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TCG Toys Giveaway - Day #1
What better way to start the new year than with some new toys and one month Curse Premium codes! WoWTCGLoot was nice enough to send us some things to give away again this year, so a big thanks to them.

Prizes

Rules
  • Enter once by replying to this news post and telling us what changes to existing holidays or new holidays (if any) you would like to see in Warlords of Draenor.
  • Winners will receive a PM which they have 72 hours to reply to. After that, a new winner will be selected. Pets will be given out in the order the winners reply to the PM, so be sure to reply promptly. You can turn on email notifications for PMs in the Settings.
  • Entering more than once per contest thread is useless and will get you disqualified. There will be no 2nd chance for people posting more than one comment in this thread, you have been warned. (We will also of course check for double accounts, etc)
  • You have until Friday January 3rd @ 11:59 PM EST to enter the contest. After that time this thread will be closed and winners will be selected randomly.


Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
GC said "if don't want to multi DoT, don't play Shadow Priest". Now I think - is there any ranged class that doesnt multidot?
Some are more multi-DoT heavy than others. Mages in WoD won't multi-DoT at all (Well, technically, Pyro's DoT could be multi-DoTed.) (Source)
Elemental is also fairly light on multi-DoTing. Not zero, but relatively little, compared to Shadow/Balance/Affliction. (Source)
How about Destruction and Demonology, are they hit with multi dotting options now you only mention Affliction?
Multi-DoTing is a core Warlock attribute; all specs will include it to some extent, Affliction most of all. Basically same as now (Source)

What is the reasoning behind having Rogues and other classes who dual wield have white attacks still be missable in WoD? 1/2
It keeps DW balanced with 2H. If we were to remove it, we'd have to reduce the damage of 1Hs or 1H attacks. (Source)
If OH white weapon damage was reduced instead of missing, would that solve the "bad feeling" of seeing misses?
OH hits currently hit for 50%. Would you rather they hit for 25%? That's what it'd take. (Source)

WoD Vengeance: Why not have abilities just go to the DK's % of damage over the last 5 seconds and do away with the wierd buff?
Mechanically, 5sec vs 20sec is one difference. Also smoothing. You don't think the hidden dmg-taken-last-5sec is weirder? (Source)
No. I think a stacking AP buff but only for certain spells, which is only caused by some attacks, just feels overcomplicated.
It won't be an AP buff anymore. We also MAY not need the Vengeance on Taunts anymore either, or the bump to 50% of expected. (Source)
But you're still keeping the +100% threat during Taunt's fixate period right?
200%, but yeah. That's what MAY make it OK to remove those two things. (Source)

hello, i wonder if all the healers will have their mana pool locked in WoD like in MoP. pls no.
What is it that you liked about variable mana pools, besides just seeing the number get bigger? (Source)
Compared to being able to cast 6 fireballs for example instead of 4 before running out of mana.
But that never actually played out in practice, right? Mana pools have never been small enough that they were the limiter. (Source)

Have you considered making catch-all icons for tier talents that reflect current choice? Macros for it are unwieldy.
Yes, going to try to make more talent rows work like Mage Bomb in terms of sharing a button. Can't do so in all cases, but most. (Source)
Great news, thanks!
Sure. It works for things like Priest 90 or Monk 30. Not so well for things like Rogue 90. (Source)

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Deathblow to festerblight was deathblow to my dk. Shame, only melee class I had any interest in.
I wouldn't be so sure of Festerblight's death. (Source)
Oh come on, no fair teasing me like that!
Don't get your hopes TOO high, I'm just saying that there's a chance that something similar may develop with Necrotic Plague. (Source)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
any chance of druids not losing model change effects from toys when shifting forms? Already works ok in ragefire scenario
Current tech needs major rework for it to happen universally. Those scenarios took tons of ridiculous scripting and spells. T_T (Source)

1st Merry Xmas, 2nd how will dots work for balance druids with the change to snapshot? I'm referring to eclipse as a dmg mofier.
Eclipses' effects will snapshot on Moonfire/Sunfire. (Source)
How will the mechanic change to make up for that? One of the few snapshots left. Won't balance DPS be very swingy?
Perhaps a misunderstanding? I'm saying that it'll stay as it is today. (Source)
So Sunfire and Moonfire will still snapshot haste, crit and eclipse buffs?
No, Eclipse will. (Source)

- how do you feel the Glyph of Efflo is working? Are we going to see it kept in place for WoD, or should we expect changes?
We like the concept. It's probably too powerful for something so passive, so we may adjust tuning. That goes for all healers in general though; we want to time down passive healing and smart healing across the board. Most healing should come from actives. (Source)

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Dear Santa: please give us tameable mantid tanks and pterodactyls in the near future. Wait, Christmas has already passed? Dang..
I was ALWAYS bummed that the OG Un'Goro dinos weren't tamable. I do wish the Tome of Dinomancy opened up more. Hrmmm... (Source)
I'm fairly sure many hunters would love it if you looked into it! How about mantid tanks? Any chance for those? /nervousface
I'd say it's unlikely for a few reasons, but who knows! (Source)
Addendum: Not that I'm unappreciative of your answer Just curious. Love silithids; would take mantid tanks over anything.
Hunter pets are an odd thing & a source of internal debate. I'll admit to not understanding/agreeing w/ some allowed & unallowed. (Source)

