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    WowCraft, Questions for WoW Source, Blue Tweets, Dungeon Blacklist Poll, Fan Art

    Patch 2.0.3 Hotfixes

    iPad Release Media Event, Fight Night S5E3 Decklists

    Dustin Browder on Team Experience and Leveling

    WowCraft - Episode 1
    Carbot showed off their first WoWCraft video today.



    WoW Source Returns! Have Questions?
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    Another WoW Source is on its way, and once again we’re looking for your questions. This time around we’re planning to feature Lead Class Designer Kris Zierhut, Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas, and Senior Game Designer Brian Holinka, along with host Morgan Webb. This time the interview will be geared towards discussing class and PvP changes coming in Warlords of Draenor. Just like last time, post questions you have for the developers in this thread, and feel free to use the “thumbs-up” Like button to let us know if you’d like to see someone else’s question answered.

    Your post may be featured on the next episode!

    Blue Tweets
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Classes
    What is the diff between glyphs and talents? They seem to accomplish the same thing (mod spells) on a different UI panel.
    Talents are more transformative and strictly increase your power. Glyphs offer lateral customization and cosmetics (Minors). (WatcherDev)

    PvE
    There needs to be a feature to be able to blacklist 1-2 random dungeons just like blacklisting random bg's
    Which ones would you blacklist? (WatcherDev)

    Make fire/acid/void zones really punish DPS by debuffing their damage output. Healers would love if you did this.
    In LFR, that'd punish everyone by making the fight longer if DPS were unaware; healers can at least compensate currently. (WatcherDev)

    I'm not sure if you have answered this, but I was curious how many healers a mythic group should expect to have on hand for WoD?
    Likely 5 on average. Aiming to avoid some of the under/overhealing extremes we saw in the last portion of SoO. (WatcherDev)

    Is there a magic number for tanks in mythic raids? 2 or 3? Would like to know cause of planning our roster
    Generally 2. You'll probably be well served by having a third player who has a tank spec, but doesn't expect to always tank. (WatcherDev)
    Is that for fights that have 3 hard-hitting targets, or so you can swap to a "more ideal" tank class/spec for a fight?
    The former. We're not going out of our way to make 3-tank fights, but we're less constrained when it'd add to the design. (WatcherDev)

    This is a big issue. Going from 7-8 healers to 4-5 and vice versa is hard. Would like more consistency.
    I'd say 4-6, 5 average for Mythic. We're going to try to avoid 3 or 7 ever feeling like the right answer. (WatcherDev)

    When you design a fight, what comes first, the boss or the mechanics? Like was the "miasma fight" always going to be Malkorok?
    Usually the boss; occasionally the mechanic. With Malkorok we just knew he was a Y'Shaarj-corrupted orc soldier and went from there (WatcherDev)

    PvP
    No spoilers cap'n PVP but how's Ashran going? Looking good on the pvp front?
    We are iterating on the design a lot. Really trying to nail a rewarding, persistent sandbox zone focused on PvP. (holinka)

    do you consider making pvp gems(esp.resilience)a more viable option? would love being able to change that more situational #scaling
    Don't feel like gemming is the right medium for situational choices. Glyphs and talents fit that niche better. (holinka)

    in all the other regions th PvP action is 90% horde,15m queue times are ruining the game for most casual
    The worst region has 55% horde queuing for bgs vs 45% alliance. This is queue data not realm data. (holinka)
    funny how that doesnt match players experience with queue times, including mine, ohh well :P
    or that's the amount of imbalance that's causes these queue times. Not denying queue time problem. (holinka)

    pvp scene in EU is 90% alliance. You're heavily nerfing horde racials and buffing ally racials. How do you think that'll pan out?
    EU BG queues have a very close ratio. Not concerned. (holinka)
    The high end scene is going to pick one side or the other and flock there. Mostly concerned with battle ground queue times. (holinka)

    Lore
    Are the embodied spirits in the Fallen Protectors fight dead, or just memories of the bosses' allies?
    The sha unleashed when Garrosh ruined the Vale claimed many victims, including those charged with protecting the Vale. (WatcherDev)
    But some of the Embodied adds in that fight are still alive, like Ren Firetongue.
    Ah, I didn't catch that you meant the ones summoned by Desperate Measures. Those are projections of negative emotion. (WatcherDev)

    Warlords of Draenor
    When MoP challenge modes are gone, will those reward skins ever be obtainable again?
    People who got 9 Golds will be able to re-purchase from the vendor if needed. Otherwise, not planning on it. (WatcherDev)

    Poll - Dungeon Blacklist
    This set of Blue Tweets had Watcher asking which dungeon you would blacklist if you could. A similar poll popped up on the forum recently, where people also shared the reason why they would blacklist certain dungeons.



