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by Published on 2015-08-29 07:12 AM

Season 4 Has Started, Witch Doctor and Crusader Guides

Deck Spotlight: TGT Legend Tempo Mage, This Weekend in HS ESports

MSI MGA International Tournament, Kharazim Solo Healer Guide, Science of the Storm #14

Arena Skirmishes Bonus Weekend August 28 - 31
Next week is the Wrath of the Lich King timewalking event. Patch 6.2.2 and the new Timewarped Badge system will be live by then as long as nothing changes!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Through the end of the day on Monday, Arena Skirmishes award triple bonus honor. There’s never been a better time to queue up for the Arena and crack some skulls. Keep an eye out for the event-only quest The Arena Calls. When you win 10 Arena matches, the quest awards 500 Conquest Points which do not count against your weekly Conquest Point maximum.

In case you’ve never participated in an Arena Skirmish, here’s an easy how-to guide:

  • From anywhere in-game, open the Group Finder (default hotkey: i)
  • Select the Player vs. Player tab on the bottom of the window.
  • Under Arena Battles, choose either 2v2 or 3v3.
  • Click the Join Battle button to be matched up with teammates.

It’s Arena PvP! Rush in and bash your opponents.

Will you answer the call to battle?

This Month in WoW – September 2015
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
September is here, and summertime is coming to an end. This month is chock-full of festivities, celebrations, and heated PvP action as we draw closer to BlizzCon 2015. Here’s a peek at some of the fun you can have!

In-Game Events

Darkmoon Faire Returns [September 6-13]
The wondrous and mystical Darkmoon Faire returns to Azeroth on September 6, and if you haven’t completed all of Silas Darkmoon’s new Darkmoon Races, now’s the time! Test your speed and agility on a variety of racing mounts as you dodge electrifying obstacles and zip all over Darkmoon Island for rewards and achievements. You may also want to take a few moments to be a kid again by going for a ride on the new Darkmoon Seesaw.

The faire continues to be one of the best ways to acquire heirloom gear, and don’t forget all of the toys, mounts, and pets that can only be gotten here. Get in that cannon!

Pirates’ Day [September 19-20]
Every year on this one day, Captain DeMeza lands at the goblin town of Booty Bay in Stranglethorn Vale, attempting to recruit land-lubbers into her buccaneer ranks. Don’t miss your chance to visit her or her henchmen in the capital cities. New for this year is the Big Bag of Booty. Be the Robin Hood of pirates by purchasing this one-time-use item which you can toss into the streets to help distribute piles of gold to those most in need. Yarr!

Brewfest [September 20-October 6]
Celebrated by both the Horde and the Alliance, Brewfest is a time to enjoy the fermented fruits of the harvest: pretzels, cheese, and brew! The competing breweries Thunderbrew, Barleybrew, and the Ogres, all come together outside of all the major cities in a bid to outdo each other with their special ales, meads, and beers. Brave adventurers are invited to sit back, take a pull, and sample the finest wares these brewers have to offer!

Brewfest is your only chance to acquire the Swift Brewfest Ram and Great Brewfest Kodo mounts, as well as the Wopertinger and Pin-Sized Pink Pachyderm pets. It’s also your chance to get your brew-covered mitts on a few new items: the Stout Alemental pet, and the Steamworks Sausage Grill and Brewfest Banner toys!

Harvest Festival [September 21-28]
The Harvest Festival is a time to commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives to help their allies. Throughout history, many have given their lives to that end. Every year, members of the Horde and the Alliance set aside time to honor the memories of the fallen, and to pay tribute to those whose memories are held most dear: Uther Lightbringer, for the Alliance, and Grommash Hellscream, for the Horde.

Members of the Alliance show their respect by lighting a candle at the Tomb of Uther Lightbringer in the Western Plaguelands. while members of the Horde show their respect to Grommash Hellscream by leaving a bottle of spirits at the base of the Hellscream Memorial in Demon Fall Canyon in Ashenvale.

But your determination to pay respects to the dearly departed doesn’t stop there! Show your patriotism by earning a new Spiritshard which will transforms you into an Anxious, Vengeful, Forlorn, or Peaceful spirit. It’ll be your chance to truly feel the emotions of those who have paid the ultimate price.

Upcoming World of Warcraft Tournaments

Road to BlizzCon: WoW North American Regionals
BlizzCon is only a couple of months away and teams are vying for a chance to make it to the finals. Don’t miss the WoW North American Regionals on the official World of Warcraft Twitch channel! We’ll be sharing more details on the event in the coming days.

