's also important to remember that one of the reasons those far distant expansions seemed so great is because it's when you first really got into WoW, and you're remembering not just what happened, but how you felt about it. Your remember the joy of your first raids and first set gear and you're not remembering the godawful attunements and horribly imbalanced class issues and heinous bugs: all of which were far, far worse back then.
It's okay to kick back and bask in the memories of the good ol' days. Those whippersnappers today don't know how good they have it, and they needed to be reminded now and again. Just don't sink so far into those memories that you start to confuse feelings for facts.