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Upcoming Character Model Preview
It looks like we may see another one of the new character models soon! Last time he shared something with us, we saw the new female undead model and some cloak tests.



Patch 5.4.2 Hotfixes -January 3
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Creatures
  • Trade Prince Donais now has stats befitting of his position in the Bilgewater Cartel.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • Kor'Kron Barracks/Underhold Nexus
      • Kor'kron Iron Sentinel, Kor'kron Shredder, and Kor'kron Skullsplitter now deal less damage on Raid Finder difficulty.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Thought: cleave dps useless in some fights; cleave healing useful much more often. Will all cleave gear be given to healers?
That's something that we agree is a problem. We're considering solutions, but aren't ready to announce anything quite yet. (Source)

Art
Any chance you guys will add a depth of field effect to WoW's engine?
Gone back and forth for a while now. I usually turn it off in other games in favor of visibility, value vs. investment situation. (Source)

Could Death Knights get options for complexions like Razuvious' and the other DKs in Nax? Pale with dark tattoos?
This falls into the custom skins category, something I'd love to get in. Thanks for the suggestion! (Source)

Hope to have update and new visuals for you all at beginning of new year-new stuff is looking even better than what we've already shown! (Source)
Your work so far is superb. Stoked to see what's in store. Give me Trolls please! Big muscular ones, tired of being skinny!
I hear that Troll Growth Hormone (tgh) can help with that. (Source)
jungle trolls were never muscular,check your facts. Plz dont change the trolls that ppl been playing for years
we won't dramatically change what exists now. Maybe a future option if we're able to add that level of customization (Source)

Character / Items
Reforging makes one less reliant on bis and less gear is sharded.
Remember, you have a significantly wider array of gear available than before. Reforging also made all gear feel more the same. (Source)

DOn't know if this has been asked or not but, when i switch spec and an armor piece has a gem in it will it vanish?
No. It won't change what the gem is. (Source)
Is this by design or technical limitation?
By design. (Source)
Doesn't this favor using secondary gems if not min maxing/not a class that has primary stat=primary sta(int/int)t between specs?
There are no more primary stat gems. Only secondary stat gems. (Source)

Simple question. Yes or No. Will Sockets ONLY exist via Bonus?
Still undecided for sure, but at least the vast majority of sockets will be via bonus. (Source)

I don't think it was ever mentioned - will it be possible to enchant or gem Tertiary stats in WoD?
Gem, no. Enchant... Not sure, but unlikely, other than perhaps continuing to have Speed to Boots, as has been traditional. (Source)
Since the boot speed enchant is mandatory, why not just increase baseline speed and trim boot enchants?
you may be surprised how "mandatory" it is to most people. Personally, I'm pleased that it's as popular as it is. (Source)

Warlords of Draenor Stats
Not really for pala(y for monk). Some stats are poor some are good. Readiness is extremely black or white though.
No, it's not that black and white. We'll put enough on it to tune it. There's room between 'best stat' and 'useless'. (Source)
When it comes to Readiness (if intended for big CD's) not much if any room between "best" and "useless"
Completely false. We can tune its coefficient and what abilities it affects. Very granular. (Source)

900 Readiness required encounter because you need X min DA/BoP. Screw using best gear, gotta use that 40ilvl less trinket. 2/2
There will be certain amounts of readiness that you want for certain situations, but that will be highly situational. (Source)

so cooldown reduction will only effect the same spells said trinkets effect? or could we see rotations affected?
May be different spells than the trinkets. Still generally long CDs. May do rotational abilities where necessary. (Source)

Id like clarification on the Dodge.parry change. Is it still going to exist as a base stat or is it removed 100%.
Still exists as a mechanic, but won't be on gear. (Source)

Although parry as a stat will be gone, will strength continue to increase chance to parry in WoD?
Yes. (Source)

