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Patch 7.3.5 - New Features
While Patch 7.3.5 has yet to hit the PTR, we did find out some of the features it includes.

  • Old World Zone Scaling
    • Racial Starting Zones - 1 to 10
    • Classic Zones - 10 to 60
    • Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King Zones - 60 to 80
    • Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria Zones - 80 to 90
    • Warlords of Draenor Zones - 90 to 100
    • Legion Zones - 100 to 110
  • Ulduar Timewalking Raid
  • New Seething Shore Battleground
    • Horde and Alliance will face off in Silithus for the Azerite bubbling to the surface.
    • Fight for dynamically shifting points across the map.


Stormwind and Orgrimmar Updates in Battle for Azeroth
Ian Bates (Red Shirt Guy) has released a blog post on Blizzplanet detailing some interesting info from the BfA BlizzCon demo.

  • Each city will now have an embassy linked to the recruitment of Allied Races.
  • The Orgrimmar embassy resides in what was the Goblin Slums.
  • The Stormwind embassy is behind the Dwarven District.
  • Sylvanas Windrunner, Varok Saurfang, Baine Bloodhoof, Lady Liadrin, Rokhan, Lor’themar Theron, Trade Prince Gallywix, Ji Firepaw, Eitrigg, and Nathanos Blightcaller reside in the Orgrimmar Embassy.
  • Saurfang, Baine and Nathanos each have a brand new model.
  • The Stormwind Embassy contains Anduin Wrynn, Turalyon, Alleria Windrunner, Tyrande Whisperwind, Velen, Genn Greymane, High Tinker Mekkatorque, Muradin Bronzebeard, Aysa Cloudsinger, and Wrathion.
  • Wrathion isn't standing next to the others.
  • When visiting these locations, the faction leaders in both places discuss finding allies for the war and eventually ask you to pick a race to go after.
  • Currently Horde could only choose between Highmountain Tauren and the Nightborne.
  • Alliance could select Void Elves or Lightforged Draenei.


Developer Interviews
We're continuing to take a look at new information from the BlizzCon developer interviews.

PCGamesN Interview with Ion Hazzikostas
PCGamesN was able to sit down with Ion Hazzikostas.

  • The hard modes will be preserved for Ulduar timewalking in 7.3.5.
  • Vanilla content scales to 60.
  • Potential to add the old world zones as a Timewalking event.

Jessie Cox Interview
Jessie Cox sat down on the show floor with Ion Hazzikostas.


  • Vol’jin’s physical manifestation is dead, but we likely haven’t seen the last of his spirit.
  • Thrall may have Vol’jin’s urn.
  • Minute one of the new expansion takes place right after the cinematic.
  • Allied races fit with the theme of this expansion.
  • Warfronts are “raid vs army” instead of “raid vs giant boss.”
  • Heavily built up faction hubs in BfA
  • High Elves are pretty much Blood Elves and so it’s unlikely they will be a playable race.
  • No third faction is planned
  • Uldir is a traditional troll raid with slight Old God/Titan themes.
  • No plans for account bound item stash right now but it’s a good idea, especially for crafting materials.
  • Gear slots affected by the Heart of Azeroth (head, shoulder, chest) will not Warforge/Titanforge.
  • The patch cycle will be similar to Legion.
  • A separate team is doing World of Warcraft: Classic.
  • World of Wacraft: Classic will take a lot of community feedback.
  • Pacing and requirements to unlocking flying are subject to tweaks.
  • Kezan is not currently planned to be more than a dungeon.
  • There are no current plans for Gnome Paladins.

Rolling Stone Interview
Rolling Stones talked to the WoW Devs.

  • The team likes the story to flow from one expansion to the next instead of in previous ones where a completely different story popped up between each of them.
  • The team wants to give something to every playstyle in every expansion.
  • BfA is more about the story and improving systems rather than making major gameplay changes.

Polygon Interview with WoW Devs
Polygon sat down with the WoW Devs.

  • Void elves will have a short-range teleport as a racial.
  • The team is thinking about bringing the faction conflict into dungeons and raids.
  • BfA is also about the world dying beneath our feet.
  • Progression of the Heart of Azeroth is not spec specific like the artifact weapons.

DigitalTrends Interview with Muffinus
Digtaltrends interviewed Jeremy Feasel. (AKA Muffinus)

  • Warfronts let you contribute to victory in any way you want. You can focus on combat while someone else can go chop wood or mine ore.
  • Existing characters are now front and center to the story.

Blizzplanet Interview
Blizzplanet sat down with Muffinus as well.


