Anyone who is reading here probably keeps up on the game because you would never make it to this little corner of the internet unless you were really lost or really into the game and looking for more stuff to read on it. Basically what that means is that the stat squish coming up on Tuesday is not exactly going to take anyone reading this right now by surprise.
It would also be reasonable to believe that anyone reading here understands what is going on. We all know that the difference between me doing 400K now and doing 14K on Tuesday really means nothing. I should, if blizzard did their job well, still be able to do the same things in the same time frame I did before. As Ghostcrawler said at the blizzcon last year, if it takes you 6 seconds to kill a timeless island gulp frog now it will still take you 6 seconds to kill a timeless island gulp frog. So we all understand that these are just numbers, nothing more, right?
The power of the mind however is a wonderful and interesting thing. No matter how much we tell ourselves that everything will still be the same. No matter how much we tell ourselves that if doing 400K is good for my gear now than doing 14K will be good for my gear in a few days. No matter how many times we killed a gulp frog and it took us 6 seconds and still will, no matter what, the end result is we still will see a smaller number, a much much smaller number, and even knowing it means nothing bad it will make us feel nerfed.
We know it will be all fine, we have been told it will be all fine, you might have had friends that tested it and told you it was all fine, we might have even been on the PTR or the beta and felt it and noticed it was all fine, but in the end it will still take a hell of a lot of adjusting to fully accept it and not feel as if there is something wrong, not feel weak in comparison to who you were just a day earlier once Tuesday comes.
The thing is, you me and anyone else that follows the coming changes to the game will, or might, have some issues adjusting to these number adjustments and we will accept it because we understand what is going on, but you me and anyone else following the goings on are the minority. A very small minority. Most players do not know this is coming. Most players do not know we are being squished. Most players are going to log in on Tuesday (or Wednesday for our friend across the pond) and be in for the shock of their wow gaming life.
The one thing we can hope for, for their sake, is that they do not have recount or any other damage meter. Lets face it, if it were not for damage meters we would not know we are doing 14K instead of 400K. It might still feel off for them seeing smaller numbers pop up on their screen but when the mobs go down in the same amount of time they are used to seeing them go down they will get used to that. But if they see those numbers on the damage meter, that will really be a shock to them. The fact the mob died in the same time they are used to it dying in will mean nothing. They were nerfed.
It makes me wonder, what are people that do not monitor the forums, the changes, whats going on, will think when they log on and see that. There will no doubt be a whole slew of players that had never once visited the forums feeling the incredible urge to go there and start complaining that they were nerfed so hard.
It is not only the stat squish. What is going to happen when someone goes to the island of thunder to get their weekly key and no key will drop? What is going to happen when they go to pick up the challenge dungeon daily and there is no daily? What is going to happen when they go to buy that heirloom they had been saving up for and they no longer have justice points, and the heirlooms are no longer for sale? What is going to happen when they go to try the proving grounds and they are gone? What is going to happen when they go the brawlers guild only to find it empty? What is going to happen when they want to join a flex 4 and realize there is no such thing any longer and you need to start from the beginning? What is going to happen when they try to assemble for a 10 man heroic and they can't do it because it is now a 20 man mythic and your 10 players are not longer enough? What is going to happen when they go to hit an ability that is gone? What is going to happen when they go to cast something that used to be an instant and it is not? What is going to happen when...
There are so many changes, huge changes, game changing changes, and there are so many people, the majority, that have no clue they are coming. They will all log in like lambs to the slaughter. Don't know why but that seems to be what pops into the mind when all these people log in on patch day next week. Like lambs to the slaughter.
The one that worries me the most however is the one that impacts us the least. We can adjust to changes in abilities, we can deal with the annoying wholesale removal of content for no reason what so ever, we can even adjust with some anger maybe over removed abilities, but our numbers, those changing really have an impact on everyone even if nothing really changes. It is something that happens at a subconscious level. Something we do not even realize is happening.
There are so many changes coming with the patch but I think the stat squish is going to be the biggest one because people really hate when you mess with their numbers and there is no person in the world that can fall from 400K to 14K and not feel the impact of that, even if the mobs still die in the time frame we are used it.
What do you think will be the biggest problem change that the masses who do not follow the news will be upset with?