Madness at the Darkmoon Faire has been a shitshow of an expansion. None of the big cool new things (the Old Gods coming back!) have made a big impact on the meta, and we've just been flooded with slightly modified Scholomance era Aggro decks. I think the most disappointing thing is it seems like Blizzard has reverted to their old "One set of balance changes halfway through an expansion cycle" philosophy, as opposed to the rapid and constant changes they've been doing for a few sets now. I really don't understand how it's not clear that Evolve Shaman is a problem that needs fixing.
Honestly, I'm sort of annoyed at how good everything about Scholomance was. If it'd been a less fun expansion I probably would've finally pulled the trigger on leaving the game, since I've not really enjoyed a meta since like... Saviors of Uldum? It seems like every time there's a long enough streak of bad expansions they drop one really good one that gets me hooked for a few more years - I was at the verge of leaving right before Un'Goro, and then that brought about the most fun meta since like... vanilla. I just wish they could consistently do things that good, instead of feeding us crap like Darkmoon Faire and Ashes of Outland most of the time.
I feel like you do, only this time hand on heart I think they have blown it. The expansion is bad and the lack of changes to shift the meta is now just too tedious. I actually feel a sense of relief not playing everyday. These companies (like many others) use addictions against us, use all kinds of psychological tricks to keep us parting with our money. They all end up fucking it up in the end when they get too greedy and mis-read the customer base.
The fact that the battlepass system was a fiasco, the pure and utter greed of the cost of buying packs with such poor legendary rates and even worse dust system has pushed the meta to be stale simple because people can’t afford to have a full collection. I’ve said it for years (being a whale, tho not anymore after this shit expansion) the only way to have a more creative mega for longer is if more people have access to the full collection. Of course the meta does still settle after some time but people are more willing to be creative nonetheless.
I think the only thing now that will make me play again is if the mid expansion set ends up being free. The chances of that happening are like next to none, so I will take my custom elsewhere. I see a genuine trend happening this time though, it’s not the same as usual where people moan but still play. Streamers are haemorrhaging viewers far quicker than normal and no one ever gives a shit about the tournaments because they just gift it to already popular streamers and don’t open it up to the people grinding away to compete. It’s a giant slap in the face when you charge extreme amounts for a game and then go and give away $250,000 to people who make $20,000-$50,000 a month in some cases.