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So Long, and Thanks for All the Spectral Fish
Ghostcrawler confirmed the news on the official forums.
Originally Posted by Ghostcrawler (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
You know that part at the end of raid night when the final boss is dead and you’re done handing out loot and everyone kind of goes their separate ways? Yeah, this is one of those times.

We just came off of a great BlizzCon. We had so many different games to talk about, and we were thrilled at the reception of Warlords of Draenor. It was great to meet or reconnect with so many of you. I love BlizzCon dearly, which makes it so hard to tell you that this will be my last one, or at least my last one up on stage. An opportunity has come my way, and I have made the very tough decision to move on from Blizzard.

I wanted to thank all of you for being a part of this grand quest. I have said a hundred times that having passionate gamers, including the angry ones, is a far better place to be than having a community that doesn’t care. You all care. Like us, you want the game to be the best that it can be. So I ask you to keep on providing your feedback. I promise (and I rarely promise!) that the developers care very much about what you have to say.

I’ll be out there, and I can’t imagine it will be that hard to find me.

Hugs,
Ghostcrawler

P.S. No, you can’t have a pony. Or a moose. Or a mantis shrimp. Or a tardigrade. Or a crab. Keep trying though.

P.P.S. I play a Holy Priest.
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  1. shadycharacter1's Avatar
    Maybe they'll remove malefic grasp now?
  1. Noblia's Avatar
    I have criticised wow for many many years. And rightfully so! GC is the only dev that actually listened to players concerns. I came back to the game because he had indeed listened. Is the game perfect, god no. Is it better then its been oh ya. Imho the game is a lot better now then before. But then he did preside over the last expansion which was incredibly bad, and this expansion thats just starting to get good. So its a mixed bag.

    My only concern is that the new lead devs will not listen to the angry people(me) and start making the content exclusive, boring, and even more unbalanced. Here is hoping that blizzard does not put a dumbass in charge. Better to deal with the devil you know then the devil you dont know.

    Goodluck to you GC, sorry you did not have enough will power to fix enhancement shaman properly but noone is perfect. This current expansion is chalk full of amazing wisdom, I cant believe its in a game. Boggles the mind.
  1. Exploitbat's Avatar
    GC is playing a holy priest? Holy priest nerf inc!
    Oh wait... hm. Nerf frost mages!11

    I wonder who will take his role now O.o
  1. Last Starfighter's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by shadycharacter1 View Post
    Maybe they'll remove malefic grasp now?
    Malefic grasp is amazing.
  1. Ferbian's Avatar
    Lore's response was absolutely fantastic and nearly choked me up.
  1. Prokne's Avatar
    Maybe now the game will be balanced and they can reverse all the stupid decisions theyre making with WoD (squish, flying, gear). It is funny how he dropped what he plays though. I wonder where he is going, hopefully not to any other game I like.
  1. Spellsteal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Brooxi View Post
    I prefer to play a private TBC server and that's what I do over playing retail. During TBC every class/spec had specific roles true... but you needed/wanted some of every class/spec to make a raid work.

    Since GC took over it's been more of "stack the class/spec" and shit on the ones that suck and don't keep up like shadow priest. They start off fine early in an expansion and then suck later on (wotlk) and nothing was ever done quick enough to keep them competitive... and since you didn't "need" a shadow priest for mana/spell damage they were cut out a lot.

    That was just one from my own personal experience (yes I am a shadow priest). But the game was better before greg street f'd it over homogenizing everything.
    you obviously don't remember class stacking in sun well then. 5 shaman heals and 10 locks and sun well was a breeze.
  1. SodiumChloride's Avatar
    GC isn't the evil dictator responsible for all the things you dislike, he is one part of the whole development team, seriously quit pinning everything on him.

    While he is just one part of the whole and the team will survive without him, IMHO he was a high functioning part, his depart is definitely a loss.
  1. Spastic_Dreamer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SodiumChloride View Post
    GC isn't the evil dictator responsible for all the things you dislike, he is one part of the whole development team, seriously quit pinning everything on him.

