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Mike Morhaime Interviews
PCGamesN, GamerHub, and TeamLiquid had the chance to talk to Mike Morhaime at BWC about Starcraft 2 and eSports. If you are interested in interviews with Rob Pardo, there is a nice interview from a few months ago that I didn't summarize.

General
  • The mainstream media publications don't accept or report on major gaming tournaments, but they talk about tennis and golf, even though everyone doesn't watch them. Having Starcraft reported in a similar way would help to legitimize the sport. People who watch eSports see the top players as being at a similar level as pro athletes.
  • After Heart of the Swarm is released, focus can shift to preparing Blizzard All-Stars for beta.
  • Blizzard reads many of the fansite forums, and sometimes the discussion is better on some of these other sites. The site that the feedback is on isn't important, only the feedback itself.
  • There are no plans to make Diablo 3 an eSport, as it wasn't designed for it and not every game has to be one. WoW wasn't designed as an eSport either, but some of the parts of the game work well in the eSports environment.
  • Warcraft 3 was pirated a lot in China, but it ended up raising awareness of the game and helped out later when World of Warcraft was launched.
  • Challenge modes may have some possibilities as far as improving or expanding upon WoW esports events. WoW as an eSport is not a main focus of the WoW team, as there are many more things that are higher priority.
  • There have been several other MMOs that went free to play, but none of that has had a big impact on WoW. Blizzard still thinks WoW provides a really good value for the price, better than most forms of entertainment, including the free to play games.

Heart of the Swarm
  • Testing Heart of the Swarm in such a public way is the only way to make sure that players have a chance to understand and adapt to changes being made.
  • Starcraft 2 can be intimidating to start for players that aren't interested in playing highly competitively. Heart of the Swarm tries to address part of this by adding a training mode that allows you to play against a progressively harder AI and get basic gameplay tips. Unranked matchmaking should also help in this regard.
  • The new Heart of the Swarm units are being added to fill gaps in the races, similar to what was done in the original Starcraft.
  • The new resume from replay feature will allow tournaments to pick up properly again after disruption and players to practice different scenarios using another player's replay or without having to play a full game.
  • Heart of the Swarm has a nice campaign that is important to furthering the story, but it also has great gameplay that will be the reason people are still playing it for a long time.

Starcraft 2
  • Mike Morhaime is currently Bronze and trying hard for Silver.
  • SC2 has a lot of value for the price, especially compared to some of the "free to play" games.
  • There is a lot of potential for SC2 growth in China as more and more people are able to afford broadband and gaming.
  • The feedback from players in China on the Mists of Pandaria expansion has been great.
  • One of the pleasant surprises at BWC is how well the non-Koreans did in competition.
  • Blizzard is going to take more of a leadership role in organizing and scheduling the tournaments. Right now there is so much going on that it is hard to follow and there is no clear story like you find in other sports.
  • It would be nice if everyone offered a reasonable quality stream of tournaments for free, as it would lower the barrier for people that are curious about SC2 but not willing to pay yet.
  • When asked about adding things like premium portraits, he said that the current model is viable and the current focus is on making a great expansion.


Rated Battlegrounds 10v10 Series
Kollektiv and Bailamost are leading 10v10 teams in a series of Rated Battleground matches over on ArenaJunkies. The second half takes place tonight at 6PM PST / 9PM EST / 3AM CET.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
There's no "lead rogue designer." They've said this a few times. It's a collaborative effort.
This. We don't want a design environment with developers campaigning for buffs for "their" class. (Source)

Ghostcrawler if you could give a class a revamp what would it be?
Don't think any class needs a revamp ATM. If it weren't for risk, would be fun to make 2 DPS specs in 1 class very different. (Source)

People don't use sims as an argument. They use raidbots analysis, which shows equally skewed DPS balance as the sims.
Raidbots can provide good data if analyzed intelligently. Disagree that it often reflects the sims. (Source)

Why is it that Restodruids and Holypaladins "naturally" have no-cost spells(clearstate,wog),but Priests and Shamans haven't.
just a class distinction. We balance mana costs and returns around it. (Source)

Would it be possible to see a class balance Q&A soon, kind of like you guys did in Cataclysm?
You mean with user questions like the Cover it Live or Reddit we did? Would be fun. (Source)

classes weren't sat for spine due to 20% gaps. It was for 50-100%+ due to cooldowns, ramp up, etc
But these are usually in cases of best guilds trying to beat content while undergeared so they need to use more tricks that most. (Source)

