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Post 4.3 Interview with Greg Street (Ghostcrawler)
Blizzard was nice enough to let us talk to Ghostcrawler about his thoughts on Patch 4.3 now that it has been released and what the future has in store. We were even able to sneak in a few Mists of Pandaria questions for you!



Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
In general, how well do you think Patch 4.3 went?
We are pretty happy with it, as it was a huge patch for us. Large patches like this always come with a risk that we will screw something up, but it was a pretty smooth launch for as much content as we had in there.

Are you happy with the difficulty of the Dragon Soul heroic encounters, or do you think the bosses are dying too fast?
We are pretty happy with the current difficulty, the first boss is designed to be pretty easy, and the next tier of hardcore raiders are at the second or third boss, which is pretty much where we want them to be. The top tier guilds are going through it quickly, as they always do, but they make hundreds of attempts on each boss. Everyone is about where they should be right now.

Recently you made it so that casters with shields can no longer roll on offhand items, but in previous tiers those items have been very competitive for those specs. Why was this changed?
That's only in Raid Finder, and we made the change to restrict certain items to certain classes to prevent things like hunters needing on strength swords. We debated the offhand change a lot and we knew that some of the shaman might be unhappy with the fact that we are making them use the shield when they might want to use an offhand, but we also thought the mages, priests, and druids would be upset that the shaman got to roll on the offhand and the shield when they could only roll on the offhand. It could have gone either way and we understand that some players are upset at the way it went. Once players progress to normal mode, they can still use the offhands, so it is only a Raid Finder issue.

You can easily max out Justice and Valor points right now, so do you plan on adding anything like pets, mounts, or vanity gear to provide some use for the points?
We talked about it in the past, but we like the way it works now where players hit the cap quickly by doing whatever content they want. We don't want players to feel like they have to log in every night to earn as many Valor points as possible.

Some guilds are doing up to 20 LFR runs in a week to maximize the amount of gear they can get...
Yeah, fortunately that isn't very widespread. It is hard to discourage, and if they are enjoying it and it doesn't hurt game balance, we are okay with that.

Is LFR going to remain a current raid only tool, or will we be able to use it from Dragon Soul onwards?
Nope, we want to use it from Dragon Soul onwards. We would have loved to turn on LFR for all of the old content in the game, but Raid Finder was actually going to be a Patch 5.0+ feature. Fairly late we thought that it would be great to get into Patch 4.3, but up until the very end it wasn't clear if it would be ready for Patch 4.3. However, we were able to finish it in time with Dragon Soul functionality. If there is time in the future, we would like to go back and get at least some of the older content into it.

Will there be another patch before Mists of Pandaria?
We said that we are not going to do another tier of raiding content and PvP season, but we will do the normal pre expansion launch patch. This would include things like the new talents and the other big mechanics changes coming in the expansion, along with the launch event that deals with the Horde vs Alliance story and the introduction of the new continent. The launch event will be similar in magnitude to what we did for Wrath of the Lich King and Burning Crusade.

Cataclysm brought us guild perks to make raiding easier like Mass Resurrection, Mass Summoning, and lower durability reduction on death. How high do you think the guild level is going to increase to in Mists of Pandaria and what kind of new guild perks do you think we will see?
We aren't going to double the number of guild levels or anything like that. We had to make up for the lack of it in previous expansions this time around. Players can expect a few more levels, nothing like thirty or forty more. We haven't talked much about the perks guilds will receive yet, but they will be similar to the existing perks. One idea was cheaper transmogrification, which could be fun for players.

Has there been any progress made on making items account bound and not server bound since you last commented on it?
We would still love to do it, it isn't a design problem as much as a technical one. We are doing a lot of work to get achievements to be account wide, and it is possible that some of the work we do there will let us do the same thing for items. We can't promise anything though, because it could be the case that the first 90% of the work is really easy, and the last 10% is more difficult. Catching all of the exploits and bugs are part of what makes this something that is hard to do.

Will the under construction parts of the Darkmoon Faire get filled out before Mists of Pandaria, or is this something that won't be done until later?
We have vague plans, along the lines of "Hey, we could add a haunted house here", but nothing solid. I would be surprised if it was expanded upon anytime soon, we might add something for the launch event. This depends on the players' reactions to the current one, if they feel like they are running out of things to do, or if there is a lot of love for certain minigames or parts of the Faire, we might be able to add something else. It is hard to provide enough content so that people never run out of things to do, so we are pacing ourselves with the Faire, expanding on it over time.

