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by Published on 2013-11-09 06:49 PM

Warlords of Draenor Developer Q&A


Recap
  • The end of each expansion added a large character power level increase which was necessary at the time, but not necessary today. Item levels will remain the same, but item stats have been squished. Some players adapted to it instantly, while some took an hour to get used to it.
  • There aren't going to be any more guild levels or perks in WoD. There is no way to expand every system with every expansion. Going forward the team will try to compartmentalize the systems added in an expansion to the expansion they were added in. A good example of this is the farm added in MoP. Once WoD is released, you shouldn't have much of a reason to go back to MoP and work on your farm.
  • The guild system wasn't designed to make people want to be in a guild, as people generally already want to be in a guild, and almost everyone is in a guild. It was added to allow the game to recognize the accomplishments of guilds.
  • Flex mode was one of the improvements made to encourage players to get back to playing with friends, and WoD will add some more incentives.
  • The game has a Raid Browser that no one uses, so in WoD it will be expanded to support killing world bosses, doing achievements, finishing Shadowmourne, or any other activity. This will support cross realm groups and encourage people to do PuGs rather than completely random matchmaking.
  • The new Flex loot model will work similar to how Master Loot does today, but the number of drops will scale based on the number of people eligible for loot in the group. The personal loot system won't be removed, you will just have to opt in to it.
  • The number of drops will scale well with the number of players, as each additional player gives you a higher chance to get another drop, up to where it is guaranteed. This ensures that are no odd breakpoints that will restrict raid sizes.
  • The team hasn't decided how new character models will be released yet. It could have all of the completed race at launch, or they could be added every patch.
  • Most of Thrall's family is alive in Draenor. The Saurfangs may or may not appear, it hasn't been decided yet. The team can't use every single character that was in Draenor when telling the story, so they will focus on the core characters.
  • The new panels for Heirlooms and Toys will work similar to how pets and mounts do today, with some restrictions like Horde vs Alliance for a few things.
  • The old version of Outland will remain unchanged. The current timeline is already somewhat of a mess, so the team may just move access to the current Outland to the Caverns of Time.
  • The talent system will remain unchanged for the foreseeable future. Some talents still need tweaks, but the overall system is working well.
  • Scenarios worked out well and they will be present in 6.0, but solid plans as to what they will be are not made yet. Heroic scenarios also worked out well.
  • The team talked about just having Valor and Conquest, as Justice wasn't useful. They also haven't decided if they will keep the Valor Upgrade system like we have today.
  • When Garrosh goes back, he spins off his own timeline. He is going to try and come back to our world, but his actions won't change our history.
  • The odds of World PvP happening right by the edge of someone's garrison should be fairly low, so phasing shouldn't be a big issue. The large World PvP zone will likely be where most people interested in World PvP end up.
  • You can technically buy as many level 90s as you want if you buy another copy of the game, get the level 90, and then transfer the character to your main account each time. The team has talked about putting a level 90 purchase option in the store, but it hasn't been decided yet.
  • You can invite other players to a party and invite them to your garrison, similar to how Ready Checks are done now. There will be some reasons to go and see other player's garrisons, mostly because it is fun to show off.
  • The 5.1 storyline combined with the Timeless Isle exploration is close to what we can expect for max level content.
  • The Item Squish will go live with 6.0.
  • Renaming the difficulties was done because it was odd to call the lowest difficulty something other than normal once multiple difficulties could scale with player number. Normal in 6.0 will be roughly as difficult as Flex is today.
  • It would be nice to give Mythic difficulty unique art for armor sets, but time amount of time required to make armor sets is too great to justify doing so.
  • The garrison will be involved with professions somehow, but plans aren't fully fleshed out yet.
  • The recipe UI part of the professions could use some work, so it is next on the list after the current tasks.
  • Catch up like the cooking and archaeology things that were added in MoP would be nice to have for all the professions.
  • The garrison has a limited number of spots for buildings, and each profession will require a building if you want that type of follower.
  • There will be a legendary questline again in WoD. The questline will be a little bit more custom to your class to help with the lack of class quests. Class quests are very resource intensive, so at most we might see one or two in WoD. (Maybe Shaman)
  • The development on and release date of games in the other Blizzard franchises hasn't had any impact on the delivery speed of WoW content.
  • Another MoP patch would delay WoD, so Patch 5.5 isn't going to happen. The entire team is working on WoD right now, so any more MoP content would slow down development.
  • There aren't any plans for another WoW Annual Pass. It was a good idea at the time because getting Diablo 3 free made it a good deal, but it isn't a good for the the D3 expansion.
  • The Enchanted Fey Dragon will be a store mount. It will be sold alone or in a combo pack with another pet for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  • Monthly patches would be great, but it would be really hard. MoP made some progress towards doing this.
  • Level 100 felt better than Level 95 for a cap. Previously players also needed a new ability at every level, which limited the number of levels that could be added. Now with spell upgrades players can have 10 levels.
  • Leveling in WoD will be a fun and fast paced romp through the zones. The team is backing off the idea that leveling should be a long grind.
  • There aren't any plans for guild garrisons right now, but that can be revisited after the initial system is delivered and polished.
  • The Dark Iron dwarves will have a small story in the expansion.
  • We will find out what the Arakkoa were like when they had wings.
  • Ogres that we have seen so far aren't organized or as interesting as the ones we will see in the Ogre empire that is in decline in WoD.
  • There are no plans to improve the achievement UI for WoD release, but adding search and compare in the future is on the list.
by Published on 2013-11-09 06:15 PM

