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Warlords of Draenor Developer Interviews
There were a few developer interviews at the recent press events, so today we are taking a look at interviews with Alex Afrasiabi from Gameplanet.

Misc
  • You won't be allowed to fly in Draenor at release, and the devs want to see how players react to this.
  • Afrasiabi also mentions that he thinks it is possible that players could love a world with no flying.
  • Garrisons will change the way the game plays, making it feel new.

Draenor
  • Iron Horde will be coming through the Dark Portal in the weeks coming up to the expansion release.
  • Upon arrival to Draenor, players will go through a 45 minute experience to try and turn off the Dark Portal to save Azeroth.
  • You will see why the enemy is so bad right right away, as well as why you must stop them.
  • When Garrosh goes back to Draenor, he still thinks he is a great savior. He wants to show the world the might of a united Orc front.


Flying in Warlords of Draenor
One of the statements from the interview above prompted some discussion on the forums about the possibility of no flying at all in Warlords of Draenor.



Hearthsteed Colors
You may remember that the Hearthsteed mount was added to the game with both red and blue variations. So far, everyone has received the blue version for trying out Hearthstone. It appears the red version still may show up in the future though!





Patch 5.4.7 Hotfixes - March 11
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Racial Abilities
  • Worgen
    • Darkflight's movement speed increase no longer stacks with Burning Rush or Burst of Speed.

Classes
  • Monk
    • General
      • Successfully parrying an attack with Swift Reflexes should no longer incorrectly cause NPC guards to attack the Monk for reflexively striking back at an attacker.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Dungeons
    • Mogu'shan Palace: Resolved an issue where Trial of the King may not reset correctly if the party dies during the encounter.

Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Twin Peaks and Warsong Gulch
    • The winning team now receives an 18 Honor Point bonus for each capture the opposing team is prevented from completing. This means every capture below 3, up to a maximum of 54 bonus Honor if the losing team had 0 captures.
  • Arathi Basin, Eye of the Storm, and The Battle for Gilneas
    • Bonus Honor is now awarded to the team for every 130 resources gained (down from 260) or every 100 resources gained when it’s featured on Call to Arms (down from 200).
  • Silvershard Mines
    • Bonus Honor is now awarded to the team for every 200 resources gained (down from 265) or every 130 resources gained when it’s featured on Call to Arms (down from 160).
  • Strand of the Ancients
    • The amount of Honor awarded for successfully destroying or defending a gate has been doubled.

Timeless Isle
  • Guards at Huojin Landing and Tushui Landing on Timeless Isle are now significantly deadlier.

Brawler's Guild
  • Hexos: Players should no longer be killed by the maze after successfully defeating Hexos.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Hotfix Bug
You nerfed Flying Serpent Kick for FC'ing but you didn't nerf Burst of Speed?
This was unintentional (an unexpected side effect of a different hotfix). We're working on correcting the issue now. Once that's done, Monks should once again be able to use Roll, Chi Torpedo, and Flying Serpent Kick while carrying the flag. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Hearthsteed Issues
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
If you have having troubles with procuring this mount, try this!

1) Be sure to win 3 games of Hearthstone in PLAY or ARENA mode first! Your 3 wins can be from Casual or Ranked play. The introductory missions do not count. You'll know it's your third win because you'll get the "Mount Up!" quest reward notification in Hearthstone!

2) Log into World of Warcraft and check your mail. No Hearthsteed to be seen? Go to the next step!

3) Log out of World of Warcraft and log in to Hearthstone one more time.

4) Log out of Hearthstone and log back in to World of Warcraft. Check your mail - your Hearthsteed should await!

Free Character Migrations Available (EU)
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
If you're on one of the source realms listed below, you can move your characters to one of the designated destination realms and avoid the queues—for free!

By initiating one of these transfers, you will be moving your character to a new realm and home. This is a one-time, one-way move. If you wish to move your character elsewhere, you will need to use the paid transfer service.

  • Silvermoon => Magtheridon / Azuremyst
  • Kazzak / Outland / Stormscale => Auchindoun

Please be aware that, due to the unpredictable nature of free transfers, we may close down any Free Character Migrations at any time and without warning if the target realm becomes full. If you plan to move with friends or your guild, we suggest that you coordinate the effort to reduce the chance of any stragglers being left behind.

Early closures aside, this set of Free Character Migrations will end on Tuesday, March 18

Begin a Free Character Migration now! We recommend reviewing the FAQ, as it details what is or isn't allowed for transferred characters.

Garrison Screenshot
Jeremy Feasel recently joined Twitter and shared a garrison screenshot. He works on Garrisons, Pet Battles, Timeless Isle and more.