Do you read class forums at all? You've made Russians start quitting, that's when you know you've broken something.
Stopped reading class forums personally. Too much echo chamber and chasing out dissenting opinions. I read the role forums. (Source)

Is it better to balance on what a class can possibly do, or what the player base currently is doing with a class?
We go with the former, but we don't expect players to play at robot levels. (Source)

They don't balance around top parses. GC continually mentions sampling bias as something they're wary of.
Top parses are super tricky because they display the most skillful players but also the most lucky. (Source)

Most of firelands also favored resto druids, yet garalon (most friendly for druids) still has us ~10% lagging behind in 25's.
Many raids heal Garalon clumped which benefits shaman and monk a lot (overall, HPS is not a great way to compare healers). (Source)

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
You never did answer my tweets: You've basically screwed up blood dks mitigation and made them useless for pvp now. Why?
Blood DKs were too hard to kill in PvP with DS. Tank mitigation is balanced around bosses, which can feel unfair in pvp. (Source)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
There has been alot of confusion regarding Spectral Guise. It's not useable while cc'ed anymore since 5.1, bug or intended?
Intended. Sorry that we failed to patch note it. We will update the notes. (Source)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
I can understand the silence.totem nerf for resto shammies. It hurts the other specs though. Is there another way?
If it comes to that, we'd rather give Ele and Enhance a survival cooldown to use when silenced. (Source)

That totem nerf was nothing but you being stubborn after an extremely poor decision. You still havent answered on it
To repeat: we thought dropping a totem was too hard to counter now that they have such great utility. Disagreement != stubborn. (Source)

PvE
Sympathetic to the argument that 16 bosses is already a big time commitment. Different world from small tiers like Firelands. (Source)

Any reason why Flask Cauldrons didn't make an appearance in MoP ?
We wanted to return some responsibility of raiding to individual members not just officers. (Source)

You dont believe the mass exodus to overcrowded realms as well as the decline in general raiding is hurting guilds?
Realm balance is a huge concern, but the solutions aren't simple or we would have done them. Not seeing a raiding decline though. (Source)

Can you tell us a bit more about how boss encounters are designed in general and specific for MoP?
Hmm. Not via Twitter. Ion is working on a water cooler or two. (Source)

would you rather people go through content too fast, or not at all? (people ignoring rep grinds)
With the latter, I suspect some players will do the content. With the former, there is too little content for everyone. (Source)
So you like 50% of people 100% happy vs 100% of people 50% happy? If you had to choose, not being snarky.
It seems harsh when you put it that way. I'd hope that the 50% of people not happy had other things that made them happy. (Source)

Feng is quite good, but T14 is excellent in general. Best tier of raiding in *years*. Ranks w/ Ulduar & Sunwell
Yay. Just wait until the next one. (Source)

why did you implement the upgrade system, now high end raiders get the advantage from PVE just like cata....
Not sure I understand. If you mean PvE, shouldn't they get best gear? If you mean PvP, upgraded Conq gear is better. (Source)

have you guys ever thought of giving LFR a 10 man option instead of forcing 25 man LFR?
We think 25 works better for LFR. Easier to carry less experienced folks. Easier to pull while backfilling. Feels epic. (Source)

PvP
Random chance at PvP rewards when winning arena matches/BGs (maybe scaled based on MMR) could be interesting.
Yeah, would just need to avoid making botting more attractive. (Source)

Burst in pvp was stupid, 5.1 added more pvp power but not extra resil. Please do us all a favor and quit your job, ty.
You guys would just beat on whoever replaced me until someone said: Things were better in the GC era. (Source)
No offense, but I'd take my chances. I think you do a bad job at PVP, because you personally don't enjoy it.
I actually do enjoy it, but I also understand that what I personally like isn't always the right call for the game (e.g. threat). (Source)

So melees can Hit for 70-150k with "instant" attacks, but casters should need to cast? Yeah thats balance!
I can turn that around: so casters can cast at range but melee need to close the gap? (Source)

Is it true your philosophy is "it's not okay for melee to shut down casters, but it's fine for casters to shut down melee"
I feel like players are complaining about casters (mage, lock) and melee (warrior, maybe Feral) right now. (Source)

What do you think about nerfing damage cds a bit and buffing consistent damage? Arena revolves too much around big cds.
There's a balance though. Burst windows are often the only thing allowing you to score a kill before they're healed back up. (Source)

What about making those 1 pvp specs the way you balance pvp and just make the other specs slightly weaker, but still playable?
There is a lot of wisdom in that approach, but I think a lot of players would be angry. Interesting discussion though. (Source)

Sorry Greg, I'm calling complete BS on this, Blizzard actively hired pro wow players to balance PVE do it for PvP
We hire great PvP players too. What I disagreed with was making every change that players ask for, even expert players. (Source)

Guild Wars 2 - Dec 14 Updates
ArenaNet posted patch notes with lots of changes and balance tweaks for the recent patch. One of the more interesting parts of the notes are the sections that explains why some of the changes were made and some class balance philosophies. You can find all of the new items and recipes on GW2DB.



