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TCG Toys Giveaway - Day #1
What better way to start the new year than with some new toys and one month Curse Premium codes! WoWTCGLoot was nice enough to send us some things to give away again this year, so a big thanks to them.


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Blue Tweets
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GC said "if don't want to multi DoT, don't play Shadow Priest". Now I think - is there any ranged class that doesnt multidot?
Some are more multi-DoT heavy than others. Mages in WoD won't multi-DoT at all (Well, technically, Pyro's DoT could be multi-DoTed.) (Source)
Elemental is also fairly light on multi-DoTing. Not zero, but relatively little, compared to Shadow/Balance/Affliction. (Source)
How about Destruction and Demonology, are they hit with multi dotting options now you only mention Affliction?
Multi-DoTing is a core Warlock attribute; all specs will include it to some extent, Affliction most of all. Basically same as now (Source)

What is the reasoning behind having Rogues and other classes who dual wield have white attacks still be missable in WoD? 1/2
It keeps DW balanced with 2H. If we were to remove it, we'd have to reduce the damage of 1Hs or 1H attacks. (Source)
If OH white weapon damage was reduced instead of missing, would that solve the "bad feeling" of seeing misses?
OH hits currently hit for 50%. Would you rather they hit for 25%? That's what it'd take. (Source)

WoD Vengeance: Why not have abilities just go to the DK's % of damage over the last 5 seconds and do away with the wierd buff?
Mechanically, 5sec vs 20sec is one difference. Also smoothing. You don't think the hidden dmg-taken-last-5sec is weirder? (Source)
No. I think a stacking AP buff but only for certain spells, which is only caused by some attacks, just feels overcomplicated.
It won't be an AP buff anymore. We also MAY not need the Vengeance on Taunts anymore either, or the bump to 50% of expected. (Source)
But you're still keeping the +100% threat during Taunt's fixate period right?
200%, but yeah. That's what MAY make it OK to remove those two things. (Source)

hello, i wonder if all the healers will have their mana pool locked in WoD like in MoP. pls no.
What is it that you liked about variable mana pools, besides just seeing the number get bigger? (Source)
Compared to being able to cast 6 fireballs for example instead of 4 before running out of mana.
But that never actually played out in practice, right? Mana pools have never been small enough that they were the limiter. (Source)

Have you considered making catch-all icons for tier talents that reflect current choice? Macros for it are unwieldy.
Yes, going to try to make more talent rows work like Mage Bomb in terms of sharing a button. Can't do so in all cases, but most. (Source)
Great news, thanks!
Sure. It works for things like Priest 90 or Monk 30. Not so well for things like Rogue 90. (Source)

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Deathblow to festerblight was deathblow to my dk. Shame, only melee class I had any interest in.
I wouldn't be so sure of Festerblight's death. (Source)
Oh come on, no fair teasing me like that!
Don't get your hopes TOO high, I'm just saying that there's a chance that something similar may develop with Necrotic Plague. (Source)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
any chance of druids not losing model change effects from toys when shifting forms? Already works ok in ragefire scenario
Current tech needs major rework for it to happen universally. Those scenarios took tons of ridiculous scripting and spells. T_T (Source)

1st Merry Xmas, 2nd how will dots work for balance druids with the change to snapshot? I'm referring to eclipse as a dmg mofier.
Eclipses' effects will snapshot on Moonfire/Sunfire. (Source)
How will the mechanic change to make up for that? One of the few snapshots left. Won't balance DPS be very swingy?
Perhaps a misunderstanding? I'm saying that it'll stay as it is today. (Source)
So Sunfire and Moonfire will still snapshot haste, crit and eclipse buffs?
No, Eclipse will. (Source)

- how do you feel the Glyph of Efflo is working? Are we going to see it kept in place for WoD, or should we expect changes?
We like the concept. It's probably too powerful for something so passive, so we may adjust tuning. That goes for all healers in general though; we want to time down passive healing and smart healing across the board. Most healing should come from actives. (Source)

