They do, they just don´t go allin superberserk mode to fit the needs of an whining minority. I mean theres a srsly bias in DK forums to make bloodstrike work pre MoP or even pre Cata just for one example (this would be plain stupid). They do listen but they dont trust blindly and so fart WoW is the only game in this genre with and acceptable balance so they gotta kinda know what they are doing (sure frostmage, armswarry blabla but they always sad they would oberpower speccs to make them get used so they could balance them accordingly afterwards so iam not to worried).
IDK but whoever they are listening to doesn't know wtf they are talking about obviously...
Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before... He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way. -Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
Proof: warriors op going from cata beta to 4.0.6. Warriors going from mop beta to 5.0.4. Rets and dks going into Wrath etc. etc.
Blizzard flat out FAILS at class balance in the face of exceptional feedback from the players. Which is why I never understood how anyone can keep playing this game for the PvP.
Feedback players give isn't responded to until 4-6 months later by the time gearing shows different issues altogether that don't get addressed until the next expansion and then the cycle starts again. Notice how Blizzard is finally getting a modicum of balance into mop nearly 5 months after it's release despite hundreds if not thousands of pages/threads of CONSTRUCTIVE player feedback.
If I, AS A SINGLE PLAYER, can find said hundreds of pages of constructive feedback Blizzard as a company has no fucking excuse for the shit they feed us.
Originally Posted by High Overlord Saurfangi7-860 @2.8GHz | Radeon HD 7770 | 8GB DDR3-1333MHz | Corsair CX 430W |
It's never a good idea to listen to the players. They are extremely biased and doesn't have a slightest clue whats good for the game.
When it comes to pvp it's the player who thinks their class should be OP and everyone else already is OP (to them), and they demand ridiculous changes instead of learning how to properly counter each class.
Because whenever Blizzard DO listen, they listen to the "wrong" people.
Low rated players are a majority, and therefor they think it's the class that's OP and not them being unskilled. Sure, only certain comps will get rank 1 but you can get your 2.2k achievement or title with any comp (except completely dumb ones that's being meant to lose).
Blizzard is touching the wrong things because unskilled players don't know what to do against it.
Can't find the actual quote at the moment but one of the blues answered this by saying something along the lines of "the feedback is not constructive etc." Instead of saying e.g. "ROUGES ARE OP OMG BLIZZ Y U NO NERF THEM" you should address by pointing which skills or how exactly the mechanics of the class are OP. You should also provide an intelligent fix not just NERF DAMAGE LO"L" but what part of which ability should be altered and how should it work differently. Then and only then can they provide proper feedback to the devs.
Do you have any proof backing this up....?
Blizzard balances around all aspects of the game and not just the very best.
If Blizzard made sure only the 1% could achieve (semi) high ranking with their class then it would ruin the game for the 99% (you included)
If Blizzard made sure only the 1% could achieve high dps (by having some messed up rotation and gear choices) the game again would be ruined for the 99.
Blizzard has always aimed to make the game playable for everybody, starting from the computer specs and ending with the class balance.
During WOTLK Warriors bladestorm could kill most people during the duration unless that person used a defensive cooldown (which usually had a longer cooldown then the warrior's bladestorm). Oh sure if you had the best gear you could probably survive the attack without blowing a cooldown of 3 mins (bladestorm was 1.5) but only the very best have access to the gear, so somebody starting mid season would always be at a disadvantage during a person where counter classes should have been removed.
Blizzard knows WoW the best and they know what the majority of the players want. MoP may be a huge grind but it has brought back the biggest addicts and made some new ones as well.
The point is that Blizzard balances around every aspect of the game and not just the small top rated.
Accusing Blizzard of just listening to noobs is a perfect reason why Blizzard doesn't take player feedback literately, the problem of a lower rated or lesser skilled person isn't the same as somebody that is the best. But if Blizzard just listen to one specific group then the game would become unplayable because either the low/mid level players would get screwed or the high lvl players would get screwed. My example was a ability which people claimed back then that it was ''fine at high levels'' (which can be argued against because warriors think if they aren't demi-gods then they become suddenly the weakest class).
With every expansion the game becomes more balanced (with the major exception of the first season), back in TBC one would almost not bother fighting if the opponents comb had a certain class because they would hard-counter them.
On topic: many people who cry about an ability have never played that class. A good example is warlock's chaos bolt. People didnt like the high damage from it, and had no idea how it worked, so they wanted it nerfed. Calling for nerfs/buffs on forums is easier than learning to play, whether it be not knowing how to counter an ability, or not knowing how an entire class/spec works.
Why is there no "Demonhunter" hero class yet? He was only the coolest hero in WC3. Get busy Blizzard.
Because Season 5 happens every time.
No other reason.
"Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it." - Ayn Rand
The problem with the playerbase feedback is that it's always biased. Bads just want what's best for their fotm class, while the others get the scraps.
Blizz has statistics, and polls to it's side...they could just go ahead and completely ignore the players and do their job.
And to be honest, outside some minor bug abusing /exploiting ( which let's face it, are hard to predict ) wow is going more than fine.