I'm a hunter player for 5 years now.I know you ain't heading for a revamp though i need to ask will MM/SV/BM feel different?
That is precisely our goal. We don't think that requires a "revamp" or "overhaul". (Source)

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
But saying stuff like "Frost Mages do not scale well with gear because they experience many low % soft-caps." Is okay, right?
Almost. Softcaps reduce scaling rate, but that says nothing of whether the scaling rate was OP before, or if the difference is significant. In Frost's case, the next secondary is close in value, so its effect is minor, and their scaling prior to that was higher than normal, because we expect most high end Frost mages to hit that early soft cap. (Source)
even it comes with some sort of nerf to balance things out. these are frost "scaling" problems as i see them
Having only some of your spells scale with some stats isn't a problem though, as long as the stats stay... (Source)
...valuable. Also, several of those DO scale with haste; you get more ILs and FFBs with more haste. (Source)
as being worth the loss of dmg from continuing to stack haste beyond that point. I enjoy fast gameplay, the need to
Most of the issue you're talking about is caused by the Legendary Metagem. 20% haste was a mistake; caps GCDs. (Source)

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Might I ask what the design concept for WW Monks was? Main curiosities, Touch of Karma, their healing, and mobility+raw damage
I wasn't here, but I think the fantasy of being a monk is using mystical martial arts to damage & dismantle your opponent. (Source)

Any closer to fixing WW monks hitbox? It's been our biggest problem since MOP release with hundreds of threads complaining.
We heard that early on, and investigated and found no evidence of it actually existing. It's how WoW handles latency for all melee (Source)

.Given the changes to Mistweaving/fistweaving you discussed before, will this also change based upon healing stances?
Mistweavers will count as melee, regardless of stance. Don't want them afraid to swap between stances. (Source)

how is chi explosion supposed to help brewmaster survivability?
What each chi level does isn't very useful in what you saw at BlizzCon. Changes are coming to it. (Source)

Hey guy, would you pray tell why Crackling Jade Lightning costs mana on cast but doesn't damage?
To encourage longer CJLs, over many shorter ones. (Source)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Will Sacred Shield ever be made more useful for Ret Paladins PvP? A simple 10% buff and allowing it be used on 2 targets would do.
We made a lot of effort to change that row in 5.2 and 5.4. It's tough to balance those spells for the 3 specs. (Source)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Started this account to ask this, is it intended for divine clarity to make mind spike spam an alternate rotation? Would rock!
It's more complex than just Mind Spike spam... I believe it's been tweaked since BlizzCon, but now the rotation includes... (Source)
...a few spells. It's DoT-less, except for Devouring Plague. (Source)

please either make mind flay or vt castable while moving!! Otherwise I think we are all balanced up! You rock.
Casting while moving isn't something we want to proliferate any further. (Source)

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
said it before say it again if Mut wasn't locked to daggers I'd prob never play another char again. Poison swords? YES!
Swords don't really fit the kit of being an assassin nearly as much as daggers though. (Source)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
IMO, Deep Healing would be good as a situational/optional talent, but too situational for a mastery
Deep Healing is indeed situational. Strong for healing people that need healing. Weak for healing people that don't. (Source)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Warrior haste: why not let it increase rage generated by rage gen abilities. MS = 10r* haste%. Works for all specs. Unbuff conv.
That's one option that we're considering to make haste valuable for Warriors. It 'feels' a little weird, but OK. Feedback welcome. (Source)

Why can warriors fear during bladestorm? Bug or intended?
They can do all of their shouts during bladestorm. Not a bug. (Source)

PvP
how do you feel current balance of Pvp is?
Pretty good. Certainly not perfect but not nearly as bad as it's made out to be. #flameaway (Source)
Holinka its embarrassing how you sit there and lie to people who pay for this game,Balance is a joke, Warriors teams ....
Hey you might disagree with me and that's certainly your right but sorry it doesn't mean I'm lying #truth (Source)
Just look at class representation, every roles fotm now, you took skill away and replaced it with re rolling
We've looked into it. Very few people re-roll fotm (for example, warriors/mages right now). (Source)

Symbiosis seems impossible to balance in PvP; Maybe it should be PvE only. What do you think?
I think impossible is a strong word here but I don't deny the inequity here. Reshuffling it in WoD to be mostly defensive CDs. (Source)

Misc
May be I have different psychology, but I really hate competition in game.
That's a totally valid mindset for gaming, and one we attempt to support, along with others. Hard to balance at times. (Source)

I really like WoW's audio, but I have two sound-related beefs that aren't really sound...1) When you fly over a zone, music changes so often you barely get to hear it. 2) Too many sounds at once in 25M raiding. Would be possible to intelligently pick the right sounds to play? I know that's a dangerous road but it's overwhelming atm
I completely agree. No promises yet for WoD, but currently working on is a system that will help bring more clarity to the game. (Source)

Is there a reason we've not seen a green dragonflight mount? Opening of Mount Hyjal was a tease.
This comes up a lot (Bronze Whelplings too). Need right time & place. Yes, opportunities have been missed. T_T (Source)

Heroes of the Storm Fan Art
Today we have a nice piece of Heroes of the Storm fan art!

