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Pandaren Language
Even if you haven't listened to a Pandaren speak Pandaren, it might be familiar to you...



Beta PvP Gear Vendors
If you are one of the lucky players in Beta, you can now purchase ilevel 483 Gladiator's gear from the PvP vendors on top of the Gate of the Setting Sun! For a full lit of the PvP gear, including the Monk PvP gear, check out WoWDB! Wand spellpower values are accurate compared to what is displayed in game, but the value is very unlikely to be final.



Female Pandaren Hair Updates
Female Pandaren got some new hair options in the latest beta build, along with some earrings! You can see a larger amount of the color in the new textures.







Account Security Alert: Riot Games / League of Legends
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Rogue (Forums)
Rogue Class Design
What annoying things have we had to deal with that you're fixing?
I'll just use one example because in our opinion it's the biggest. Layered ramping mechanics were the single biggest weakness rogues have in Cataclysm (and have had for some time). Some ramping is desirable, but too much can really hurt target switching, prohibit fast burst damage, etc. (Don't take this to extremes -- we don't need posts from every class pointing out situations in which they can't go from 0 to 60 when target switching and therefore arguing how they need to be redesigned.)

In Mists, we want combo points to be the ramping mechanic. Deadly Poison doesn't need to be a ramping mechanic. Bandit's Guile doesn't need to be a ramping mechanic. We changed the way both of those work.

You may not have thought it was a problem, but we did, and we heard about it a lot from rogue players, so we fixed it.

I sincerely want to know by what measure and according to what data you conclude rogues are "fine" in PvP right now.
What I meant was that we didn't see any crippling design flaws in rogues that needed overhauling in Mists. Sub rogues probably are too good in Cataclysm PvP, or at least 3v3 Arenas, which many players use as synonymous with PvP. It's hard to tell if Assassination and Combat are really weak, or if Sub is so strong that any sensible rogue just plays Sub. It's also entirely possible that it isn't even Sub that is too powerful but just Prep and Shadowstep. In any case, my comment was addressed towards the group of players that believe rogues have this giant list of issues that must be addressed, and at another (perhaps overlapping) group of players that just want us to change things up for the rogue because they're getting bored. Sorry for any confusion.

The combo points issue is a symbolic one, though. This is something a large number of rogues have wanted for a very long time, and the issue gets consistently ignored. I often feel as if there's no point in giving feedback at all when the devs can't even see eye-to-eye with players on how our resources should work.
The feedback doesn't get ignored. We just disagree, which we have to be allowed to do if we're actually going to design the game rather than just letting players vote on how every mechanic should work. We like the way combo points work (meaning on the target). I also suspect you're being a bit presumptuous assuming that all rogues want combo points on the rogue. Yes, rogues would be easier to play if you didn't have to worry about which target your combo points were on. Do rogues need to be easier to play? If so, are combo points the right change? We could eliminate combo points and just give Eviscerate a cooldown. Would that be easier? Would it be more fun? I'm not trying to be dismissive -- I think those questions are legitimately hard to answer.

A lot of people say killing spree is poorly designed because it doesn't work on those fights, but I firmly believe those situations are a failure of encounter design, not class design. Killing spree and backstab are fine; Blizz needs to learn to take them into account when they design bosses.
We do. But it is not our design intent that every spec can perform the exact same rotation on every fight. I'm certain that if we solved the backstab issue then the next complaint to come up (from some class) would be that every boss fight needs to have 3 targets, because multi-dotting works the best with 3 targets and their DPS will be lower when there is only one target. What do you think the DPS difference is among the 3 rogue specs on Ultraxion? (You can't just look at posted logs to answer that question, because mostly what those logs tell you are that most rogues (and presumably many of the best ones) go Combat for that fight.) What is an acceptable difference? 5%? 1%? 0%?