GCDTV [(G)lobal (C)ool(D)own TV] continues its tournament hosted by DMachine, and cast by Arena veterans Supatease and Venruki.

  • Tournament #21 – Saturday, September 5, 5:00 p.m. EDT/2:00 p.m. PDT
  • Day 2/Finals – Sunday, September 6, 5:00 p.m. EDT/2:00 p.m. PDT

You can catch all of the action on the GCDTV Twitch channel, sign up to play on their Battlefy site, catch-up on previous tournament VoDs here, and follow their official GCDTV Twitter feed to stay up-to-date on all of the action.

The Electronic Sports League continues to bring the weekend WoW action on:

For more information, head over to the ESL news site, and don’t forget to follow ESL on Twitch and Twitter.

Bonus Events
  • September 4-7 – Northrend Timewalking
  • September 11-14 – Battleground Bonus Event
  • September 18-21 – Draenor Dungeons Bonus Event
  • September 25-28 – Pet Battle Event

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
.Does LFR Archimonde drop the Ring upgrade?
No, Crystallized Fel is only available on Normal difficulty and above. (WarcraftDevs)

The biggest difference with ranked solo queue would be having a rating attached and MMR.
Keep in mind conquest does not exist in 7.0. Skirmish will provide honor and gear. (holinka)
I would certainly love to hear more ideas about how we can improve Ground Finder too. (holinka)
One common misconception about ranked solo queue is "I will only get great teammates!" (holinka)

But those good geared players do queue rated solo queue
The reward systems are different in 7.0 (holinka)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Can I ask you, how much has the WoW team changed since WotLK?
Not much. The leadership team stayed virtually the same the whole time I was there. Some folks went to Titan and several came back. The team was growing the entire time so you always saw a lot of new faces, but they were additions, not replacements. Reading between the lines a bit, I don't think this is one of those deals where some kind of new team radically evolved the philosophy. Blizzard turnover, even between teams, is very low by industry standards.

Why do Blizzard devs think anyone who disagrees with their direction or believes previous iterations of WoW were superior are blinded by rose colored glasses?
I can't speak for them, obviously. I will say as a game developer on a long-running game such as LoL or WoW or even Age of Empires, you tend to hear in about roughly equal proportions "this feature is flawed and stale, please update it" and "this feature was better before, please revert it." Thus, it's possible to often feel like you are fighting nostalgia, which might make you perceive it even when that isn't the player's specific feedback at the moment.

You don't tend to hear "this feature is perfect, please don't change it," because content customers don't tend to post on social media, but you hear plenty of "this feature was perfect - why did you change it?"

Final Fantasy XIV - 5 Million Accounts
Earlier this month Square Enix announced that FFXIV is up to 5 million accounts (not active subscribers)! For comparison, World of Warcraft hit 100 million in December 2013.

Diablo III - Season 4 Has Started
Season 4 has started! Diablofans has all of the details.

by Published on 2015-08-28 11:03 AM

Patch 2.3 Round-Up, Game Guide Updates, Monk and Barbarian Guides, Seasonal Leveling Guides

Power Core Card Back at BlizzCon EU Finals, TGT Card Pack Opening Statistics

Placement and Ranking System Update, Kael'thas Fix, Kolosalus' Kerrigan Guide and More

Raid Finder Archimonde Nerfs
Archimonde should be somewhat easier on Raid Finder difficulty in the future.

Armory Stats - Race / Class / Gender
In the stats from earlier this week some users were interested in a further breakdown by class, so we have included that data today. It is too long to include in the news, so click on the image below if you are interested!

Patch 6.2.2 - Timewalking Rewards
Patch 6.2.2 adds more rewards to Timewalking! You can see Cupri in Shattrath (Outland) to purchase these items for Timewarped Badge, rewarded from running Timewalking dungeons.

A recent PTR build adjusted the costs, but we haven't had another Timewalking weekend to confirm the new prices and any changes to the drop rate. The latest version of the official notes still says "Players now receive a Timewarped Badge when they complete a Timewalking dungeon". Keep in mind that the drop rate and prices are not final!

Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
80Mount Bridle of the Ironbound Wraithcharger??
70Mount Reins of the Eclipse Dragonhawk5000 × 
Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
90Consumable Ancient Heirloom Armor Casing750 × 
90Consumable Ancient Heirloom Scabbard900 × 
100Consumable Timeworn Heirloom Armor Casing1000 × 
100Consumable Timeworn Heirloom Scabbard1200 × 
Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
226NeckNeck Shard of the Crystal Forest??
213FingerFinger Signet of the Impregnable Fortress??
200TrinketTrinket Sundial of the Exiled??
200TrinketTrinket Valor Medal of the First War??
200TrinketTrinket Mirror of Truth??
245TrinketTrinket Mark of Supremacy??
110TrinketTrinket Emblem of Fury35 × 
110TrinketTrinket Icon of the Silver Crescent35 × 
110TrinketTrinket Bloodlust Brooch35 × 
226NeckNeckAll Strength Spiked Battleguard Choker??
245FingerFingerAll Strength Bloodshed Band??
110TrinketTrinketAll Strength Gnomeregan Auto-Blocker 60135 × 
226NeckNeckHealer Frozen Tear of Elune??
213FingerFingerHealer Renewal of Life??
226NeckNeckAll Agility Broach of the Wailing Night??
213FingerFingerAll Agility Ring of Invincibility??
226NeckNeckAll Intellect Evoker's Charm??
213FingerFingerAll Intellect Band of Channeled Magic??
200TrinketTrinketAll Intellect The Egg of Mortal Essence??
110TrinketTrinketAll Intellect Essence of the Martyr35 × 
110Off HandOff HandAll Intellect Talisman of Kalecgos25 × 
110BackBack Farstrider Defender's Cloak50 × 
136BackBackAll Strength Dory's Embrace50 × 
110BackBackHealer Bishop's Cloak50 × 
110BackBackAll Agility Blood Knight War Cloak50 × 
110ClothHeadAll Intellect Cowl of Naaru Blessings35 × 
264ClothChestAll Intellect Meteor Chaser's Raiment??
128ClothWaistAll Intellect Voodoo-Woven Belt35 × 
141ClothLegsAll Intellect Corrupted Soulcloth Pantaloons2250 × 
213ClothFeetAll Intellect Xintor's Expeditionary Boots??
264ClothHandsAll Intellect Gloves of False Gestures??
110BackBackAll Intellect Shawl of Shifting Probabilities50 × 
110LeatherHead Mask of the Deceiver35 × 
264LeatherChest Shadow Seeker's Tunic??
141LeatherWaist Belt of the Silent Path35 × 
141LeatherLegs Trousers of the Scryers' Retainer25 × 
213LeatherFeet Boots of Captain Ellis??
264LeatherHands Cat Burglar's Grips??
110MailHead Storm Master's Helmet35 × 
264MailChest Longstrider's Vest??
141MailWaist Aftershock Waistguard35 × 
141MailLegs Rushing Storm Kilt25 × 
213MailFeet Pack-Ice Striders??
264MailHands Logsplitters??
110PlateHead Faceguard of Determination35 × 
264PlateChest Castle Breaker's Battleplate??
141PlateWaist Girdle of Seething Rage35 × 
141PlateLegs Legplates of Unending Fury25 × 
213PlateFeet Kyzoc's Ground Stompers??
264PlateHands Gauntlets of the Kraken??
110ShieldOff HandAll Strength Azure-Shield of Coldarra25 × 
110ShieldOff HandAll Intellect Mazthoril Honor Shield25 × 
146Two-handed AxeTwo HandAll Strength The Blade of Harbingers100 × 
146One-handed MaceOne HandAll Intellect Gavel of Naaru Blessings35 × 
115One-handed SwordOne HandAll Strength Sword of Unyielding Force35 × 
146StaffTwo HandAll Agility Staff of the Forest Lord100 × 
141StaffTwo HandAll Intellect Staff of the Soul-Eater100 × 
146Fist WeaponOne HandAll Agility Vanir's Fist of Brutality35 × 
146DaggerOne HandAll Agility The Mutilator35 × 
146DaggerOne HandAll Intellect Scryer's Blade of Focus35 × 
146CrossbowRangedAll Agility Crossbow of Relentless Strikes100 × 
Level Type Slot Spec Name Cost
65Junk Barrel of Fish25 × 
1Junk Crate of Meat25 × 
70Junk Bag of Fishing Treasures150 × 
70Junk Mark of the Ashtongue1250 × 
1Holiday Timeless Mirror500 × 

