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Another PvP Season for Mists of Pandaria
It looks like that Season 15 gear that was added "just in case" may see some use after all, with another PvP season coming before Warlords of Draenor.

Update: Normal Difficulty Cross-Realm Siege of Orgrimmar
It looks like cross-realm normal difficulty may not be off the table after all!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Storage Space Issues
Even bandaid fixes for storage issues (ie more void storage) take time to develop and implement, so we'd prefer to spend that time working on solutions, like systems that hold your items and gear in new ways that don't actually use inventory slots. We announced the account-wide toy and heirloom systems at BlizzCon, as well as the ability to craft from your bank and bigger stack sizes for some items, and we've hinted at some slightly longer term plans for a gear collection/wardrobe feature that would help serve all the transmoggers out there in not just freeing up space but also providing the ability to easily track set collections - all of which will help in their own way with inventory management. While the toy and heirloom systems are planned for the launch of Warlords, the gear collection system will be a bit later. We expect the toy and heirloom systems will free up enough space for most people, as well as some (albeit bandaid-y) slightly larger bags in Warlords and attaching quest items to the quest log instead of as items to fill up your bags, will all help in the meantime.

Any idea if we will still be able to "use" Dartol's Rod of Transformation or Archmage Vargoth's Staff at will? The first one no longer has a quest associated with it. Will we get to keep it?

I've trashed most "toy" items, opting for transmog bag space. But I have no intention of getting rid of those 2 items, nor a few other old quest things I have.

We'll be handling each item on a case-by-case basis, and will be looking for everyone's help in identifying items that could/should be added to the toy box beyond the probably more obvious ones we already have flagged. It's largely going to be something solidified through testing and feedback. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Pallytank here.My cotank is a warrior.He spamtaunts adds/bosses/doesnt care for tanking just dps.Superannoying and I can do little to stop him. Doesnt care ATALL for tanking,just pure dps.Will this get addressed?
When both tanks have that mindset, it can be quite fun. However, when they don't, it can be aggravating. The Vengeance change will make that no longer with doing. However, we want to improve cooperative tank gameplay so as not to lose that potential fun. (Source)

Warlords of Draenor PvP
Can you talk about WoD BG-s? Are you guys adding new BG for WoD?
WoD release approach is improve existing BG experience and set foundation for faster creation/iteration. Big content is Ashran. (Source)
Really looking forward to seeing objective based rewards and their visibility in the scoreboard/UI
Me too! (Source)

Have you thought of making the achievement Grievous Combat and future achieves like it account wide once you earn? For gearing alts
no it was to help people gear multiple specs, which won't be necessary with WoD gear changes. You can expect to see that go away. (Source)

Is the Grievous Combatant mount going away when the next PvP season starts or will it still be obtainable later? Thanks!
It won't be going away. Planning on a similar achievement each season (and hopefully more mounts) (Source)

You can also be suspended for wintrading which uses the Enter Battle button.
1. We have to have leave queue but it should be smaller and we should also allow you to accept while in combat. (Source)
2. Playing every game should be made more efficient than tanking 10. "Deserter debuff" may be cleanest option. (Source)
3. Don't believe everything you read on the Internet about suspensions. (Source)
4. There will be no 5. (Source)
Or "Leave queue" doesn't lose mmr for your team or gain MMR for the team you would've fought.
People leaving queues is not good for the game. When you enter a match, there should be an opponent. (Source)
We need to enter arenas when dead. Sound setting so that JUST Q POP audible out of game?
You'll be able to accept queues with the same rule set as LFD with respect to combat (Source)

can the battlegound achievements be account wide? Eg 100 wins of this bg, or disarm X bombs. Needs to be more alt friendly.
They already are, I believe. can you confirm? (Source)
I don't believe progress is shared across characters but I don't believe that is unique to BG achievements. (Source)

