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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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This article was originally published in forum thread: Interview with Greg Street (Ghostcrawler), Winter Veil, EU Blizzard Sale, Fan Art started by chaud View original post
Comments 127 Comments
  1. Vesci's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Noomz View Post
    I got a goldselling ad whilst watching that interview video.You might want to tell someone about that.
    Blizzard and Curse run those guys. Why do you think they're so rampant in this game and not so much in other games? It's how they get 12 mil subs, half are farmers to sell to the other half, you.

    Also love the fan arts, as always. Awesome work.
  1. Rainiothon's Avatar
    I wouldn't have let him get away with talking about "masses of content".
  1. goulet goulet's Avatar
    yeah that the hell, mass content??? am i missing something? transmog, 3 stupid quick dungeons, and a raid that i for one am sick of after 2 weeks of clears.
  1. Freese's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by goulet goulet View Post
    yeah that the hell, mass content??? am i missing something? transmog, 3 stupid quick dungeons, and a raid that i for one am sick of after 2 weeks of clears.
    And what more exactly do you want? It seems like you guys want to log in and fine something brand new that you have never done every single day.
  1. Bulli85's Avatar
    Im sorry but what a horrible interviewer. It sounded like just somebody off the street that GC gave 5mins to ask him a bunch of stuff, very unprofessional.
  1. Arkian's Avatar
    In-game chat would work pretty well if they just gave you the option of using your own Mumble/Vent servers (or alternatively hosting your own BlizzardVoiceServer). Build the Mumble/Vent clients into the game, then have it so that a party leader can select a Mumble/Vent server from the list of public/private servers attached to each player (ie, I'd have my Mumble server set to public, meaning anyone I was in a group with could join and the party leader could make it the default). It could be ten times easier to use than a standalone client, plus it'd be able to include a whole bunch of sweet interface options. I don't know what I'd like more, being able to invite people in without giving them the password or actually being able to see voiceover icons when people say 'over here'.
  1. Takki's Avatar
    The Shield/OH-Changes whould be great, whould be a non-spirit-OH there....
  1. goulet goulet's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Freese View Post
    And what more exactly do you want? It seems like you guys want to log in and fine something brand new that you have never done every single day.
    I guess i just expect to have enough content of varying difficulties to keep me interested in the game. I may very well be the only one of the opinion that lfr/normal/heroics are all practicality the same thing and I can feel my interest in these 8 bosses wavering already.
  1. wiIdi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dotSeed View Post
    Are you nuts? There’s a huge gap between Normal mode clearing guilds and Heroic mode clearing guilds. You can’t lump them in to one difficulty and expect both to be happy.
    back then we only had 2 difficulties, so your solution would have been to leave normal mode and hard mode to organized guilds and nothing for pugs (or whatever you want to call them) to make everyone happy?
  1. Prosix's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Soulwind View Post
    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...

    *snip*

    There you are. He doesn't have that many pictures, sadly.

    Nice find, thanks, just wanted to start looking whether he has a gallery on deviantart, too. I'm especially glad to see he uploaded high resolution versions there, the standard resolution stuff just doesn't do justice...
  1. zcks's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Crowe View Post
    And let's be honest here for a second. Overall class balance has been pretty solid in Cataclysm.
    As far as PVE is concerned this may be true, however as far as PvP in cataclysm is concerned class balance has been a joke.

    Not That I expect PvP class balance in WoW to stand up to MLg gaming standards but there comes a point when you have to realize that the person handling the balance issues is either letting their personal feelings get in the way or has simply decided to just say f#ck it & given up.