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Developer Communication
But you only need one person to go too far one time in a physical or material way. There is a value to risk proposition here to consider. (holinka)
what you do. It was Ghostcrawler, now you, and will be the one after. This is what they do.
You can make games without having a public presence. I will never stop making games, but perhaps I don't need to be public. (holinka)
The ugly truth is that bad people exist on the internet and if you choose to have a public presence, they will find you. Words are wind. (holinka)

Blizz sees rogues as criminals like Defias. Players think rogues are league of assassins.
No one is wrong here. The WoW "rogue" encompasses elite assassin, sneaky pickpocket, waylaying bandit, and more. (WatcherDev)

how long would you personally wait as a non-healer in a solo queue? (iamvhell)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Just curious, have you found many statistical correlations between time to obtain rewards and player engagement?
I don't know that I have data on it but I believe there is one. (OccupyGStreet)
Too long is frustrating. Too shot and you run out of rewards or devalue them. (OccupyGStreet)

I saw you respond to a very hostile question. I respect how you never shy away from those people but is it really worth it?
I think it deflates their anger a bit when you don't reciprocate with hostility. (OccupyGStreet)
I've had several people follow-up and say "Okay sorry that was out of line, but can we discuss the issue?" (OccupyGStreet)

But you do come across as arrogant, and arent transparent. Nice to see one of your tips is to run when its getting hot.
You can have one very in depth conversation with one player. I've certainly done that. Hard on the other players though. (OccupyGStreet)
On WoW, I could go back and forth on 3-4 threads for literally 5 hours. Which would be fine if that was my entire job. (OccupyGStreet)

Final Boss #93 - Ranged Casters
Final Boss talked to Ranged Casters this week.

by Published on 2015-08-27 03:23 AM

Patch 2.3 Roundup - 2.3 Releasing Tomorrow

Tavern Brawl No Spells Bug Fixed, TGT Arena Tier List, TAC #99, Awaiting for Authorization Issue

New Battleground Rotation, Top 5 Fails #14, Hottest Plays of the Week #43, Goblin Quests

Patch 6.2.2 PTR - Build 20444
A small build went on the PTR this afternoon.

Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Item Set Bonuses

Patch 6.2.2 PTR Notes Update - August 25
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Events and World Environment (New Section)
Bonus Events
  • Bonus Events now begin earlier in the week on Wednesday. End date remains the same so there's now more time to complete the bonus event! Check the in-game calendar for new start times of each bonus event.

In-Game World Events
  • A number of improvements and new additions have been made to the Hallow's End and Feast of Winter Veil world events.

Zones, Creatures, and NPCs
Tanaan Jungle
  • Go beyond the dark portal on a flying mount to find three new rare elite Bleeding Hollow orcs that have a chance of dropping one of three new Crashin’ Thrashin’ toys.
  • Behind the doors of the outdoors version of Hellfire Citadel awaits a new rare elite with a special drop for world PvP enthusiasts, the Spike-Toed Booterang.
  • Steelsnout should now be correctly immune to being trapped by Deadly Iron Trap.

  • Soar above the skies of Nagrand and explore the outdoors version of Highmaul and battle with three new rare elite ogres for a chance at one of three arcane-infused Manafiend battle pets.

Toy Box (New Section)

  • A new events coordinator can now be found in level 3 garrisons. Visit the coordinator during Hallow’s End or Feast of Winter Veil to obtain garrison decorations that are usable all year round!

UI (New Section)
  • Target marker icons have been disabled in public chat channels.
  • There is now an option to disable Adventure Guide alerts in the Interface options menu, under display settings.


Racial Abilities
  • War Stomp now stuns enemies for 3 seconds (up from 2 seconds), and now has a reduced cooldown of 1.5 minutes (down from 2 minutes), and cast time is no longer increased by damage (via spell pushback).

  • Touch of the Grave now scales its damage based on 50% of the character's Attack Power or Spell Power, whichever is greater.


Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • General
    • Corruption now deals 10% less damage in PvP combat.
  • Affliction

Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - August 26
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Gorefiend
    • Gorefiend's Touch of Doom will now spawn a Doom Well only if the debuff expires naturally. Doom Well will not spawn if the afflicted player dies or gets sent into the stomach.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
ITT: Things you want to see in New Dalaran. Example: Manabonk And Son Polymorphic Arcanatorium. (Muffinus)
.Baby crocodiles in the sewer #Dalaran2 (Muffinus)
.Algalon, retired and opening a restaurant. (Muffinus)
.The ghost of Wilfred Fizzlebang, with an epic hunter quest to tame Jaraxxus. (Muffinus)
.A quest that lets you turn in both heroic and non-heroic Solace for the next OP trinket. (Muffinus)
.Horde + Alliance Friendship Jacuzzi. (Muffinus)
.Huggalon the Heart Watcher's massage parlor. (Muffinus)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Saw your recent discussion about developer communication. Was interesting. Sucks how awful people can be. Stay strong.
Players don't hurt my feelings. I am old and crusty. But other devs may be too scared or scarred to participate. (OccupyGStreet)

Shame that people fire back and say "Well, the devs need thicker skin!".... -.-
Would be nice if they did, but they don't, so it comes down to: do you want to talk to them or not? (OccupyGStreet)

But if there's a policy against talking to players, they clearly don't think it's worthwhile.
Developers might value it while the institution does not. (OccupyGStreet)

I'm just not fond of every company lately treating every single little thing like they're the nuclear launch codes
You mean keeping things too close to the chest? I agree. (OccupyGStreet)
If you promise and have to pivot, people are going to be disappointed. Just deal with it. Still better than never talking. (OccupyGStreet)

What do you think has prompted WoW players to come to you seeking answers about Blizzard as of recent?
I have a big mouth and poor impulse control. (OccupyGStreet)

Blizzcon Virtual Ticket Giveaway
Blizzard is giving away BlizzCon Virtual Tickets and Goody Bags.

by Published on 2015-08-26 01:52 AM

Reddit Q&A on September 1st, Quin's 2.3 Shenlong Monk

No Free Packs on TGT Launch, Fel Reaver Bug Fixed, This Weekend in Hearthstone ESports

NA Road to Blizzcon August Open, GeForce GTX 950 Giveaway, Into the Nexus #63

Patch 6.2.2 PTR - Build 20438
Build 20438 is going on the PTR tonight and is flagged as Release. The patch is scheduled to go live on September 1 if nothing goes wrong.

Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Item Set Bonuses

Blood Elf
  • Arcane Torrent Silence all enemies within 8 yards for 3 2 sec and restore 15 of your Focus. Non-player victim spellcasting is also interrupted for 3 sec. Blood Elf Racial. Instant. 1.5 min cooldown.
  • Arcane Torrent Silence all enemies within 8 yards for 3 2 sec and restore 1 Chi. Non-player victim spellcasting is also interrupted for 3 sec. Blood Elf Racial. Instant. 1.5 min cooldown.
  • Arcane Torrent Silence all enemies within 8 yards for 3 2 sec and restore 1 Holy Power. Non-player victim spellcasting is also interrupted for 3 sec. Blood Elf Racial. Instant. 1.5 min cooldown.
  • Arcane Torrent Silence all enemies within 8 yards for 3 2 sec and increase your Rage by 15. Non-player victim spellcasting is also interrupted for 3 sec. Blood Elf Racial. Instant. 1.5 min cooldown.
  • Arcane Torrent Silence all enemies within 8 yards for 3 2 sec and restore 15 Energy. Non-player victim spellcasting is also interrupted for 3 sec. Blood Elf Racial. Instant. 1.5 min cooldown.
  • Arcane Torrent Silence all enemies within 8 yards for 3 2 sec and restore 3% of your Mana. Non-player victim spellcasting is also interrupted for 3 sec. Blood Elf Racial. Instant. 1.5 min cooldown.
  • Arcane Torrent Silence all enemies within 8 yards for 3 2 sec and restore 20 Runic Power. Non-player victim spellcasting is also interrupted for 3 sec. Blood Elf Racial. Instant. 1.5 min cooldown.

  • War Stomp Stuns up to 5 enemies within 8 yds for 3 2 sec. Limited to 5 targets. Tauren Racial. 0.5 sec cast. 1.5 min cooldown.

Strings Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_BOOST_UNREVOKED_CONSUMPTION - Your %s was used on %s on %s.
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_CONFIRMATION_OTHER - Your purchase will be ready when processing has been completed.
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Patch 6.2 Hotfixes - August 25
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
Hellfire Citadel
  • Archimonde
    • Fixed an issue where Archimonde was not spawning on Raid Finder difficulty.
    • Defeating Archimonde on Raid Finder should no longer prevent players from being eligible to obtain Crystallized Fel if they defeat Archimonde again later that week on Normal, Heroic, or Mythic difficulty.

