Many of us are lucky enough to be able to live off this game (e.g. skill-capped, glad/rank1 boosts, streaming, youtube etc) but it has caused the trend of having to be neutral when streaming or making videos. For example say person A asks you a question about toweliee. You say something bad like toweliee is fat for example (he wouldn't care, he's a grown man) in response; you will most likely be DDOSed within minutes. It happened to a friend when he said something bad about a certain top streamer (i won't mention his name) and he was DDOSed within 10 minutes of said action. Many people don't get that it's normally just banter, because they are probably very young - kids have a harder time being rational or understanding varied opinions about their beloved streamers.
Therefore that is why arena egos aren't as common now. The whole reason a lot of people still play is due to a mixture of being able to live off the game and, I assume, the social fun aspect that arena brings which I think is still good. You can't have an opinion about popular people or be "real" as some people like to put it anymore as it will hurt your image which could drastically damage your career in streaming or any other outlet you pursue related to WoW. You can't have an opinion when streaming, you have to be neutral or you'll be gunned down by an angry mob of fan boys.
Wizik needs to come back to restore the balance.