This article was originally published in forum thread: WoD Dev Interviews, Flying in Draenor, Hearthsteed Colors, Mar 11 Hotfixes, Garrison started by chaud View original post
Comments 286 Comments
  1. Shiroh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sareena View Post
    I wouldn't mind "no flying" if the designers wouldn't have such stupid flight paths. I don't like flying past where I am supposed to land just to end up making a big circle that wastes another 15 seconds. Direct and faster flight paths would at least make me not care as much.
    And what makes you think that WoD flight paths will suck? Are you in the Alpha?
  1. vandam's Avatar
    And the sigh's of relief coming out of the people mature enough to deal with such a minor restriction. Could do with less spoiled brats, that's for sure. The community is already filled with those.
    The consequence will be thet Blizz will milk you harder to compensate for our missing money.

    Say hello to your 50 euro expansion instead of 39 euro , how used to be untill now. Time for you to put more money in the game.
  1. Shiroh's Avatar
    I am really surprised that so many people didn't know about the no-flying thing until this post as it has been official since Blizzcon. :O
    And I am amazed that so many people think that flying will be completely removed for the whole expansion. Nice
  1. freakyduck's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sylreick View Post
    And the sigh's of relief coming out of the people mature enough to deal with such a minor restriction. Could do with less spoiled brats, that's for sure. The community is already filled with those.
    Yup, that's definitely the avenue Blizzard is hoping for. People that are immature to just plain quite playing and loose a bunch of subs. Yup, that's GREAT business.
  1. Sylreick's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by vandam View Post
    The consequence will be thet Blizz will milk you harder to compensate for our missing money.

    Say hello to your 50 euro expansion instead of 39 euro , how used to be untill now. Time for you to put more money in the game.
    If I have to pay a little more to have a friendlier community, I would do so gladly.
  1. freakyduck's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpiox69 View Post
    You do realize you will still be able to fly in Pandaria right...just not in Draenor...it's sounding like you don't know what your talking about.
    They are not removing flying altogether Just the new xpac. I for one do not hate not flying, i don't want to skip the beauty of draenor by flying around it!
    Just like they haven't specifically stated how long the flight restriction will be in place, they also haven't specifically said that flying in the older content would remain.

    Also, i'm not sure how it is for you, but the last time i was on a flying mount, i was still able to see the world around me and it didn't detract from seeing the beauty of the world below me. In fact, it gave me a different perspective than on the ground seeing everything. Why do you think the Space Needle in Seattle is so popular? I mean, the people of Seattle (and tourists) can easily just see things from the ground, right? Oh, that's right, people like to have a different vantage point from time to time. Besides, as has been said MANY many times, even if flying is in the game, nothing is forcing you onto a flying mount if you would prefer a ground mount to travel.

    Flying should be handled as it has been in the past: locked until level cap is reached.
  1. Exaelitus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sylreick View Post
    And the sigh's of relief coming out of the people mature enough to deal with such a minor restriction. Could do with less spoiled brats, that's for sure. The community is already filled with those.
    It's more than just a minor restriction, a lot of those flying mount collections cost a lot of time, grinding, rep, gold, RNG, and in the case of WOD real recent money. They would basically be throwing that away (watching a dragon waddle along a road looks stupid). Also, it's not an issue of maturity, they want to see how it goes. So if people don't like it, it makes perfect sense to let them know.
  1. freakyduck's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by scottshaman View Post
    Proud of Blizz for removing flying- Vanilla inspiration is what this game needs right now. Hopefully the kids that play this game can learn to appreciate how it was originally built and how much it has strayed from its winning formula. For many reasons I hope lots of juvenile players unsubscribe with this change- then we can possibly re-enter the glory days of WoW being a challenging, thoughtful game devoid of the gimmicks and instant gratification that pander to the younger (age 16-21) player-base.
    WoW has, what 7-10 million active subscriptions now? How many when Vanilla was out? Probably not nearly as many....guess that really proves that ONLY Vanilla was a "winning formula", unless you expect me to believe that all 7-10 million players started playing in Vanilla, but even that would prove that all the things they've done to this point have been part of a "winning formula".

    Also, i'm not really sure what makes you think that this will rid WoW of immature "kids" and make quality of life/community any better. There will always be annoying, immature, "kids" (you do know that there are a lot of immature adults playing this game?) playing every video game out there.
  1. Tarryn's Avatar
    Actually Wrath was the winning expansion design if you want to base it by pure subscription numbers.
  1. Rorcanna's Avatar
    People thinking no flying will change the community or bring back the vanilla feeling are morons.

