I've heard that for many games...I don't remember exactly but it usually goes like this:
*Star Wars Galaxies went downhill after the combat revamp
*Everquest went downhill after the Planes of Knowledge
Everyone can predict what will happen in the future - predictions like opinions are free.
I predict, many many years from now, people will say after the introduction of Welfare Epics the World of Warcraft went downhill from there.
Making epics so easily available seems like a good idea, and while I do personally like an alternative to raiding at endgame, what carrots on sticks will that leave for us to chase after?
I'm not predicting gloom here, WOW has already lived a nice life and will continue to do so. The pushback of Warhammer seems to have knocked the only upcoming contender off the block before it even had a chance to compete.
Tit for tat
3 hours ago