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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. yarjin's Avatar
    "it's possible to keep..." - yeah, possible, but not comfortable.
    bloodwing will be awesome to ride Draenor. Bat that can't fly, just what i was looking for.
  1. The Glitch's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Klokie View Post
    The 45 min is the start of the expansion, after we have arrived Dreanor.

    The pre expansion stuff will take months since some tweets have indicated that the iron horde will take quite a chunke of Eastern Kingdoms.
    God I am such a moron, I read the first line and smooshed it in with the second line, thanks for clarifying that! nearly 6am and haven't slept, I think my bed is calling me haha.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Quote Originally Posted by Shampro View Post
    I think you missed the interviews where it is stated that the event is basicly them pouring from the portal for several weeks.

    It sounds like the Burning Crusade event, but instead of the Legion, it'll be Iron Horde.

    Yeah I read both lines as one, instead of separate *derps* lack of sleep and not paying attention Thanks for the clarification though
  1. Zechs-cenarius's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by yarjin View Post
    "it's possible to keep..." - yeah, possible, but not comfortable.
    bloodwing will be awesome to ride Draenor. Bat that can't fly, just what i was looking for.
    Whats funny is the fact that most of the blizzard store mounts were marketed as also being flyers. So those mounts will only have like half animation in the new expansion. I also for see them making faction cities with full AH and other amenities in WoD content so those areas will become new hubs where players gather and thus not using their flying mounts there either. Good thing I didn't hop on the WoD pre-order bandwagon. I'm definitely going to wait and see how this plays out. No flying mounts in WoD and I am definitely not going to enjoy it. I really dislike being forced to use a ground mount for an entire expansion. At least in MoP Im limited only to the 2 islands so I can actually explore pandaria the way I want to.
  1. Turin777's Avatar
    More and more the design team seems completely out of touch with the player base. Removing the option to fly altogether from end game content is going to result in backlash. It also reveals that they are designing the quest zones without flight in mind, which just seems short-sighted and ill-conceived. Elsewhere someone suggested there would be no crafted gear in this xpac either. This raises doubts in my mind about the direction the entire game is taking. I'll play WoD and check it out, but I suspect it'll be my last xpac. It's not that I'm going to ragequit over flying, but it just sounds like the current design team doesn't even have a concept of what sorts of things I enjoy in this game.
  1. Nothos's Avatar
    I don't see what the huge problem is?! From the looks of it you would think half the people here play the game literally only for flying?? I see a lot of people complaining about "Dropping 10k for flying" Who cares? 10k is a joke these days. I remember paying 600g for all my and brothers toons epic riding back in BC, and that was a lot harder to come by than 10k these days. Not to forget how even much harder it was in Vanilla. If they design the zones and quests around not being able to fly then it shouldn't be a huge major inconvenience.

    Also wik- I have a ton of cool land mounts I hardly get to use that I spent loads of time obtaining! I'm excited!
    Also also wik- Back in the days of the old warlords they pretty much only traveled by foot.
  1. Immitis's Avatar
    why dont all you whiners shut up until beta when we can see their alternatives to flying?

    and i thought it was pretty obvious they were saving the red hearthsteed for another event
  1. Zatheyll's Avatar
    Guards at Huojin Landing and Tushui Landing on Timeless Isle are now significantly deadlier.
    Well damn. Always walking into the wrong camp without realizing it and have a chance to maybe escape. Now I'll be insta-dead.
  1. Skillslam's Avatar
    'Mumper' is a smug little cunt isnt he
  1. Barnabos's Avatar
    I think some people have forgot that the no-flying is only on Draenor.

    They react like there's no flying in the WHOLE GAME!

    Stupids are stupeé
  1. Vergilius's Avatar
    I have no idea why people are so upset about the no flying thing. I mean yeah, I agree that it's a bit illogical that we pay for flying and then at max level it's disallowed, but they're obviously going to add it at some point, probably first major patch.

    I personally think it's pretty fine, they can easily balance flight paths/routes to make getting to certain places (like raid instances) without flying not be a huge deal. Is it really that big of a deal if you can't fly by yourself?

    I for one look forward to seeing Karabor looking all imposing and shit.
  1. Teetster's Avatar
    I unsubbed already, and definitely won't be back if there is no flying in WoD. I'm not alone. Blizzard isn't just alienating people like me - I've never seen so many people dissatisfied with the game as it is let alone a this sad excuse for an expansion.

    I see why Ghostcrawler left - he didn't want to be associated with this mess.
  1. Lauyia's Avatar
    You won't be allowed to fly in Draenor at release

    in Draenor at release

    at release

    AT RELEASE


    You guys all act like they're never going to do it, or worse, as if they plan to remove flying from the game.
  1. Chaoss17's Avatar
    My warlock would love the red version
  1. Fenixdown's Avatar
    I like how they say they "want to see how people react", but they had to extend the post limit on the flying discussion thread on the official forums THREE times! And excluding the same 2-3 trolls that were in it on the anti-flying bus, the responses to it have not exactly been positive.

    But, hey. Let's just WAIT and see them make their third straight expansion mistake. By all means, knock yourselves out, Blizz.
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    "You won't be allowed to fly in Draenor at release, and the devs want to see how players react to this."

    They already reacted. It was overwhelmingly negative. And to those saying you love them taking flying away. What's it like being a hypocrite? Stop using your flying mounts right now or stfu.
  1. tripleh's Avatar
    Its official the devs have become Rtards . It's cata all over again trying to tell us how to enjoy the game.
  1. Nothos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shudder View Post
    "You won't be allowed to fly in Draenor at release, and the devs want to see how players react to this."

    They already reacted. It was overwhelmingly negative. And to those saying you love them taking flying away. What's it like being a hypocrite? Stop using your flying mounts right now or stfu.
    The zones are being designed around not needing flying. That's not such a terrible thing? I don't think I have to totally cut out flying altogether just because I might enjoy using my ground mounts for once in the x-pac.
  1. bigmurph's Avatar
    WEll IF FLYING IS TAKEN OUT FOR ENTIRE X PACK THEY CAN REFUND MY MONEY FOR ALL MY MOUNTS PLUS MY 70 BUCKS I WASTED ON PRE OREDER! & I NO IM NOT ALONE HERE. THEY DO THIS AND THEY WILL LOOSE MILLIONS OF SUBS WAIT & C!!!!!!! PLUS ID SAY THA THOUSANDS LOL IM SPENT ON THIS GAME ALL TOGETHER. SINCE LAUNCH IN 04 I REALLY DONT THINK THERE THIS STUPID. BUT I GUESS WE WILL C..............
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nothos View Post
    The zones are being designed around not needing flying. That's not such a terrible thing? I don't think I have to totally cut out flying altogether just because I might enjoy using my ground mounts for once in the x-pac.
    So when you want to go to your farm when you're in shrine do you hop on your ground mount and head over to the gate towards krasarang? Then go through the cave over to the veiled stair and then down the mountain and through all the critters in the valley? That's what you do right? Cause you guys hate flying. You hate it so much that you're not content with just you doing that long trek, you want EVERYONE to be FORCED to do it with you.
  1. ben-'s Avatar
    Think they will recycle the Tabard of the Protector for this event ? http://www.wowhead.com/item=28788/ta...-the-protector

    Im hoping for something NEW and SHINY

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