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Mists of Pandaria: Monk Class Recap
There haven't been a lot of blue posts or other news this week, but we will hear more about Mists of Pandaria in a few weeks. While we are waiting for new announcements we can review the new Monk class that is coming in Mists of Pandaria using a dedicated thread in our Mists of Pandaria forum.

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Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Talent Tree Homogenization
There is homogenization that is good for the game, and homogenization that is bad for the game.

Consider Blood Lust/Heroism and Rebirth (battle rez). Those are very powerful abilities and probably mandatory for raiding. If shaman and druids were the only classes that brought them still, then every 10-player raid group would need a shaman and druid to be successful. In a game with 10-player raids and 11 classes, that means someone is excluded. Even worse, if yours is the guild with 2 really good rogues or hunters, you are going to have to make the choice to sit one of those players out in order to be optimal. Even if that hunter is a really nice guy or a good player, he can't come because you need Blood Lust. We don't think that's fun, and we know a lot of players agree. There are several abilities in this mandatory or near-mandatory category: interrupts, raid buffs, dispels and so on. We have no problems spreading those around, or homogenizing the abilities that mean groups can bring the player they want to.

The other category though is making each class feel a bit different when you play them. These are abilities or mechanics that tend to make your class or spec feel unique, but aren't mandatory. There are a lot of these in the game: Chakra, Cauterize, Bladestorm, Demonic Circle, etc. There are of course still going to be healing, survival, damage and movement abilities in the game that are equivalent in their effect as another classes' ability, but they all work a little differently, and hopefully make you feel different when you group with other characters or play different alts. It's important to us to protect those differences in the game. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Character and Creature Model Quality
We've acknowledged that the old character models could do with a revamp, and we're planning to get this done. But the point several of you raised about system requirements holds true; we want WoW to be accessible to those with older machines as well as those of you with top-end gaming rigs. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

MMO-Report
The MMO Report is back after the holidays, and we definitely did not forget about Casey, mostly. He is back this week to tell you about DC Universe Online, the Firefly MMO, and his ever popular Mail Bag!

This article was originally published in forum thread: Mists of Pandaria Monk Class Recap, Blue Posts, MMO Report started by chaud View original post
Comments 53 Comments
  1. Eclesion's Avatar
    "Even if that hunter is a really nice guy or a good player, he can't come because you need Blood Lust." - from the Blue Post above

    Yeah, one thing excludes the other .... :P
    Balance isn´t easy to create but I think Blizzard is doing a good job so far.

    And I really hope they improve the model quality.
  1. Neily's Avatar
    I fail to see why it's all fine and dandy to create a new, shiny character model and yet revamping the old ones is somehow borderline impossible (okay, I'm exaggerating just a tad). But, it's good to know they are beginning to work on it.
  1. evilgnomey's Avatar
    The blue poster should know that hunters with core hounds have a bloodlust/heroism...
  1. The Ogdru Jahad's Avatar
    one of the best MMO reports in a while. LOVE the mailbag
  1. mrpoker's Avatar
    What i feel aggrieved by their decision to homogenize classes is that some classes specifically the Shaman class, had to give up so much whereas other classes just received and received and became better.

    It took them 1 game, and 3 expansions to finally realise that "it was not fun to be everyone's buff bitch". Yeah sure, so go ahead and spread our buffs away but then what do the Shaman excel in now?
  1. Da Baws's Avatar
    Frankly, it pisses me off that they gave away our Bloodlust. Now it's, why take a shaman when we can take a mage? Same buff but better dps since mages are OP.
  1. mrpoker's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Da Baws View Post
    Frankly, it pisses me off that they gave away our Bloodlust. Now it's, why take a shaman when we can take a mage? Same buff but better dps since mages are OP.
    There was a need to spread our bloodlust, but giving it to mages was the worst option. Giving it to the hunter was also another bad idea imo, this truly made mages too good. And the most sickening annoying part of it is, they even gave the mage a self buff when they casted it thus getting a superior version of the spell. Typical anyway, that when they give something unique to us, they make it even better then before.
  1. lilbuddhaman's Avatar
    There are only 4 classes in wow these days: tank, healer, melee dps, ranged dps.
  1. Vengfulr3ap3r's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lilbuddhaman View Post
    There are only 4 classes in wow these days: tank, healer, melee dps, ranged dps.
    Honestly that pretty much sums it up in my opinion.
  1. Ettan's Avatar
    "Consider Blood Lust/Heroism and Rebirth (battle rez). Those are very powerful abilities and probably mandatory for raiding"
    Mandatory for raiding! Therefore these abilities will now be granted at level 60! Woop woop!
    Feel the pain of my logic bat ghostcrawler.
    Its super effective!
  1. Sanguinesun's Avatar
    Yay Casey's back on the front page!
  1. Harthmut's Avatar
    Suuuuuuuure... one day it's the fact they want people to be able to play with older machines (who could otherwise just turn the friggin graphics down) and the other day the "recources" aren't given. But they have the recources to revamp the darkmoon faire, a completely useless shitfest of minigames. Like i don't have enough of them on my iphone...
  1. Zadiell's Avatar
    I was never a game tester, and work in games as a texture artist. whats he talking about ? :P

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