    They really do know what they need to do to balance PvP, hopefully in MOP they either finally do it or find a new way that works because using the excuse that you don't want to confuse "new" (they really mean idiots) people is getting old.
  1. Hovsa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Freese View Post
    And what more exactly do you want? It seems like you guys want to log in and fine something brand new that you have never done every single day.
    No, we want stuff that lasts untill the next patch, but with every new patch since Cata launched, there has been less and less content for raiders that last untill the next patch.
  1. Formoor's Avatar
    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.
    Think Blizz lowered its expectation greatly. Last content patch in WoLK = 12 bosses, 4 wings. Each wing opened after a certain amount of time. (2-4 weeks if I remember correctly) Last content patch in Cata = 8 bosses (that's 1/3 less). All bosses opened at the same time = 1 week - Deathwing was dead. The one thing I can say Blizzard can be proud of is the LFR finder, which will help casual players a bit, because it introduces a new difficulty to the game: LFR - easy difficulty Normal raid - normal difficulty Heroic raid - hard difficulty Heroic PVP difficulty is needed: 5 vs 10 for instance :P
  1. goulet goulet's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hovsa View Post
    No, we want stuff that lasts untill the next patch, but with every new patch since Cata launched, there has been less and less content for raiders that last untill the next patch.
    This is what i mean, and 3 difficulty levels of the same 8 bosses i don't see myself making it to a full heroic clear due to pure boredom.

    looks like pvp is the only thing that will keep me playing until next patch
  1. solitude's Avatar
    every time we ask them to fix warrior or hunters their answer is just we are working on it for 5.0... fuck the hell of 5.0 fix my char now,iam paying you to play now not to play 5.0 and who told you that i will play the next damn expanssion... to blizzard btw
  1. DragonSoul's Avatar
    dnt pay any attention to these types of Q+A its just mmo champs front page fillers when they dnt have anything worthwhile to post.
  1. LazyJones's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by solitude View Post
    every time we ask them to fix warrior or hunters their answer is just we are working on it for 5.0... fuck the hell of 5.0 fix my char now,iam paying you to play now not to play 5.0 and who told you that i will play the next damn expanssion... to blizzard btw
    Wait, so your logic is to play the game now, while your class is broken, and threaten NOT to play it when it gets fixed?

    Try this: Unsubscribe now, and don't come back unless they fix it. That'll teach'em.
  1. Buu's Avatar
    Wait, that was Tom Chilton at the end? He was WATCHING the interview? Oh man, this man give me the chills. I'm always scared of Tom Chilton, and I bet they were sweating like pigs while doing "the interview".
  1. Malenurse's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Buu View Post
    Wait, that was Tom Chilton at the end? He was WATCHING the interview? Oh man, this man give me the chills. I'm always scared of Tom Chilton, and I bet they were sweating like pigs while doing "the interview".
    sweating like pigs lol
  1. Xece's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Korgoth View Post
    What a totally useless Q and A! How about next time you throw him a real question like, "Why are you leaving Resto Druids, Arms Warriors, and Enh Shaman completely gimp in pvp for 2 whole seasons while Mages, Locks and Resto Shamans get to continue on being blatantly overpowered?"or maybe, "Why is C Smash still nerfed on Arms warriors in pvp when the spec is doing horribly, and almost every other class gets 100% armor penetration and are bursting for 30-50k a global?"or my favorite, "How many more subscribers have to quit before your untalented biased ass gets fired?"
    As if the classes u have mentioned are gimped, maybe shaman, but i have seen alot of decent shammies in arena that can compete with a holy pally very well. As for arms warrior, yeah right, honestly give me a break with the amount of cc u guys have and power u'r able 2 throw stop QQ'ing over a class that is so not gimped. U guys can pretty much own everything, maybe the only class u might have trouble with is a mage. As for locks being op just shut up, u honestly dont have a clue what u'r talking about. And lets not even go there with Resto Druids, they are know 2 be OP all along. With cyclone, being a cc that can outright outshine Fear in it's heydays. Mobility when stuff goes wrong, and their awesome heals, they are come out as the best in all healing classes. It's probably just u, u'r not playing the classes right, or u'r going in BG's with no res expecting 2 walk in like God Mode. I know when u'r over 4k res u'r pretty much on equal footing with everyone and it comes down 2 skill 2 try and defeat ur opponent. Even mages cant plow down their enemy with a few lucky shots.

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