Have you noticed:
LBRS/Scholomance/Stratholme/UBRS -> HFC/Auchindon/CFR/CoT/TK
T1 Molten Core -> T4 Karazhan/Gruul’s/Magtheridon
T2 Blackwing Lair -> T5 Serpentshrine Cavern/The Eye
T3 Naxxramas -> T6 Mt. Hyjal/Black Temple
And as sideshows:
T1+ Zul’Gurub -> T4+ Zul’Aman
T2+ Ahn’Qiraj -> T5+ Sunwell Plateau
Do you remember how much effort Blizzard put into Silithus and Ahn’Qiraj? And that lasted all of what? A few months? Does anyone even remember going there? Do half of you even know where it is or what the story was? What was the loot like? Garish, colorful, odd. What’s the loot like in Sunwell Plateau? From what I’ve seen at mmo.champion it’ll be garish, colorful, and odd.
“The bugs are coming. THE BUGS ARE COMING!! Oh, look, Outlands. Nevermind. I’m sooo out of here. Race you to 70.”
Who goes to Zul’Gurub unless it’s on some lark? You can get better level 62 greens real cheap on the Auction House that run rings around the epic drops in ZG.
Naxxramas. I’ve heard they’re just going to recycle it like some summer-time rerun. That’ll fly to a discerning Blizzard player, eh?
As soon as they offered 61-70, all the 60 content was punted like diseased gnomes and players raced to 70.
As soon as they offer 71-80, all the 70 content will be punted like diseased gnomes and players will race to 80. They will race to 80, race to max crafting levels, race to maximize gear/equipment/epeen. And two weeks later wonder to the rest of the world “Is that all there is? I’m so disappointed with Blizzard.”
Last expansion they offered a two part expansion. 1) Race to 70 in a new world, and 2) explore four brand-new zones in the old world, with a new race for each, from 1-20.
Is the next expansion going to offer similar two parts? 1) Race to 80 in new zones in the old world, and 2) some new PvP action? Siege engines, an entire PvP zone set in every world? (I don’t think 95% of the playerbase exploring Gnome Deathnights with pink pony tails should count as a “part”.)
And it’s just a shame about the Sunwell Plateau. Requiescat in pace. We hardly knew thee.