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    Battle.net Facebook Integration

    Update - Added a couple of blue posts because, well, this is a news site!

    Battle.net Facebook Integration
    The news was posted on the official WoW forums and we can assume that it will also affect our lovely game when the new version of Battle.net goes live.
    [blizzquote="Vaneras;http://blue.mmo-champion.com/t/13200796713/battle-net-facebook-integration/]The action taking place on the battlefield is just one part of the StarCraft II experience -- we're also working to make sure that you can easily connect, communicate, and play with your friends. To help accomplish that, the new version of Battle.net will offer integration with Facebook. This new functionality will start off by allowing you to quickly import Facebook friends into your Battle.net friends list, and additional features will be added over time. For more information, check out the official announcement.[/blizzquote"]

    Press Release
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    - Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that its Battle.net® gaming service will integrate with Facebook®, linking the world's premier online gaming platform with the world's most popular social platform. The first step in the integration will enable StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™ players to quickly add Blizzard gamers who are friends on Facebook to their Battle.net friend lists, facilitating their social gaming experience on the service.

    "We're pleased to be working with Facebook to integrate their platform with Battle.net to enhance the social-entertainment experience for our players," said Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment. "This new functionality will make it easier than ever to connect with friends on Battle.net and play StarCraft II and future Blizzard Entertainment games together."

    The new Facebook functionality in Battle.net will be tested in the near future via the ongoing StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty beta test and will be available to all StarCraft II players when the game ships later this year. Information about other Facebook-related features on Battle.net will be announced at a later date.

    Facebook® is a registered trademark of Facebook Inc.
    Dalaran Children’s Week Quest Line Issue
    Originally Posted by Bornakk (Blue Tracker)
    We are aware of the issue that is currently affecting the Children’s Week quest line in Dalaran which does not allow players who have completed the quest line last year to take part in it again this year. We do not currently have a fix planned to address this issue at this point in time.

    To clarify, this issue won't be able to be resolved for Children's Week this year. If you completed the quest previously you won't be able to complete it again for the other pet this year.
    Blue posts
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Capped stats
    It's better now, but GotEM and Celestial Focus (and talents of that ilk in all specs) still provide too much haste such that its realistic to get capped. Any class with so much vested in instant spells risks not valuing haste as much as other casters. That's okay to a point, but a big focus of Cataclysm is not to have these situations where players dismiss as junk gear that is targeted for them because one of "their" stats (meaning things like crit and haste for a healer, not hit or Agi) become excessively devalued relative to another stat. (Source)

    Mandatory Glyphs/Talents
    We're stuck in this trap sometimes where players want glyphs and talents to be meaningful but optional. That's a pretty narrow design space.

    If we make a talent that affects Shield Wall, then it feels mandatory. If we make no talent that affects Shield Wall, then it feels like the talents aren't affecting things you actually care about and can become this potentially marginalized aspect of the game.

    The argument seems to be that if you didn't have to get Improved Disciplines, that you could get some other potentially juicy talent. True. The same would be true if you didn't have to get Shockwave or if paladins didn't have to get Ardent Defender. You need Improved Disciplines, but they need Vindication. My point is that classes are balanced as part of their entire package. You aren't balanced at the core level with talents and glyphs thrown on as gravy on top of that.

    Now we are making an attempt with Cataclysm to give players more options in how they talent. But still if you imagine a talent tree in which every single talent is optional, it's also hard to imagine how every single talent is interesting or powerful enough. (Source)

    Druid (Forums / Talent Calculator)
    Lack of new healing spells
    Paladins are getting several new healing spells. Druids aren't, so I figured it was worth a little bit of explanation for why we made that decision. The short answer is that we're trying to find homes for all those druid spells that don't get much use. A devious alternative I suppose would be to cut Healing Touch and Regrowth and then make new druid spells to fill in the holes with different names. The druids that are going to be the most sad about the healing changes will be those who like just using the same couple of spells (Rejuv + WG in today's environment) over and over. I can't offer to much to placate them, except that unless you're up against the game's most challenging content, you have a lot more flexibility in how you choose to play your character.

    Lifebloom is a good tank healing spell. Sorry if you find that delusional. (If you disagree with that, I assume it's because you put the paladin on the tank and the druid on the raid. That's a fine strategy, but we want to create more room for both classes to branch out.) Healing Touch is not, but that's for several reasons that we now have a chance to address: 1) Certain talents / glyphs / set bonus shore up spells like Rejuv a lot. 2) Healing Touch currently would overheal a lot. 3) Players would currently die while winding up a heal with such a long cast time. (Source)

    Healing mechanics

    We're not getting rid of the notion of druids using lots of hots when healing. We think that's an important part of the spec. There are some players who want to cast almost nothing but hots though, or some players who don't see anything wrong with the strategy of trying to keep Rejuv up on as many targets as possible whether or not they are taking damage. We want druids to make more *decisions* about which spells to cast and which target to heal. Some of you claim you do that today, and that's great. We want to reward you more for being good at that.

