So I’m playing since Blackrock, after a while i had a break, came back the expansion before ungoro and had a blast of time with HS. Ever since Ungoro i preordered every Expansion until Stormwind. Stormwind had some lazy cards, a boring Herocard and everything felt off, just like the meta nowadays, just like many many things, that are going in a wrong direction with HS, but still my heart tells me, that the new Expansion will be a blast of fun, somehow. The Herocards remind me of KOTFT and damn (!) that was a great time, a fun time. So now i‘m in a 1v1 with my heart and my brain. I need some other opinions and not just „hah you whale go spent money dumba$$“. No. I need some serious opinions.
stopped buying packs when they went to 3 expansions a year, never looked back, never felt bad about it. Giving this company money to develop more shit like mercenaries and reward team 5 for balance like DH and the quests is not something I want to do.
I only preordered once (Barrens) and I've played since beta. I'm also on the fence with this. I feel more psyched than usual on this expansion and the extra stuff might make me play a bit more mercenaries, but I also know that the joy/€ was higher for the battle pass and I also like to buy the smaller bundles during the season. Barrens had a terrible meta in the first weeks and the weather was too good, so maybe I've judged the preorder badly? I've got more cards from Storm wind just from playing so maybe these preorders don't do that much in the end?
I usually preorder, but sometimes skip the December expansion due to Christmas and all the extra expenses for gifts etc. This will be one such year. I don't mind too much though - Warrior is my least played class, so I don't mind missing out on the portrait, and I have enough gold to open 160+ packs and dust enough to craft all the legendaries I want. I'll probably buy the tavern pass though, that shouldn't break the bank.
If you decide to preorder, the smaller bundle is IMO the better deal. If I was preordering, that's the one I would get.
I am going to mainly because I am low on dust -- I was able to pass on the last 2 expansions and only craft the cards I wanted for the archetypes that I play. Hopefully I will get the handful of cards I want and dust the rest after a month or so in case of nerfs.
This will be the first expansion when I won’t pre-order or buy anything. I am not enjoying the game in its current state and doubt anything will change with the new set being added to the game, unless they reveal something that can slow down meta a little bit. Not a big fan of 2 minute games, so I’d rather play casuals or BGs
I've been weighing this exact decision. I've been playing since beta, have bought all preorders until now, and the meta is so absolutely dumpster fire in both Standard and Wild that I think I might be done. I think the power creep on cards has just hit an unsustainable level, and there's no course-correction for that like they kind of had with Rastakhan's Rumble, where it brought things back down to Earth for awhile.
And it isn't even about the financial costs for me, as that isn't a factor for me. It's more that I'm about done supporting this company financially for just how BLATANT their cash grabbing has gotten. I can't start the client without 13 more things dumped in the shop that I have to click on once so it stops displaying the "!". It's reaching that same frenzied, desperate pace they had with Heroes of the Storm towards the end, where they seem to think the interest is unending. It's just exhausting now...
At the risk of getting some "no one cares if you are done, blah blah" responses, that's how I'm seeing it. :-\