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Warlords of Draenor - Garrison Resource
Muffinus shared some more about Garrisons recently, along with letting us know that they will use their own resource.

At Blizzcon and in previous developer interviews, the team has said that upgrading would take gold and some kind of resource like wood or stone. In the UI shown off at Blizzcon you can see a new icon used to represent whatever resource is being used to build the Garrison.

The devs also mentioned that some Garrison upgrades may require plans that you cannot purchase, but instead earned through faction rewards, quest rewards, random world drops, or other ways.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
WRT gear & regen changes, do you think some healers won't even bother gearing spirit? Seems like many won't need it.
I think Spirit will still be valuable where you can find it. Being able to heal more aggressively is often desirable. (WatcherDev)

do you think that the triage healing model in early cata was a success/failure?
There were many positive aspects to it, but in 4.0 it was too easy to run out of mana and be left feeling helpless. (WatcherDev)
There was a big uprising about it, people complained about lack of healers until Blizzard finally fixed it via patch.
Sounds like you're imagining a repeat of Early Cata's healing model. We made several big mistakes there. (Celestalon)
But it had some upsides too. For Warlords, we're taking those upsides, combined with other better gameplay. (Celestalon)
We totally understand and expect skepticism, and look forward to constructive, critical feedback during testing. (Celestalon)

ONLY ppl who like this are top 10-15% and the PVPr's. Cata was a FAILED exp, everyone knows this. its a game not rl. triage=fail
Question: do you think healing is currently perfect? Should we not try to change it? (WatcherDev)

Cata healing was so bad that I quit for over a year. Frustrating = challenge is not fun to play. Please don't repeat mistakes
I understand where you're coming from. The goal is for nothing about this to feel frustrating. (WatcherDev)

Warlords of Draenor Stats
One question... about the item squish... at lv 90 endgear we're much much more powerful than with fresh 90. Same with lv 100?
Yes, item progression is an essential part of WoW. You'll still get significantly stronger over the course of WoD. (WatcherDev)
in WoD, all flex-style raids will no longer have LFR-like random loot? I vastly preferred that to leaders having master options.
Personal loot (LFR-style) will be available as a loot option for the leader to set; we expect it to be popular with PUGs. (WatcherDev)

with the ilvl squish. Can you guys remove the ilvl requirements for lvl up dungeons in Cata and MoP please. Seems redundant now.
Yes, we can do that -- good suggestion. (WatcherDev)

ilvl squish, how will this affect soloing flame leviathan since vehicles scale with ilvl?
Shouldn't affect it. Item levels aren't changing, just the stat curve as item level increases. You'll still be able to solo it NP. (WatcherDev)

Do you ever consider what you could do if more and more go to the horde side to pvp down the road?
We've been talking about it. A good question is, what would it take for Horde PvP players to switch to Alliance? (holinka)

I am also predicting that the whole increasing follower xp is merged with the Armory?
Each building you choose will have a unique and AWESOME purpose, more info to come in the future! (Muffinus)

I like the fountain. Is that a default doodad, or do we get to pick?
not a complete answer, but we want to focus as many of your choices around gameplay as possible, high impact decisions! (Muffinus)

So whats the deal w/garrisons and alts? Account-wide, or are we asked to micromanage 11 garrisons every day like MoP farms today?
This is a key part of our garrisons discussions, def. want to avoid the "log in and farm on 7 toons every day" gameplay. (Muffinus)

How long does it take a building to upgrade for construction. Say lvl 1 town hall going to a lvl 2 town hall?
Still in flux, will really appreciate some feedback once we get the beta going (Muffinus)

How interactive will Followers be? Will they be quiet NPCs wandering around or can you talk to them and learn about them further?
Highly interactive! Some will want you to escort them to chop wood, others will have an epic followup quest to realize their dream (Muffinus)

Oh good, I can't wait to make a garrison that looks like every boring human town that has been in game since vanilla.
I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at the interactivity of each building from tier 1 to tier 3+ (Muffinus)

will garrison proff buildings act differently if you have the proff?
There are definite bonuses for having both the building and the profession. (Muffinus)

Diablo III - 100% Bonus XP This Weekend
If you have put off leveling in Diablo III, now is a good time to pick that back up. Patch 2.0.1 is live and you can earn an extra 100% experience from now until March 24th.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
This is it! We're unleashing Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™ for Windows and Mac on March 25. To celebrate—this weekend only—we're doubling down on the +50% Bonus XP that's already available in Diablo III, and boosting it all the way to +100% Bonus XP.