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Dear Santa: please give us tameable mantid tanks and pterodactyls in the near future. Wait, Christmas has already passed? Dang..
I was ALWAYS bummed that the OG Un'Goro dinos weren't tamable. I do wish the Tome of Dinomancy opened up more. Hrmmm... (Source)
I'm fairly sure many hunters would love it if you looked into it! How about mantid tanks? Any chance for those? /nervousface
I'd say it's unlikely for a few reasons, but who knows! (Source)
Addendum: Not that I'm unappreciative of your answer Just curious. Love silithids; would take mantid tanks over anything.
Hunter pets are an odd thing & a source of internal debate. I'll admit to not understanding/agreeing w/ some allowed & unallowed. (Source)

I'm a hunter player for 5 years now.I know you ain't heading for a revamp though i need to ask will MM/SV/BM feel different?
That is precisely our goal. We don't think that requires a "revamp" or "overhaul". (Source)

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
But saying stuff like "Frost Mages do not scale well with gear because they experience many low % soft-caps." Is okay, right?
Almost. Softcaps reduce scaling rate, but that says nothing of whether the scaling rate was OP before, or if the difference is significant. In Frost's case, the next secondary is close in value, so its effect is minor, and their scaling prior to that was higher than normal, because we expect most high end Frost mages to hit that early soft cap. (Source)
even it comes with some sort of nerf to balance things out. these are frost "scaling" problems as i see them
Having only some of your spells scale with some stats isn't a problem though, as long as the stats stay... (Source)
...valuable. Also, several of those DO scale with haste; you get more ILs and FFBs with more haste. (Source)
as being worth the loss of dmg from continuing to stack haste beyond that point. I enjoy fast gameplay, the need to
Most of the issue you're talking about is caused by the Legendary Metagem. 20% haste was a mistake; caps GCDs. (Source)

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Might I ask what the design concept for WW Monks was? Main curiosities, Touch of Karma, their healing, and mobility+raw damage
I wasn't here, but I think the fantasy of being a monk is using mystical martial arts to damage & dismantle your opponent. (Source)

Any closer to fixing WW monks hitbox? It's been our biggest problem since MOP release with hundreds of threads complaining.
We heard that early on, and investigated and found no evidence of it actually existing. It's how WoW handles latency for all melee (Source)

.Given the changes to Mistweaving/fistweaving you discussed before, will this also change based upon healing stances?
Mistweavers will count as melee, regardless of stance. Don't want them afraid to swap between stances. (Source)

how is chi explosion supposed to help brewmaster survivability?
What each chi level does isn't very useful in what you saw at BlizzCon. Changes are coming to it. (Source)

Hey guy, would you pray tell why Crackling Jade Lightning costs mana on cast but doesn't damage?
To encourage longer CJLs, over many shorter ones. (Source)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Will Sacred Shield ever be made more useful for Ret Paladins PvP? A simple 10% buff and allowing it be used on 2 targets would do.
We made a lot of effort to change that row in 5.2 and 5.4. It's tough to balance those spells for the 3 specs. (Source)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Started this account to ask this, is it intended for divine clarity to make mind spike spam an alternate rotation? Would rock!
It's more complex than just Mind Spike spam... I believe it's been tweaked since BlizzCon, but now the rotation includes... (Source)
...a few spells. It's DoT-less, except for Devouring Plague. (Source)

please either make mind flay or vt castable while moving!! Otherwise I think we are all balanced up! You rock.
Casting while moving isn't something we want to proliferate any further. (Source)

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
said it before say it again if Mut wasn't locked to daggers I'd prob never play another char again. Poison swords? YES!
Swords don't really fit the kit of being an assassin nearly as much as daggers though. (Source)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
IMO, Deep Healing would be good as a situational/optional talent, but too situational for a mastery
Deep Healing is indeed situational. Strong for healing people that need healing. Weak for healing people that don't. (Source)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Warrior haste: why not let it increase rage generated by rage gen abilities. MS = 10r* haste%. Works for all specs. Unbuff conv.
That's one option that we're considering to make haste valuable for Warriors. It 'feels' a little weird, but OK. Feedback welcome. (Source)