What do you think about cosmetic arena teams?
Could be fun if the party leader could "name" the temp team. Just isn't a priority right now. (Source)
I miss being able to track comp stats... BTW when can we have arena game history back on armory?
It had a high storage requirement & was 1 of the least used features of the armory. Might explore for trial #nopromises (Source)

revisiting this. Is it intended that the elite gear requires rating? Not the case last season.
Yes it's intentional. Last season it didn't have rating as original plan was to provide better stats. (Source)

I really hate to rush somewhere, to pull something from other players' hands, when somebody pulling stuff from my hands
Competition for profession mats is an interesting situation. On one hand, we want them to feel natural, sometimes scarce. (Source)
On the other, we don't want player collision to feel like a negative thing (ideally a positive). Interesting discussion. (Source)

Is there any chance to let people with crafting professions allowed to repair their armor? By making oils, patches etc.
It's been discussed internally on & off since I started during BC, and probably before that. (Source)

Any changes coming to Archaeology? And will we see Archaeology and Garrisons have any interaction?
Current plan is 1. general quality-of-life tweaks (think gathering in MoP) & 2. garrison interaction (we can't go into details yet). (Source)

Will Proving Grounds leaderboards ever happen? It'd be nice to not depend on wowprogress to make use of the score feature.
It's something we're interested in potentially doing, but I don't know when we'll be able to get to it. Would be easy to read it as an indicator of class/spec balance, when it's not intended to be. So, need to be careful. (Source)

Any plans for pets that are tamed to keep special effects like Duskstalkers in jade forest with the shadowform?
Looking into tech that'll put visuals like that on display level and not an aura; not sure when it'll be ready & applied. (Source)

Btw, next year, how about a Greench pet?
Wanted to 1st year but it's too complex! Needs new art. T_T (Source)
What's wrong with the existing Greench model? Can't he just be shrunk down to battle pet size?
It's bad for same technical reasons the Personal World Destroyer isn't just a shrunken Fel Reaver. (Source)

How about the chance of adding daggers, and fist weapons to the one hand, sword/axe/hammer plate?
Same issue(s)! Unlikely for both philosophical & technical reasons (mostly animations). (Source)

I wouldn't say a complete restriction lift, but plate should be able to xmog mail, mail xmog leather, etc. There is an old paladin mail set and hunters would look great in leather.
Sub-40 armor types are for sub-40 characters. TRIVIA: It's item-based, not class-based, so currently impossible anyhow! (Source)

Reputation / Questing
Wow often gets accused of being faceroll. It's things like minimum quest levels that force it to be faceroll when it needn't be.
Things like minimum quest levels protect new players who don't know any better, though. What's easy for you is hard for others. (Source)

I feel WoW needs immersion, how about random world bosses or bandits attacking towns or players on the road
Me too. Haven't seen many MMOs get it right though; often feels TOO random/irrelevant/annoying. T_T (Source)

Ever think about doing more with Gallywix' Pleasure Palace?
I was going to make the golf course playable (w/ exploding balls of course) but we ran out of time. T_T Would be fun to go back! (Source)

Fan Art
We have some more WoW fan art today, this time with a Disney meets WoW theme!

This article was originally published in forum thread: Another PvP Season for MoP, Cross-Realm Normal SoO Update, Blue Tweets, Fan Art started by chaud View original post
Comments 92 Comments
  1. Zstr's Avatar
    another PVP season, FML NO PLZ NO already pissed of the last one and shit PvP overall
    fucking Holinka die in fire u retard! should be fired that idiot
    mindless grin for stupid 27k cp achievement ; /
  1. sizzlinsauce's Avatar
    To be honest, it seems fair to allow them another season with new gear. 522 greiv is no where near the 580 pve is. plus they have to fill the gap till WoD for the 10% that still pvp.
  1. peterpan007's Avatar
    A 2nd PVP season will therefore push the WoD expansion release to July / August (at the earliest)

  1. iriecolorado's Avatar
    Oh boy, another 20-25 week PvP season before WoD. I can't wait for another EIGHT MONTHS of SoO.
  1. lb's Avatar
    Holy moly ... 22+ weeks at least till the new xpac ... time to hibernate... I'm interested what blizzard is thinking about their customers - do they think all of them are that addicted to WoW that they will return after 5-6 month hibernating - and if yes how long will people play the new xpac?

    I'm playing since beta and this will be my third time that I will take a break - every time I came back I was exhausted/bored by the new content faster and faster... the carrot to pull me back is getting every time smaller and the flavor is getting old. Maybe Blizzard self thinks the half-value time of WoW is over - they take what they can get without putting much effort into the game anymore.
  1. Darkinfinity's Avatar
    Not everyone plays the game only to raid or pvp. Which means: Not everyone will be bored until WoD launch. I still got plenty to do until then. Every expansion I try to complete most achievements of that expansion. Mostly raid, quest, faction, exploration and profession achievements. But I seem to fail every time because I lack time (busy raiding with the guild).

    You won't hear me complaining!! Unless Blizzard does something stupid and announce they will remove the mounts from the meta achievements (I'll rage when I hear that..)
  1. Time2Jesus's Avatar
    They don`t have enough resources to implement SoO normal cross-realm, but to implement in-game shop they have. Money talks.
  1. CoryTACP's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by iriecolorado View Post
    Oh boy, another 20-25 week PvP season before WoD. I can't wait for another EIGHT MONTHS of SoO.
    20-25 weeks = 8 months???
  1. Flimsy's Avatar
    Well that sucks how long do they expect people to be content with SoO?
  1. Moradim's Avatar
    my main gripe with this is that we know they canned titan, and allegedly there are more devs working on WoW than ever before.

    so why is the dev cycle taking as long as before, with more people working on the project? I dont want a rushed product, but more devs should result in better content more rapidly, no?
  1. sethman75's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Steamwheedle View Post
    Reading Zarhym's tweets, I hope the discussion comes up with a definitive "no". The game has other things to do besides raid, you can wait until WoD - the rest of us would prefer that wait not be extended for your sake.
    Well said.

    The small percentage of people that are crying for xrealm are the same ones whinging WoD is taking too long to come out.

    If Blizz start work on that it means it will be more months 90% of the playerbase has to wait to maybe satisfy a few cry babies.

    Also by the time Blizz could bring this out, who is left that actually wants to run normal anymore?

    Stop crying and wait for WoD
  1. CaptainArlong's Avatar
    Hahahah.. Another PvP season. That expansion is a loooooooooong ways off.
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    With no hint of even a beta let alone a release date it's looking like we're in for another ICC drought. With them adding another pvp season that confirms it to me, I'll be cancelling my sub now. Not paying for no content. Now it's time for WoW (Waiting on Wildstar).
  1. Keplars's Avatar
    Well guess its time to start to play pvp again...
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by CoryTACP View Post
    20-25 weeks = 8 months???
    25 weeks is 6 months. Is the pvp season starting today? No, it will be patched in probably in a couple months. So yes 8 months.
  1. kamuimac's Avatar
    and with this all blizz fanboys wave together goodbye to the spring WoD release :d

    nah but seriusly all hands in the air and wave goodbye to your dreams about expansion being released faster and final tier not lasting a year
  1. Geish's Avatar
    ilvl boost to get more people meet the current flex requirements set by bads and maybe a boost to oqueue rbgs where casuals have soon their full sets and will stop playing.
  1. diegoa's Avatar
    So another PVP season, what about people doing PVE, they going be bashing SoO for another 6-8 months more. If so, subs will definitely drop, not sure what Blizzard is thinking. With already dwindling subs they cant afford to put off more people. Annoyed :/
  1. Dasffion's Avatar
    He said 20-25 weeks is a good length for a season IN HIS OPINION. Not that the new season would last 20-25 weeks.
  1. Aureth's Avatar
    I'm guessing this will be 4-6 months. This means possibly a June release like people were saying. It would fall into their second quarter, as well as coming in before Summer hits and everyone just ups and leaves due to yet another time they can't manage time and stick to a schedule*, and this time it's right in the summer. Sure, many will return after it drops but it'll still hurt their bottom line for awhile.

    *Note, Blizzard are by far not the only game company who are bad at time management, but they're definitely one of the most notorious.

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