This +100% Bonus XP period begins Friday, March 21 at 12:00 p.m. PT ends on Monday, March 24 at 12:01 a.m. PT. So, (if you need to) update your Diablo III game files here, log in this weekend, and rack up some last-minute Paragon Levels to aid you in your upcoming crusade against death itself.

Not sure what's new in Patch 2.0.1? We've got you covered.

Good luck, have fun, and we'll see you back here on Monday at 9:00 p.m. Pacific for the official launch of Reaper of Souls, an epic new chapter in the legendary Diablo series!

Expansion Duration Graphs
Bashiok shared some graphs that he came across on Twitter that put the duration of Mists of Pandaria into context, as well as replying to a few concerns.

Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker)
Not intending any commentary, I just thought it was interesting seeing it laid out like that. I certainly would not have guessed the patch cycles would have looked like that.

It's not only that 5.4 will take a year, it's that it will take a year and they "promised" it wouldn't. You can't commit yourselves to "no more year-long raid tier" and then completely flip the script and expect your paying customers to just understand...
I don't recall seeing/hearing/relating any promises. We always have the best intentions to improve, though.

I guess I misunderstood Bobby Kotick when he said: "To address this, we’re working to release new content more frequently to keep our players engaged longer and make it easier for lapsed players to come back into the game"
Yeah, I suppose, because that's not a promise, that's an intention to improve.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Warlords of Draenor - Garrison Resource, Blue Tweets, 100% Bonus XP Weekend in D3 started by chaud View original post
Comments 164 Comments
  1. Embriel's Avatar
    In what way are those graphs supposed to put anything to context when they are only showing half the picture; time.
    Remember TBC? You couldn't start the next tier of raiding until your guild was properly geared or you would be crushed to pieces. There was no stupid 4 difficulties of raids, just one. Some guilds progressed faster and some slower, but when the last content patch was released most guilds weren't even finished with the previous one.
    And this is where you probably say something like "well, it's like that now too, not many guilds finish heroic raids before content patches". And you are of course correct, but the difference is that now you can just abandon that progress and jump on the next tier because your gear is sufficient.
    I'm not being elitist in any way, quite the opposite. In order to have content last longer make compleing it a requirement before you can continue on to the next step. Put in gear checks. I'm very tired of doing the same content over and over again on different difficulties.
    Imagine that Tier 1-4 (normal/wod heroic) gear was nowhere near what was needed for killing the first boss of Tier1 mythic raiding. I miss the feeling of clearing Black Temple and having to farm it for a few weeks before attempting Sunwell.
  1. Kittahsmash's Avatar
    Oh good, another gold sink. Just what this game needs!
  1. Moradim's Avatar
    blue posts defending bobby kotick...

    yeah, that's a great way to piss off your frustrated subscribers.
  1. rogas's Avatar
    Bashoik shared some 'expansion duration graphs'. On which you can clearly see that since cataclysm we went from 4 tiers during a expansion to only 3; while still maintaining the same overall expansion duration.

    So, simply put: same duration, less content (but better content?)
  1. Cuj0u812's Avatar
    I was going to come in and say something snarky, but I think you crybabies already covered all the bases. Another 8 months just means I can have 30 toons at 90 instead of 20. Lol
  1. Aureth's Avatar
    ''That's an intention to improve.'' True that it wasn't a promise, and honestly they HAVE improved a lot in terms of speed during MoP-the patches have been like clockwork-but then they just dropped all the balls they were holding. No idea what happened at the end. I mean I know they start working on expansions much earlier than Blizzcon, and that I do remember them announcing that they were further along with this in the background than they were with MoP when they showed it. In theory, they really should have easily been able to pull off a late June release, especially without giving a 5.5, having worked for a long time, being further along, and having much fewer potential problems than the past two expansions(Cata when they blew up and remade the entire 1-60 world and MoP when they put in a new talent system, new race, new class, new starting zone, etc.) The biggest things are the models(some of which are already fully implemented according to a few of those videos that have been shown), and Garrisons.

    Something had to happen in the background to severely rust up the gears, so to speak. Maybe Garrisons ended up just as bad as blowing up and remaking all of Azeroth. Or maybe they just flat-out screwed up somewhere and are trying to cover it in PR(I mean I know from a business angle they can't well admit 'we screwed up' if they did.)
  1. aycheff's Avatar
    Even still... 10k gold nowadays is chump change.
  1. Sobieski's Avatar
    Last blue-post answer "Yeah, I suppose, because that's not a promise, that's an intention to improve.". Lol Its like "Yeah, we know we said something like that, and yeah, you could have understood it this way. But well, it's your problem, we say what we want and we feel no responsibility to tell what we mean. So fu** you generally. Step back, wait and don't complain anymore, we dont care anyway".
  1. Wayne25uk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aycheff View Post
    Even still... 10k gold nowadays is chump change.
    Not to me it isnt lol i've never had over 8k gold in my life,but that's mainly due to me never being arsed to farm anything or craft anything worth while after my pants disaster (*) and with having 3 kids to juggle and my own life to do it's pretty hard to waste time making gold,i just get in do my dailies or what ever and quest or level up then out again.

