Among the criticisms he makes regarding Battle for Azeroth, one that resonated a bit with me was the distinction between Fulfillment and Excitement. Essentially, Blizzard used to give you a 8% chance to get a specific piece of gear that was your Best-in-Slot piece. It might take a long time to get it, but once you finally got it, it was an event. You were complete. Done.
When Titanforging was introduced though, suddenly BiS gear was rendered largely impossible. You might receive your “BiS” piece, but if it didn’t proc with an extra gem socket and/or numerous bonus stats, it wasn’t actually BiS. Moreover, it was entirely possible that someone just dicking around in Warfronts could luck into a piece of gear that surpassed something that dropped from Mythic Uldir.
What I did not realize at the time was how destructive that notion really is. You are never “done.” And not just in a “there will always be another content patch with better loot” kind of way, but in a more literal “never experience satisfaction in current content” way.
Then he offers a “solution” to the “problem”. Except there is no problem. Titanforging is annoying by design. Just like everything in WoW, it’s getting worse not by mistake, but after careful testing. The reason: we aren’t the target audience. The moron is. The one who is “dicking around in Warfronts”. He doesn’t want to do quality work (top raiding). He doesn’t want to do quantity work (farming tokens). He just want to get top gear for nothing. Since giving top gear to everyone would make it not top, gambling is introduced. Now everything you do in WoW is essentially buying a lottery ticket. Every mob is a ticket that can give you a jackpot. This is awesome according to the morons and slackers who made the gambling industry rich.
Remember the days when WoW was designed to force good players to carry M&S into performance? Those were the good days. Now there is not even the illusion of performance anymore. Just gambling.
It’ll get worse, believe me. Next expansion you’ll be all whining “back in the days of BfA…”.
PS: I did OK. The enemy was … well, random battles: