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    Developer Interviews, Blue Posts, WoW TCG Ends, Blue Tweets, HS Beta Contest, Comic

    Lore, Mechanics and Beta Interview With Josh Mosqueira, Nephalem Trials Interview, Lylirra Tweets About the Expansion, RoS Concept Art

    Beta Key Wave on Tuesday, World of Warcraft Trading Card Game Ends

    Patch 5.4 Developer Interviews
    Polygon had the chance to interview Tom Chilton at Gamescom. Gamebreaker recently had the chance to interview Greg Street and Ion Hazzikostas. You can find information from previous interviews on our Patch 5.4 Developer Interviews page.


    Polygon Interview
    • Mists of Pandaria was the first push to appeal to more casual players and it was very successful. If they had not done so, the game would be in bad shape.
    • The audience has changed since Vanilla, so players wanting the game to stay the same wouldn't have had the same fun gameplay even if it did.
    • Mists of Pandaria had a lack of new experiences for the hardcore audience, which is something that will be focused on in future expansions.
    • It might make sense for WoW to go free to play at some point, but there is a lot of risk in doing so. Some games double their audience, but some don't or even if they do, the increase doesn't last after the initial interest wears off.

    Misc
    • The expansion ends on a high note for the Alliance. The full story has not yet been told!
    • The population targets for Connected Realms are between an average and full realm, providing enough players that you can do PuG Flex mode raids from trade chat or see a real population in the capital city, but not so many people that you have a login queue.

    Ability Bloat
    • Reducing the number of buttons is a goal, but that has to be balanced with changing classes too much.
    • Many players will be happy that they don't have to worry about Readiness anymore, but other players will miss it.
    • The base healing spell that healers are supposed to use until they gear up enough to have a significant amount of regen and throughput might not have a role in the game anymore. They are situational after you are no longer in greens and blues.
    • Mists of Pandaria removed some abilities, but ended up adding some of them back because of player outcry and legitimate concerns.
    • One of the mistakes made when doing a pass of abilities in Mists of Pandaria was removing very situational or fun abilities. For example, Eyes of the Beast doesn't take up a keybind or important action bar slot, but it is something that players miss now.
    • Players often ask for new abilities so that they are on par with other classes. For example, Paladins got a Kick like interrupt that they didn't have a few expansions ago, but maybe every class doesn't need an interrupt / disarm / silence.
    • Every time the level cap is raised in WoW, the devs feel like players are owed some new spells. It wouldn't be any fun to go 5 levels without adding new spells.

    PvP
    • Trying to get rid of a lot of the silences didn't work out well, as no one was able to stop the healers. Changes to instant casts and silences are better suited for an expansion rather than a mid expansion patch.
    • There have been significant improvements to the PvP gearing system. The goal going forward is to make sure the best PvP gear comes from PvP and the best PvE gear comes from PvE. A little bit of crossover is fine, but no high end PvP player should feel like they have to go and farm for a certain item from PvE to remain competitive.
    • The Crowd Chose You!!! buff was added to shut down the really long drawn out fights in a reasonable way. The devs don't want players to change how they play arenas based on this buff, so if it has a detrimental effect it will be modified or removed.

    PvE
    • High King Mekkatorque will come and clear a large number of troops in the Barracks section of the raid, while the Horde actually has to fight through them.
    • Nourshen has a Proving Grounds like component to the fight, as individual players must go through a role dependent trial at a certain point in the fight.
    • It is important that players feel like their actions matter in raids, not that they are just cogs in a machine. At the same time, you can push this idea too far when a single individual can wipe the raid or the fight requires every person to master an individual check. A good example of this is Heroic Dark Animus or Thaddius. Ideally a raid leader could choose the stronger players in the raid to handle the responsibility of the individual dependent mechanics.
    • Riposte was added to compensate for the weaker Warriors and Death Knight active mitigation mechanics compared to other tanks. It also helps to equalize tank damage output in the short term.
    • In Cataclysm, building a legendary out of drops that came on a predictable schedule every week removed some of the excitement from getting a legendary weapon. Legendary weapons in the future will likely be distributed similar to older legendary weapons and less like the Cataclysm legendary weapons.
    • If the devs were to use scaling to allow players to run older content at more appropriate item and character levels, it would not impact players who enjoy soloing old content.
    • There is also a difference between the nostalgia of older dungeons and raids and what it would be like to do them again as part of the core game. People think back to the fond memories from BWL or Molten Core, but it doesn't mean that it would be fun to do with a group regularly anymore as an incentive activity.
    • Heroic Scenarios worked out really well both in terms of the content and how they work, requiring you to find friends or other players to do the content with rather than just queuing.
    • Blizzard would like to get back to a place where mechanics matter a little bit more, as there is a big audience for that type of cooperation in smaller organized groups.



    Blue Posts
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    Resto Shaman - Patch 5.4 Issues and Concerns
    Lore, the problem is that pets and all other non player units (Wild Imps, etc) all are healed by Healing Rain, and also do not count towards the DR cap divisor. IE, each Healing Rain tick is the same if 10 players and 0 pets are in it compared to 10 players and 10 pets on live. As a result, we are losing a great deal of overhealing on pets, guardians, etc. Nearly 50% of Healing Rain ticks in a typical 25 man raid on live seem to be on non players.

    Normally, that overhealing isn't a factor. However, the amount of healing that Ancestral Guidance and Ascendance copy is based off total raw healing (effective + overheal). As a result, not having those "apparently useless" Healing Rain ticks on non player NPCs is going to result in a significant nerf to both cooldowns - estimated at 25-35%.

    Just double checked on this; we actually prefer that AG and Ascendance don't become more effective with more insignificant pets around. We'd rather not have their effectiveness swing so wildly based on whose trinkets or set bonuses have procced (and so on).

    This will obviously have an effect on the healing output of those couple of abilities, which falls back into what I was saying before -- we'll be watching closely how things work as we continue testing, and will be making further adjustments where necessary.

    I am also going to have to disagree with the idea that ELW will end up on most people standing in a Healing Rain.
    "Most" was a poor choice of words on my part. We still expect that a decent number of people in the Healing Rain will wind up with Earthliving active. Like I said though, we're watching it. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    World of Warcraft Trading Card Game
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    We wanted to take a moment to thank all of you World of Warcraft Trading Card Game players out there for your support of the game for close to seven years.

    We’ve had a blast working on it, and we knew that Set 21, Timewalkers: Reign of Fire would really grab everyone's attention. In addition to delivering original and fun gameplay mechanics and giving players a new way to explore the story of Warcraft III, it’s stuffed with every single one of the much-sought-after Loot cards from each of the previous sets.

    Set 21 represents something else as well: it’s the climactic last set for the WoW TCG. We are grateful for being able to collaborate with the artists and everyone else who helped make this game a reality all these years. We're also thankful for all the players and retailers who've participated in the community globally. You made ripping open booster packs, discovering the wonders they held, and then building decks and taking them into battle a truly awesome experience.

    Thank you all again for your support in making the WoW TCG one of the most epic trading card games of all time.

    FAQ:

    Q: What about my loot cards that I haven’t redeemed yet?
    A: You can still redeem your loot cards on our website (simply follow the instructions there).

    Q: Will there still be tournaments for the WoW TCG?
    A: While there will not be official tournaments hosted by Cryptozoic or Blizzard Entertainment, players are able to continue organizing tournaments as long as they follow our tournament guidelines listed here.

    Q: I’m an artist/tournament winner; who should I contact if I have any questions?
    A: Please contact Cryptozoic for any follow-up inquiries.

    Q: Will you be renewing the contract for the WoW TCG with another partner?
    A: While we don't have any specific announcements to make at this time, we don't expect to renew the license for the WoW TCG.

    Blue Tweets
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Flex Raiding
    If Flex is coming at the same pace as norm does this mean norm is going to be gated? Any info would be appreciated.
    It's a little confusing, but technically flex uses a lot of the LFR mechanics, including wings and personal loot. (Source)

    - "Flex released alongside Normal." MT (LFR instead of Normal) or Gated Normal Progression? #SoO
    The plan ATM is the first wing of flex will open on day one so those guilds can try it out. All of normal will be open on day one. (Source)

    So is SoO Normal gated or not?
    Only traditionally in that you can't skip bosses or wings. (Source)
    Flex will likely be gated, but wing 1 open on day 1 along with normal. Heroic on week 2, prob with LFR wing 1. Not set in stone. (Source)

