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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. Hydramith's Avatar
    I'd love an event to fill up the gap between the Fire Festival (until the start of July), and the Harvest Festival (starts halfway through September).
    August needs some love. Even though there's not really a good existing holiday I know of which could fit that theme, maybe they could introduce a remembrance theme (kind of taking the Childrens' week traveling quests to the max), where you'd have to visit some of the most iconic places in the history of warcraft.

    Example: You'd have to trace the footsteps of Arthas, going past some iconic locations like Lordaeron, Dalaran, Stratholme (present or past CoT), Drak'tharon Keep, Icecrown Citadel, etc. etc.
    Example 2: Visit all raid locations (don't have to actualy do the raids) of the past and present.

    Also the holiday boss could be a shade of an iconic WoW character (friend or foe), which would challenge you and your group to a duel or a fight to the death.
  1. Forfax's Avatar
    I'd really like to see more holidays like Day of the Dead. k
  1. shanthi's Avatar
    I'd like to see more fun cosmetic rewards (maybe transmog gear) drop from the bags so that if you already have the associated mount that the holiday boss drops, you might still get something interesting when you kill the boss rather than just some justice points or the holiday currency.
  1. mercylolk's Avatar
    something that isnt the same copy/paste event from last year and the year before etc
  1. Lei del diavolo's Avatar
    Having done the achievements years ago I would just like something to do to mark the holidays. Updating the existing holidays would go a long way towards that. There have been some very good ideas listed in this thread so I wont rehash them.
  1. Falerin's Avatar
    Special pet trainers or elite pets to battle, with appropriate battle pet reward(s).
  1. Scyft's Avatar
    April Fools day!
  1. Allaeric's Avatar
    Updating the existing holidays with new content, new rewards and generally some face lifting. Been years since we've seen anything new and I would like to see the content itself isn't the same with just item level updates from the previous year!
  1. Spikedhammer's Avatar
    There always tends to be a lull in March and in August, so I'm wondering if Blizzard can pull something out of thin air for that.

    I also wish they'd make holiday bosses accessible for all levels, not just the top ones. A good way to make the game inclusive to all is to allow all the fun content to be experienced by EVERYONE. Not just the tip-tops.

    Holidays aren't supposed to be rewards for effort. They're meant to be celebrated.
  1. Roia's Avatar
    Would be nice if they increased the droprate of the "big love rocket" this year... :/
  1. Jayded's Avatar
    pref more mounts
  1. Lyrax's Avatar
    Snow in places during winter's veil, think it would be cool to see a snowy orgrimmar or something
  1. Zyrotic's Avatar
    I'd like to have a total revamp of all the major holidays in WoW. They've been pretty much the same since before I played.
  1. bashda's Avatar
    happy new years
  1. Nalnik's Avatar
    It would be nice if the holiday bosses had brackets that you can queue for them, so if you're a 70 group, you could fight the 70 Direbrew, at 80, the 80 version, etc, etc.
  1. gwynnith's Avatar
    I think every holiday should now have its own holiday specific, solo or group scenario. We could get rid of the queues for direbrew, HH, and Ahune and just make them more entertaining scenarios. I would love a quick scenario that really has the festive feel and gets you involves in the story of the season.
  1. Theonemethod's Avatar
    I'd like to see a huge overhaul to Children's Week, or just an addition of new achievements to each so we could have another Long Strange Trip to work towards.
  1. Dracyr's Avatar
    I think the snowman that offers the Greench daily in Hillsbrad should let us turn in the daily, after the first day is completed in our capitol city, as a convenience.

    I think adding holiday specific garrison minions would be cool. They could be for cosmetic purposes only, but they would be neat, and could have achievements associated with receiving them all over the course of the year.

    Other than that, I think just keeping the gear relevant over the course of the xpac would be nice, so if we see the same event 2 times during an xpac, at least have the gear items be worth running. That would keep the queues down, I think.

    Add a leprechaun pet for Saint Patrick's Day that randomly runs off to a pot of gold, when idle, with a rainbow trail in its wake.
  1. UcanDoSht's Avatar
    Make all pets and mounts which are avaible in any of the events buyable throught something like a holiday currency or whatever. Chasing the HH mount since it got released.. no fun.
  1. excip's Avatar
    total separation between pvp and pve

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