MMO-Champion - Another PvP Season for MoP, Cross-Realm Normal SoO Update, Blue Tweets, Fan Art
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Another PvP Season for Mists of Pandaria
It looks like that Season 15 gear that was added "just in case" may see some use after all, with another PvP season coming before Warlords of Draenor.



Update: Normal Difficulty Cross-Realm Siege of Orgrimmar
It looks like cross-realm normal difficulty may not be off the table after all!



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Storage Space Issues
Even bandaid fixes for storage issues (ie more void storage) take time to develop and implement, so we'd prefer to spend that time working on solutions, like systems that hold your items and gear in new ways that don't actually use inventory slots. We announced the account-wide toy and heirloom systems at BlizzCon, as well as the ability to craft from your bank and bigger stack sizes for some items, and we've hinted at some slightly longer term plans for a gear collection/wardrobe feature that would help serve all the transmoggers out there in not just freeing up space but also providing the ability to easily track set collections - all of which will help in their own way with inventory management. While the toy and heirloom systems are planned for the launch of Warlords, the gear collection system will be a bit later. We expect the toy and heirloom systems will free up enough space for most people, as well as some (albeit bandaid-y) slightly larger bags in Warlords and attaching quest items to the quest log instead of as items to fill up your bags, will all help in the meantime.

Any idea if we will still be able to "use" Dartol's Rod of Transformation or Archmage Vargoth's Staff at will? The first one no longer has a quest associated with it. Will we get to keep it?

I've trashed most "toy" items, opting for transmog bag space. But I have no intention of getting rid of those 2 items, nor a few other old quest things I have.

We'll be handling each item on a case-by-case basis, and will be looking for everyone's help in identifying items that could/should be added to the toy box beyond the probably more obvious ones we already have flagged. It's largely going to be something solidified through testing and feedback. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvE
Pallytank here.My cotank is a warrior.He spamtaunts adds/bosses/doesnt care for tanking just dps.Superannoying and I can do little to stop him. Doesnt care ATALL for tanking,just pure dps.Will this get addressed?
When both tanks have that mindset, it can be quite fun. However, when they don't, it can be aggravating. The Vengeance change will make that no longer with doing. However, we want to improve cooperative tank gameplay so as not to lose that potential fun. (Source)

Warlords of Draenor PvP
Can you talk about WoD BG-s? Are you guys adding new BG for WoD?
WoD release approach is improve existing BG experience and set foundation for faster creation/iteration. Big content is Ashran. (Source)
Really looking forward to seeing objective based rewards and their visibility in the scoreboard/UI
Me too! (Source)

Have you thought of making the achievement Grievous Combat and future achieves like it account wide once you earn? For gearing alts
no it was to help people gear multiple specs, which won't be necessary with WoD gear changes. You can expect to see that go away. (Source)

Is the Grievous Combatant mount going away when the next PvP season starts or will it still be obtainable later? Thanks!
It won't be going away. Planning on a similar achievement each season (and hopefully more mounts) (Source)

PvP
You can also be suspended for wintrading which uses the Enter Battle button.
1. We have to have leave queue but it should be smaller and we should also allow you to accept while in combat. (Source)
2. Playing every game should be made more efficient than tanking 10. "Deserter debuff" may be cleanest option. (Source)
3. Don't believe everything you read on the Internet about suspensions. (Source)
4. There will be no 5. (Source)
Or "Leave queue" doesn't lose mmr for your team or gain MMR for the team you would've fought.
People leaving queues is not good for the game. When you enter a match, there should be an opponent. (Source)
We need to enter arenas when dead. Sound setting so that JUST Q POP audible out of game?
You'll be able to accept queues with the same rule set as LFD with respect to combat (Source)

can the battlegound achievements be account wide? Eg 100 wins of this bg, or disarm X bombs. Needs to be more alt friendly.
They already are, I believe. can you confirm? (Source)
I don't believe progress is shared across characters but I don't believe that is unique to BG achievements. (Source)

What do you think about cosmetic arena teams?
Could be fun if the party leader could "name" the temp team. Just isn't a priority right now. (Source)
I miss being able to track comp stats... BTW when can we have arena game history back on armory?
It had a high storage requirement & was 1 of the least used features of the armory. Might explore for trial #nopromises (Source)

revisiting this. Is it intended that the elite gear requires rating? Not the case last season.
Yes it's intentional. Last season it didn't have rating as original plan was to provide better stats. (Source)