Comic - If You Create It, They Will Farm
NerfNow takes on daily quests in one of their recent comics.

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  1. Mazzic518's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rorcanna View Post
    This.

    People such as the person you quoted, are just SO damned convinced of their own superiority. And my experience is that people getting banned "just for asking a question about how they handle things", didn't use a tone quite so innocent and objective.
    Yet I am on this forum still with no problems with any of the mods here.... so yeah it must be me....
  1. DetectiveJohnKimble's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mazzic518 View Post
    Yet I am on this forum still with no problems with any of the mods here.... so yeah it must be me....
    Obviously, this site lets things slide more because it's owned by a business that wants as many visitors as possible. Blizzard forums are not jockeying for visits and so they can ban stupidity out more willingly.
  1. Aeluron Lightsong's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mazzic518 View Post
    Yet I am on this forum still with no problems with any of the mods here.... so yeah it must be me....

    Yeah it is you, Whatever you got banned for, I'm pretty sure you're hiding the actual truth.
  1. Mazzic518's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Aeluron View Post
    Yeah it is you, Whatever you got banned for, I'm pretty sure you're hiding the actual truth.
    What is really funny though is they only banned the one account I made the comment on not both of my wow accounts that are on the same battle.net account. But enough wit the threadjack I thought this line was funny : Warcraft 3 was pirated a lot in China, but it ended up raising awareness of the game and helped out later when World of Warcraft was launched.
  1. Wromthrax's Avatar
    The mainstream media publications don't accept or report on major gaming tournaments, but they talk about tennis and golf, even though everyone doesn't watch them.
    WOW, just WOW.

    While I cannot say same for golf, tennis is quite popular sport both to practice and watch, quite close to football even.
  1. Yig's Avatar
    It's so funny how jocks and sport fans get so touchy over using the word "sport" for something that isn't physical athleticism. As if the dictionary definition of the word sport is a total lie.
    Sports nerds are the worst kind of nerd because they think liking sports makes them not a nerd.
  1. Ferrouswheel's Avatar
    Best forum I was ever on was unmoderated. I find moderators useless. The site had an ignore function, so trolls quickly found themselves talking to themselves. I personally didn't ignore them, but it was funny watching them post and nobody commenting on it and them getting angry.
  1. chocobo606's Avatar
    People who watch eSports see the top players as being at a similar level as pro athletes.
    That actually made me laugh. So being pro at something automatically means you're on the same level as pro athletes? Right. Well, I guess moving your fingers and wiping the sweat off of them could somehow be looked at to fit the definition of a sport.

    Besides, if it's eSports, it should just stay on the internet where games are. He's referring to people who already watch eSports, do you really think people who don't will see on the news or a commercial and go, hey! That Starcraft is my replacement for the NHL lockout!
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rorcanna View Post
    This.

    People such as the person you quoted, are just SO damned convinced of their own superiority. And my experience is that people getting banned "just for asking a question about how they handle things", didn't use a tone quite so innocent and objective.
    That reminds me; I need to go check Why Was I Banned for some lols.
  1. Nerraw's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Glasse View Post
    That could've been said before they ruined the map making community with the shittiest interface/system/support.
    Sounds like it's been a while since you've checked it out. They've improved a LOT over the past 2 years.
  1. ZeroWashu's Avatar
    Nerfnow perfectly summarizes many of my guild mates angst.

    ---------- Post added 2012-12-17 at 05:46 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by chocobo606 View Post
    That actually made me laugh. So being pro at something automatically means you're on the same level as pro athletes? Right. Well, I guess moving your fingers and wiping the sweat off of them could somehow be looked at to fit the definition of a sport.

