Was Legion WoW's biggest success?

#1 - July 6, 2018, 9:21 p.m.
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Obviously this will be heavily based on opinion, and people will disagree, but I've noticed something unique about this expansion.

Everyother expansion so far, by the end of the xpac, everyone is hating on it. The standard opinion is usually "Screw this xpac, lets get to the new one". Its typically not until some time has passed and players look back with a clearer head and start judging the xpac as a whole.

(Look at MoP for example. That expansion was mostly hated by most of the community for years. Its only recently that MoP has been getting more love)

Even the most beloved expansions (WotLK, BC) had this end-of-life negativity. (I can hear you typing already, YES this was the case)

Legion is the first time I'veever seen so many people praising the expansion even at the end of it's lifespan.

Does that mean Legion truly was the most successful expansion from a quality perspective? Is it simply the fact that we didn't hit a major content drought that caused players to turn on the xpac?

Just an interesting observation
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#33 - July 6, 2018, 10:13 p.m.
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I think it depends on how you define success. Player count alone isn't a success measure. You can nitpick on the micro level design decisions and that's justified but when you're defining "was it successful" you have to look at it holistically and on a macro level and Legion was.

We have so many goals when we go into an expansion(especially Legion) and you hear Ion talk about it a lot. I think when you look at it from that perspective Legion was one of the bigger success in the franchise in my honest opinion. I mean the biggest win(I think) was content/patch cadence. Legion has had a very steady stream the entire expansion cycle. We're only what 6ish months since 7.3.5 and BfA is barely a month away. That's almost half the time historically between the final patch to expansion launch for almost every expansion.

Even if you look at it from the raid tier perspective if you don't like 7.3.5 being defined as the final content patch, its still just under 9 months. That's still faster than almost every expansion since TBC>Wrath(8 months) and Classic>TBC(5 months). From a technical and player standpoint that's a huge win when you look at it in the context of how big of a feat that actually is for the game.

All in all Legion was a huge success and a pretty big win from a player standpoint I feel.