Professions
I really hate to rush somewhere, to pull something from other players' hands, when somebody pulling stuff from my hands
Competition for profession mats is an interesting situation. On one hand, we want them to feel natural, sometimes scarce. (Source)
On the other, we don't want player collision to feel like a negative thing (ideally a positive). Interesting discussion. (Source)

Is there any chance to let people with crafting professions allowed to repair their armor? By making oils, patches etc.
It's been discussed internally on & off since I started during BC, and probably before that. (Source)

Any changes coming to Archaeology? And will we see Archaeology and Garrisons have any interaction?
Current plan is 1. general quality-of-life tweaks (think gathering in MoP) & 2. garrison interaction (we can't go into details yet). (Source)

Future
Will Proving Grounds leaderboards ever happen? It'd be nice to not depend on wowprogress to make use of the score feature.
It's something we're interested in potentially doing, but I don't know when we'll be able to get to it. Would be easy to read it as an indicator of class/spec balance, when it's not intended to be. So, need to be careful. (Source)

Any plans for pets that are tamed to keep special effects like Duskstalkers in jade forest with the shadowform?
Looking into tech that'll put visuals like that on display level and not an aura; not sure when it'll be ready & applied. (Source)

Btw, next year, how about a Greench pet?
Wanted to 1st year but it's too complex! Needs new art. T_T (Source)
What's wrong with the existing Greench model? Can't he just be shrunk down to battle pet size?
It's bad for same technical reasons the Personal World Destroyer isn't just a shrunken Fel Reaver. (Source)

Transmogrification
How about the chance of adding daggers, and fist weapons to the one hand, sword/axe/hammer plate?
Same issue(s)! Unlikely for both philosophical & technical reasons (mostly animations). (Source)

I wouldn't say a complete restriction lift, but plate should be able to xmog mail, mail xmog leather, etc. There is an old paladin mail set and hunters would look great in leather.
Sub-40 armor types are for sub-40 characters. TRIVIA: It's item-based, not class-based, so currently impossible anyhow! (Source)

Reputation / Questing
Wow often gets accused of being faceroll. It's things like minimum quest levels that force it to be faceroll when it needn't be.
Things like minimum quest levels protect new players who don't know any better, though. What's easy for you is hard for others. (Source)

World
I feel WoW needs immersion, how about random world bosses or bandits attacking towns or players on the road
Me too. Haven't seen many MMOs get it right though; often feels TOO random/irrelevant/annoying. T_T (Source)

Ever think about doing more with Gallywix' Pleasure Palace?
I was going to make the golf course playable (w/ exploding balls of course) but we ran out of time. T_T Would be fun to go back! (Source)

Fan Art
We have some more WoW fan art today, this time with a Disney meets WoW theme!

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Comments 92 Comments
  1. Buff's Avatar
    So basically everyone just buys whatever they want, get the mog on list, then sell it? That would quickly make stuff worthless..
  1. Kirino's Avatar
    Not looking forward to a new season right after I honor grinded 3 toons for tyrannical >.<
  1. Tatahe's Avatar
    This new season will come with a 5% nerf to SoO just like they did in DS? What do you guys think?
  1. baal-80's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wilhelm137 View Post
    Ofcourse not, it's got that whole blue color to it rather than being green. It's the same thing with mounts where recolors aren't just recolors of other mounts or scaled down versions of mobs. Gotta add the twist in there to make it sound like a meaningful amount of time went into creating these things when in reality all they are is a color swap and scaling it down.

    Also this confirms that for 3 straight expacs.....they have learned literally nothing. If this expac was meant to come out in the first half of the year they would have mentioned a beta for it by now and would be in the process of getting it ready. The new year has started however and not a single word has been said other than "we think it's farther along then previous expacs were at this point". Well obviously it's not when you have to add back in the previously cancelled 5.5 to give some life into the game you know can't hold retention for anymore. Stop telling people something is far along when in reality you just want to save face so people are given hope that after 6 years of this happening, maybe just maybe you learned something.
    Why would they change it if you people pay for it anyway?
  1. Moradim's Avatar
    well fuck. new pvp season and no sign of beta yet basically confirms the new xpac will be out in the fall.
  1. Kobomino's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Buff View Post
    So basically everyone just buys whatever they want, get the mog on list, then sell it? That would quickly make stuff worthless..
    You could do that but most of the cool stuff are BoP so you have to make the effort to farm them yourself anyway.
  1. 401Toffees's Avatar
    6 months to WoD? When will Blizzard understand that if there's no new content, people won't pay. Time to freeze my account, save some cash and play something else which you never know, I may actually enjoy and never come back. Oh wait, isn't that exactly what Blizzard should be trying to avoid?
  1. Aevic's Avatar
    Glad I took a break before MOP came out. I got back a month or two back and I am still enjoying the expansion with plenty to do. This wait time would be brutal otherwise. I do however, regret missing the Barrens event and getting that title
  1. Higgit's Avatar
    Oh my word... Another 6 months.... oh my
  1. Farora's Avatar
    My account is already frozen. These huge empty periods of each expansion are pretty damaging. This will be the longest in history of Wow?
  1. Dracbane's Avatar
    Well I for one am not happy about this delay. There is not enough content to even keep me playing for another 6 months.....and Ive already just been barely playing a few hrs a week as is....but this just makes it a 100% chance I wont renew next month....sub loss is going to be astronomical with this news.
  1. Tomana's Avatar
    Another 6 months without a new expansion is going to be very bad for the game.
  1. Gilian's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vexacus View Post
    Patch 4.3.0 "Hour of Twilight", went live on November 29, 2011