The Evolving Sound of Warcraft
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Sound
  • Jason Hayes is back at Blizzard.
  • New character models will come with new character attack sounds.
  • There are only about six footstep sound surfaces now, but WoD will add many more.
  • There are also new creature sounds recorded with animals.
  • There are also new crafting and working sounds recorded with actual blacksmiths.
  • If you notice what the sound team is doing, they have failed in some way. The team wants to have less repetition in sounds going forward, so you aren't annoyed by hearing the same sound over and over.
  • Hunters were using transmog to avoid hearing gun sounds. The team was originally small and did the best they could with gun sounds. Hunters will be getting updated weapon sounds in WoD.
  • Mists of Pandaria enlisted even more sound actors to get all of the character voices sounding great.
  • Orc voices are hard to cast, but it will be a fun challenge.
  • Hearthstone had to be music from the same universe, but a different vibe than WoW has. It is a friendly and fun game, not an epic battle.
  • Hearthstone music is usually relaxed, but becomes more exciting when something big happens.
  • At one point Hearthstone had the crowd laugh at you when you lost, which wasn't very popular.
  • The biggest orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, was used for Diablo 3 music.
by Published on 2013-11-09 05:40 AM

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Level 100 Talents
Keep in mind these talents will likely change significantly before release and are not final.