Obviously I don't have the numbers Blizzard does, but we do know that at least before the legendary daggers rogue was one of the least active classes. No matter if that remains true or not I think it says something when one of the, if not the best designed classes is also one of the least popular. It says that maybe it works great from a design standpoint, but how is that translating to the players?
We look at those numbers of course, but it's really hard to determine cause and effect there. Paladins are nearly always the most played class, but there are just as many paladin players demanding change as there are rogue players (actually, given the population sizes, probably more). So why are some classes more popular than others? It's probably a mix of need, power, kit, flexibility, visuals and a host of other objective and subjective criteria. The hybrid vs. pure issue plays into that a little bit, but it's not the whole answer by a long shot. I definitely don't think it's as simple as if we make a bunch of changes to rogue rotations, now more players will play rogues (consider for starters that we'd almost certainly lose some rogues as well).

I agree that this is how the design should be, but this raises the question of whether or not our finishers are powerful enough to warrant this design decision. Compared to the power we lost by having the crit bonuses of our primary abilities taken away, they just don't feel like they're as strong as they should be right now. There are fewer combo points flowing in due to generating talents being taken away, so the gaps between finishers feel unrewarding because the finishers themselves feel unrewarding.
I think it's safe to say that if we find we need to buff rogue damage for any of the specs that we'd look to finishers as a place to increase damage.

My big problem right now is that I feel very similar to feral druids and Windwalker monks, without the added benefit of being able to radically change my gameplay on a spec switch. I don't need that radical change, I suppose, being a pure DPS. In PvP it's not a problem as I feel very much like a rogue there, but it's hard to translate into PvE and I end up feeling like a warrior in leather that attacks a bit faster.
I hope Windwalkers feel different. Cat druids were designed from the outset to play like rogues, the same way Bears were designed to play just like warriors. We've eroded that a bit over time, but the bones of it remain.

As far as the pure vs. hybrid thing goes, that is a really tricky problem to solve. We could turn all classes into hybrids of course, though I'm also not sure every player would rejoice at such a change. It has been very challenging to make pure specs play fundamentally differently. If the Mists warlocks work out well, then they may feel pretty different (of course they also run the risk I mentioned before of feeling like 3 separate classes and not like warlocks). Some players in this thread mentioned that mages play totally differently, but I think to be fair they feel more different than they really play because fire vs. frost vs. arcane is such a strong theme. It's harder for "I'm an assassination" to have a completely different feel from "I'm a swasbuckler" or "I'm a sneaky guy." We've had the same challenge with hunters. Presumably Marksman hunters are great at using ranged weapons. Okay, what does that mean for Survival? They use traps? Melee? Poison?

Also, a lot of our skills are kind of boring and could use just an aesthetic change. Edit: Oh, the actual question is: Is updating rogue animations and making them more unique especially across specs on the table?
I think that's a totally fair criticism, especially of rogues and to a lesser extent warriors. Melee classes just have fewer opportunities for very showy visuals. We could add them anyway, but then the classes feel like they're casting spells and aren't doing melee attacks with weapons. That said, we have tried to give rogues a few great-looking visual effects in Mists. Longer term (meaning it's unlikely for Mists) we'd like to do more with character animation so that all rogue attacks aren't using the same one-handed stab motion (Mutilate at least has its own animation). Historically, player animations have taken us a very long time, and that time only gets worse as we add races. However, for Mists we have some new techniques that let the animators apply the animation from one model more easily to another. It still takes a great amount of time -- just less than it did before. It is most easy to see the benefits of this advance in all of the new animations for the monk class. It's too early to call that technique a success, but assuming it is, we could do the same thing for rogues and warriors and have a lot more variety in the attack animations. (Animation in this sense has a very specific jargony term, which is the movement of the model itself. All of the spell effects are a different system generally handled by a different team of artists.)

Then why did you make changes to rogue rotations? This is what people are complaining about. Go play Assassination on live and then go play it on beta at 85, then come back and tell us that Assassination is more fun without Puncturing Wounds and Ruthlessness.
Puncturing Wounds is just crit. We can add more crit if we need too (like we recently did for warriors), but it also risks making crit unattractive at high gear levels. "Why did those stupid designers put crit on rogue gear? Don't they know we don't value it?"