  • You will have to finish Legion to figure out Illidan’s future.
  • Bwonsamdi (the Loa of death) plays a major role in Zandalar.
  • Blood Trolls are under the servitude of a powerful new creature that you will meet in the very first raid of this expansion.
  • Uldir only has one of its three seals remaining on it. During the course of the expansion, you are going to find out what happens to that last seal.
  • Drust people were a society wiped out in Drustvar that now exists as spirits trying to work their way back into the world.
  • Another random event in Warfronts could be major figures such as Jaina showing up and rallying the raid to help her fight to take over a point.

Vanion Interview with Muffinus
Vanion also interviewed Muffinus.

  • The ending cinematic to Antorus is epic and will answer a lot of lingering questions while raising new ones.

GameSpot Interviews John Height
GameSpot interviews John Height.

  • The burning of Teldrassil is the event that causes the Alliance to lay siege to the Undercity.
  • Anduin’s moment in the cinematic is him realizing what he is really about, healing over fighting.
  • BfA is a more personal story instead of a “big bad” one.
  • There will still be zones that are 1-20 to get new players acclimated.

Hotted & Asmongold Interview
Hotted and Asmongold also did an interview.


  • No plans for more solo challenge content like the mage tower in BfA but it’s definitely a possibility.
  • New World PVP systems should even out Horde and Alliance on PVP shards.
  • Small revamps to existing PVP talents to keep rotations similar between PVE and PVP.
  • Team is talking about adding Mythic + to old world dungeons, but not yet planned for BfA.
  • No current plans for Mythic + raids.
  • 4 difficulty options for raids will continue in BfA.
  • No change to mythic raid size.
  • Not looking to add a ton of new abilities to classes, but this could change.


Jeff Kaplan Weighs in on World of Warcraft: Classic
Jeff Kaplan was asked about classic WoW servers by r/overwatch. Here is a quick recap:

  • Thinks it's a great idea.
  • It's the sense of community that made classic WoW great.
  • Lack of systems such as server transfer led to building a reputation, good or bad, on your server.
  • It was not the quests he designed that made the game great.
  • Game design isn't black and white. Players need to also look at what they are giving up when asking for things.


BlizzCon 2017 Contest Winners
BlizzCon 2017 had many amazing and talented contestants among their many contests. Here are the winners from each of the categories.

Costume
  • First Place - Laura Mercer as Hogger
  • Second Place - Hyperion Armory as Jim Raynor
  • Third Place - Mike Casteel as the Prophet Velen
  • Fourth Place - Sparkz as Mystic Kingdoms Arthas


Talent
  • First Place - Jay the Tavern Bard
  • Second Place - Have No Fear
  • Third Place - Squirloc
  • Fourth Place - Bah Ram You


Art
  • First Place - “The Light of Elune” by Sheng Yi Sun aka GASONE
  • Second Place - “Illidan Stormrage” by Wang Qichao aka Gothic Q
  • Third Place - “Valkyrie” by Joao Maria Fraga de Almeida Freire



Movie
  • First Place - “Winston” by Lisa Aschieris
  • Second Place - “Daydreamer” by Andrew McCord
  • Third Place - “Real Play” by Roman Alymov





This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 7.3.5 Features, Stormwind and Orgrimmar in BfA, Dev Interviews, Contest Winners started by chaud View original post
Comments 93 Comments
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kaver View Post
    The leveling experience for me in WoD has been reduce to a treasure grind. Maybe it's just me, but I feel no joy going through the WoD zones.
    I'd say WoD had the best levelling experience in my opinion. Of course that doesn't suddenly negate all the other flaws that expansion had.

    Yeah I mean you can do the treasure method but it's still decent to level through. Only 2 zones I found meh were Gorgrond early on and Talador until the Battle for Shattrath.

    I get where you are coming from though. A few of my friends aren't particularly fond of the WoD levelling experience and they just treasure hunt through it.

    Personally I think scaling should be applied everywhere from 1-100 at least.
  1. Kaver's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleccybubb View Post
    I'd say WoD had the best levelling experience in my opinion. Of course that doesn't suddenly negate all the other flaws that expansion had.

    Yeah I mean you can do the treasure method but it's still decent to level through. Only 2 zones I found meh were Gorgrond early on and Talador until the Battle for Shattrath.

    I get where you are coming from though. A few of my friends aren't particularly fond of the WoD levelling experience and they just treasure hunt through it.

    Personally I think scaling should be applied everywhere from 1-100 at least.
    I liked the WoD leveling while the expansion was current. But not after 8+ alts..

    I think they should put a minimum limitation on some zones... I don't feel like a level 1 should be able to go to Icecrown or something like that. And maybe Elwynn Forrest shouldn't go to level 100 either :P
  1. Jetstream's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MayhemPenguin View Post
    Good job copy pasting WoW heads main page
    My god, it’s almost as if people reporting the same information might have that presentation look somewhat alike.

