Blizzard announced that the heart of the valorous buff will be active from Friday August first at 10 AM PDT until Monday August forth at 9 AM PDT. It is once again time to stack up on some quick and easy valor so save that epoch stone hand in for a few days if you want to take advantage of it. And that is really my question here.
A short bit ago when blizzard decided to spring the heart of the valorous on us with no notification at all people complained about it. Now they give us advanced notice and people complain about it. Blizzard just can not win.
In both cases I wholeheartedly agree with the people complaining because they are very reasonable complaints and they are valid at the face value for what they are presented as.
When they did not inform the players ahead of time people complained that they wish they had known so they could have waited to take advantage of it. This is a very fair request. It would be nice to know when something like this will be added, even if it is just one day in advance. Anything that effects the way you play the game should be announced. They don't just drop raid tiers without telling anyone so they should not release a buff like this without telling anyone because it might change how people will play that week. So yes, I agree with all the complaints. Blizzard should tell us.
Now they tell us and give us more than ample notice. They tell us before people started to do their valor capping so that they have more than ample time to adjust their plans for the week. Like me, I was going to come on and cap one of my hunters quick with some scenarios or however so I can upgrade some new shiny heroic gear and then maybe try and get some runestones with my lock. Now that I see we are getting the buff this weekend I am not so much in a rush to do that. I can easily enough just wait until the weekend.
This too however brings a fair deal of complaints that again are quite reasonable. Just like I said I will change my plans, and I am flexible that way, other people are not taking to kind to being put into the position where they need to make changes, or at least having to make the decision on if they want to make changes. There have even been people that argued that it ruined their plans and they would have rathered not know. I can sympathize because I did have my plans for the evening and now I scratched them because of this.
Blizzard just can not win. Announce it and they have people upset they announced it because they feel they need to change their patterns of play and don't announce it and people complain because they were not told so they did not have the option to change their patterns of play.
Well here I am, the grumpy elf, to offer blizzard some advice on the house. Free of charge. No need to even thank me for it.
How about the next time around you just make the valor buff last for the lock out, the entire lock out. From reset to reset. That way people can play how they want to play and take advantage of the buff.
And as an added bonus blizzard. It might even make them play other characters, which means they are in game more maybe finding another class they like, experiencing something that will make them want to come back more often instead of just capping what they feel they "have to" cap in some short window they have. They will have an entire week to take advantage of it on as many characters as they can.
It will also not alienate those people who complain they do not play on weekends, which is another very fair complaint. It will allow them to take advantage of it just the same as all the other players of the game.
In the end however it will benefit you, the company, more than anyone else because whether you announce it or not, you will have people upset with you and you have enough mud on your face lately to begin with. Try not putting more on there on purpose. Just make the buff last the entire lockout week next time. That is my advice.
So what do you think, do you think them announcing it is good or bad?
For me right now I think it is kind of bad. I was going to go home and cap out a few characters tonight and now I feel like there is nothing for me to do because I am going to wait until the weekend. Would have I been happier if they just surprised us with it? Maybe, maybe not. But I know one thing for sure. If they did not announce it I would be playing warcraft tonight but being they did announce it I will be playing wildstar instead. Something for them to chew on there I think.