    There are several heals that are just doing too much work individually in the current game, which makes other spells seem relatively pointless by comparison. Rejuv and Wild Growth are two of them, but so are Circle of Healing, Power Word: Shield, Holy Light, Flash of Light and others. It's not that the numbers are just borked on those spells (though they probably are in some cases). It's just that the current environment really rewards over-reliance on certain spells. We think the Cataclysm healing game will be more dynamic. There will be fights that emphasize efficiency and fights that emphasize triage and I'm sure there will still be fights that emphasize quick timing and spamming -- just hopefully not as many. (Source)

    Warrior (Forums / Talent Calculator)
    Deep Wounds

    There are several posters in this very thread though saying it's not fair that they can't always get Deep Wounds in their tanking build for threat. Threat talents like Defiance were something we cut awhile ago because players thought they were mandatory and uninteresting. If threat was relatively easy to maintain today, then all of those talents might be considered junk and warriors would be asking for more talents that actually made a difference when they invested in them.

    I'm not trying to dismiss your feedback, but I am saying it's not as easy as you make it sound. In a perfect world, players would like for their class to be fully functional and completely balanced. Only then do they get to choose talents and glyphs. We have to factor all of that power and utility in though. The alternative is a talent tree that looks a lot like minor glyphs where the choices are all cosmetic and the effects pretty trivial. This is why I'm trying to steer the topic away from warrior vs. paladin and get players to focus more on what fun talents and fun glyphs look like. Warbringer... Sword and Board... awesome. I get that. I'm not sure how realistic it is to have a tree with 51 talent point like that and with no Improved Disciplines or Toughness (which someone else brought up earlier). A few players opined that the existing Glyph of Shield Wall would feel awesome if it was reversed with the base Shield Wall. Feedback like that is really useful. (Source)

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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

    First!... lol
    //Restoration


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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

    Quote Originally Posted by RestoNordrassil
    First!... lol
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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

    I don't know why, but this just seems a little excessive.
    Nothing.

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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

    And now that privacy on facebook is completely nonexistent, everyone in the world will know just how much you lurve WoW!

    E: Sucks if you wanted a new Children's Week pet from Dalaran, I guess.

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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

    Quote Originally Posted by Dinnerbone
    I officially love you.
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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

    So you can add friends from FB that have a battle.net account to you battle.net friends list? Or can I troll FB while playing SCII? confused.... ???

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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

    Ugh. While some of the features are nifty, the recent trend in privacy violation by Zuckerberg is really pushing me toward deleting my Facebook entirely (which is apparently a difficult process in itself.)

    See: http://gizmodo.com/5530178/top-ten-r...yline=true&s=i
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    It is not and never will be elitist to expect another player to know how to play his class and carry his own weight.
    #Blizzardplsdontdodis

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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

    I'm not sure what to say about this.

    I'm gobsmacked.


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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

    It seems like everyone is integrating with FB nowadays.

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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

    Quote Originally Posted by Scoopjackson
    So you can add friends from FB that have a battle.net account to you battle.net friends list? Or can I troll FB while playing SCII? confused.... ???

    I think you can troll fb during the Deathwing encounter : :P

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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

    WTF. Now people will know that I play WoW...

    I need IRL stealth NAO.
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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

    Well, I did not see that one coming. Not by a long shot.

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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

    I don't like this integration with facebook. They take to easy on security. The global chat is currently down and if you wonder why. Here is why http://eu.techcrunch.com/2010/05/05/...ds-live-chats/ .

    Sure, this isn't a big deal. But it makes me wonder what flaw that could arise next.

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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

    Do not want

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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

    What's next, automatic twitter updates?

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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxtro
    What's next, automatic twitter updates?
    Oh god, that'll be the next thing--My facebook newsfeed will be spammed with people's achievements and their girlfriends raging at them in the comments.

    "What? You told me we couldn't go out tonight because of blah blah blah...."
    Quote Originally Posted by flick86 View Post
    It is not and never will be elitist to expect another player to know how to play his class and carry his own weight.
    #Blizzardplsdontdodis

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    Re: Battle.net Facebook Integration

    if you don't use Facebook then why would you worry about the integration.

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