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Death Knight (Forums)
  • Necrotic Plague
    • Passive
    • A powerful disease that deals 100 damage per stack every 3 sec for 30 sec. Each time it deals damage, it gains 1 stack, and jumps to another nearby enemy if possible. Cannot be spread by Pestilence.
    • Replaces Blood Plague.
  • Defile
    • 1 Unholy, 30 yd range
    • Instant, 30 sec cooldown
    • Defiles the ground targeted by the Death Knight, causing 100 Shadow damage every 1 sec for 10 sec. Each time Defile deals damage, it increases in area and damage by 5%. This growth can occur a maximum of 3 times per second.
    • Replaces Death and Decay.
  • Breath of Sindragosa
    • 15 Runic Power, plus 15 per sec
    • Instant, 1 min cooldown
    • Continuously deals 2000 Shadowfrost damage every 1 sec to enemies in a cone in front of you. This effect lasts until canceled or Runic Power is exhausted.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Druid (Forums)
  • Touch of Elune
    • Balance (Sunfall)
      • Passive
      • Entering Solar Eclipse will transform your Starfall spell into Sunfall and reset its cooldown.
    • Feral (Lunar Inspiration)
      • Passive
      • Moonfire is now usable while in Cat Form, generates 1 combo point, and costs 30 energy.
    • Guardian (Guardian of Elune)
      • Instant, 1.5 sec cooldown
      • Requires Bear Form
      • Instantly converts up to 60 Rage into up to 5000 absorption for 15 sec.
      • Replaces Frenzied Regeneration.
    • Restoration (Moment of Clarity)
      • Passive
      • Omen of Clarity now lasts 5 sec, instead of 1 cast.
  • Will of Malfurion
    • Balance (Zenith)
      • Channeled
      • Targets all enemies within 60 yards and accelerates the caster's Moonfire and sunfire effects, causing them to deal damage at 400% of the normal rate for 4 sec.
    • Feral (Bloody Thrash)
      • Passive
      • Thrash now also spreads Rake to other damaged enemies.
    • Guardian (Malfurion's Tenacity)
      • Passive
      • Increases your Armor by 200% of your Agility.
    • Restoration (Germination)
      • Passive
      • Genesis now also extends Rejuvenation by 1 sec after hastening it.
  • Might of Malorne
    • Balance (Equinox)
      • Passive
      • Lunar and Solar Eclipse now last until the other is triggered, instead of ending at 0 Balance Power.
    • Feral (Savagery)
      • Passive
      • Savage Roar is now passive.
    • Guardian (Bristling Fur)
      • Passive
      • After using Enrage, the next attack against you will deal 50% less damage.
    • Restoration (Rampant Growth)
      • Passive
      • Swiftmend now consumes Regrowth or Rejuvenation, but has no cooldown.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Hunter (Forums)
  • Bola Shot
    • 30 Focus, 40 yd range
    • Instant
    • Fires a bola at the target, which wraps around them. After 1 sec, it explodes, dealing 3000 Fire damage to them, and an additional 2000 Fire damage to all enemies within 5 yards.
    • Replaces Arcane Shot.
  • Snipe
    • 40 yd range
    • 2.77 sec cast
    • Requires Ranged Weapon
    • Carefully line up the perfect shot, dealing 150% weapon damage. Generates 60 Focus.
    • Cannot be cast while moving.
    • Replaces Steady Shot and Cobra Shot.
    • Beast Mastery & Survival
      • Also refreshes Serpent Sting.
    • Marksmanship
      • Also triggers Steady Focus.
  • With or Without You
    • Beast Mastery (Versatility)
      • Passive
      • Increases the effect of your pet's Combat experience to 70% increased damage. Your pet now gains the following abilities, regardless of spec:
        • Rabid
        • Spiked Collar
        • Thunderstomp
        • Blood of the Rhino
        • Great Stamina
        • Bullheaded
        • Cornered
        • Boar's Speed
    • Marksmanship & Survival (Lone Wolf)
      • Passive
      • Increases all damage dealt by 30% when you don't have a pet active.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Mage (Forums)
  • Prolonged Exposure
    • Arcane (Arcane Overpower)
      • Passive
      • Casting Arcane Missiles extends Arcane Power by 2 sec.
    • Fire (Kindling)
      • Passive
      • Your Fireball, Pyroblast, and Inferno Blast critical strikes extend Combustion by 1 sec.
    • Frost (Thermal Void)
      • Passive
      • Casting Ice Lance extends your Icy Veins by 2 sec.
  • Focusing Crystal
    • 40 yd range
    • Instant, 1 min cooldown
    • Conjures a focusing crystal at the target location, which is attackable by only the Mage. The crystal will absorb the power of all damage deal to it. After 10 sec, it will release bursts of energy, dealing damage equal to 130% of the damage it took, split between all enemies within 8 yards, over 6 sec.
  • Falling Stars
    • Arcane (Arcane Orb)
      • Instant, 15 sec cooldown
      • Launches an Arcane Orb forward from the Mage's position, traveling up to 40 yards, dealing 1000 Arcane damage to enemies it passes through. Grants the Mage an Arcane Charge every time it deals damage.
    • Fire (Meteor)
      • 1000 Mana, 40 yd range
      • Instant, 45 sec cooldown
      • Calls down a meteor which lands at the target location after 3 sec, dealing 10000 Fire damage, split evenly between all targets within 8 yards. Also burns the ground, dealing an additional 2000 Fire damage over 10 sec to enemies in the area.