    Also, WOTLK was the peak. It had FLYING.
  1. Sylreick's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Exaelitus View Post
    It's more than just a minor restriction, a lot of those flying mount collections cost a lot of time, grinding, rep, gold, RNG, and in the case of WOD real recent money. They would basically be throwing that away (watching a dragon waddle along a road looks stupid). Also, it's not an issue of maturity, they want to see how it goes. So if people don't like it, it makes perfect sense to let them know.
    Well, there's the fact that it isn't going away permanently. So, yeah, pretty small bump there. I'd like to see some decent arguments about WHY flying is important. Something a decent bit more substantial than the argument of convenience.

    For those that like the sight of them, and enjoy using them. That's a fine argument, but it's along the lines of the counter argument that people spend quite a bit of time trying for some ground mounts, yet don't ever use them because flying outstrips their use in nearly every way (barring the occasional dungeon or bg that allows their use). Even if you enjoy the sight of them, they'll be useable again with the first patch being released (you could argue that those store mounts ARE useable on the ground AND all of the older content, so it's not like the money is going to waste).

    It's something to argue and debate about an ideal, it's another to just whine incessantly about losing a convenience until the first patch is released.
  1. Rude Hero's Avatar
    Flight makes the world excessively flat and uninteresting.

    As long as it doesn't take me 20 minutes to get from the bank to the justice point vendor I think I'll be okay.
  1. ZeroWashu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shiroh View Post
    And what makes you think that WoD flight paths will suck? Are you in the Alpha?
    Two words: Timeless Isle

    More words : There are so many bad ones and they do not act on them when reported.
  1. Exaelitus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sylreick View Post
    Well, there's the fact that it isn't going away permanently. So, yeah, pretty small bump there. I'd like to see some decent arguments about WHY flying is important. Something a decent bit more substantial than the argument of convenience.

    For those that like the sight of them, and enjoy using them. That's a fine argument, but it's along the lines of the counter argument that people spend quite a bit of time trying for some ground mounts, yet don't ever use them because flying outstrips their use in nearly every way (barring the occasional dungeon or bg that allows their use). Even if you enjoy the sight of them, they'll be useable again with the first patch being released (you could argue that those store mounts ARE useable on the ground AND all of the older content, so it's not like the money is going to waste).

    It's something to argue and debate about an ideal, it's another to just whine incessantly about losing a convenience until the first patch is released.
    From what I'm reading they are now considering it, and want to see players reaction.
  1. Sylreick's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Exaelitus View Post
    From what I'm reading they are now considering it, and want to see players reaction.
    Well, there's the key point. They want to see the reaction, which usually comes after people actually giving it a shot (not being so childish as to unsub, purely out of spite, and their opinions aren't all that useful, if they're really willing to quit over something so simple, then they probably aren't the long term player that blizzard would worry over). The most likely outcome is that they follow what was originally planned, and allow flying in the older content with the release of the first patch. If people actually enjoy it, then I would see no reason to change and allow flying.
  1. derpkitteh's Avatar
    i really hate afrasiabi. just has the aura of a guy that needs his ass beaten into the ground.
  1. Siddown's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by freakyduck View Post
    Just like they haven't specifically stated how long the flight restriction will be in place, they also haven't specifically said that flying in the older content would remain.
    But they did specifically point out that flying wouldn't work in Draenor. So I think even the most cynical of people would agree that they won't touch older content as there really is no reason to.
  1. Confucius's Avatar
    that tweet made me confused. Are they saying that you can collect about the same amount of ore/herbs in wod while not flying as you do now with flying? Because I can rack up to about 15-20 stacks of ore in about 30-45 min right now. The amount of ore nodes there have to be to do that in wod while not flying, has to be astronomical
  1. vandam's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by derpkitteh View Post
    i really hate afrasiabi. just has the aura of a guy that needs his ass beaten into the ground.
    Absolutely agree. With a halflife-style crowbar.
  1. Incitatus's Avatar
    Imagine someone taking your car away, simply because it allowed you to get to places more efficiently than riding a bicycle? They are contemplating this because it allows them to greatly slow down the player base. Holding onto someones belt as they walk up a hill, so to speak.

    For those arguing that all flying should be removed, how about you exclusively use your precious ground mounts you love so much, and let the people that prefer to fly, fly?

    I agree with the comments regarding Blizz selling flying mounts for genuine cash, then mentioning their removal. People spent money on them, or grinding out mats crafting these mounts. Saying that they can be used as ground mounts as well, is the same as saying your car still rolls, push it and be happy with it.

    I think I have finally outgrown this "suffocate" design philosophy.

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