Here’s a quick question everyone.
Do you like being told what to do? Being told “this is how it’s done and there’s no two ways about it”?
I would hope most of you said no, as those who said yes are probably just parasitically meandering around the internether trying to find the easy way out, to have people tell them what to think. People that said yes are the type of people that make opinions which are the exact same as the person they just meandered to.
A long time ago, I had the same problem. From one source of information to the next, my opinions and stances changed like a breeze. Oh this guy said that the world sucks? I agree! It blows! Oh wait, this guy says it’s great and awesome and pretty! I agree! Look at that tree, it’s pristine!
Fact of the matter is, I’ve grown tired of being a sheep. Other opinions matter, but only to the point where they make sense. I’ve made it an obsession to look at everything I’ve read, and really, really think about it. How do I know Y is what will happen if X happens? Because this guy said so? Heck no, I think not. Even credible sources are up for my scrutiny! If I can check something personally, I will. If something is said not to work, I try every possible way to make it work.
For example, Beast Mastery is sub par. Maybe it is, but I’m still playing it: and guess what. I’m topping meters. I can actually do very well with it! People said not to gem Intellect, and I thought to test otherwise. For me, it works! Gemming intellect as a Beastmaster actually works well enough since it keeps you out of Aspect of the Viper and it helps get you out of it faster; but are you listening to me? Are you going to gem intellect all of a sudden? Heck no you’re not! You’re all smart and have your own opinions on the matter.
In fact, I fully expect you to all blow about 150 gold trying this out, considering it, and then doing as you please.
Why do I expect you to do this? Because you’re not sheep. I’m hardly a shepherd, and I don’t intend to be one. To become a shepherd would entail becoming the delicious host of several thousand mindless parasites that want to do something or other called DPS.
I want to be a helper, not a teller. Tellers feed you information like a mother feeds her newborn child: with a really big, scary spoon which the woman in charge of feeding seems to think is an aeroplane. Helpers are the people who put the food in front of the baby, and hide behind the nearest shelving unit in an attempt to minimize stains.
I don’t like force feeding. It’s a strenuous exercise in telling everybody how to do things piece by piece until they do it exactly the way you do it, which then means you’ve made a clone. You don’t get the credit for it though, seeing as no one can tell the difference between the two of you, and then you get fired and put into a hole deep underground.
More accurately, force feeding information is like going to the gym to work out only to have a big, sweaty ugly man come up behind you and take you hostage, then do a bunch of incredibly stupid stuff and then have all of the consequences land on your incredibly annoyed and now soiled lap.
Helping people is a lot easier, and a lot more rewarding. Instead of being jumped by a 7 foot tall giant, being helped by a helper is like going to the gym with a really good friend, having a nice jog, and then jumping up and down with glee as you’ve managed to lose 10 pounds in one sitting before collapsing in an unrecognizable, but happy, heap.
As such, I think it’s important to make your own opinions instead of acting like a neanderthal.
So read the Patch Notes yourself, and if you want my point of view you can ask for it by posting in the comments.