    Reputation / Questing
    May sound counter-intuitive, but e.g. account reps would let us PLAY our alts vs grind a rep for the nth time
    What rep do you need though, esp. in 5.4? (Source)

    if we were able to do everything at our own pace (VP Cap, etc) The pace woulda been perfect
    Not sure I agree. We received overwhelming feed in Cata that players didn't have enough to do. They finished too easily. Got bored. (Source)
    Now maybe there's a way to let players play at different cadences that match their real life. (Source)
    But we wouldn't want to reduce the content and let everyone just finish easily. Short term convenience at the expense of longevity. (Source)
    the #1 problem I had with MoP is if I missed a day, there was no way to get it back. One of the big flaws w/locking so much
    Yes, we set caps to save players from feeling they had to earn e.g. 20K valor a night, but too many felt like the caps were guides. (Source)
    Systems like a cap on spending but not earning might help there. So are more open models, like the Timeless Isle. (Source)

    World
    Now we're arguing semantics. How massive is massive? Jupiter>Earth and Quasar>Earth both massive. The fun isnt there anymore.
    Just how many people are in your CRZs? (Source)

    Aren't Connected Realms just realm mergers without forcing name changes? Are there any other differences?
    We think keeping your name and realm identity are important as is a returning player being able to find her home once again. (Source)

    thoughts on switching connected realms over time if need be? The word permanent sounded pretty final.
    It's permanent in the sense that if you have a guild from two realms, we don't want to up and break it. (Source)

    PTR
    10m gets 1.5 hour tests, 25m gets 30 mins? What gives? No way to test. How to find bugs in 30 mins?
    It's more about feedback and tuning than bugs. Our QA team will find most of the bugs. (Source)
    The first time an encounter goes out, we iterate on it a lot. In subsequent attempts, less so, as you might expect. (Source)

    PvP
    also, are there any considerations about removing/changing some of the cooldowns in game? PvP feels very CD-centric this xpac.
    We think CDs that are always used together aren't very interesting game design. (Source)

    Thoughts on battle fatigue having different values for 2s/3s i.e in 2s stronger BF. Could allow tuning to make 2s competitive?
    We wrote off 2s for a long time as impossible to balance. We're changing our minds though. (Source)
    They remain super popular, so maybe we just need to embrace them. (Source)

    Any concern that increase rate of content is good for PvE but not PvP? PvP feels like a rollercoaster. Getting nauseous.
    We feel like shorter seasons are generally good. What is your concern? (Source)

    UI / Addons
    Have you guys considered implementing a Mount Journal, that shows which mounts players are missing
    yes. (Source)

    Proving Grounds
    why are proving gounds just for 90's and why no gear? If pg is to teach, then why not for lower levels?
    We want to see how the feature is received first. It will need some more polish to be an effective teaching tool. (Source)

    Hearthstone Wiki Beta Key Giveaway
    Our friends over at Gamepedia are holding a Beta Key Giveaway for contributors of the Hearthstone Wiki. All you have to do to enter is make a useful edit to the Hearthstone Wiki. Winners will be chosen randomly, with each of your edits counting as an entry into the contest.

    The giveaway is open to everyone, but due to legal restrictions, only residents of North America are eligible for the physical prizes. The prizes include a Beta Key, iPhone cases, a headset, mouse, and earbuds. Winners will be selected on September 2nd, 2013.



    Penny Arcade - Hearthstone
    Gabriel over at Penny Arcade seems to be enjoying the Hearthstone Beta as much everyone else!


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    damn no more wow tcg..........

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    So many news so many betas would be nice to know if Hearthstone BETA would come out for Europe soon. And also some news about the future of the SoO Story.

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    so basically "pandaria appealing casual palyer", "tarecgosa and dagger had bad legendary design" and "hc scenarios worked well"
    wtf they are playing? not wow obviously lol
    never had a so alt unfriendly and time soaking doing boring stuff xpac since tbc and tbc was way challenging and interesting, the shitchainquestofeternalgrinding is the worst design ever for a legendary to the point we should stop calling it legendary.
    and hc scenarios are the way blizz have found to slack even more so they don't have to work on more real 5 mans with real mechanics and can just throw in some random stuff to faceroll.
    really disappointed for their lack of sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaud View Post
    [*]High King Mekkatorque will come and clear a large number of troops in the Barracks section of the raid, while the Horde actually has to fight through them.
    What. When people complained about Alliance getting the short end of the stick, it was about the lore.. not trash perks. This is a dumb decision that will just go forgotten by Alliance players and will just be annoying for the Horde.