    • Frost (Comet Storm)
      • 1000 Mana, 40 yd range
      • Instant, 30 sec cooldown
      • Calls down a series of 7 icy comets on and around the target, each of which does 2000 damage, split between all enemies within 5 yards of its impact point.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Monk (Forums)
  • Vital Conviction
    • Brewmaster (Soul Dance)
      • Passive
      • You are now able to shrug off even spells, such that 30% of your normal stagger amount works against magic damage.
    • Mistweaver (Detonate Chi)
      • 1000 Mana, 100 yd range
      • Instant
      • Causes your Healing Spheres to instantly trigger, healing the nearest ally within 6 yds.
    • Windwalker (Hurricane Strike)
      • 15 yd range
      • Instant, 45 sec cooldown
      • Unleash a rapid series of kicks, dashing between nearby targets, dealing 14000 damage over 3 sec. While kicking, you are immune to all damage and effects.
  • Chi Explosion
    • 1 Chi, 40 yd range
    • Instant
    • Consumes up to 4 Chi to cause the target to explode with Chi energy, causing additional effects based on Chi consumed:
    • Brewmaster
      • 1+ Chi: Deals 2500 Nature damage to an enemy.
      • 2+ Chi: You also gain Shuffle for 6 sec.
      • 3+ Chi: Also purifies all of your staggered damage.
      • 4+ Chi: The damage also hits all enemies within 8 yds of the target.
    • Mistweaver
      • 1+ Chi: Heals an ally for 2500.
      • 2+ Chi: This healing also heals all allies within 8 yds of the target.
      • 3+ Chi: Also summons 8 Healing Spheres in an 8 yd radius ring around the target.
      • 4+ Chi: Healed allies are also healed for an additional 800 over 6 sec.
    • Windwalker
      • 1+ Chi: Deals 2500 Nature damage to an enemy
      • 2+ Chi: Damaged enemies also take an additional 1500 Nature damage over 6 sec.
      • 3+ Chi: Also generates a charge of Tigereye Brew.
      • 4+ Chi: The damage also hits all enemies within 8 yds of the target.
  • Serene Mists
    • Brewmaster & Windwalker (Chi Serenity)
      • Instant, 1.5 min cooldown
      • You enter a state of mental and physical serenity for 10 sec. While in this state all Chi consumptions are instantly refilled.
    • Mistweaver (Soothing Tendrils)
      • Passive
      • Your Soothing Mist now also chains to up to 2 additional allies within 15 yds of the last ally, and has a 50% higher chance to generate Chi.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Paladin (Forums)
  • The Light Within
    • Holy (Bastions of Light)
      • Passive
      • Beacon of Light can now be placed on up to two targets.
    • Protection and Retribution (Empowered Seals)
      • Passive
      • Your Seals also cause your Judgment to empower you with an additional beneficial effect:
      • Judgment of Justice
        • Increases your movement speed by 10% for 20 sec.
      • Judgment of Insight
        • Heals you for 3% of your maximum health every 2.00 sec for 20 sec.
      • Judgment of Righteousness
        • Increases your attack speed by 10% for 20 sec.
      • Judgment of Truth
        • Increases your attack power by 10% for 20 sec.
  • Seal of Faith
    • 623 Mana
    • Instant
    • Fills you with Holy Light, causing you to gain Faith equal to all damage dealt. Faith acts as spell power toward the next healing spell you cast.
    • Holy
      • While Seal of Faith is active, all damage dealt is increased by 30%.
    • Protection & Retribution
      • While Seal of Faith is active, all damage dealt is reduced by 30%.
  • Divine Conviction
    • Holy (Saved by the Light)
      • Passive
      • When you or your Beacon of Light target drop below 30% health, you instantly grant the injured target a protective shield, absorbing up to 30% of their maximum health for 10 sec.
      • You cannot shield the same person this way twice within 60 sec.
    • Protection (Holy Shield)
      • Passive
      • Increases your block chance by 10% and when you block, you deal 2000 Holy damage to your attacker.
    • Retribution (Final Verdict)
      • 3 Holy Power, Melee Range
      • Instant
      • Requires Melee Weapon
      • Empowers your weapon with holy energy, and performs a devastating strike, dealing 250% weapon damage as Holy.
      • Replaces Templar's Verdict.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Priest (Forums)
  • Divine Clarity
    • Discipline (Clarity of Will)
      • 1000 Mana, 40 yd range
      • 2.50 sec cast
      • Shields the target with a protective ward, absorbing 2500 damage within 30 sec.
      • Replaces Greater Heal.
    • Holy (Clarity of Purpose)
      • 1000 Mana, 40 yd range
      • 2.50 sec cast
      • Heals allies within 10 yards of the target for 5000, split such that more injured targets will receive a larger portion of the healing.
      • Replaces Greater Heal.
    • Shadow (Clarity of Power)
      • Passive
      • Your direct Shadow damage spells deal 40% additional damage to targets not affected by your periodic Shadow damage spells. Casting Mind Spike also reduces the cooldown of Mind Blast by 1 sec.
      • Shadowy Recall now also affects your direct Shadow damage spells.
  • Power of the Void
    • Discipline & Holy (Shifting Perspectives)
      • Passive
      • Your Void Shift spell has no cooldown, but can only be cast on allies with less health than you, and no longer heals.