Items from Archaeology have low item levels compared to the new and easy to access gear added in Patch 4.3, Are there any plans to scale or add new Archaeology items that will be relevant to the current content?
We will likely add new items, we didn't want to compete with heirlooms and give alt characters more gear than they could possibly use, allowing them to level without caring at all about loot gained while leveling. We like the idea of artifacts remaining something that you can trade between characters on your account. If you get a healer trinket that you can't use right now because you don't have a healer, it could be something you use one day, rather than solving your healer trinket problems forever.

With the advent of LFR, casual players can see all of the content, while Heroic raids seem to be harder now. Is this type of difficulty something you want to move forward doing?
The advantage of having three difficulty levels is that we can tailor each one to the audience. Before LFR we could target Normal difficulty raids at organized guilds, which left nothing for PuGs to do, or we could target them at PuGs, making them too easy for organized guilds. This would leave normal guilds only Heroic difficulty for a challenging encounter, leaving nothing for the more hardcore guilds to do. The three difficulty levels let us tailor each difficulty so that everyone has something to do.

Are there any plans to promote Voice Chat use?
The Voice Chat we included is not a good feature. We tried, we made some mistakes, and we accept that it isn't something used by a lot of players. It is on the wishlist of things we would eventually like to improve. A big thing it is missing now that we would like to fix is the ability to communicate with people before you get into the game, having to be logged in to use it makes it less useful than something like Ventrilo or Mumble.

Are you planning on adding chat channels for healing, DPS, and tanking in LFR?
We haven't thought about it, but it wouldn't be hard to do. We would just add people to the channel based on their role.

Okay, great. Thank you so much for your time!

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Comments 127 Comments
  1. Korgoth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Boubouille View Post
    Any class balance question will be "we'll try to fix it with Mists of Pandaria", it's not a bullshit answer, they're just redoing the whole talent system. There is absolutely no question to ask about that, we already know they're working on something new, we already know what it is, we already know the next step is beta testing.

    Ghostcrawler was nice enough to give us time for a post 4.3 interview and that's what we did, a post 4.3 interview. I'd be happy to get a Mists of Pandaria interview but this isn't the point and realistically it wouldn't be that interesting either since we got so much info from the Blizzcon.

    If you really wonder why we won't go to a developer and ask him "SO HUH, YEAH, I KNOW YOU HATE ME AND WANT ME TO BE SAD FOR 2 SEASONS, WHY???" I think you might want to try thinking about it again. Blizzard doesn't have a plan to steal your candies and make you sad. Really.
    A post 4.3 interview where half the questions were already known and half focused on future features, like the LFR being used after the current tier, like is there another patch coming, like is Archaeology going to be made useful. But you wouldn't ask a question as to if they are going to fix whats currently broken or even acknowledge that it is broken. All these Q and As are completely pointless when you just softball in questions with obvious answers.

    The question I want one of you spineless sell outs to ask is why they leave classes like Warrior garbage, while leaving Mages overpowered, why they choose to make one class shit for almost an entire expansion, and the other overpowered? I want you to call them on their bullshit. But yeah I don't expect it.
  1. micho's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Korgoth View Post
    A post 4.3 interview where half the questions were already known and half focused on future features, like the LFR being used after the current tier, like is there another patch coming, like is Archaeology going to be made useful. But you wouldn't ask a question as to if they are going to fix whats currently broken or even acknowledge that it is broken. All these Q and As are completely pointless when you just softball in questions with obvious answers.

    The question I want one of you spineless sell outs to ask is why they leave classes like Warrior garbage, while leaving Mages overpowered, why they choose to make one class shit for almost an entire expansion, and the other overpowered? I want you to call them on their bullshit. But yeah I don't expect it.
    easy there big boy
  1. Derivatives's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by K0tY View Post
    Well as i see it 4.3 was fail and wow is dead for so many people, meanwhile swtor is getting more and more players/subs, Blizzard killed wow, gratz to them.
    Wow is dead to SOME people, but not a lot of people. To you maybe. I see SWTOR as just another Warhammer 40k. I tell the people who leave for it that i'll see them soon. I personally think 4.3 was neat and that Blizzard did a good job. Especially with the looks of the new gear! Warlock Tier is amazing. I'm not going to lie though, I look forward to Diablo 3. It will be a game worth playing. Thanks for the new info though. It's good to see Blizzard is still going strong.
  1. Irishman's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Korgoth View Post
    A post 4.3 interview where half the questions were already known and half focused on future features, like the LFR being used after the current tier, like is there another patch coming, like is Archaeology going to be made useful. But you wouldn't ask a question as to if they are going to fix whats currently broken or even acknowledge that it is broken. All these Q and As are completely pointless when you just softball in questions with obvious answers.