Puncturing Wounds (through Seal Fate) and Ruthlessness can deliver more CPs, but also contribute a lot to getting stuck at 4 CPs, which is something rogues have complained to us about, because it means you need to do a weak finisher or risk overflowing CPs on your next Mutilate. In Mists, Assassination does fewer finishers, but at the same time we introduced the Blindside proc to help the rotation from feeling too static.

To use one of my soon to be patented bad analogies; I feel like every expansion is kind of like Winterveil (to not alienate anyone) and all the classes are opening their gifts to see what this expansion is going to bring them. Some are getting entire new mechanics, some are getting new flashy spells and skills, but rogues are getting Auntie Maven's sweater for the 5th time. Sure it's gonna keep you warm and get you by, but you kinda knew you were going to get it and it's certainly not flashy or exciting.
I honestly believe this is one of those grass is greener deals though. As someone who receives class feedback from both barrels (not that I'm complaining), nearly every class argues that they got a lump of coal and the other guy got something awesome. You'll see a few players saying some new ability or talent is awesome, though they'll do so quietly for fear that we think they are content. In fact, I would challenge you to name those classes and specs (not counting monk) that you think got a really good deal in Mists. They'll be here in a second defending their argument that a new spell might appear flashy or sexy but it has Serious Issues or the Real Issues Have Not Been Addressed.

That probably sounds cynical, and I'm honestly not a cynical guy, but it's also what we've come to expect. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

SWTOR Going Free to Play?
It definitely isn't set in stone yet, but SWTOR might be going free to play in the future! After announcing that the game will be free to play until level 15 and allowing free server transfers, lead designer Emmanuel Lusinchi had some interesting things to say in an interview!

Originally Posted by SWTOR
I think it’s more than the free-to-play model – it’s more that there is a lot of competitive offers. If it was just free-to-play games and they weren’t very good it wouldn’t even be a question but there are definitely good games out there and good games coming out, so of course all of this competition impacts your plan with what you want to do.

Asked whether it would be feasible to adapt The Old Republic to a free-to-play model, Lusinchi coyly suggests that the wheels may be in motion for a drastic change.
The MMO market is very dynamic and we need to be dynamic as well. Unless people are happy with what they have, they are constantly demanding updates, new modes and situations. So we are looking at free-to-play but I can’t tell you in much detail. We have to be flexible and adapt to what is going on.
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Comments 179 Comments
  1. Ryme's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rookbird View Post
    They're not straw man arguments, he's answering genuine questions quoted from actual players. While some of his answers fell into the same rhetoric we're used to hearing, that doesn't surprise me since many people continue to rephrase questions that have already been essentially answered in the past. Even counting those, though, I didn't see such a rapid succession to make someone sick.

    5 detailed posts from the Lead Systems Designer personally answering player concerns, even if the questions were cherry picked, is actually an impressive amount of developer feedback, to me.
    No, they're strawmen. Not all of them, but many:

    "We could eliminate combo points and just give Eviscerate a cooldown. Would that be easier?" - In response to people wanting combo points on the player, something that has no direct meaning to making the class easier to play, it's a quality of life issue.

    "What do you think the DPS difference is among the 3 rogue specs on Ultraxion?" - In response to people wanting to play their class properly on all fights, nothing to do with equating dps across the specs.

    "In fact, I would challenge you to name those classes and specs (not counting monk) that you think got a really good deal in Mists" - In response to rogues claiming they feel left out on the fun new ability side of things, completing disregarding the question or offering counterexample and just redirecting attention on to other classes.
  1. counterhero's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Acidburnz View Post
    swtor going f2p well that didnt take long did it?
    You didn't read the post did you? It says its going f2p till lvl 15. Just like wow is f2p till lvl 20.
  1. Bmfstunner's Avatar
    The hair highlights are terrible, it doesn't fit the game at all and is just one more notch in the belt of "WTF" changes.
  1. furniture's Avatar
    I see that Blizzard still think that memes are funny. Man, "nom nom nom". Hilarious.
  1. videotape's Avatar
    I'd expect the sort of people who roll female Pandaren to also be the sort of people who want flamboyantly colored stripes in their hair. Meh.