    • Shadow (Void Entropy)
      • All Shadow Orbs, 40 yd range
      • 1.5 sec cast
      • Consumes up to 3 Shadow Orbs to deal up to 750 Shadow damage every 3.00 sec for 60 sec.
  • Spiritual Guidance
    • Discipline & Holy (Saving Grace)
      • 3000 Mana, 40 yd range
      • Instant
      • Instantly heals a friendly target for 50% of their maximum health. Reduces your healing done by 10% for 10 sec, stacking up to 10 times.
    • Shadow (Auspicious Spirits)
      • Passive
      • Your Shadowy Apparitions also grant you 1 Shadow Orb when they deal damage.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Rogue (Forums)
  • Master the Basics
    • Passive
    • When you critically strike with an autoattack, you gain an additional combo point on your target.
  • Shadow Reflection
    • 20 yd range
    • Instant, 2 min cooldown
    • Summon a shadow of yourself on the target that will watch you and memorize your ability usage for the next 8 sec. After this time, it will mimic the memorized abilities on tis target over the next 8 sec.
  • Death from Above
    • 50 Energy
    • Instant, 20 sec cooldown
    • Requires One-Handed Melee Weapon
    • Finishing move that consumes combo points on the target to empower your weapons with shadow energy and perform a devastating two-part attack.
    • You whirl around, dealing Shadow damage to all enemies within 8 yards, then leap into the air and slice into your target on the way back down, dealing additional Shadow damage.
    • 1 point: 400 area damage, 1000 target damage
    • 2 points: 800 area damage, 2000 target damage
    • 3 points: 1200 area damage, 3000 target damage
    • 4 points: 1600 area damage, 4000 target damage
    • 5 points: 2000 area damage, 5000 target damage
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Shaman (Forums)
  • Rainstorm
    • Elemental & Enhancement (Storm Armor)
      • Passive
      • While your Lightning Shield is active, lightning will strike a random enemy within 40 yards that you are in combat with every 3.00 sec for 2000 Nature damage.
    • Restoration (Condensation Totem)
      • 100 Mana
      • Instant
      • Summons a Water Totem with 5 health at the feet of the caster for 1 min that collects 25% of all overhealing, and grants it to the Shaman as spell power toward their next Healing Wave, Healing Surge, Greater Healing Wave, Chain Heal, or Riptide.
  • Storm Elemental Totem
    • 1022 Mana
    • Instant, 5 min cooldown
    • Summons an Air Totem with 6000 health at the feet of the caster, calling forth a Greater Storm Elemental to hurl gusts of winds on the caster's enemies. Each gust of wind does damage to the enemy, and then heals all allies within 15% yards for 100% of the damage dealt, split evenly. Lasts until cancelled.
  • Reach of the Elements
    • Elemental & Enhancement (Spew Lava)
      • 40 yd range
      • Instant, 45 sec cooldown
      • Empowers your current Fire totem with the power of lava, causing it to spew globs of lava at a random enemy within 40 yards every 1.00 sec for 15 sec. Each glob of lava deals 2000 Fire damage to all enemies within 8 yards.
    • Restoration (High Tide)
      • Passive
      • Your Chain Heal also bounces to all targets affected by your Riptide.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Warlock (Forums)
  • Chaotic Resources
    • Affliction (Soulburn: Haunt)
      • Passive
      • Grants the Soulburn empowerment to your Haunt spell.
      • Your Haunt spell also grants you 15% increased periodic damage for 30 sec.
    • Demonology (Furious Chaos)
      • Passive
      • Touch of Chaos no longer costs Demonic Fury, and instead generates 40 Demonic Fury, but Metamorphosis provides 30% less increased damage.
    • Destruction (Charred Remains)
      • Passive
      • Incinerate and Conflagrate deal 75% less damage by generate 400% more Burning Embers.
  • Cataclysm
    • 40 yd range
    • 2.6 sec cast, 1 min cooldown
    • Conjures a cataclysm at the target location, dealing 10000 Shadowflame damage to all enemies within 8 yards.
    • Affliction & Demonology
      • Also applies Corruption.
    • Destruction
      • Also applies Immolate.
  • Demonic Servitude
    • Passive
    • You are now able to maintain your control over even greater demons indefinitely, allowing you to summon Doomguards and Infernals as permanent pets.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Warrior (Forums)
  • Blade Barrier
    • Passive
    • When you Whirlwind or Thunder Clap, whirling blades continue to spin around you for 30 sec. These blades do 1000 damage every 1.00 second to all enemies within 8 yards.
  • Ravager
    • 40 yd range
    • 0.879 sec cast, 1 min cooldown
    • Throw a whirling axe at the target location that inflicts 3000 damage to enemies within 8 yards every 1 sec. Lasts 15 sec.
  • Extreme Measures
    • Arms & Fury (Masochism)
      • Instant
      • Deal damage to yourself equal to 20% of your maximum health, and gain 30 Rage.
    • Protection (Gladiator Stance)
      • Instant, 1.5 sec cooldown
      • A dauntless combat stance.
      • Increases all damage dealt by 20%. Also causes Shield Slam to consume Shield Barrier as additional damage, and have an increased chance to critically strike equal to your critical block chance.

