Hrm. I'm massively torn. On one side, I used to play WoW a LOT - until a few months into BfA. I did do progressively more and longer breaks before, tho, so there was definately a trend. But I still miss playing it. I'm contemplating getting Shadowlands, mainly because of the curse - a good addon is followed by a bad one. Didn't enjoy WoD much, I LOVED Legion, it's my favorite addon, GOD do I wish I could play that anew again, and was underwhelmed by BfA - so I think Shadowlands might be good and I may like it, but .. how much with gametime.. 65€? are a steep price to just try and see if I like it. >_<
I enjoyed WoW most when it felt like I was spending most of my time 'progressing' even if in tiny increments.
Legion was nice, lots of different goals and challenges to work towards, sure they lead to cosmetic rewards (weapon variants/mounts) but they weren't always following the exact same mad-lib fill-in-the-blank quest template.
Then BFA happened, and while the graphics were really a huge step up, everything felt 'boilerplated'. Instead of doing things that left like progress, I was spending 2/3rds (often -more-) of my time pointlessly travelling from place to place so I could do the next 'optimal' thing for my character that day. Clearly the formula was "give them more choice but throttle how much players can do in a day by padding -everything- out with -more- travel time.' Don't get me started on the absolutely stupid horde city layout and the decision to nuke old portals and introduce 'mount equipment'. Ugh.
World of progress bars. I did some raiding & dungeons but they're super repetitive with super low reward chances. Warfronts were amusing for a bit.
I was there at the beginning, but left because I enjoyed City of Heroes so much more. I returned late Cata and, with brief pauses, was active since until I left mid-BFA. Honestly, I'm not sure if I'll ever go back. They were great at delivering anticipation... not so great at following up. Unless they take a pretty radical change in design direction, it's not a model that works for me anymore.
I agree, heh. The mount-equipment really irritated me, actually, because that felt pretty pointless to me. Like many things.
Talked about that with a friend of mine who still plays, and progress-raids. He just hates all the rng they started to stack, and the many things they introduced to keep people grinding to not fall behind. He's unsure whether he wants to continue or not. I never really was into raiding, except for one time, where I actually met my partner, I'm mainly into leveling alts and roleplay, and farming transmogg, pets and mounts. Needless to say, I wasn't happy with the changes to leveling, I don't enjoy old raidbosses having vastly more HP now (which made some of my characters unable to solo some raids they could before. Yeah, I didn't take that one well. >_>).
But I still miss playing. It still has the charm, and frankly, nothing really compares. Ugh.