Looking back, I regret playing through Rise of the Zandalari, because there were zero consequences and zero effects on the WoW world.
Before 4.1, the Trolls were scattered, warring on each other and us, with the Darkspear tribe hanging around the Org ghettos. After 4.1, after everything changes with massive upheaval and omg this is serious business… the Trolls were scattered, warring one ach other and us, with the Darkspear tribe hanging around the Org ghettos.
But at least you got some nice gear out of it… oh wait, new patch means new gear! So now even the gear is gone. So to summarise, had I just skipped 4.1 and logged in today in 4.2, I would have missed…. nothing? Literally nothing? Not one piece of the World Map was affected? Not one NPC even slightly moved from one streetcorner to another? Every Troll still standing exactly where they were at the Cata launch? 4.1 changed nothing?
So now the question: What will happen in 4.2, and should I just skip it entirely? What will I miss? If I log back in at 4.3, will the World of Warcraft still be a perfect snapshot as when I left? What are the reasons for playing at all?
New Dailies? Ugh, the very concept of dailies is negative and repetitive. Do a quest, then do the same quest again tommorrow. And the day after. And again. And again. The very CONCEPT makes me not want to log in.
Unlock New dailies? So… once you do the same quests over and over and over… you get to do another ton of quests over and over and over? yeah, I’m out.
Ragnaros? I beat him already. Why do it again? What’s the point? If Blizzard is just gonna bring back old bosses every patch (Bring back Nefarion, bring back Onyxia, bring back Ragnaros… patch 4.3: Prophet Skeram Lives!), then why defeat them now? They’ll just be brought back AGAIN later. I’m tired of rerighting old bosses. It’s repetitive. Wait.. “repetative and boring?” Was I just talking about that?
tl;dr – If Rise of the Zandalari never happenned, no one would notice. Ditto, Rage of the Firelands?