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by Published on 2013-11-09 12:47 AM

Heroes of the Storm Overview
You can find more Heroes information on the Heroes of the Storm wiki.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Heroes of the Storm
  • The game is about involving the Blizzard Heroes and playing with friends.
  • Warcraft 3 was when things really took off.
  • The WC3 editor and the new game mechanics were important in allowing players to create MOBA style games.
  • WC3 added lots of new art for players to use in the editor.
  • Blizzard originally made the feature rich tools for themselves, but players took them and made some awesome content.
  • The SC2 editor was a powerful tool, so the team took it and made a game with it. The feedback was positive and the team wanted to work on it some more.
  • The art made for Blizzcon was the basis for involving all of the different Blizzard universes.
  • Hearthstone is important to Heroes of the Storm because it captures the fun and essence of Warcraft in a card game. The Heroes team wants to do the same kind of thing with all the Blizzard universes in Heroes of the Storm.
  • Making Diablo, Starcraft, and Warcraft all fit together in the same game isn't too hard, Orcs have been standing next to demons for a long time.
  • Playing Arthas has to feel like you are in control of one of the most deadly heroes ever to exist. He can steal the souls of enemies he kills and have them follow him into battle.
  • You can choose your own Heroic Ability currently in Heroes.
  • Heroes lets the team go back and use characters from the past before they were changed, like Arthas.
  • Elite Tauren Chieftain also appears in Heroes. He can move quickly and heal himself. Stage Dive is his heroic ability, allowing him to jump on the enemy from out of nowhere. He also can force everyone to stop and dance briefly.
  • Abathur from SC2 also appears in Heroes. He can jump inside any friendly hero from far away, allowing him to shoot abilities from inside them. On his own he isn't dangerous at all.
  • Heroes have different skins that are as simple as color variations or entirely different models. (Diablo + Murloc, Starcraft Uther, Judgement Armor Uther)
  • Games last twenty minutes.
  • There are team levels rather than hero levels. This makes support heroes and specialist heroes viable options.
  • Battlegrounds provide opportunities to play with friends and a variety of gameplay settings. Maps can be taken out of the matchmade game rotation and new maps added.
  • Blackheart's Bay requires you to find chests, attack them, collect the coins. You take the coins to Blackheart. Other players are treasure goblins, carrying coins and trying to avoid you.
  • The Haunted Mines requires you to kill the undead underground and collect their skulls in a PvP/PvE dungeon. There is a boss that has a lot of skulls, so there is a big teamfight around him usually. Once all the skulls are collected, a golem appears for each team. The size of the golem depends on how many skulls you collect. They move across the map and smash things, so you have to choose to defend your or go and attack the oncoming golem. Wherever the golem dies is where it respawns next time it comes to life. Your team wants to keep it far away from your base.

