2008 was a blast. I wish I did a predictions post last year. Who knows what I mightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve gotten correct? Probably nothing. But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not too late to do one for 2009!
2009 Predictions: What will happen? Speaking of predictions, check out DoofyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blog for his!
WoW Blogging growth: WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll continue to see more and more WoW bloggers entering the blogosphere. Death Knight blogs in particular will be on the rise.
Path of a Hero flourishes: Make sure you add the guy on Twitter (@pathofahero). Epic and Legendary Path of a Hero accounts will be launched soon. This service is just a chronicling of your characterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s progression. Think of it as an automated character tracker with text inserts for your journalistic needs.
Machanima standards rise: Craft of War: Blind sets a new standard in WoW machinima.
Warriors spotlighted: The removal of the TitanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Grip hit penalty will see Warriors doing even higher damage. Where 2008 was the year of the Druid for arena, 2009 could very well be the year of the Warrior.
Dual specs delayed: Delays from trying to interface dual speccing with alternate bars, glyphs, and talents continue. Players continue to fork over hundreds of gold in respecs and reglyphs.
Dance studios delayed: Continuing BlizzardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s trend of releasing stuff Ã¢â‚¬Å“when itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s readyÃ¢â‚¬Â, dance studios will reach PTR status but will still not be live just yet.
Swimming mounts implemented: On the other hand, swimming mounts will arrive in the first quarter of 2009.
Achievements become the standard of guild progression: WoW Progress and Warcrafter are sites that rank your progression on both a guild and personal level. In the past, the only way a guildÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s success could be measured was via the speed at which bosses were taken down. But achievements, whether you love them or hate them, will eventually be used as another comparison tool between guild A and guild B.
MeganÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s arena team vs HafuÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s arena team: They will meet in the grand finals somewhere. This will be the match of the century.
3.1.0 content beaten in 4 months: Difficulty curve of Ulduar and the other unknown instance throw a big curveball to raiding guilds. Blizzard brings back Ã¢â‚¬Å“gatedÃ¢â‚¬Â content like what was done with the last bosses of Sunwell to slow down progression.
Epic gems introduced: Even though epic gems came out in the third tier of content in BC, the difficulty level of Ulduar is ramped up where epic gems become an almost necessity.
Ghostcrawler retires: After much epic QQing and players disagreeing with his perspective and discussions on class balance, Ghostcralwer promptly calls it a career. Class discussion boards and other related forums vanish as blues begin to scale back the amount of posting and responses they do to avoid community burnout.
What are your predictions for 2009?