    MoP was finally released on September 25, 2012

    so a 9 month period between final boss and next expansion is not uncommon.

    Patch 5.4.0 was released on September 10, 2013

    if you put these facts together Warlords of Draenor is still an option for somewhere late june- early july. the current arena season can end 2 weeks from now. than a bye week than 20 weeks for the next season. 2 bye weeks before WoD and we are somewhere around july 1st maybe
    but i have to admit my gut feeling is they will postpone it till late august. early september
    The difference is that we are now stuck with Timeless Isle, LFR/Flex and no new 5 man dungeons plus you gear up very fast. Content is being consumed at a very high pace yet they fail to deliver new content faster while they hired new employees and their team is now much bigger.

    It's a disgrace tbh. If it really is going to take this long for the new expansion to be released they can say goodbye to a lot of subscribers. Have fun with your new character models and minigames (Garrisons/pet battles)...
  1. Baphomette's Avatar
    The reason this is disappointing is because Blizzard was doing so well on the 6mo raid tier schedule during MoP (5.0 Sept, 5.2 Mar, 5.4 Sept). I don't think anyone realistically expected 6.0 to drop in March, but a May/June timeframe wasn't out of the question and now it looks like MoP will last longer than Cata just because they're dragging the last tier out.

    That said, two PVP seasons during one PVE tier is unprecedented so we'll see how it goes.
  1. Notorious's Avatar
    So WoD in late August or September, already bored with SoO, guess i'll farm the new RBG/Arena mount in the new pvp season. I highly doubt they would release the expansion in the middle of the summer.
  1. vexew's Avatar
    To bad, this will seriously hurt them, possibly more then anything else, delaying this expansion could be catastrophic if Wildstar comes out before it.
  1. Staticus's Avatar
    Wow often gets accused of being faceroll. It's things like minimum quest levels that force it to be faceroll when it needn't be.
    Things like minimum quest levels protect new players who don't know any better, though. What's easy for you is hard for others.
    Then put a recommended minimum level for each quest or make it so that each colour is the recommended level (with a description of this when you start a toon) and remove the restriction so that everyone is happy. Seriously, stop treating us non-noobs like shit.
  1. Msi's Avatar
    Man I play/love WoW but I hope this game dies. Blizzard can't treat his costumers like this :S
  1. Toiran's Avatar
    "Can you talk about WoD BG-s? Are you guys adding new BG for WoD?
    WoD release approach is improve existing BG experience and set foundation for faster creation/iteration. Big content is Ashran."

    Warlords of Draenor website:
    "New Battlegrounds and World Bosses"

    Hmm....

    Patch battlegrounds? I doubt it, it takes them a long ass time to a make a BG, theres plenty that still haven't made it/got scrapped.

    And now they ARE using another season...?

    This isn't good news today.
  1. Gilian's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Staticus View Post
    Then put a recommended minimum level for each quest or make it so that each colour is the recommended level (with a description of this when you start a toon) and remove the restriction so that everyone is happy. Seriously, stop treating us non-noobs like shit.
    Exactly.

    Instead they rather nerf or maybe even sell us level 90 characters like it will somehow fix the issue of boredom for experienced/good players who are now pulling whole instances to make it somewhat interesting...

    There is way too much "protection" in this game now. It's way too forgiving.
    If content is too hard for you then you can always take a step back. If content is too easy and boring for you you just have to deal with that. The hardest leveling content is easy.
    No, I am not going to level naked without xp bonuses just because Blizzard can't give us proper leveling content.

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