As with other people, I was part of the rush trying to get things completed before the patch dropped. I was so angered by this particular issue it has taken me over a week to be able to write about it and not want to cancel my subscription.
As the title says, I normally defend Blizz because WoW is such an awesome game and something I have loved for 13 years. 13 years – holy cow! I may not have liked everything they have done (like Drainor, removing the talent “trees”, adding questing for professions, no fishing rods required, taking away class buffs etc) but I have trusted in their knowledge of the game and how people are playing it. I don’t have access to world wide stats as they would, they are working off millions of people’s data. I trust they want the game to be awesome so they can keep making money off people, I trust they want to make the gameplay better each time to rope people in.
I understand there is grinding, and farming and spending hours killing bears because apparently none of them have 4 paws, a heart or a tongue. Yeah they could have lost those things in battle with other bears. I get it. I understand that not all bears, boars, humanoids, murlocs, naga are created equal and do not have any items you need after 20000 kills.
I refer to First Aid and Field Medic. I read a lot of comments about farming this before the end of Legion and how long it would take. A lot of comments about 10 -12 hours farming to complete and multiple areas to target.
These were just from some of the wowhead comments which as we know, is where everyone goes :p
I spent 8 hours farming over the last week before patch and I found 2 letters in that time – one at Gloaming Reef after the first 6 hours farming, then out of frustration I begged hubby to come help me farm in Suramar – at this point I knew I wouldn’t have time to get the achievement for field medic. After 15 minutes of farming – he got a letter. I cannot explain the amount of cursing I started doing at that point. Hubby was unable to stop laughing at me – I was so angry.
I had to wait another 45 before getting my letter; the last 5 points I needed to actually hit max level for first aid.
The irony of the situation was me thinking I could even attempting getting Field medic; really I needed the letters to actually get my first aid to 800. This achievement has annoyed me no end. I went in knowing it would take me about 10 hour or more, but that would be on the assumption I would see maybe 1 letter per hour. I was prepared for that sort of farm. But after 5 hours with nothing I was super pissed about not being able to get my profession maxxed out before it left forever.
These sort of drop rates is what makes people hate this game. I can understand that. I can’t defend it this time. There is not much I won’t defend but that is bullshit Blizzard. Absolute Bullshit. I didn’t realise First Aid would be getting taken out until only recently (trying to avoid BfA spoilers and news too much) so it didn’t really leave me with a lot of time with all the other things I wanted to get done before pre-patch.
I think I only ended up with 5 letters in total and three were just from questing in the world months ago.
I made it through this post, took me two days to write it though. Still angers me no end. Drop rates need to increase for things like this, but then does it really make it an achievement if it is easier?