Well, it's easy to say that if you have been playing WoW for years. It's easy to learn new stuff as it gets introduced, because it comes in small bits with each patch or expansion.But if you're a new player, then you have to learn everything right away. And that can be overwhelming. It's easy as a WoW veteran to feel that the game has been dumbed down over the years. But fact of the matter is that the game has so much more to it than it had back in Vanilla WoW. There's glyphs, archaeology, gems, flying mounts, reforging, valor points, PvP Power, scenarios, arenas, achievements, Death Knights, Monks, transmogrification, mastery, BoA items, and so on.The game is basically 10x as much as it was when you probably began playing it.
Lets look at raids (I didnt do any at MOP, but know them quite well).
At Vanilla it took a good guild to clear a new raid several weeks. A medicore guild or casual, some months.
Today you join the LFR and a few hours later you have finished the content.
Do you see the big difference there? In vanilla you were busy for many weeks, today for several hours.
Lets look at pvp
In vanilla you had a real competition within your faction. You always had to be better than the other players, you had to win a lot and these BG´s did last 1 or 2 hours.
Today you have 5 min arena games where a fotm wins. But even if you dont win, you will be a winner at the end of the season.
Again, its missing the depth.
Lets look at professions
In vanilla a profession really was something to look forward to. You could brew potions, you could craft the very important res gear etc.
Today crafting is kinda silly, the items for raiding do drop at raids - you also get pots from daily´s etc. The only real prof is gem crafting, but the others? Its just once again lacking the depth, a goal so to speak.
Lets look at questing and char development.
At Vanilla you had zones that kept you busy for hours, like Arathi or lakeridge. Quest zones with elite quest´s, where you were not strong enough and had to lvl further first. You knew, when your char gains a lvl, gets a new item you will be stronger and can enter a new zone.
Today you lvl so fast that you never have any issue´s with a quest. You can rush through the game and it doesnt matter if you are 30 or 33.
Again there is no depth in the game.
Like these points, many are in the game which are poor today - but were awesome back then.
Things like BoA ruined the game more, than they helped - so did the removal of elite quest´s, high end raiding, high end pvp etc.
I dont deny that you can do more things today, but the "how" is what matters and there wow has lost a lot of its depth and fun.
I currently lvl my pally, I had a longer break and I am just frustrated that I cant finish any lvl zone without running into grew quest´s. My professions do lack behind, as I outlvl them every time.
All the craft´s that I make are useless for me, as my char lvls too fast. Where is the fun in that?
I was lvl 30 and did need flesh for cooking, that flesh just didnt drop in my lvl zone but at the starting area. Same issue´s with blacksmithing, when I was 30 I could only craft stuff for lvl 20 etc.
There vanilla was much much better balanced.
I dont belong to these people that hate everything about wow today, yes I think the LFD and LFR were good but they just were designed wrong.
Why cant a player select heroic raids at LFR? Why cant a player select timed runs at LFD? Why cant I have a list with player that were friendly so we group up again? Why can strangers not be kicked if they are unfriendly? Why cant we select more options if we enter a group finder tool? Id love to play with casuals and adults, why cant I tick a box for that?
Pvp today is also a waste. I dont know about you, but I had 3 premades at vanilla and we met other premades and did battle for hours. Today I join a game and end up with people that just want to lose the game in the shortest amount of time as its the most rewarding thing.... Where is the fun in this?
Why cant i select my group members more specific? As a healer id love to have some tanks too or atleast 1 more healer etc.
Blizz has taken the choice for grouping totally out of our hands. While I did welcome the feature of an automated tool, we players still should have a choice! Its not fun to end up with people that dont match you.