Perhaps I am just mistaken and I overlooked something but when they announced warlords I do not recall them mentioning anything about scenarios. They mentioned the new raids. They mentioned the new dungeons. They mentioned which dungeon was being remade for current content. I do not recall them mentioning scenarios.
Does that mean they were a one expansion test or was it just an oversight? I am going to lean toward the side of it being an oversight or the fact they did not expand much on it and only mentioned it in passing and I completely missed it.
Scenarios have become a nice addition to the game, even more so heroic scenarios where you need to hand assemble a group bringing back a little taste of the old school community feel where you actually needed to talk to people instead of just hitting a button and you are in an instant group.
Heroic scenarios also gave them the opportunity to do some things they can't really do with a random group setting. One of those things is to make things a slight bit more difficult, something that might need communication which does not work well in a random setting (see LFR for the failures of that) and another was story telling and the ability to do so.
Story telling? Yes. In a random setting people just rush through content because it is a group of people just wanting to get their valor, gear, justice, whatever, as quickly as possible, and there is nothing wrong with that. Heroic scenarios, and the fact they were being hand assembled, would allow people to enjoy the story a little bit more, if they so wished to do so.
I believe that scenarios can be a great tool in the game not just because heroic ones are the fastest most effective way to valor cap but because they allow the game to tell a story for those that wish to see it while still being content people can just blow through if that is what they want to do as well.
I am hoping that next expansion scenarios comes to us with more scenarios for the new (old) alternate reality. I am hoping for that not only because I do like them as an addition to the game but because I would love to see what they could do, to explore that alternate reality with them.
I doubt it would happen because we are not going to see alternate azeroth, but scenarios would be a great way to give us a taste of what our world would be like in that alternate world where the orcs never made it to azeroth without actually adding out world to the expansion at all.
Having a scenario were we are the tauren protecting ourselves against all odds from the centaur without the assistance of the orcs, because the orcs never came to azeroth. Having a scenario where we are the vrykul defending ourselves against the corruption from yogg saron because we never went to northrend to find and defeat the old god because there was never a lich king for us to go there and defeat without the orcs coming through the dark portal.
There are a million and one interesting ideas that they could do, add, with heroic scenarios that could be fun and make for a great collection of little what if stories such as allowing us to play as a vrykul or other races they have not added to the game. It would feed two thirsts, perhaps more, by letting those what if stories be told and having a little fun with them, and putting us in places or races that we might not ever have had a chance to be before.
There are a lot of things that could be touched on to tell a story, just for fun, of "what if". What story would you like to see coming in the form of a scenario coming soon to an alternate reality near you?
Drive, She Said
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