I don't think that people are going to abandon the old LFR content at all. I would expect queue times to go up, but the content itself will still be ran by alts and those starting on the gearing process. It's not out of the question, however, for the queue times to go way up. Right now I'm getting between 15 and 45 minutes for a 5.0 LFR, and about 10 to 25 minutes for a 5.2 LFR. Could the 5.0 LFR content have an average wait time for a DPSer of an hour?
Yes, yes it could.
But hey, that's better than never running it. And with as easy as it is to hit the next required iLevels, I don't suspect that it will be a very large issue for many players.
Is there any indication that 5.4 will be the last patch for MoP? If 5.4 stays on the same release schedule as past 5.x patches, we could expect it as early as September. Assuming Blizz has an expansion ready to showcase during Blizzcon (which is 99.99% guaranteed) and assuming that the new expansion will be in beta testing for a while to work out the kinks, wouldn't it make sense to see some new content introduced to MoP after 5.4 to curb the 'end of xpac blues' that players seem to suffer from? Or would this content detract too much from beta testing 6.x and the hype of a new expansion?
I suspect that we'll see a 5.5, and that it will contain some sort of major pre-expansion event. I know that I might be in the minority here, but I loved the plague and everything getting eaten alive. I mean really, let's all turn into zombies?
Force the entire world into chaos for a few?
YES. More of that. Throw a wrench into the system, disrupt the status quo, cause anarchy. That's what makes the virtual world able to emulate the real world (without all the negative consequences).
But more to your question, no, I don't think a 5.5 would be disruptive to patch 6.0 and the [REDACTED] of [REDACTED] electrical cord.
David Kelly asked:
With our new talent system, we get a new talent every fifteen levels. With the past two expansions, we've only received five new levels at a time. Is Blizz going to deprive us of a new talent for three expansions, jump ten levels to give us the one hundredth level we thought we would have gotten by now had they continued with the ten-levels-per-expansion kick they started on, or will they simply toss us five more levels and a new talent regardless if it interrupts the one-every-fifteen theme they've had going?
You have two first names. I like that. Kudos on your birth-related selections.
As far as the talents go, I suspect that we'll go up 10 levels in the next expansion, and just get a new talent at 100. I don't know why I think that, but hey, I do.
Well, actually I do know why I think that. Two reasons:
1. The rambling dissertations of this shaman down the Street told me
2. I have a sneaking feeling that we're going to have the big squish come in the next expansion, where all the item levels, damage numbers, and health totals get reduced. By delivering only a five level increase we'll see the current generation content a little too difficult when only five levels higher. If we increase by ten levels though we'll get back to the feeling of running MC while we were 70. That wasn't bad, and the big squish that coming should return us to that level of equality. Thus -- 10 levels is my prediction for the next expansion.
And a talent at level 100.
Also just before anyone goes and quotes it, that "list of expansions" from 2004 or whenever is a fake and doesn't at all represent anything (especially the level list on it).
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