BfA: This Endless Grind

“A slavish concern for the composition of words is the sign of a bankrupt intellect. Be gone, odious wasp! You smell of decayed syllables.”
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

BfA: An Endless Grind

When I was a teacher at college, I had a friend. We’d meet now and then over a shared order of French fries and talk for hours. He was in another department and his main income was from writing text books on French Philosophy. He told me that his process was to sit at home at the computer, get totally baked on weed and turn on the soap operas. That was his state of mind when he was writing. Super smart guy.

So, I know that I’m not smart. Now and then I find myself thinking that I’m smart but really, “with friends like these”. Mostly in life and in WoW, I’m trying to not do something stupid.

This morning, as most mornings lately, I’m grinding my Warlock. Emissary, Assault, Champions of Azeroth Rep and 7th Legion Rep. And some side trips to pet battles for the coins. It takes me about two hours of repeating the same thing that I did yesterday. Adding to this, I need to squeeze in some time for Islands for AP and if Elune was kind, a key run at 10 for next week’s cache.

I knew that there would be a haul to get a new character up to raiding ready. I have scrapped so many 370 heads, shoulders and chests; there is a glut of this reward: while I can’t get a ring or weapon to save my sanity.

I accept time at the training dummy. That is improvement on my part for game play. I accept running Outland and Northrend stuff for engineering. And so on.

But this endless cycle, hours of every day, is wearing on me because the progress is slow and, sometimes, the rewards like the next step on my neck, seem trivial. Still, these are the things necessary if I really do want to give diversity to our raid team.

And that is where the game is today; repeated cycles of the same content.

Now on to something that I found to be funny. Blizzard wants us to buy their products so they have cash to give to MDI teams. While I might buy a Patriots jersey to show team pride, I don’t think for a minute it is going to Tom Brady’s salary.

As both Arena and MDI grow, we want to give fans a chance to further support the programs—and have some fun along the way! Soon we will introduce two new in-game toys to our shop (details to follow). A portion of the sale of these toys will contribute to the prize pools for both WoW esports programs.

These toys will go on sale in the spring. As the proceeds will contribute to the year’s final LAN event prize pools for AWC and MDI, those prize pools will be announced later this year.

We can’t wait to get things started. Be sure to follow World of Warcraft on Twitter and Twitch to stay up to date on all the latest WoW esports news, and bookmark so you don’t miss a thing!


8 thoughts on “BfA: This Endless Grind

  1. I hadn’t read about the MDI change…oof, that’s bad. I can’t even avoid cynicism on that one – the prize pools for the MDI aren’t all that big anyways, so Blizzard trying to opt out of paying for them feels really weird (and ties neatly into the whole rumor-mill “budget cutting” etc).

    I hope MDI remains viable for a while – I watched my first one live at Blizzcon recently and it was such a cool experience that I hope it continues on.

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  2. I almost wonder if this will be their gauge to see just how interested people really are in eSports. If we the players don’t pony up the cash for the prize pools, will they still offer the competitions?

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    • It’s a pretty delicate balance for them to strike – Blizzard offered tiny pools for the MDI in the two years it has run so far ($100k total in 2017 and $280k in 2018), so I can’t imagine that running it actually costs them that much total and it gets eyeballs on WoW for the run of the tourney, especially for people for whom Arena is a bit too much to follow (I’m in that camp).

      On the other hand, HotS prize pools were only $1mil for the Global Championships and they cut that program this year. If they did that to WoW in its current state, however, the backlash would be pretty rough – people are already complaining about the game and cutting an eSports program for it would amplify that around 1000%, sadly.

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  3. The endless grind is a reason to play a variety of games, in my mind, so you can’t be ground down yourself. That’s easy for someone like myself who hasn’t a goal of being a high end raider, or having the best gear, etc. For those who do wish to be the very best, if they can only do it by the method you describe, we’ll thats just cruel, thoughtless design.
    In the case of the sale of pixelated pet sales, “a portion” of the profits going for esports prizes is stunning. The whole concept is off putting. If you want people to compete in your esports for monetary prizes, pony up the money, or don’t run the contest. That means giving all the potential pets sale dollars to the program.

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