Q&A
  • Two or three teamfights doesn't usually make the game unless the teams are very unbalanced.
  • Communication is important with how much of an impact strategy will have on the game outcome. Playing with friends is going to provide a better experience than playing with PuGs. The devs are going to try and make communication as easy as possible though.
  • The mounts in the game allow a team to group up quickly and move quickly out of combat.
  • Individual skill is nice, but you won't be able to make your hero much more powerful than anyone else. This game is about playing with a team, not an individual.
  • More customization beyond talents or powers will be looked at in the future.
  • Heroes will have competitive play, but becoming an e-sport will be up to the community.
by Published on 2013-11-08 11:46 PM

Art of World of Warcraft
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Art
  • New character models retain the iconic features, but refine them as necessary. The models also have a more consistent style.
  • Undead have bones sticking out, but they don't look great. The new version refined it. (They unveiled the progress on the Undead Male model)
  • The team looked at the existing model and decided what they wanted to maintain and what needed to be exaggerated.
  • They went 956 to 5,408 polygons on the Gnomes. 130 to 196 bones. Texture resolution was 2 to 5x higher depending on the area of the body.
  • The old Dwarf male has 1,160 polygons and was mirrored on both sides. The new model is 7,821 polygons and has higher texture resolutions. The face doesn't have to be symmetrical anymore.
  • Dwarf female is underway and has a basic model.
  • Tauren male is also underway and has a basic model done.
  • Facial hair is animated using bones.
  • Capes are now animated using bones to flow more naturally.
  • Gnome female pigtails are now animated.
  • Concept art helps to determine the feel of the zone, while Zone maps help to determine what is taking place in each part of the zone.
  • Vertex shading is used to make things look much nicer without having to create even more new textures.
  • Lighting is also a big part of adding atmosphere to zones.
  • The Iron Horde make several different tanks, but not a unique mailbox.
  • When it rains, the NPC working on trade skills will go inside and get out of the rain.
  • There are 572 candle models in game, with 42 belonging to the Kobolds.
  • Worgen and Goblin won't be getting new models right away. The team will take a look at those models after all of the other ones are done.
  • The female Troll model is in process right now.
  • The website will show off the new models and provide release date guidance as progress is made on the remaining ones.
  • Ear and hair clipping is a little bit better with the new models.
by Published on 2013-11-08 10:31 PM

