This post will have no real spoilers for 8.2.5 war campaign in it. I will express an opinion quickly, as I haven’t played it myself yet and once I do, there will be a spoileriffic post that will expand on what I am about to say.
This story sucks. I’m glad they held the surprise, but boy do I wish the surprise was good. It is clear to me that there will definitely be an 8.3 but this story is awful. Never in the game’s history have I wanted an expansion to end as badly as I want Battle for Azeroth to end right now. It’s dead. There were a lot of possibilities for better outcomes on the table and Blizzard has denied all of them in favor of raw shock value and a race to the finish.
Never in the game’s history have I felt like a story has setup so much and done so little with it. I’ve not been a fan of the expansion story so far, but now? I loathe it. The direction they’ve pointed us in has taken one of my favorite lore hooks and poisoned it so completely I almost don’t care to see it.
This is a bit overdramatic, because as long as the content is good, I’ll play, but guess what – 8.2.5 doesn’t add meaningful new content either, so it is just back to raid night gameplay and nothing more for me once tonight is over.
I’ve been one of those who has been optimistic about where this is going, insisting in posts and to myself that the story was going to wind up to something big. Now I just feel like an idiot. This story is awful, and it is going to shortchange the thing I was most excited about in the first place (Old God shenanigans) so we could get all this faction conflict shit. And it is shit – Blizzard has never written this well and BfA shows why they should just give up and merge the factions already.
As pained as I would be to say “let’s just move past the Old Gods and on to 9.0” it is where I am.
Maybe the gameplay will make me change my mind, but somehow, I doubt it.
At least I prepared for disappointment.