    Horrors.
  1. MayhemPenguin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tiase View Post
    Oh for crying out loud

    How does Blizzard explain the fact that Sylvanas initiated the attack on teldrassil? It's not enough with the fact that the alliance already thought the horde backstabbed them on the broken shore, which lead to the death of their king, but all of a sudden Sylvanas thinks the best course of action to celebrate the defeat of the legion by lighting a huge ass bonfire in the middle of the ocean?

    On top of that, in the current expansion we have class halls, social hubs where classes put aside their difference and hang out and work together. To shit on all of that right after the expansion ends just feels so cheap.

    Blizzard really is just pulling random shit out of their gaping asshole at this point. While the whole plot for BfA is stupid as hell considering how the two factions have always teamed up, especially when you look at Legion it would at least have made a bit more sense if it was the Alliance that initiated the attack on the Horde as revenge for their king, and Sylvanas retaliating.

    God the plot is just getting worse and worse as the expansions come out. Perhaps once WoW is dead Blizzard might make a Warcraft 4 just to milk the of the last bit of money out of the franchise before it is laid to rest.
    Splinter faction of undead who are tired of the immortallity she is lusting for
  1. mavfin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dreyen View Post
    Mop, cata and wod are still only 10 levels? I don't get it, why not make them span over 20 levels so you can complete the entire expansion?
    MOP and Cata is 10 levels 80-90. They were originally 80-85 Cata and 85-90 Pandaria. Then WoD was back to 10 levels, 90-100.
  1. Etamalgren's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StevenSlater View Post
    i'm worried about the consequences of level scaling for legacy crafting materials. if every classic zone 10-60 scales to 60 for high level chars, does that mean iron ore, silk cloth, or heavy leather will become unavailable to max level chars, and require a char in the appropriate level range to access? other MMOs with global scaling have that exact problem!
    I'm thinking the mobs will drop cloth based on the normal level of the zone they're in, so level 60 cloth droppers in Northern Barrens will still drop linen/wool cloth.
  1. Drusin's Avatar
    The team is willing to permanently change the old world where it makes sense.
    :-/ I guess with classic servers coming blizz can mutilate modern wow and say go play classic.
  1. Dreyen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mavfin View Post
    MOP and Cata is 10 levels 80-90. They were originally 80-85 Cata and 85-90 Pandaria. Then WoD was back to 10 levels, 90-100.
    Brainfart on my part, makes sense.
  1. Ielenia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mber341 View Post
    VERY MISLEADING. In the actual article, he's merely pointing out the order in which we saw the events happening via the videos shown. The burning of Teldrassil was in the reveal/features trailer, THEN shown the attack on Lordaeron in the cinematic second.
    Actually, in an interview, the developers did mention that it was the burning of Teldrassil that caused the Alliance to attack the Undercity.

    EDIT: Found the interview.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Quote Originally Posted by Drusin View Post
    :-/ I guess with classic servers coming blizz can mutilate modern wow and say go play classic.
    I'm pretty sure the developers did not mean a total rework of the entire old world like it was in Cataclysm, but more like update only certain parts of the world, like it was for Theramore and how it'll be for Silithus.

    I, for one, do not mind Blizzard updating certain areas of the old world to reflect consequences of what is going on in the current expansion.
  1. mber341's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ielenia View Post
    Actually, in an interview, the developers did mention that it was the burning of Teldrassil that caused the Alliance to attack the Undercity.

    EDIT: Found the interview.
    That's the interview I'm talking about. The wording is very badly translated. Unless i can see the guy saying it, it's hard to tell just what he's trying to say in only text. "That event" etc..
  1. Ielenia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mber341 View Post
    The wording is very badly translated. Unless i can see the guy saying it, it's hard to tell just what he's trying to say in only text.
    How do you know the article is "very badly translated", if I may ask?
  1. Maklor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by artemisthemp View Post
    I heard something about a faction of Undead that doesn't agree with Sylvanas plan for the Forsaken.
    I hope not, the most fanatic alliance fanboys still think the Wrathgate was the work of the Horde.
  1. Drusin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ielenia View Post
    I'm pretty sure the developers did not mean a total rework of the entire old world like it was in Cataclysm, but more like update only certain parts of the world, like it was for Theramore and how it'll be for Silithus.

    I, for one, do not mind Blizzard updating certain areas of the old world to reflect consequences of what is going on in the current expansion.
    I'd rather they didn't, although I'm around the account cap for characters so I don't really get to make new alts anymore and I don't see the old world as much.

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