World of Warcraft: The Adventure Continues
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Draenor Story
  • Garrosh is creating the Iron Horde, but he only sets things in motion, he isn't the main bad guy. He is trying to open a portal to the current time to come back for his revenge.
  • Draenor is a very savage world, so you can become a savage yourself or work with your own faction to avoid doing so.
  • The Draenei will react to the savage world, looking at important points in their history.
  • The Frostwolf Clan is still in the early stages, not working together very well yet.
  • The team went through many iterations to figure out how the Warlords would be brought back. Garrosh was originally going to go back to Outland and resurrect the Warlords, but that concept didn't work out well.
  • This isn't a time travel expansion, time travel is just a tool to explain the ongoing story. It isn't being used to massively change the current timeline. The past is fine!
  • Shattrath was a giant coastal city.
  • This setting allows for the creation of some really over the top villains. "What if the baddest badasses in Warcraft history got together"
  • Is Thrall's father a hero? Is he a villain?
  • Thrall has some work to do in bringing Garrosh to justice.
  • The Draenei haven't had a lot of story in previous expansions, but this one gives the team a chance to look at who they were before the Draenei we know today.
  • The world will be a little more like Timeless Isle, with things like a caravan of Iron Horde being stranded in the snow that you can kill to take the treasure they were hauling. This isn't a quest, just one of the events in the new and more dynamic world.

Q&A
Any update on the book that was being written about Kael'thas?
We are making progress and it is near completion.

How is this time travel going to work with the story?
We aren't going back in time, the Dark Portal is turning red, bad guys are coming through. We look at the Orc Clans as they were, but things are happening now. The end of this expansion will launch the next one.

Did Outland happen or was it changed by going back in time?
Outland is still out there.

Will we see Alleria and Turalyon again?
Not yet. But you will see Khadgar.

The southernmost points of the world are jungle or desert, meaning we are near the equator. Is there another half of the planet left to still explore?
Yes. No. Maybe.

Will we see Paladin lore in this expansion?
Yes, lots of it.

Will Garrosh be redeemed?
No, but we will provide a satisfying ending for you and him.

Is Chris Metzen going to voice the father of Thrall?
No.

Where is Orgrim Doomhammer?
You will see him. He isn't one of the chief Warlords, but he is definitely involved and you will see his story.

Will we have two of characters due to the time travel?
No, this isn't a time travel or paradox story, it is about going to Draenor.

What is going on with the Pandaren faction leaders? We don't really see much of them.
It was a matter of time. We didn't have the chance to do a lot with the Pandaren faction leaders.

How will characters be impacted by seeing family that they never knew?
Garrosh and Thrall didn't know their parents well, so this gives us a chance to show them learning about their family and history. Thrall meets his family and it is really what he needs.

Is there a chance of looking at alternative realities based on what we change by going back in time?
Yes, it will give us that opportunity. It affects our current timeline, but does not affect the past.

What is going on with the Dragonmaw?
Zaela goes back with Garrosh.

Will we see Thrall's mom? Grandma?
Yes and yes.

Is Aggra going to go back with Thrall?
No.

What about Garona?
We will see her.

Does Grom age?
Yes, he is aging. He is old enough to be Thrall's dad now.

The timeline is during Rise of the Horde?
Garrosh goes back a few years before they drink the blood. So it is during Rise of the Horde before critical events take place.

What is going on with Sylvanas?
She is in the background doing crafty things. We will put the spotlight on her one day.

Will the Blood Elves play a role in this expansion?
Yes. Blood Elf paladins, how the light works, and what the Draenei have been up to will be explained.

Is Silvermoon going to be updated?
No.

What kind of Shamanism will we see on Draenor and will it change our Shamanism?
You will see Drek'thar going blind from messing with the elements and other shamanism story.

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