Poofah wrote:PvP is vital for pet battles' longterm health and continued support. Kovok wouldn't be a fun and interesting pet if not for PvP -- in PvE, we don't need new pets, because we beat all the tamers long ago.
Hardly. Its a sidegame of a mini-game. And if they can't do it properly, then its not worth doing at all.
Currently, they are showing they cannot do it properly (balancing both). Unless they get better, the unnecessary part is the part that needs to go.
Throwing out the baby with the bathwater (and the tub, and the towels, too, I should say)?
1. Kovok is used in 0% of the PvE strategies I have seen to date. So how is this nerf damaging PvE, exactly? This is your MAJOR complaint, so please enlighten us (rather than just Blizz bashing cuz they screwed up as usual).
2. PvP pet battles are widely participated in (1 person in 16 has won 10 PvP battles w/all Lvl 25 pets - more people have won 50 PvP pet battles than have completed The Longest Day or Pro Pet Mob). Not an insignificant # of people, but not a majority, I wont argue that.
3. PvE only gets new pets when they release new content, that's the norm and we accept that - as Poofah said, we beat the current tamers (and the celestials, frankly) without a single new pet they've added since the tamers were released.
4. PvP got a nerf for a rare pet (less than 1.3% of the entire registered community on Guild Ox, anyway, or 1.6% here) that was insufficiently tested. Yeah, they screwed it up, but is anyone really surprised? Especially if they ran the numbers and saw every team using a Kovok (practically) was winning. Didn't the same thing happen with the dino-runts?? Well they added a new mechanic and yep - it's broken/improperly tested.
If Blizzard had your attitude we'd have no PvP of ANY kind, no flying mounts, no arcane reforging, no Looking for Group or Looking for Raid, etc, etc, etc. Stagnation = lost customers AND no new customers. Change = maybe some lost customers and some new customers (and some return customers - how many people come back every expansion for a month or two? and every one of them is a copy of the expansion and a month or 2 subscription in Blizzard's pocket). Change wins. You and I can disagree til we're blue in the face, Blizzard still has, what, 3,000,000+ other subscribers world-wide to leech money from.