How will the loss of dodge/parry effect monk tanks. We don't rely on armor. Don't want the best tank class to be dumbed down.
It won't. Dodge/Parry are getting removed from gear, not overall. Nothing changes for Monks, who didn't have dodge/parry on gear. (Source)

Any plans to make Armor gems a thing in WoD?
Yes. All of the new secondaries will be gemmable. (Source)

Warlords of Draenor
quick toy box question: are toy items going to work cross faction like mounts? (e.g. Darkspear>Gnomeregan pride if they're in)
Not involved w/ that design, but plenty of spells & pets already work that way, so it's likely! (Source)

Class Balance
The reactions to tweets in the MMO-C DK community are making me giggle.
Referring to my tweet about them misusing "Scaling"? Yeah.. Such a misunderstood word. (Source)
Pro Tip: If you argue that you need buffs, and say that it's because of "scaling" issues, your argument loses credibility. (Source)
There are a few exceptions to this, such as deep analysis such as Theck's. But most people use it as an "I feel weak" fallback (Source)
Is "I feel weak" necessarily useless? I mean it's not a reason to buff since feeling != actuality and some ppl are bad but...?
No. I'm just saying that "I feel weak" and "I'm weak because scaling" are the same thing. "Scaling" isn't helping your argument. (Source)
So, if you do not want us to call that an issue with "scaling", what word would you like us to use to convey that issue?
Trust me, I totally understand how EXACTLY what you describe is the impression you get. Missing piece is all the buffs/nerfs... (Source)
...that happened in between. Those likely had as much to do with power changes as the change in ilvl. (Source)
I think it's important to remember that I am not, AT ALL, disagreeing with your feeling of weakness. Suggesting feedback types. (Source)
So if we don't have a PhD in math we shouldn't post our concerns/opinions. Wow you lost all credibility right there.
Didn't say that at all. Said that you aren't using scaling properly. Feedback still useful. (Source)
So key points for using scaling are: Do you provide context? Is it a quantifiable issue? Do you have evidence to support that?
Yep! (Source)

It's hard and frustrating to understand them, but we should try and not dismiss them just b/c "scaling"
Not dismissing the feedback, just pointing out that people use "scaling" to make their argument sound credible. Actually opposite. (Source)

Fan Concept Art - Diablo Themed Hearthstone
Dexistor posted a very nice mockup of what a Diablo themed Hearthstone could look like!