    * The pants disaster is as follows,i thought "oh why not just this once make something current tier and worth about 40k" so i spent a few weeks making the mats for Gorge Stalker Legplates which are 553 ilvl and at the time the market was between 30-40k for them,but i just completed them (due to time constraints as i mentioned before aka life) when the new patch hit,and ofc the price dropped to 8k in an instant! To add more insult to injury i have yet to sell the bloody pants even after the 22k-33k drop.

    FML :'(
  1. Happyfunrun's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kittahsmash View Post
    Oh good, another gold sink. Just what this game needs!
    Nag nag nag.
  1. notorious98's Avatar
    Even with a median length beta, MoP STILL lasts longer than Cata. Looks like they're really working hard at improving on putting out expansions faster, amirite?
  1. pfbe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Aureth View Post
    Something had to happen in the background to severely rust up the gears, so to speak.
    Ghostcrawler went looking for another job.
  1. Primaryjane's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aycheff View Post
    Even still... 10k gold nowadays is chump change.
    That really depends on the server. On my server, no one uses the AH any more because the prices are just outright ridiculous. It's much less painful to just go out and farm, which in turn means very few people are actually making a decent amount of income. Connected realms should have helped, but we were already outnumbered by alliance 5-1 and when they finally did the connection, they connected us with another realm that had about 200 active Horde pop. So now we're outnumbered about 8-1, and having to fight with an imbalance like that means there is almost no gold on the Horde side.
  1. BMJaeger's Avatar
    I'm glad someone put together these graphics and they got highlighted here. I've been really annoyed when people kept saying Mists had faster raid tiers, but it did not, as clearly shown in the graphs. They were just going off that comment from Blizz about faster content and assuming it to be true. Mists just had more patches than Cata, but the Raid tiers have been the same. And in the case of the last tier, we had the Mists beta by now for Cata. So where is the WoD beta?!?! We're still at Soon... It has to come out immediately if they want to keep SoO the same length as DS; otherwise it's going to be longer. Granted SoO has twice as many bosses as DS did, so people should get more time out of it, but it's still the last tier and there isn't a whole lot of incentive for farming it.
  1. Tyandor's Avatar
    Well at least the patches went out faster and most of them were of high quality. It just takes time to make a game and without some artificial barriers content really won't last long enough. An expansion pack takes just as much time to make as a new game and two years is very reasonable. I really don't expect a single game to entertain me 24/7 for two years. That's why I don't really understand why people are so mad, but apparently it is impossible for them to unsubscribe for a few months and enjoy something else for a while and come back when the new xpac hits. Actually reminds me of a discussion I had with a player in-game who couldn't stop raging about Blizzard (during Cata) not able to be doing anything right in his view. then I asked why he was still online then while he clearly wasn't enjoying it anymore. His response? 'Because his subscription hadn't run out yet'... Riiight... and Blizzard was the problem here?!
  1. bazyk's Avatar
    cannot afford that >.< sink 100k and after 10 months they will become absolete
  1. Cantor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Enan1981 View Post
    Is that from the old Blizzcon slides they used? Coz apparently they were just 'kidding' with putting Dance Studio there...
    Yes it's from the Blizzcon slides, and yes they were kidding; they're allowed to joke, but people on the internet don't like that apparently.
  1. McNeil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chaud View Post
    that put the duration of Mists of Pandaira
    Stop..... mispelling..... Pandaria into Pandaira.... >.<
  1. Stellan's Avatar
    No information on the x axis of the second chart. The second chart says nothing about how long MoP is going to be. So what is the point? Is this supposed to tell us something about the WoD beta? Because it doesn't. It would only tell us something about the WoD beta if the chart showed when the WoD beta starts. Just really a misleading and unhelpful chart in that regard.

    Also we find out that the MoP tiers have been happening at roughly the same rate as the other expansions and that since Lich King we've only had three tiers per expansion.
  1. roahn the warlock's Avatar
    not a promise? That is the biggest load of bullshit I have ever heard.

    Sounds like a fuckin politician

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