I was reading some blogs this morning when I read a post over at Priest With A Cause that got me comparing the Burning Crusade heroic dungeons to the old western town that is abandoned with tumbleweeds blowing through them. What I took away from the post was a question of why do players not want to switch up the content some instead of running nothing but Utgarde Keep and the Nexxus? I think the simple answer here is that most people associate the dungeons with gear and naturaly even the most simplest of players understand that new and shiny is better than old and worn. The more experienced players understand that their experience per mob is twice that of the Burning Crusade heroic dungeons. Those two factors alone will single handedly kill the older content. Yes, you can probably attribute newer players not understanding the attunement issues, but most players eventually figure these things out by wandering into the knowledge. The real question here is how the hell does Blizzard correct this issue?
The issue is nothing new though and based on the track record, it is not one that Blizzard seems to care the least to fix. I would not even waste my time on this topic except there is a slight glimer of hope found in the fact that Blizzard has stated that they desire to put the feeling of being epic back into the epic gear. If this is in fact the case, then there is a slight chance that the gear we have now will not be as trivial as the gear we had in the previous expansion. If we look back at the history of the expansions, we can clearly see that the epics of Vanilla WoW were completely made obsolete by the greens of the Burning Crusade. It did not matter what you had or where it came from. After a few quests in Outland, your old epic gear was rubbish and nothing more than something to store to wear for fun or to sell for gold. When Wrath came out, some of the top tiered gear from the end game of the Burning Crusade was still viable into the low to mid seventies. With all of my characters who were geared to the teeth at the end of BC, I was able to make far into Wrath before I truly needed to upgrade. I doubt this pattern will change too much though in this expansion as there are only five levels until cap. So why all this talk of gear and how far it will go?
The gear is probably the number one driving force for any of us running content. We need gear to progress to the next level of whatever we are doing in the game. Blizzard has recognized this to a certain degree and is going to make rare items more powerful and hopefully put the epic back into epic items. So how can this help the older content dungeons? At first it may not be able to do much, but what if Blizzard plans to reevaluate their item levels and loot charts for older content. Imagine if when Cataclysm launched that the older dungeons were made viable again by Blizzard putting the same equivelant items in Stratholme as was in Ramparts? There would be a reason for people to run these instances now. Imagine if the heroic dungeons of Burning Crusade dropped items that were equivelant to the middle range of dungeons in Wrath such as Violet Hold and Draktheron Keep? It would certainly encourage people who are leveling their new Goblins or Worgen to run these dungeons. Now imagine if they removed the attunements for the older herocis and removed the labels of Vanilla, BC, and Wrath and whatever dungeon was appropriate for you, you then would stand a chance to get.
The trick here is that the developers will not do such a huge overhaul of their game if the people do not cry out about it. I am sure they are aware that no one is running Heroic Blood Furnace, but why would they fix that which no one wants? So it is up to us players who like this content to start threads demanding that this shit be fixed. That loot tables be changed. That item levels be equalled between the soon to be four different parts of WoW. That content be made relevant again. It may seem like quite a bit of work, but considering they are removing stats, merging stats, and changing itemization on gear that makes sense; then I dare say that it is not too difficult to begin the integration of the items to one smooth flow for all of the game. Yes this may mean that you lose epics from BC and Wrath, but wouldn't you freely want to trade some of that shit for the chance to actually run this content again and be able to experience it as you level your next character? I know I damn sure would.