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Warlords of Draenor - The Everbloom
Today we are taking a look at The Everbloom, a dungeon located mostly in Gorgrond with the final boss near Stormwind. You can see the Stormwind area in the outside world as well.





Warlords of Draenor - Dwarf Male Faces
The latest beta build also added some more variation to Dwarf Male faces. It appears we got a snapshot of work in progress, as the faces in this build are somewhere between the old and new faces from the Artcraft example.



Warlords of Draenor - Troll Artcraft
We might see the Troll Artcraft this week, as this is the week after referenced in the tweet.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Right now resolve seems to be a lot weaker than vengeance in terms of healing, is that cause of the gear or is it intentional?
Intentional. Tanks were way too self-sustainable in Mists. (Celestalon)

Ok cool, I'm a fan of changes. On another note, will we see icon update to old abilities? Some seem outdated compared to new one
Unlikely. Changing icons on people can be really jarring. Example: The icon for Presence of Mind (mage spell to make your next... (Celestalon)
...spell instant cast) has been an icon of a plate helmet, since launch. That makes *no* sense whatesoever. We tried changing it... (Celestalon)
...to this in Mists beta, and everyone was furious, despite being objectively more sensical. http://t.co/SBX5wWmkx2 (Celestalon)

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Breath of Sindragosa should not have a 1min cd. It should be like Conversion (toggled on/off as desired for RP dump). #WoD
Do you want to lose the pooling gameplay that it creates? Is that just too much complication? It's supposed to be complicated one (Celestalon)
And does that not just devolve it into being your sole RP dump? (Celestalon)
i guess it could be considered a 'big CD', but the dmg output needs to be much higher.
Dmg output is intended that it's a single target gain. (Celestalon)

"Dual-Wielders favor blasting their foes with frost damage". Does this mean that DW is gonna use HB outside Rime too?
Absolutely. (Celestalon)

I thought Rune of Cinderglacier was going to be the new thing in WoD. Why was it removed? Just sticking to boring RFC again?
Yeah, we tried it out and found that it wasn't compelling at all, just added complication. FC did what we wanted it to do. (Celestalon)

With cinderglacier out of the picture, is the intent still for frost to use different runeforges? Ie 2x razorice vs FC+RI
FC+RI. (Celestalon)

Wouldn't you agree that it'd be better to put Obliterate on Frost's Mastery instead of buffing it's damage outright?
No, that would not achieve the intended rotations. (Celestalon)
I just want to make sure I got this right. So as 2H we want to stall KM to use it on Obliterate? Make us care about KM again?
Yes. (Celestalon)

Druid (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Just wondering, is Sunfall and Insect swarm still coming for moonkins or are the current abilities set in stone?
Sunfall is available via a glyph. Insect Swarm is not coming. (Celestalon)

Does Astral Communion work with haste? Cast time gets lower and the bar moves quicker? Or is it considered a channel spell?
It does get shorted with haste (consistent with all channels), but that doesn't matter since it's spammable. (Celestalon)

Hunter (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Have you thought about let Hunter pet Birds fly while the Huinter is flying liek flyable companions can already?
This would involve some tech work, not likely for WoD launch but it's on my wishlist. (Muffinus)

how will the SV rotation work? Will we want to pool focus above a certain number? Is there still an ICD on lock and load?
No ICD on LnL. You may want to pool in order to burst. (Celestalon)

Quick MM question. Any chance Sniper Training will have a quicker activation while the ticking buff is active?
Nope. (Celestalon)

Mage (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
multistrike doesn't proc of icicle intended or bug?
That's not true. Multistrikes can Icicle, but Icicles cannot Multistrike. It fully benefits once, but doesn't get to double-dip. (Celestalon)

Will Mirror Image snapshot the mage's SP in WoD or change dynamically over duration?
Dynamic. (Celestalon)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Any plans to make seal swapping feel less punishing (forsaking a gcd for each buff)? Making a swap generate 1HP maybe?
The talent is meant to be more difficult to use but offer added benefits. It's a talent built around seal-swapping. (holinka)

But you are fine with Paladin Seal dancing?
For a talent that specifically does that, and just that? Yes. Or for AoE vs single target? Yes. (Celestalon)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
With the recent change to tremor, could we see an increase to totem health made baseline to offset? Even a critter could kill em
That's what the glyph is for. (Celestalon)

