Twitch streamers playing ALPHA & BETA before every launch has become a bigger marketing tool then any commercial on TV or gaming website ad. I do agree with you it takes alot of magic out of the experience knowing everything the xpac has to offer before even playing
Remember the old days when you went to buy a nintendo game or pc game and all you had to judge the game was the back of the box ? I remember as a kid me and my brother use to judge & joke whether a Amiga game was going to be good or not by the weight of the box lol . If the box was HEAVY it meant there was a huge booklet/instruction manual which in our opinion made the game more deep/complex.
Im so starved for a new MMO i'll probably throw some money at this game over the weekend, Now days, 30 bucks for a couple weeks worth of entertainment is well worth the price of admission. I rarely go into a MMO anymore expecting to spend years ingame like did with World of Warcraft or even Final Fantsy