    While he is just one part of the whole and the team will survive without him, IMHO he was a high functioning part, his depart is definitely a loss.
    He is the LEAD of said team. Do you know what a lead developer does? I do. They have to make sure everyone is doing their job and they have to ok certain changes. So he is responsible for a good portion of the things wrong with this game. >.>
  1. Hctaz's Avatar
    I really really REALLY hope whoever gets his job next royally fucks up everything in a quest to make classes feel more unique. Either that or chooses to really make classes more streamlined and people beg for the Ghost Crawler days again. Either way, Ghost Crawler wasn't that bad of a guy. Knowing he plays a holy priest makes me feel better too. The only poor decision he's ever made based on his main is the fact that he kept chakra in. Clearly he liked it while the rest of us didn't. Mages are just broken in terms of scaling period lol. They're too good.
  1. SodiumChloride's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Brooxi View Post
    I prefer to play a private TBC server and that's what I do over playing retail. During TBC every class/spec had specific roles true... but you needed/wanted some of every class/spec to make a raid work.

    Since GC took over it's been more of "stack the class/spec" and shit on the ones that suck and don't keep up like shadow priest. They start off fine early in an expansion and then suck later on (wotlk) and nothing was ever done quick enough to keep them competitive... and since you didn't "need" a shadow priest for mana/spell damage they were cut out a lot.

    That was just one from my own personal experience (yes I am a shadow priest). But the game was better before greg street f'd it over homogenizing everything.
    So we should "bring the class not the player"?
  1. jayesh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Spastic_Dreamer View Post
    FINALLY!

    Now maybe we can have someone who actually has decent gaming experience instead of a degree in marine biology.

    - - - Updated - - -




    Most appropriate response, ever.
    Maybe some day you will get a clue about life. Leave alone iterative game design and balance.

    It probably won't be in this lifetime i guess.
  1. Ritterdestod's Avatar
    lol now mages will get nerfed
  1. SodiumChloride's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Spastic_Dreamer View Post
    He is the LEAD of said team. Do you know what a lead developer does? I do. They have to make sure everyone is doing their job and they have to ok certain changes. So he is responsible for a good portion of the things wrong with this game. >.>
    He has stated it many times. Blizzard makes decisions by consensus, nothing goes live without the whole team agreeing on it. His role as lead is probably more like that of a coordinator who keeps track of various departments to make sure everything syncs up.

    Blizzard isn't like say Apple, where things are driven by the vision of a few and everyone else falls in line.
  1. Zantos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SodiumChloride View Post
    So we should "bring the class not the player"?
    Its already that way? My guild brought a warlock back in ToT during progression the the guy with three dogs boss because it made the fight so much easier. There is already tons of "bring the class not the player". Melee make things more difficulty. Dark Shamans with too many melee = gl!

    OT: I hope he does well in his new job. Itll be interested to see what kind of things happen to WoW under the management of a new lead designer. If it will be better or worse has yet to be seen.
  1. Steamwheedle's Avatar
    I hate to sink the boot in, and apologies if anyone thinks this is in appropriate, but...

    Ding-dong, the witch is dead.
  1. Schroedinger's Avatar
    As much as I am happy to see him finally gone, the damage he has done to the game is too big. Six years of lazy, incompetent decision have left a huge dent, made the community toxic more than ever and left a deep sitting rot in the design core. The new guy would need to do a very hard and very consequential decisions, which none will do. Most probably it will be just a puppet under the direct control of producers and managers who put Ghostcrawler in charge and let him do his dirty work.

    Yes, WoW community will one day look back at Ghostcrawler and miss him, as someone dying miss the days he had all his legs and arms broken, his skull shattered along a nice portion of diarrhea and fever, but was "alive".
  1. SodiumChloride's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zantos View Post
    Its already that way? My guild brought a warlock back in ToT during progression the the guy with three dogs boss because it made the fight so much easier. There is already tons of "bring the class not the player". Melee make things more difficulty. Dark Shamans with too many melee = gl!

    OT: I hope he does well in his new job. Itll be interested to see what kind of things happen to WoW under the management of a new lead designer. If it will be better or worse has yet to be seen.
    I would argue those are exceptions that "slipped through the cracks" rather than being intentional.

    In vanilla/BC it was worse. Want to raid? It's bring a Shaman for lust/hero or bust.
  1. Anurakis's Avatar
    Thank you so, so much for your time and effort! I don't play anymore however thanks in part to Greg Street's efforts I was able to have years of fruitful, enjoyable gaming.

    All the best to him and his family in his future endeavours. With a mind like his, anything is possible!
  1. Fenixdown's Avatar
    I don't want any of those things, anyway. I just want flight back. Can we have that? It's make us happier.

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