    I'll pass, but I don't understand the rage over it all. And what the fuck is a "scene girl?" Kids...
  1. Miyavi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tric619 View Post
    Once more the retard award goes to GC



    Newsflash dbag, you design the game for the players not for yourself.


    Please don't flame anyone.
    newsflash "Dbag" They design the game to accommodate ALL players AND balance. Not to accommodate the vocal 0.1% who think that if they aren't instakilling every other player there class is broken.
  1. Glub's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tric619 View Post
    Newsflash dbag, you design the game for the players not for yourself.
    And they do: I'm a player and they are designing it for me. And it's going reeeeeeeaaaally well, indeed...=)))
  1. Conscious's Avatar
    The one thing MMO-C posts about TOR, and it's about them going F2P. Be more of an obviously biased (and spiteful) move please? I'm no avid TOR player by any means, but I know a scummy move when I see one.

    I mean, we know WoW isn't doing good, with servers starting to shut down and merge in their biggest market, as well as the game not having been able to post positive subscription numbers for more than a year and half... I think that's a little more pressing than another game going F2P don't you think?

    But keep on blissfully posting only positive WoW feeds, as well as promotions, all-the-while trying to pretend WoW doesn't have massively pressing issues of it's own. And don't get mad and bent out of shape when WoW going F2P is the butt of some other fan pages shitty jab attempt sometime soon (probably sooner than you think).
  1. ChildofBodom20's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Conscious View Post
    The one thing MMO-C posts about TOR, and it's about them going F2P. Be more of an obviously biased (and spiteful) move please? I'm no avid TOR player by any means, but I know a scummy move when I see one.

    I mean, we know WoW isn't doing good, with servers starting to shut down and merge in their biggest market, as well as the game not having been able to post positive subscription numbers for more than a year and half... I think that's a little more pressing than another game going F2P don't you think?

    But keep on blissfully posting only positive WoW feeds, as well as promotions, all-the-while trying to pretend WoW doesn't have massively pressing issues of it's own. And don't get mad and bent out of shape when WoW going F2P is the butt of some other fan pages shitty jab attempt sometime soon (probably sooner than you think).
    calm down kid
  1. d3v's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Conscious View Post
    The one thing MMO-C posts about TOR, and it's about them going F2P. Be more of an obviously biased (and spiteful) move please? I'm no avid TOR player by any means, but I know a scummy move when I see one.

    I mean, we know WoW isn't doing good, with servers starting to shut down and merge in their biggest market, as well as the game not having been able to post positive subscription numbers for more than a year and half... I think that's a little more pressing than another game going F2P don't you think?

    But keep on blissfully posting only positive WoW feeds, as well as promotions, all-the-while trying to pretend WoW doesn't have massively pressing issues of it's own. And don't get mad and bent out of shape when WoW going F2P is the butt of some other fan pages shitty jab attempt sometime soon (probably sooner than you think).
    So it's MMO Champs fault this TOR news is negative? Has there actually been much good TOR news lately?

    I think TOR going F2P just over 6 months after its release, after the amount of time it was in development, after the amount of money spent making it (most expensive MMO to made wasn't it?), is a bit bigger news than WoW going down from 12 million to 10.2 million subscriptions (still like 9x more subs than TOR has) and 6 chinese servers being merged.

    And this is a World of Warcraft Community/Fan Site that sometimes posts about other games and has forums for other games, and you're surprised it posts loads of WoW related news? Negative WoW news has been posted loads before. Not sure what to think...
  1. Kanegasi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tric619 View Post
    Once more the retard award goes to GC



    Newsflash dbag, you design the game for the players not for yourself.


