WoW Shadowlands is currently rather dead. Most players have already mentally finished with the currently running patch and are now looking forward to the upcoming update 9.2. Blizzard is not only finally delivering new content, but is also breaking some new or rediscovered paths. Many of these are well received by the community, but there are a few big exceptions. This includes, for example, the fact that a second Legendary requires reputation farming again. Other decisions made by Blizzard mean that many players are anxious about Patch 9.2 and fear a massive increase in boosting communities and their annoying advertising. The writer of these lines shares this fear for several reasons. 06:52
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Success saves work – the new media upgrade item
With Patch 9.2, Blizzard introduces an item that allows us to learn all mediums and upgrade them to level 278 at the touch of a button. This is great because it saves us a lot of work. Normally you would have to kill countless bosses, clean dungeons, do world quests or farm any resources. However, there is a serious catch. Because the item is only sold by the dealer under certain conditions. The new media upgrade causes discontent in the community. Source: buffed On the one hand there is the required reputation, which annoys many players, but should not be the topic here. On the other hand, you also have to show an achievement that is not easy to get. You must have earned the Elite title in PvP, defeat all bosses in the new Mythic mode raid, or have cleared a Mythic Plus dungeon at level 20. None of this is realistically achievable for the masses of WoW players……unless resorting to boost groups. The savings of boosting all media at once to the new maximum level is so great that even players who normally reject boosting are tempted. And keep in mind: The item is not account-wide, so according to the current PTR status, you have to complete such a dungeon with every character who wants the item. So for my part, I’m sure: With patch 9.2, the groups that offer you an M+20 dungeon boost are going to explode. And with them, of course, the spam advertising in the trade channel.
Animal sets don’t do it any better
The return of pet set items is being celebrated by the vast majority of WoW players – including me. However, it’s not exactly beneficial if you don’t feel like boost groups. As always, the sets work outside of the raid, which is why many players want to get their hands on them. Although they will probably also be available to everyone in the LFR, this should not be of much use to Mythic Plus players. Therefore, many players will probably want to be boosted by the heroic or mythical raid in order to get an advantage in the dungeons. Source: Blizzard Source: Blizzard Blizzard could of course deal with this by making the animal sets accessible outside of the raid. And tadaa, that’s exactly what they announced. Unfortunately, none of that can be seen in Zereth Mortis and the entire PTR. That begs the question: Why?
My answer would be: At the time of the announcement, Blizzard’s developers didn’t yet know exactly how they actually wanted to implement it satisfactorily. After all, why not release a (hopefully) not overly complicated feature directly for testing?
But my fear is that Blizzard has changed its mind. Because although many players were happy to get to the tier sets without a raid, there were also loud voices that spoke against it. They didn’t want to see the long-standing connection between tier sets and raids in WoW (buy now) softened. If the Blizzards have actually changed their minds, the boost groups in particular would be happy about it.
Mythic Plus Score is becoming increasingly important
Another reason why many players get boosted in WoW is the official Mythic Plus score introduced with Patch 9.1. This has now established itself in the WoW community and has led to what many have prophesied. Instead of seeing it as a rating for experience in one area of WoW (namely in mythical dungeons), it is now more often used as a measure of a player’s overall rating. Whether Torghast, raid, guild application or PvP – often the publicly visible score is taken as an evaluation and players are therefore excluded from certain areas. The Mythic Plus score is becoming increasingly important to players. Source: buffed To counteract this, many players can already be boosted to become a keystone master or similar titles. Because once you have the rating, you will not lose it again in the course of a season. And the official score doesn’t indicate if you’ve completed each dungeon exactly once (on tyrannical and boosted) and been dead on the ground half the time. And with Patch 9.2, the problem won’t miraculously go away on its own. On the contrary – it is likely to get even bigger. Of course there is no patent solution for the problem of boosting, which is now established not only in WoW. But at least the official ban on actively promoting such runs in the game could be extended. So far, it’s only officially banned in the group search tool, but not in the trade channel. And even where it’s banned, you get the feeling that Blizzard isn’t really cracking down on it. There is no other way to explain the dozens of advertising groups that appear every second. How do you think about boosting groups in WoW? Are you also worried that this will get even worse with the upcoming patch 9.2?Supports buffed – it only takes a minute. Thank you! do you like buffed? Then you can support us as a buffed supporter so that we can continue to offer our content in the usual form for free, without introducing a paywall.
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