This article was originally published in forum thread: Upcoming Character Model Preview, Jan 3 Hotfixes, Blue Tweets, Diablo Themed HS started by chaud View original post
Comments 40 Comments
  1. Pacster's Avatar
    That Hearthstone concept art is great. Keeping the game as it is(same cards etc.) just reskinning and new sounds...for...let's say 15$ per ingame shop. Diablo and Starcraft version. The opponent gets to see the game in whatever skin he likes best. Could generate some money for Blizz and they would just need one or two additional dedicated designers. Definitely worth thinking about if hearthstone really kicks it off...
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    If you take a look at the sims for dk's, you'll notice that in 522 gear they're at the top of the dps charts. When you sim 528 they drop down to 10th. When you sim 536 they drop down to 16th. When you sim 553 they drop down to 23rd. This is why the dk community is laughing at this guy. It's not in our minds. It's not made up make believe land. It's a fact that at the start of the tier dk's are on the top and as you get gear your dps barely moves whereas everyone around you has huge jumps in dps when they get gear and they leave you behind. So no, we're not asking for buffs we're asking for balance for scaling issues.
  1. Katowsky's Avatar
    Are we going to have to buy character change/re-customization to be able to change the look of our already max level character when the new character models come out? i know thats asking a lot, but it would be nice to not have to.
  1. Sandrita's Avatar
    I'm dying to see Female Night Elf model!
  1. Ryi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by snuzzle View Post
    Just let me see my female tauren and get it over with! The suspense is killing me! I know you were working on male tauren. Let's see some more ladies, please!!
    I hear you! Oh all I want is to see the femtaurs! :O I'll die to be finally able to customise my lady tauren with more than four hairstyles, oh please, please.
  1. Mic_128's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Katowsky View Post
    Are we going to have to buy character change/re-customization to be able to change the look of our already max level character when the new character models come out? i know thats asking a lot, but it would be nice to not have to.
    They've said a couple of times that at the moment they don't have any plans to, but from what they've shown, a lot of it is updating the older versions of what's available. When they start doing more changes for race/gender combos that don't have as many options (looking at you, female tauren!) there might be enough force to push them to do it.
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Katowsky View Post
    Are we going to have to buy character change/re-customization to be able to change the look of our already max level character when the new character models come out? i know thats asking a lot, but it would be nice to not have to.
    Yep. Chilton said on twitter if you don't like the way it looks you have the honor of paying to change it.
  1. Gaha's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shudder View Post
    If you take a look at the sims for dk's, you'll notice that in 522 gear they're at the top of the dps charts. When you sim 528 they drop down to 10th. When you sim 536 they drop down to 16th. When you sim 553 they drop down to 23rd. This is why the dk community is laughing at this guy. It's not in our minds. It's not made up make believe land. It's a fact that at the start of the tier dk's are on the top and as you get gear your dps barely moves whereas everyone around you has huge jumps in dps when they get gear and they leave you behind. So no, we're not asking for buffs we're asking for balance for scaling issues.
    Sims are not exactly the most reliable source of information on how a class is performing. If anything sims should really be used as a "if I change this on my gear will it boost my output" and even then they wont always be reliable.
  1. Kathranis's Avatar
    Since the update is going to be on the official website, it will most likely be for models that have already been rigged (animated). Last we heard, the models which were already rigged, or about to be rigged, but which weren't on the official site are: female gnome, female dwarf, male undead, female undead, male tauren, female troll.

    So, I think any of those would be a good bet.

    Of course, they might surprise us with something else new.
  1. Leare315's Avatar
    Been refreshing for a few hours now. I guess it's only noon their time, but i'm pretty stoked about seeing some new stuff! How certain are we that they'll show something today?
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gaha View Post
    Sims are not exactly the most reliable source of information on how a class is performing. If anything sims should really be used as a "if I change this on my gear will it boost my output" and even then they wont always be reliable.
    Sims are a great tool to guage it. Cause the two other dks in my raid group and myself all feel like we're not getting stronger when we get gear. But we're watching everyone else get stronger. But you can't argue feelings, so the sims back up what you feel. I don't want us to be number 1 again I just want a little balance and the scaling issues to stop. I would like to feel stronger as I get gear too.
  1. Beawer's Avatar
    Hope Blood elf Males fuckin get real beards something or i race change to orc something.
  1. Theronus's Avatar
    Pretty sure that the new troll models will be the ones from ToT, so I think it would be nice if they showed some new ones, like Undeads or Night Elves.
  1. Freia's Avatar
    Will be a bit before it is on the website. It isn't going to be as fast as that tweet made it seem.

    https://twitter.com/artofcgrobinson/...23296041115649
  1. grexly75's Avatar
    Had a look at the new map for Draenor and it looks awesome if not mistaken a lot bigger for sure and some nice sounding areas..
  1. Méd's Avatar
    That Hearthstone skin looks freaking awesome. Me likely a lot !
  1. melkesjokolade's Avatar
    AAAAAAAAH I CANT WAIT FOR THE MODELS!!!!!!!!! I want nelf, troll, undead and orc female pls!!!
  1. Laylriana's Avatar
    I hope when they update the human model that they will fix the awkward, silly looking run animation too.
  1. Mormolyce's Avatar
    Dat Hearthstone skin!

    Someone make a Starcraft one! :O
  1. shadowwolfpt's Avatar
    lol I think that game would be named "Town Portal"... too much obvious

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