    Fan Art - Warcraft Wedding
    Today we are looking at a different kind of fan art, weapons and other items created for a Warcraft themed wedding! You can see the full set of pictures and read about the creation of the weapons.


    Last edited by chaud; 2014-03-28 at 07:14 AM.

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    I would blacklist ShadoPan Monastery twice.

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    Bet it was a beautiful wedding

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    To find a partner that was both willing and excited to do a nerdy themed wedding would be the ultimate dream.

    I could only imagine how awesome their kids will be.

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    Siege of Niuzao temple - 2nd 3rd and 4th boss all have mechanics that drag out the fight longer that it should be. It is ok for your first time through, not so much on your 30th.

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    Wow, awesome wedding. I get the feeling this will go viral and hit mainstream media if it hasn't already, really cool

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    I choose Siege over SPM only, and ONLY, because no matter how good your group is in Siege, the 2nd boss lasts forever due to how the trash goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLarks View Post
    Siege of Niuzao temple - 2nd 3rd and 4th boss all have mechanics that drag out the fight longer that it should be. It is ok for your first time through, not so much on your 30th.
    2nd and 3rd boss have mechanics that make the fight go faster.

    2nd boss: make the boss stand in the pool, he gets a stacking debuff that makes him take more damage.

    3rd boss: more bombs = boss dies faster. Some people elect to pull the boss with the trash and kill the trash with the bombs.

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    The only dungeon I have really skipped is Siege of Niuzao mainly because of I can't just go pull all those mobs :<

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    Wearing flip flops to a wedding, I bet she's a keeper.

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    What a cool wedding! Congrats :-)

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    http://blog.marry-plan.com/2013/11/Visit-2.html

    This is a much better and indepth "WoW" wedding here.
    Last edited by chaud; 2014-03-28 at 08:29 AM. Reason: Giant image embed removed

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    Best wedding pics ever gratz

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    Not surprised SoNT and SPM are the two top choices as they are the two dungeons where you can't control the pace of the dungeons. Add to that that SPM is extremely long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moveth View Post
    I would blacklist ShadoPan Monastery twice.
    unfortunately yes ;-/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elvine View Post




    http://blog.marry-plan.com/2013/11/Visit-2.html

    This is a much better and indepth "WoW" wedding here.
    Holy shit that's insane lol.

    I feel Siege of Niuzao Temple would be 100% fine if you could just spam the gong like in CM, though would be easily abuseable by ragers and assholes. Not suprised SPM and SoNT are 1 and 2 lol.

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    http://media.mmo-champion.com/images.../wedding05.jpg

    AQ was a 25-man raid way back in vanilla WoW...
    25-man

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    There needs to be a feature to be able to blacklist 1-2 random dungeons just like blacklisting random bg's
    Which ones would you blacklist?

    Is it just me or is that answer a bit defensive and dismissive?

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    It's just you.

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    Siege of Niuzao was probably the only one of the current 5-mans that struck me as being really obnoxious. Each of the 5-mans has a weird feature that can trigger a PEBCAK speedbump in one way or the other; SoN has at least 4 off of the top of my head.

    1) Improper pulling of the pre- and post-1st boss trash causing constant stuns on healers/tanks and causing wipes for new groups.
    2) You always get the person who throws the amber globs under other players at least 1 out of 5 runs on 2nd boss.
    3) 2nd boss, people getting cleaved to death by the actual boss.
    4) People who accidentally aggro all the pre-3rd boss trash, or tanks that pull the boss without clearing pertinent trash groups.

    ect.

    Most of the other dungeons only have 1 PEBCAK moment spots that are, honestly, not that bad compared to the myriad of ways that a Niuzao run can go wrong. Like, half of the group missing the elevator in Mogu'shan or someone getting chain-rooted until they die leading up to boss 2 in Shado-Pan Monastery.

    Basically, the more room there is for there being a moment where inexperienced players wind up being the bigger hurdle than the boss mechanics, the less eager people are to do the dungeon. The poll results seem to reflect this already. And where the vast majority of players now greatly outgear the heroics? Shado-Pan and Niuzao still have the potential of still being annoying if 1 or 2 key players (ie, new tanks or new healers) don't know what's going on.

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