Why can warriors fear during bladestorm? Bug or intended?
They can do all of their shouts during bladestorm. Not a bug. (Source)

how do you feel current balance of Pvp is?
Pretty good. Certainly not perfect but not nearly as bad as it's made out to be. #flameaway (Source)
Holinka its embarrassing how you sit there and lie to people who pay for this game,Balance is a joke, Warriors teams ....
Hey you might disagree with me and that's certainly your right but sorry it doesn't mean I'm lying #truth (Source)
Just look at class representation, every roles fotm now, you took skill away and replaced it with re rolling
We've looked into it. Very few people re-roll fotm (for example, warriors/mages right now). (Source)

Symbiosis seems impossible to balance in PvP; Maybe it should be PvE only. What do you think?
I think impossible is a strong word here but I don't deny the inequity here. Reshuffling it in WoD to be mostly defensive CDs. (Source)

May be I have different psychology, but I really hate competition in game.
That's a totally valid mindset for gaming, and one we attempt to support, along with others. Hard to balance at times. (Source)

I really like WoW's audio, but I have two sound-related beefs that aren't really sound...1) When you fly over a zone, music changes so often you barely get to hear it. 2) Too many sounds at once in 25M raiding. Would be possible to intelligently pick the right sounds to play? I know that's a dangerous road but it's overwhelming atm
I completely agree. No promises yet for WoD, but currently working on is a system that will help bring more clarity to the game. (Source)

Is there a reason we've not seen a green dragonflight mount? Opening of Mount Hyjal was a tease.
This comes up a lot (Bronze Whelplings too). Need right time & place. Yes, opportunities have been missed. T_T (Source)

Heroes of the Storm Fan Art
Today we have a nice piece of Heroes of the Storm fan art!

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  1. Ashkir's Avatar
    Oh my! I would love one!

    I would honestly love to see an update done to Brewfest the most! Ironforge is changing, Blackrock is changing. Perhaps it's time to introduce a second boss there. One for those that are leveling, keep Corin, but a new one for those at max level to fight and challenge. I'd like to see an entire holiday raid, honestly.
  1. mykro9's Avatar
    I mentioned this on the last giveaway, so I will repeat it again here:

    Please stop mixing blue quotes with a large chance for comment with giveaway posts.

    It mixes interesting discussions with "I want" posts, which is not a good idea.

    You can't tell me MMO-Champion is limited to the number of front page posts they can do, and that is why these posts are always combined.

    Also: US server, and I love free stuff. =P


    I would love more pets for each holiday. They have mentioned that pet battles are a separate team, and making any model in the game into a pet size model cannot be that hard to do, nor is slapping a Santa cap on it, as an example, and claiming it as a winter veil pet.

    Children's week is by far the holiday event with the most potential for a yearly update. I know with the exception of the actual collection aspect, no one ever has the tired rat or turtle models of Whiskers or Speedy, but I have had Egbert, Peanut, Legs and Willy. I even have out my Curious Wolvar Pup from time to time. I was disappointed that neither Cataclysm nor MoP had a children's week update.

    Edit 2:

    A good children's week update for MoP would be a young Hozen/Jinyu similar to the Wolvar/Oracle pups from Wrath. Cataclysm is a little harder to come up with, maybe a Worgen and a goblin kid (wait, can they even make them smaller?)
    even a young Tol'vir from Uldum and a rock giantling from Deepholm. I always wanted one of those type elementals as a pet.
  1. Spraxle's Avatar
    I would like to see more of the Holiday only stuff make it into the game full time. But still be actually obtainable without it taking 3 years and farming each day on 9 toons. For example I would love to see the broom from the Halloween Event make in as a permanent mount.
  1. kiyal's Avatar
    New items every year. Instead of updating old items to current level, make it so that every holiday drop is on par with current raid gear.
  1. xuldune's Avatar
    I would love to see updated relevant gear dropped for the holiday bosses. Possibly even holiday world bosses. A zombie-appocolypse would be awesome as well...
  1. Daant's Avatar
    Once per year stuff that doesnt happen the same way again next year. Like a giant abominable snowman tearing through Org at Christmas etc, stuff like that, that makes being their actually worthwhile at that moment that you cant go and do it the same next time!
  1. Rediqulaz's Avatar
    I think it is about time to do a full revamp of the holiday events. I did them all back in wrath for the Violet Proto-Drake and other than random chances at pets and mounts, there is no reason to do them again.
  1. Joegeneric's Avatar
    oooh, toys!
    I'd be happy to see any tweak besides #s to the holidays. New quests, maybe scenarios, something.
  1. Zoldor's Avatar
    More Holiday world bosses and possibly new lore based holidays that don't coincide with real world holidays.