    The question I want one of you spineless sell outs to ask is why they leave classes like Warrior garbage, while leaving Mages overpowered, why they choose to make one class shit for almost an entire expansion, and the other overpowered? I want you to call them on their bullshit. But yeah I don't expect it.

    Or my personal favourite, "What class will the monk class be? Durrr!". Wasted opportunities gleefully thrown away by World of Warcraft's most convenient idiots when it comes to these questions. Don't expect them to be incriminating for two reasons;

    1) Most of the time, as aforementioned, it's an idiot asking them
    2) Blizzard cherry picks which questions they answer some of the other times; the truth is at times that i'm not entirely sure even they know what's going on with the game.
  1. naturetauren's Avatar
    Lol i would like to see a PvP QA for this dude.
  1. Redblade's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Crowe View Post
    Question weren't critical enough imo.Asking about coming features seems like a waste of time when talking to someone like Ghostcrawler. You could have had a way better discussion going.

    Why not ask him about the downsides of the LFR and how it allows almost everyone to "complete" the game within a few weeks.

    Ask him how Blizzard intends to curb the downwards spiral which the game seems to be in at the moment.

    Ask him about his opinion on 15 man raids and if there's any chance we might see them anytime soon.

    Ask him about a 3rd pillar of endgame content that can coexist with Raids and Arena.

    Ask him to reflect on some of the design decisions made in Cataclysm.

    Ask him to react to some of the criticism directed at WoW.


    But no, instead you talk about the Darkmoon Fair and sweet-talk the LFR...
    This would have been so much better, while the foam at the mouth 'WHY U HATE ME BRO' interview that some want isn't a good idea or even a possibility, the above one is. There is a lot of questions from more critical viewpoint that should be asked and answered in my opinion.


    You could have asked him why the heroic loot table is incomplete.

    You could have asked him why we get less and less gear with every tier, even though reforging was going to make those non set pieces more desirable to tie you over.

    You could have asked him why they rolled LFR out without a functioning loot system for it, the issues with the current one is well known since LFD launch and additional once was easy to figure out by spending 5-10 minutes thinking about potential issues.

    You could have asked him why they still did nothing about the wasted loot issue in 10man, especially with tier pieces in mind.

    And that's only about Dragon Soul raid and 4.3.
  1. Orby's Avatar
    I love the Horde vs Alliance fan art pic :O
  1. Masternewt's Avatar
    Same old pointless questions with pointless answers. All these Q&A are completely without substance because they are done by fanboi bloggers instead of journalists. Interviews are supposed to get information the people want to know, not be an extension of Blizzard's PR. Next time, ask me to write questions, I've been doing interviews with musicians, politicians and random celebs for over a decade and I'm not pussyfooting around when they need to be asked proper questions.
  1. Nris's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Biggiej View Post
    Because females never do any explicit art, of females and males right?
    Nope totally no explizit art in every online fandom ever

    Also, I'm so friggin sick of Blizzards 'We are going to fix it with the next Expansion'. I get it half your team is tinkering on MoP allready but guess what? Your players are still playing Cataclysmn and they want to have fun now, not in howmany month you plan to throw the next box at us.

    Have fun chasing your carrot.
  1. Nerraw's Avatar
    So many whiners....The interview was fine for what it was supposed to do. To give an overview of the 4.3 launch and their thoughts on it, and a couple of reflexions on things coming in the near future. Deal with it.
  1. bbr's Avatar
    My first christmas outside WoW. *sigh* This one: http://media.mmo-champion.com/images...-1184-full.jpg Is so lovely smooth and soft,. does anyone have the site of the creator?
  1. greyghost's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Quenios View Post
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    The top tier guilds are going through it quickly, as they always do, but they make hundreds of attempts on each boss. Everyone is about where they should be right now.
    Don't think we have spent 100 attempts on Morchok, Zon'ozz, Yor'sahj, Hagara and Ultraxion all on heroic combined LOL
    Well, the people who made all the guides that your guild follows made 100's of attempts on the bosses on the PTR.
  1. Soulwind's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bbr View Post
    My first christmas outside WoW. *sigh* This one: http://media.mmo-champion.com/images...-1184-full.jpg Is so lovely smooth and soft,. does anyone have the site of the creator?
    I was wondering, too. The eyes are amazing.

    [EDIT]: Found it! In the Blizzard gallery the piece is labeled as Abris, a quick search and...

    http://tamplierpainter.deviantart.com/gallery/

    There you are. He doesn't have that many pictures, sadly.
  1. Nest's Avatar
    Will there be another patch before Mists of Pandaria? We said that we are not going to do another tier of raiding content and PvP season, but we will do the normal pre expansion launch patch.
    I wonder when MoP will come out, cause this is starting to feel like 3.5.
  1. Thundertom's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Boubouille View Post
    Any class balance question will be "we'll try to fix it with Mists of Pandaria", it's not a bullshit answer, they're just redoing the whole talent system. There is absolutely no question to ask about that, we already know they're working on something new, we already know what it is, we already know the next step is beta testing.

