- The overall class balance was better, the comps varied quite a bit
- Except for a few extremely problematic examples (War S9, Rogue S11) burst was a lot better than in Wrath, and the basic flow of health bar, and variations on types of pressure was fun
Things I disliked:
- RBGs being given significantly more conquest points than arena.
- No 2300 tabards
- No skirmishes
... but mostly...
Blizzard's complete lack of priority for arena. I PvE'd for 4 years, then with Cata decided I'd had my fill with PvE and went PvP full time, since it offered a more varied and interesting challenge with a much higher skill cap. I don't really care about Mists because I'm done. Cata was a bitter pill that PvP in the game I loved, is clearly an afterthought and not worth investing my time in (yes yes, people said this, but I didn't believe them at first. Now I do).
The gripes are pretty well known by now, but for the record:
In S9, my class was ridiculously OP. Then to fix that, they ruined it. Like... made it no fun to play at all, made it massively underpowered, made it mind-numbingly simple and I've sat twiddling my thumbs for 2/3 of the expansion.
Towards the end of S9 they did almost nothing to combat the rating exploitation that was rampant, and widely reported at the top end. The lack of enforcement / consequences was a real clear signal how they view PvP vs. PvE.
Then they let that ruin S10, so much so that arena was a ghost town once people realized how pointless it was. And the worst part is that there was clearly like NO thought put into it. The consequences were pretty damn obvious, and I'm sure they did their basic simulations of the new vs. old rating system, and they just said, *meh*. We don't really care.
And then S11. The did at least listen to the outrage that another season would be ruined, and caved to the MMR reset (thank you!). However, they didn't actually do anything to address some pretty clear and glaring problems with Warriors and Restodruids (aren't the restodruids happy they bought cata? two years down the toilet), and somehow missed the fact that rogues might be OP with these ridiculous trinkets and legendaries.
It's not the gripes themselves that made me despondent. I do think Blizz needs to do a better job catching this obvious stuff before they release it... BUT... its just insulting that they are so negligent of these issues to ignore what is widely reported, well known, and undermines the integrity of the entire arena basis. It's a pretty unmistakable message to the player base.
Yes. My preferred class got the short-end of the straw, and it's probably fair to say if it didn't I might continue on to MoP (and postpone my lesson until then perhaps). But why do I want to put my time and energy into a game where the goals I set for myself are dominated completely by which part of Blizzard's class balance department was asleep at the wheel that particular month.