I know it seems a silly thing. That’s the whole idea of “straws”. But nerfing Findle’s Loot-A-Rang was the last one for me. Here was an item that was fun, had good utility, and was not game breaking in any way. Furthermore, NOBODY was complaining about it. And the World of Warcraft devs decided to restrict it to Draenor in the upcoming Legion expansion. For those who may not know, the Loot-A-Rang was a device that allowed looting at a distance. It also allowed looting mobs that embedded themselves in boulders or trees when they died, or fell halfway down cliffs with no ledges, or remained floating in the air, or in any of a number of circumstances where normal looting was difficult or impossible. It was fun and useful. It was the one item in addition to bags that I made sure all my alts had. And in Legion it will be restricted to the continent that I would like to forget even exists.
It’s no secret that I’ve been critical of the game for a while now, but I had always hoped things might turn around. I sat out the entire Pandaland expansion, but I was eager to come back for Warlords of Draenor. Even when WoD turned out to be the worst expansion of WoW to date, I retained hope that one day the game that I once loved might return.
But those hopes are now dashed. Starting with the whole flying debacle, one decision after another has made it clear that the current devs have taken an antagonistic attitude towards their players. They are deliberately making life as tedious and difficult as possible. Not only do they seem to be incapable of creating fun content, they are actually going out of their way to remove whatever fun manages to creep in despite them.
The return of the flying meta, mob level scaling, ability pruning, artifact power grinding, legendary grinding/farming, arbitrary restrictions to spec/talent changes in Legion. All seemed designed to make the game as tedious and time consuming as possible. And finally, instead of making the effort to create new fun things, they spent developer time to hunt down and nerf a cool and useful item for no good reason whatsoever.
With this seemingly trivial nerf, it became clear that things just aren’t going to get any better as long as the same people are making the decisions. As long as the current devs are in charge, nothing is going to change. So I’m done with WoW until they get some new lead devs. I’m not demanding that anyone be fired. I’m just saying that I don’t like the product the current developers are making, and I am not going to partake of it as long as the same people continue to make it. It was fun once, now it’s not, and it’s never going to be as long as the same crowd remains in charge.
Oh, and to preemptively address the usual comments:
1) I know I won’t be missed.
2) The door did not hit any part of my anatomy on the way out.
3) No, you will not see me in Legion.
4) No, you can’t have my gold or my stuff.