Interesting episode, and I'll actually make my comments and questions short this time, well sort of.
Blizzard said they need to be smart about managing resources, but if you remember when they joined with Activision the main reason given was so they would have more resources available. That gives a big hmmm...
If they lay of GMs does that mean the 24 hour wait for an automated response for an issue to be sent to you by email will now become 48 hours?
Honestly, I don't think we will miss the GMs at all because they seemed to be non-existent in the first place. Or they can make a bot GM that hangs out in Uldum with 20 other farming bots out there at any given time that Blizz has no interest of getting rid of.
As for the stat changes, I'm all with Mike B on that one. Goes back to when they eliminated certain stats in the past for the reason of making it easier to understand, but in turn ended up making it all more confusing.
And last, for everything else... Layoffs, the resistance changes. ect... I just picture some Activision executive, bearing a striking resemblance the the boss in Dilbert, finally sitting down to play World of Warcraft for the first time. Upon finishing his 5 minute session, went to Blizzard and told them to change or get rid of anything he did not understand in the game and fire anyone who might be smarter than he was. Then told them that the terminolgy of the game was too complicated and had them change the resilence stats and other things to sound more Mario like.
Only thing missing from Wow turning over to being a Blizzactivision console port might the addition of side scrolling raids with bosses being a pay as you go DLC content download. The only thing fun left in Wow are these shows covering it. Keep the info and fun coming, maybe Blizz will learn from you guys. For me, Im happy to be playing Rift now : ) Cheers