Why did you make Flame Shock spreads only do base damage? Defeats the purpose of Fusion talent and Unleash Flame snapshoting.
It definitely does not defeat the purpose of either of those things. It's a limit on their power. (Celestalon)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Any Sudden Death tweaks inc? Eg: double proc chance but executes only deal half the damage of a regular execute?
Executes from Sudden Death won't use additional rage. (holinka)

Art
How are things looking for the quivers etc that were in the customization artcraft?
awesome, we've built some of the models. No eta for seeing them in-game but we'll probably update in Artcraft periodically (artofcgrobinson)

Character / Items
i find it awkward after leveling to 100 that im still wearing legendary cloak and a few pieces of raid gear from SoO
The alternative is "I replaced my hard-earned legendary with a quest green, thanks Bliz." Dungeon gear should beat all of that. (WatcherDev)

Do tier pieces change from spec to spec with repecs (including set bonuses) similar to other head/shoulders/chest/gloves/legs?
Set bonuses change between specs. (Celestalon)

PvE
Since heroic and mythic don't share lockout, does this mean you can do mythic same week as heroic highmaul becomes available?
Mythic will be locked for an additional week, so you cannot. (WatcherDev)

I didn't care for that design, personally, but oh, well.
Curious - what about it? Worth noting that in retrospect we feel HoF came too soon; most weren't done with MSV. (WatcherDev)
wouldn't a simple attunement(IE kill end boss) to enter the next raid instance solve these issues?
But also psychology of "aaaaa I'm behind, there's another raid? I'm not even done with the last one!" (WatcherDev)

Curious, Why aren't you planning to give us the old raid soloable buff for MoP raids/dungeons? Wont they be impossible at 100?
No, your damage and damage reduction are much stronger against significantly lower level opponents in Warlords. (Celestalon)

PvP
Are there still new BG's planned for warlords? We haven't heard anything about them since Blizzcon.
For expansion release, our efforts are focused on Ashran. (holinka)

IIRC there was talk about making new "War" category for BGs with Wingergrasp, AV, etc. (or new BGs like them). Still on table?
We like the idea but not a high priority right now. (holinka)

Will unobtainable Wotlk pvp gear be available for transmog in WoD?
.All previous seasons should be available on beta. If you find something is missing, let us know. (holinka)
which vendors would I find them at? And does that include the old weapons too?
Includes weapons. Should be Netherstorm/Tanaris right ? (holinka)

Vehicles yes. But why not destructible buildings (using dynamite, etc)? Destroy a bridge, force a change of assault approach e.g.
We didn't want Ashran to be about siege and fortress warfare. We wanted it to be about exploration and world pvp. (holinka)

have you guys ever considered allowing players to transfer CP to alts? i have 22.6k on my main, and my alt has a 22k cap
No, we greatly dislike the idea of simply transferring Honor/Conquest from one character to another. (holinka)

Why is rated arena being disabled for twinks?I know we are the minority,but how does taking rated from us benefit lvl100s
Without a good sized population the rating system is easily exploited. It was never intended for low levels. (holinka)
Getting rid of arenas for levels under 100 = Lots of twinks will quit wow = less people paying for wow = dead game
Low level players can still do arenas using skirmishes, but they will not receive a rating or achievements. (holinka)
But low levels do it for the ratings so they can boast about it Why not give us rating but no chievements?
At that population level, ratings are easily exploited and pretty much meaningless. (holinka)
It means something to the people that like to brag about rating
They can do it at max level. (holinka)
Well you've just made a lot of twinkers angry, lots of them are quitting so rip subscribers in WoD.
Definitely willing to hear complaints, but unsub threats are not effective feedback. (holinka)
We're still providing the ability to do arenas, but a rating system at that level with so few people is broken (holinka)

Reputation / Questing
If my friend and I build different buildings at our outposts in each zone, can we still quest together
Yes, it will only cause minor changes in most zones (1 quest line maybe). Gorgrond is an exception. (_DonAdams)
However, in Gorgrond, you'll get bonus objectives in the areas for which you don't have quests. (_DonAdams)