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    That Penny Arcade made me laugh out loud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eike View Post
    so basically "pandaria appealing casual palyer", "tarecgosa and dagger had bad legendary design" and "hc scenarios worked well"
    wtf they are playing? not wow obviously lol
    never had a so alt unfriendly and time soaking doing boring stuff xpac since tbc and tbc was way challenging and interesting, the shitchainquestofeternalgrinding is the worst design ever for a legendary to the point we should stop calling it legendary.
    and hc scenarios are the way blizz have found to slack even more so they don't have to work on more real 5 mans with real mechanics and can just throw in some random stuff to faceroll.
    really disappointed for their lack of sight.
    Their lack of sight? Are you some form of prophet?

    It's posts like this that always make me LOL. Violently.
    Whenever Blizzard says something that anyone disagrees with because their very limited experience differs, they instantly think Blizzard are liars and just completely inept. I dare say Blizzard have the data from several million players as opposed to the negligible fraction you've encountered.

    Rarely updated...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eike View Post
    so basically "pandaria appealing casual palyer", "tarecgosa and dagger had bad legendary design" and "hc scenarios worked well"
    wtf they are playing? not wow obviously lol
    never had a so alt unfriendly and time soaking doing boring stuff xpac since tbc and tbc was way challenging and interesting, the shitchainquestofeternalgrinding is the worst design ever for a legendary to the point we should stop calling it legendary.
    and hc scenarios are the way blizz have found to slack even more so they don't have to work on more real 5 mans with real mechanics and can just throw in some random stuff to faceroll.
    really disappointed for their lack of sight.
    Really? SO the fact that I have had the right binding for fucking YEARS is a better design that the current model?

    No, just no.

    The current legendary is long enough and encompasses enough different aspects of the game to really make it feel like you worked for it rather than getting lucky with your guild and then lucky enough to see drops.

    tldr; Small chance of luck be damned.

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    Does the contest seems pretty stupid or am I missing something? Won't most of the people that know anything worth putting on the wiki already be on the beta?

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    Sooo.. in order to get a Hearthstone beta key, we have to had played Hearthstone? That's pretty retarded.

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    I would hardly call an expansion that lost 2.5 million players a success at catering to casuals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnifiedDivide View Post
    Their lack of sight? Are you some form of prophet?

    It's posts like this that always make me LOL. Violently.
    Whenever Blizzard says something that anyone disagrees with because their very limited experience differs, they instantly think Blizzard are liars and just completely inept. I dare say Blizzard have the data from several million players as opposed to the negligible fraction you've encountered.
    I've been wanting to say that for so long. Now, I anticipate that (s)he will respond with something such as: "Yeah and that's why they are losing subs, blah blah blah." They're losing subs from people like him/her, who want things only their way. And let's face it, the game is 10 years old. It's bound to go downhill at some point. I personally love the expansion. They just aren't able to make everyone happy.

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    How can we edit the wiki with new information if we don't have a beta key yet? Shouldn't it be the other way around? Here's the beta key, go play the game and then edit the wiki if you find something that's not listed yet.

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    I won't be playing Hearthstone now. I understand the business decision and I won't rant about it or anything, but I'm personally disappointed that the WoW TCG is shutting down.

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    Wait, High King Mekkatorque?

    Is the typo the "King" part or the "Mekkatorque" part?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrathius View Post
    Wait, High King Mekkatorque?

    Is the typo the "King" part or the "Mekkatorque" part?
    He is the High Tinker, not King. And he does not use Excalibur, but the even better WRENCHCALIBUR!

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    I know, but they wrote High King Mekkatorque.

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    Gotta love interviews, and finally Gelbin is doing something neat, even if it's just clearing some trash. Go Gelbin! =D

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    So much bullshit .. no wonder wow is losing more and more subs .. these developers have no idea what they are doing.

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    Mists of Pandaria was the first push to appeal to more casual players and it was very successful. If they had not done so, the game would be in bad shape.
    The audience has changed since Vanilla, so players wanting the game to stay the same wouldn't have had the same fun gameplay even if it did.
    End fo WotLK: 11.5 million.
    End of MoP: 7.7 million.
    Hell yeah, soooo very successful.

    Guys if you would be doing great job with maintaing fun gameplay while evolving the game, nobody would complain and ask the game to turn to Vanilla again. There won't be "vanilla server please" threads every freaking week. Just quit turning the game into microtransaction-based casualfest with subscription. Don't go back to vanilla/TBC, go back to the fun gaming experience.

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