6.2.3 and my car is dying

I am writing this at my car dealership, using their iffy wi-fi while I wait to see how many things they can find wrong with my car. I have had it for 8 years, and I love driving it, but it is getting to the point where I really need to get rid of it — it is costing me more annually than a new one would. I don’t like the idea of a car payment again, but then I am not much in favor of paying out continually for a dying car either. Trouble is, I am not really in a position to buy a new car just now, so I will likely sell this one and drive my beat up old truck — which is still going strong at 200,000 miles — until I can afford something newer and hopefully better.

Which brings me to 6.2.3, the presumed final patch to WoD, going live today. I think it will have some interesting features, but I am not all that excited about it. I am thinking about it like I am thinking about my car — it’s a maintenance fix to an expansion that is on its last legs. Trouble is, we are not in a position to move to a new expansion yet, so we are stuck playing a beat up old expansion for a while.

I have already written about 6.2.3, and until I play it a little I don’t have much more to add. I still think the return to valor is flawed, since all you can do is upgrade gear, not buy it. For those of us no longer raiding with a regular team, or those who have really crappy luck with gear drops, what this means is that you can only upgrade your already crappy gear, kind of like putting lipstick on a pig. The patch does nothing to really improve gear (other than to give it a higher arbitrary number), or to give people an opportunity to get some pre-Legion gear for their alts.

And the moose? As I have already said, in my opinion, this is pretty much designed as a cash machine and gold transfer — take gold out of the hands of casual players and give it to raiding guilds selling heroic Archie carries. In the process, possibly get said casual players to hand over real cash to Blizz to buy tokens and sell for enough gold to buy a carry.

I am not really against this patch, I just think we are paying for an old clunker of a car, trying to stretch out the time until we can afford a new one. There will undoubtedly be some fun driving moments — the new Timewalker dungeons, maybe some decent Mythic gear — but overall we are sinking resources into something destined for the junk yard.

Short post today, my “service rep” is approaching, his shoes making little “ka-ching” sounds with every step he takes, so I will wrap this up in order to pay close attention to the bad news, and hopefully have a few nice things to say tomorrow after playing 6.2.3 tonight.

About Fiannor
I have a day job but escape by playing WoW. I love playing a hunter, and my Lake Wobegonian goal is to become "above average" at it.

4 Responses to 6.2.3 and my car is dying

  1. Casually Odd says:

    I have been very busy and absent lately but still read. Hoping to get back to writing myself soon. Just dropping a line to say best of luck on real-life chaos with the car.

  2. Grumsta says:

    I’m looking forward to 6.2.3 every bit as much as I awaited 6.2 and 6.2.2.

    It’ll be great to get guildies together to do dungeon runs for Valor, and try for the new Infinite Timereaver mount.

    It’ll help to boost the ilevel of the raiding team, which means it’ll help us complete Normal (we’re having a shot at Mannoroth tonight) and make a solid start on Heroic.

    I doubt there will be too many LFR runs though (too much time to get the Valor compared to dungeons).

    I couldn’t give two figs for the moose. If we get to down Archie on Heroic that will be enough for me: the moose doesn’t motivate me more, or make me want to hand over money for a carry.

    There are some class tuning tweaks coming too. They don’t affect my main, but it’ll help some of our raid team and that’s always welcome.

    This week we’ve seen over a dozen guildies return to the game (some after a > 6 month break) because of the anniversary and 6.2.3 coming. On Monday’s raid we had 27 people turn up (for the last 3 months we’ve been struggling to get 12).

    For those of us lucky enough to still be raiding it’s a welcome shot in the arm. After about 3 – 4 weeks it’ll be over and done of course, unless new gear starts falling from the skies, but it’ll be great while it lasts.

    • Fiannor says:

      I think the greatest potential for this patch is to re-energize guilds that have suffered from player apathy in WoD. Guild groups for valor farming are just usually fun. Unfortunately, I don’t know how long the patch can sustain renewed interest in WoD, but I seriously doubt it can last until Legion. More likely as you say a month or so at most until people get their gear upgraded, then we will be back to where we were. It might last longer if valor allowed people to actually get decent gear and thus permit them to try some of the more challenging end game activities, but just adding a few ilevels to crap gear is not all that sustaining.