    Maybe something commemorating things that occurred in game. Say Lich King Liberation day for when we took down Arthas, or Defenders of the World day marking the defeat of Deathwing.
  1. Akramelag's Avatar
    I'd like to see more in-game content for April Fool's Day, such as being able to stick fish on other people, NPCs playing tricks on us, things like that.
  1. TheElusiveTaco's Avatar
    I would enjoy more achievements per holiday that award more pets and mounts.
  1. Méd's Avatar
    Labor day ! So all NPCs can wear according to that ! Or idk, that sounded better in my head :<
  1. mariog7's Avatar
    I wish the new addition and remodeling of the draenei race Blood Elves are already the best, but can be even better
  1. Nze's Avatar
    I would love if they made the gear they give out at holiday events to be up to (or fairly close to) the item level most people are currently at. Also new pets/mounts would make them even more fun!
  1. viampyri's Avatar
    I'd like to see an update to Children's Week with Panda Cubs.
  1. Bluegirl91's Avatar
    A new story line every year would be nice. Doesn't have to be something huge. The holidays feel like a grind, if you already know most of it.
  1. Dirv's Avatar
    Holiday bosses are nice and all, but maybe the odd mini-game would be kind of fun for a few days or a week.
  1. RaenavenBlacksun's Avatar
    I am one of those people who feel alienated during the holidays, because I don't pvp. PVP is kind of required if I wanted to have ANY hope of "What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been". I may have all of the non pvp related holiday achievements at this point (except one Winter's Veil pet that is mostly a chance thing).

    I agree with one person (or more) who suggested Draenor-specific cultural events. THAT is something I'd love to see.

    Personally, I think we need less mainstream additions, and more cultural ones. Night Elves have Lunar Festival, Dwarves have Brewfest and kinda Winter's Veil (since it's theorized that Father Winter might be one of the Titans). Hallow's End has become confused. I've seen debates in Trade over whether it's Human or Undead (and not just adopted by the Undead). I'd like to see harvest related festivals for Tauren (even without quests, just visual acknowledgment). Do the Gnomes not have anything of their own? What about the Draenei, High/Blood Elves, Trolls? With WoD, we have a perfect opportunity to REALLY get to know the Orcs and Draenei, and cultural celebrations over the course of the year would be awesome.
  1. luciano's Avatar
    I would like to see some non-Christian, non-American holidays included. Jewish holidays like Hannukah, Muslim holidays like Ramadan, etc.

    Earth Day (Azeroth Day) would be an easy one -- cleaning up random spawns of garbage, using an item to cleanse some dirty lakes, Loot Pinata Boss made of garbage, etc.

    This one might be the most controversial, but I would love it. During WWI, there was a truce between the two sides for Christmas. German and British troops even exchanged gifts along some fronts. (No, seriously, look it up).

    So why not for the 24 hours of Christmas, world pvp is completely turned off. Flagged NPCs are no longer attackable. Opposite faction toons are unattackable. Horde can visit in Alliance cities and vice versa. Small gifts, provided in game by a vendor (and only those gifts) could be traded across factions. It would be a nice reminder that, even in a world of violence and hatred, we can all celebrate life for one day a year.
  1. Thimagryn's Avatar
    Pandaren quests for Brewfest! We should have a throwback to the WC3 quest helping Chen get ingredients to make his secret brew.

    Have a daily quest take us across the world, into dungeons or phased zones and find the right ingredients. The ingredients could be randomized every day, choosing 3/10 spots around the world. Rewards could be an epic trinket with a fun ability, and a taste of the new brew!

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