    Besides, if it's eSports, it should just stay on the internet where games are. He's referring to people who already watch eSports, do you really think people who don't will see on the news or a commercial and go, hey! That Starcraft is my replacement for the NHL lockout!
    Chess is an eSport too then. I do agree with your sentiment. Calling it an eSport is bizarre, as that little e simply cheapens the word it is attached too. Guess we are lucky they don't call it an iSport :P
  1. McNeil's Avatar
    Not sure if I should laugh at this interview, or just assume that its trolling
  1. Galdur's Avatar
    Lol yeah. Starcraft players are exactly like pro athletes.
    only difrence is one takes weeks to master the other decades >.>
  1. Salech's Avatar
    Yup, auto attacking a totem and killing it with 1 awfull attack really made totems too powerful, i agree on that, better help shitty players become "better" by fucking up 2 specs on the cost of 1 spec, blizz logic at it's finest.
  1. ShadowForge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zoldor View Post
    Ahh look Morhaime saying nothing as usual. The dude is just sheet of PR paper. He never actually knows whats going on with his games beyond their price point, and how to sell more of them without actually knowing anything. A market researcher on his best day. Game pirating is okay as long as later I can charge them for a game they can't pirate
    100% agree with this, why would he care about the game anyways when he can build a house of solid gold and sleep on a bed of money and all big companys just do there PR bullshit once they got your money they pretty much dnt care about you

    justl ook at pvp in wow been broken for years and its even worse in mop and yet a blizz response is we take botting seriously and blah blah blah etc

    forum mods work of a script like those people in call centres as do the gm's

    a will admit ghostcrawler has brought the player interaction with devs alot closer but even so 99% of the time he talks bullshit and knows fuck all bout pvp

    ---------- Post added 2012-12-17 at 03:46 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Yig View Post
    It's so funny how jocks and sport fans get so touchy over using the word "sport" for something that isn't physical athleticism. As if the dictionary definition of the word sport is a total lie.
    Sports nerds are the worst kind of nerd because they think liking sports makes them not a nerd.
    so how come darts is a sport all you do is move ur arm a bit in that case you could make masterbation a sport its the same motion as darts lol, first one who cums wins lol lets hope its not in HD :P
  1. Arbs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chaoslux View Post
    That's the issue. Right there. Its not the way the moderators are, its what they have to do to get through all the bullshit they deal with. Like you.
    That's a Eagle, Hole in one !!

    ---------- Post added 2012-12-17 at 11:10 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by warcraftmew View Post
    A will admit ghostcrawler has brought the player interaction with devs alot closer but even so 99% of the time he talks bullshit and knows fuck all bout pvp[COLOR="red"]
    Yet, its the pvp communities fault for destroying WoW PvP cause everyone is apprently so good they can't die and when they do. They call foul play or that the class is just overpowered. Blame the people on the forums who complain about classes being overpowered. not Ghostcrawler.
  1. vandam's Avatar


    People who watch eSports see the top players as being at a similar level as pro athletes.
    Well , WRONG.


    When I watch so called "E Sports" I see the top players as being fat virgin people living in their parent's basement .

    This one : http://cdn.chud.com/2/23/230ff883_re...computer1.jpeg
  1. Kolz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tric619 View Post
    Lol yeah. Starcraft players are exactly like pro athletes.
    only difrence is one takes weeks to master the other decades >.>
    Weeks to master, huh? Good luck with that one. Top starcraft pros practise 10 hours a day, but hey, if it's so easy - just go "master" starcraft in a few weeks and start taking home the hundred thousand dollar prize pools.

    ---------- Post added 2012-12-18 at 08:40 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by vandam View Post
    When I watch so called "E Sports" I see the top players as being fat virgin people living in their parent's basement .
    It's pretty obvious that you don't actually watch esports if that's what you think.
  1. Argroth's Avatar
    LOL!!!!!

    Starcraft a SPORT!?! I havn't heard a joke that good in awhile.

    I don't care for real sports but there is no way that Starcraft or any videogame for that matter should be considered a sport.

    I like how people just keep broadening the definition of sport to include just about anything.

    ---------- Post added 2012-12-17 at 11:49 PM ----------

    Well , WRONG.


    When I watch so called "E Sports" I see the top players as being fat virgin people living in their parent's basement .

    This one : http://cdn.chud.com/2/23/230ff883_re...computer1.jpeg
    Yea pretty much that or some spindly little Korean Kid.
  1. Trogie's Avatar
    Gotta love all the ignorant people coming in and complain that Starcraft isn't a sport. I can't wait for the day that mainstream picks it up a little.

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