    Please don't flame anyone.
    Newsflash, Blizzard designs the game their way. All 10 million of us players are along for the ride. Don't like it? Don't play. Want to complain? It'll fall on deaf ears unless it's an actual problem and a sizable chunk of players complain about it too. "Sizable chunk" means tens of thousands of players, not half your guild or almost everyone on your friends list.
  1. Wolfie of Medivh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryme;17184290" View Post
    In fact, I would challenge you to name those classes and specs (not counting monk) that you think got a really good deal in Mists" - In response to rogues claiming they feel left out on the fun new ability side of things, completing disregarding the question or offering counterexample and just redirecting attention on to other classes.
    Speaking strictly from a PVE POV: ENH shamans are getting a wonderful deal: we're no longer gonna be out of half the gear we could use because it has the dread Crit/Haste combo (while those are still our two worst stats, the gap is much smaller, haste and crit both have solid, real uses) plus all mail gear could have Expertise now since Hunters will use it). We get a speed boost seperate from our ghost wolves, our fire pet totem now build Searing Flame stacks so it's back as a CD, we get two new ones (Windwalk totem and Ascendence), and honestly, all 3 level 90 abilities are pretty damned powerful for us. Our DPS feels on target. A good ENH shaman now will be much more valuable in Mugushan Vaults then he is in Demon Soul.

    Soo, yeah, we're doing good.
  1. Adramalech's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Conscious View Post
    The one thing MMO-C posts about TOR, and it's about them going F2P. Be more of an obviously biased (and spiteful) move please? I'm no avid TOR player by any means, but I know a scummy move when I see one.

    I mean, we know WoW isn't doing good, with servers starting to shut down and merge in their biggest market, as well as the game not having been able to post positive subscription numbers for more than a year and half... I think that's a little more pressing than another game going F2P don't you think?

    But keep on blissfully posting only positive WoW feeds, as well as promotions, all-the-while trying to pretend WoW doesn't have massively pressing issues of it's own. And don't get mad and bent out of shape when WoW going F2P is the butt of some other fan pages shitty jab attempt sometime soon (probably sooner than you think).
    And this is what I call overreacting to something insignificant. This news was a fart in the wind, yet you treat it like a damned hurricane just hit the front page.

    As a mainly WoW-focused site, we have seen both good and bad news in the front page, many times. ToR having a negative "announcement" on the front page isn't really any kind of bias, much less spite, considering how negative crap about WoW goes on the frontpage as well. But then again, what else could we expect.
  1. Comohawk's Avatar
    SWTOR F2P? Well now, I might just play again.
  1. Icecx's Avatar
    LOL Backstabbing ability on a target to Multi-Dotting.
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    love the female pandaren hair...i'm a sucker for girls with colorful hair though <3
    Me too, I like exotic colors, as long as they are fitting for that person's skin tone / clothing tones.
  1. dcheroclixred's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Acidburnz View Post
    swtor going f2p well that didnt take long did it?

    Just cause they are doing free char transfer and its free to 15 doesn't mean it will be going to f2p. Look at Rift they still offer free char transfer and its free to 20 and they have been at it for a year plus now and from my experience i enjoy rift much more then wow or swtor. IF and thats a big IF swtor does go f2p it will prob be after or just before dec.
  1. Darnassian's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tric619 View Post
    Newsflash dbag, you design the game for the players not for yourself.
    And so if the majority of players say they want tier 14 to ve available from world quests, and would prefer heroic raiding to be doable without a semblence of strategy and organisation, they should just go ahead and do that? Lol newsflash, they design a game following a specific structure in mind, it is our discretion to choose to play it the way they present it.
  1. Keristrasza's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ChildofBodom20 View Post
    calm down kid
    ^ This. You sound a little butt-hurt they announced it. I played the game for a little while and it's not even that good imo, you might enjoy it and that's fine but thats no reason to go and get angry because they posted the possibility of F2P.
  1. Pantelija's Avatar
    U people(the ones that jump on SWTOR F2P thing) really are stupid , they basicly extended trial version from lvl 10 to lvl 15 and thats all

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