There’s a point where this becomes petty/funny/sad.
These are item specific – not related to how the stat squish has impacted the overall balance. End Times can’t seem to be completed right now, for example, as Sylvanas will 1 shot most tanks.
All of this was corrected in a hotfix on the 25th.
Timewalking is something that comes up every few months. It opens old dungeons from a previous expansion, and applies scaling so that max level players can go back into them. Completing these dungeons awards drops as well as tokens. Those tokens can be exchanged for items that were previously on-part with heroic dungeons, or cosmetic gear, or heirlooms, or mounts.
It’s a neat side activity. This is the way most dungeons work in FF14, so it’s not like the tech is new or hard to do. Blizz has done this a few times in the past. An entirely different topic as to why this system is always available…
IT has bugs. That’s life. Some are obvious, some are not. Some are easy to fix, some are not. Fixing them is one conversation that I don’t think I need to get into. This is about finding them.
The 3 examples put above would have been obvious from a single dungeon run, through every Timewalking dungeon. Guaranteed, 100% reproduction. That these were pushed into production means that either a) it was not tested or b) it was tested and the project manager accepted the test results.
If this happened in my team, this would merit disciplinary action. After 3 times, they would either be dismissed or re-assigned to other work.
It’s a game. It’s made to be relaxing for some, challenging for others, fair for all. It’s just symptomatic of BfA in general. Which is sad – and not what we should expect from Blizzard. I should be focusing on the fun items, not these brain fart items that keep popping up. I’m missing the polish.
And I can only fathom how Blizzard employees are feeling about this. These items deflate overall confidence… and it takes a long time to build that back up. It also causes finger pointing, and niche work. No good ever comes from that. Again, in most industry the lead of these teams gets replaced so that it at least appears something is being done to rectify the situation.