Hellfire Citadel - Raid Finder Wing 5
The final wing of Raid Finder difficulty Hellfire Citadel opened this week, allowing players to kill Archimonde.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
why are raiders and pvpers left grounded when it comes to Draenor Pathfinder?
Counter-question: If you're only interested in raids, battlegrounds, or arenas, why do you care about flying in the open world? (CM_Lore)
If you want to fly, we want you to earn it - just like you earn gear, or titles, or basically everything else in the game. Earning flying - which is world content - through PvP would be just as weird as earning PvP gear through daily quests. (CM_Lore)
so like when i earned my first 310% speed flying mount through PvP, that was weird?
That was also... what, 3 expansions ago? (CM_Lore)
what's your point? flight has never been restricted to a single playstyle in the past, why now?
We want flight to be a reward, not something you spend some gold on once you hit max level. And we want earning that reward to involve doing content that's directly relevant to flight. (CM_Lore)
are you saying that players should be bored and frustrated to "earn" something we've already enjoyed for 8+ years?
I'm saying if you don't want to put in the minimal effort that's required to earn flying, then you won't get it. That's fine. I haven't done the rep grinds either. If I don't get flying, that's my own fault. (CM_Lore)
the main thing i'm getting from you guys is that you think flying is only relevant to world PvEers. and that just isn't true.
Not at all. We just want it to be something you earn, and world PvE is the best fit for it. (CM_Lore)
I mean, could you imagine the uproar if for instance you couldn't ding 110 without winning 10 arena matches?
That's exactly my point though. Earning Draenor flight through PvP makes just as much sense as earning Conquest gear from raids. (CM_Lore)
you guys put so much work into making Draenor beautiful, and fixing it to be be flyable. Why deny us the opportunity to see it?
We're not denying anyone anything. You're perfectly capable of doing a few daily quests. I get that you don't personally enjoy dailies. Working toward rewards is the core of what makes MMORPGs special, imo. (CM_Lore)
but shouldn't gameplay be fun as well?
Sure, but different people enjoy different things. There's always going to be rewards you want behind content you don't like. I would love to have the monument with the Cinder Kitten on it in my Garrison, but I don't enjoy Pet Battles, so I don't get it. (CM_Lore)
those should not be gated behind lengthy, boring grinds which alienate PvPers
I think if you honestly care this much about flying, it's perfectly reasonable for us to ask you to do some basic world content. (CM_Lore)
"i think if you care this much about the legendary, it's perfectly reasonable for us to ask you to do a few BGs"
Eh, I think asking a raider to do a BG is a much bigger ask than asking a raider to do a few daily quests. (CM_Lore)
what about asking a PvPer to do dailies? I think you're way underestimating how much I haaaaate them
My dislike for dailies has been very well documented over the years. I've just been poking at them once or twice a week. (CM_Lore)

If you struggle to find people to play WoW with, you aren't alone. Ranked solo Q please
I'm curious: what would be the difference between a ranked solo queue and the current unrated queue? Better rewards? 10v10 maps? Just having a visible rating? (CM_Lore)
Solo 3s queue would be awesome. Something to do when no one is on. Healer/melee/range team templates
What would be different from 3v3 Skirmishes? (CM_Lore)
visible rating, competition, conquest. I queue solo skirms all the time; but I can 2v3 in them.
The challenge is, if rated solo queue exists, what keeps it from just replacing skirms entirely? (CM_Lore)

Developer Communication
What they're doing with the site for Star Citizen (blogs, updates, progress, etc). How feasible would this be for Blizzard to do?
There's a few challenges. Biggest is prob. that those updates still take a LOT of dev time, even when Community writes them. Ultimately we'd rather they spend more of their time making content than they do talking about content they'd like to make. Star Citizen's approach is interesting, but I'd be curious to know how much it hinders development. I also think they do a lot of over-promising, which makes sense for a Kickstarter model, but we're trying very hard to avoid. (CM_Lore)
Star Citizen also has a different development model due to being tied to the responsibilities of crowdfunding money.
Yeah, exactly. It's worth it for them, as talking about features they'd like to do directly increases their funding. We have a much higher risk of *losing* funding (ie: subs) due to failing to fulfill promises. (CM_Lore)

I feel like that balancing question -- how much of my job should be communication? -- gets asked in many industries.
Yep. We obviously have a communications department for that, but still need to work with devs to share info. (CM_Lore)

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