    Ghostcrawler was nice enough to give us time for a post 4.3 interview and that's what we did, a post 4.3 interview. I'd be happy to get a Mists of Pandaria interview but this isn't the point and realistically it wouldn't be that interesting either since we got so much info from the Blizzcon.

    If you really wonder why we won't go to a developer and ask him "SO HUH, YEAH, I KNOW YOU HATE ME AND WANT ME TO BE SAD FOR 2 SEASONS, WHY???" I think you might want to try thinking about it again. Blizzard doesn't have a plan to steal your candies and make you sad. Really.
    I'm sorry to disagree with you Boub, but people are playing 4.3 now, apparently there is class imbalance now, and not in MoP. I can imagine people being upset about it not being fixed. If it's always going to be fixed in a future patch, it's not getting fixed. If you're going to do a 4.3 interview and not an MoP interview, I'd say Korgoth has a very valid point.

    I honestly didn't find the interview too exciting either. Questions were asked, and the answers given were always confirmed, never questioned.
  1. wiIdi's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Items from Archaeology have low item levels compared to the new and easy to access gear added in Patch 4.3..We will likely add new items, we didn't want to compete with heirlooms and give alt characters more gear than they could possibly use, allowing them to level without caring at all about loot gained while leveling..
    your answer is disappointing, this isn't about leveling and heirlooms. Do you know what kept archaeology alive? It was the useful ilvl 359 weapons for max lvl players, nothing else. Unfortunately those items are crap by now and archaeology died. Adding more low lvl crap doesn't even make much sense because people lvl fast and 3 days later their item becomes useless until they lvl the same class to the same lvl but would they do that.
  1. Tikaru's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Korgoth View Post
    A post 4.3 interview where half the questions were already known and half focused on future features, like the LFR being used after the current tier, like is there another patch coming, like is Archaeology going to be made useful. But you wouldn't ask a question as to if they are going to fix whats currently broken or even acknowledge that it is broken. All these Q and As are completely pointless when you just softball in questions with obvious answers.

    The question I want one of you spineless sell outs to ask is why they leave classes like Warrior garbage, while leaving Mages overpowered, why they choose to make one class shit for almost an entire expansion, and the other overpowered? I want you to call them on their bullshit. But yeah I don't expect it.
    "My class is nerfed to the ground and that class is overpowered."

    News at 11.
  1. Nekosom's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Masternewt View Post
    Same old pointless questions with pointless answers. All these Q&A are completely without substance because they are done by fanboi bloggers instead of journalists. Interviews are supposed to get information the people want to know, not be an extension of Blizzard's PR. Next time, ask me to write questions, I've been doing interviews with musicians, politicians and random celebs for over a decade and I'm not pussyfooting around when they need to be asked proper questions.
    Your interviews with your imaginary friends is entirely beside the point. Interviews with developers ARE PR, pure and simple. They're not to get information. That is completely absurd. If developers want to release information about their product, they do so in an environment in which they have complete control (LIKE BLIZZCON). Interviews like these are promotional in nature, and nothing more. Want to ask them hard-hitting questions? They'll kindly avoid the topic and blackball you from ever interviewing them again. Then you're right back to interviewing those imaginary people.

    You entitled children really expect everything. "Grr, this completely free site I contribute nothing to didn't ask questions I approve of! Grumble grumble I want cookie!" Here's a lesson in etiquette kids. You say, "Thank you Boubouille for going through the effort of getting this interview entirely for the sake of your viewers." And then, you shut up.
  1. zcks's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nekosom View Post
    Interviews with developers ARE PR, pure and simple. They're not to get information. That is completely absurd. If developers want to release information about their product, they do so in an environment in which they have complete control (LIKE BLIZZCON). Interviews like these are promotional in nature, and nothing more. Want to ask them hard-hitting questions? They'll kindly avoid the topic and blackball you from ever interviewing them again. Then you're right back to interviewing those imaginary people.
    This ^ so sooo much.


    Even the Q&A that they do at blizzcon with the audience prearranged. When they choose people to ask the questions they are told what to ask & told that if they ask something else they will be "politely" removed from the building & barred from coming back.
  1. MarizzaDraenor's Avatar
    Whats the point on making an interview on which you ask yourself the things on which you want to reply? Is it supposed to be some kind of a joke? How about commenting on the killing of 25 man raiding and the rest of the issues the community is asking for months now?

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