Race to World First
With the next race coming this fall, the Race to World First documentary is once again free to watch for a limited time.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Warlords of Draenor - The Everbloom, Dwarf Male Faces, Upcoming Artcraft, Blue Tweets started by chaud View original post
Comments 63 Comments
  1. Ryas's Avatar
    Like where the dwarfs are going. Probably what I'll be in WoD.
  1. Hazori's Avatar
    Yawn @ world first documentary. If you can even call it a documentary.
  1. Hexme's Avatar
    Oh boy time to get the body ready for hopefully the Troll revamp this week, don't disappoint me Blizzard, you've done that enough recently.
  1. Happyfunrun's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hexme View Post
    Oh boy time to get the body ready for hopefully the Troll revamp this week, don't disappoint me Blizzard, you've done that enough recently.
    ...spoken like a true mentally disabled person.
  1. Notos's Avatar
    Not a bad job with the dwarf faces, I can actually tell the differences! They look especially good next to the old ones, holy crap those are cringe-inducing.
  1. ChaosWolf's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Notos View Post
    Not a bad job with the dwarf faces, I can actually tell the differences! They look especially good next to the old ones, holy crap those are cringe-inducing.
    Probably because that beard-style is as close to beardless as male dwarves get, and beardless dwarves never look good...

    http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/l...tuff/BEARD.jpg
    vs
    http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/l...ff/NOBEARD.jpg

    Horrifying, no?
  1. idefiler6's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hexme View Post
    Oh boy time to get the body ready for hopefully the Troll revamp this week, don't disappoint me Blizzard, you've done that enough recently.


    Race to world's greatest neckbeard maybe.
  1. steellz's Avatar
    in the documentary they said WOW has 12 million people ....LOL 12Million? this must me a old documentary. WoW has NOT been at 12M people since wrath
  1. Msi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by steellz View Post
    in the documentary they said WOW has 12 million people ....LOL 12Million? this must me a old documentary. WoW has NOT been at 12M people since wrath
    Its not from 2014.....
  1. Phaidrae's Avatar
    I'm seriously anxious and nervous to see the unveiling of the Trolls. My main has been a Troll for over 2 years now - and I'm quite attached to her...don't want to log in after WoD drops to find that I no longer have the same awesome eye-patched beauty.
  1. ChaosWolf's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Phaidrae View Post
    I'm seriously anxious and nervous to see the unveiling of the Trolls. My main has been a Troll for over 2 years now - and I'm quite attached to her...don't want to log in after WoD drops to find that I no longer have the same awesome eye-patched beauty.
    I think they said a while back it would be showing off the male trolls first, since it was the matter of their accomodating tusks to the new facial rigging that would take the biggest efforts.
  1. Frika's Avatar
    nice documentary but a little bit too old/outdated
  1. snackfeat's Avatar
    That documentary is so sad and cringeworthy.
  1. Sarasesarrow's Avatar
    Ugh the teasing of trolls continues! I just want to see them!!!! (crys in corner) I just want to see them
  1. Ltsmash's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hexme View Post
    Oh boy time to get the body ready for hopefully the Troll revamp this week, don't disappoint me Blizzard, you've done that enough recently.
    Yet you still return. If the sandwich is no good to you, don't eat it.
  1. aeuhe4yxzhds's Avatar
    Oh look, a "dungeon" that is just an outdoor area. What the hell happened to actual dungeons that had a small hole you went in to?
  1. DrunkenMaster's Avatar
    Nice to see the spell effects paired down. Not nearly as much flashing and sparkling

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    Quote Originally Posted by aeuhe4yxzhds View Post
    Oh look, a "dungeon" that is just an outdoor area. What the hell happened to actual dungeons that had a small hole you went in to?
    They are called instances now. Dungeon is an antiquated term in WoW
  1. Frozensushi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ChaosWolf View Post
    Horrifying, no?
    Seriously? That's really what they look like without beards? Dear lord
  1. Moradim's Avatar
    so...remember when dungeons actually had some effort put into them, like BRD?
  1. Diggasson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Msi View Post
    Its not from 2014.....
    I may be uploaded in 2014 but it sure as hell wasn't made in 2014.
    It was pretty good though and does remind me of the Internationals and the LCS.

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