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Comments 2458 Comments
  1. DarkMaker4's Avatar
    i want more awesome battle pets system =P
  1. Dreadhelm's Avatar
    I would love to see Krampus show up in the Christmas festivities, maybe as a new boss or even an open world raid boss for the holiday season. And the Pumpkin King for Halloween vice the headless horseman.
  1. Prigmor's Avatar
    More boss, maye one for each event, and mecanich of world boss to group.
  1. khazlol's Avatar
    would be cool to have scenarios for all the holiday events :P
  1. SlippingAway's Avatar
    More bosses and maybe redesign some of them if not all.
  1. paldemonius's Avatar
    How about more pets and mounts, 196 now, so close but yet so far!!
  1. Meaux's Avatar
    I'd like to see more events taking place in the open world to do for each holiday such as small scale world bosses and special scenario-type events.
  1. Ticj's Avatar
    I'd love updates to Hallows End, Winter Veil, and Brewfest involving new events, bosses, and a new achievements. I'd also love for the current meta-achievement to be taken away and turned into a feat of strength, and for a new one to be put in with a respectable mount.
  1. itals's Avatar
    Would love to have scenarios and historically important or familiar characters be incorporated into holiday events.
  1. ~Valen~'s Avatar
    More bosses and generally activities for all the major events. It really gets boring after a while to do the same thing -again and again!

    Sweet rewards!!!!!
  1. TanekDrachonae's Avatar
    I would just love to see more achievements added in for the holidays. I already have all of them. So, when a holiday rolls around I really don't have all that much to do.
  1. DrDreads's Avatar
    Some new/updated vanity items for the events would be awesome to see.
  1. Spl4sh3r's Avatar
    Do Draenei and Orcs even share our holidays in Draenor?

    With that said I want the holiday events to get some kind of overhaul, it is basicly EXACTLY the same each year while it is included in new zones. Maybe with each new expansion instead of just increasing the level on the bosses which I don't think they should do, they should keep the levels while adding a higher version for the new cap. This means the old level cap bosses are available for people in that level range. They should add something new that includes the new area. For example with Mists of Pandaria they could have added something with Christmas for Pandas (if they have one?) maybe how we teach them our holiday
  1. Kalavinka's Avatar
    I wouldn't mind seeing some updated events - it feels like we've been doing the same things for years now. As it stands there's no real reason for those who have completed the achievements and gotten the mounts to participate. Updated level-appropriate loot or new vanity items/toys might encourage people to participate again.
  1. Orcbert's Avatar
    Holiday Scenarios- Imagine a three person scenario where you fight the Greenche's 'bad elves' and than take him down with 2 buddies.
  1. minibro's Avatar
    I like the idea of new meta achievement, achievements and new events for all holidays.
  1. Gaha's Avatar
    This is actually something I have been thinking about a lot recently, I play WoW and GW2 and I would certainly love to see WoW take a lesson from GW2 about how to make holiday events awesome. First thing that comes to mind is the visuals, take Haloween and Christmas for example, Lions Arch had some huge changes as far as decorations and snow. But in WoW, there is seemingly very little in the way of decorations and certainly no snow, imagine if Stormwind or Orgrimmar was covered in snowy weather, guards wearing Christmas hats, piles of snow balls to have a big snow brawl in the city centres. Right now for Alliance, Christmas is kinda shoved in a dark corner of Iron Forge and barely anything changes in stormwind.

    Additionally eventwise GW2 events change every year, neither Halloween/christmas event has had the same things going on. There's always been different things to welcome and excite you which really makes it engaging as a player. Also unique items to the event like christmas themed transmog items and various random fun items. Downside to this has been that there's been very little in actual expansion content in GW2 soooo...yeah...

    Sure, what I ask may be completely impossible to do with WoW tech, digging though ancient coding to move things around, spicen up events etc. It is quite clear that GW2 is pretty much coded to include that kind of technology. I still cant help but feeling that events need to feel more... christmasy or Haloweeny or Thanks Givingy etc etc.

    Wow I typed stuff.
  1. dangelo37's Avatar
    I'd like to see a Draenor version of Brewfest!! Maybe something with the Ogres from 'back in the day'. Happy New Year!!
  1. Tepes's Avatar
    Honestly id like to see a complete revamp of the holidays. Its basically been the same thing for many many years to the point where i just log in for the feat of strength for that year and never participate in any other way because its a MIRROR. So boring. Hopefully they will re-do things at some point, but i know it would be a lot of work (what isnt?).

    Oh yea, TCG TOY PLZ
  1. darkestblue's Avatar
    like everyone else is saying, new events.

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