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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. Misuteri's Avatar
    You know with 17 pieces of gear 20-25 weeks is not enough. It would be nice to go through more than one month without thinking "Gotta cap, gotta cap, gotta cap."
  1. kamuimac's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kektonic View Post
    Gonna be interesting to see how big of a hit on subs they take with no annual pass to keep people around that are already bored to death. I personally am not gonna spend almost a hundred bucks for that six months to sit around bored out of my mind.
    the trick with diablo 3 was enough for dragon soul - they will jsut throw in diablo 3 expansion to next annual pass and problem with SoO solved again and dont lie to yourself that people who were gonna buy d3 expansion and play wow from tiem to time wont buy annual pass like that
  1. mmoc93b0a7f85d's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sethman75 View Post
    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
    Paying customers are cry babies for wanting content? This whole problem is down to poor planning on behalf Blizzard.
  1. Mukki's Avatar
    I'm just going to say it.

    The only art piece that even resembles a disney theme is the Snow White dwarf.

    Otherwise, they're all crap with connections that are literally grasping at straws. That Blood Elf is supposed to be based on Princess Jasmine? Even though it looks nothing like her and isn't even wearing similar clothes? You can't just slap on a theme without putting any effort into a work of art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilian View Post

    Instead they rather nerf or maybe even sell us level 90 characters like it will somehow fix the issue of boredom for experienced/good players who are now pulling whole instances to make it somewhat interesting...

    There is way too much "protection" in this game now. It's way too forgiving.
    If content is too hard for you then you can always take a step back. If content is too easy and boring for you you just have to deal with that. The hardest leveling content is easy.
    No, I am not going to level naked without xp bonuses just because Blizzard can't give us proper leveling content.
    You act as if WoW hasn't always had level restrictions on quests. Or many MMOs that predate WoW for that matter. You guys new or something?
  1. Zubub's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kektonic View Post
    Except y'know the year they stuck us with ICC and the almost year we were stuck with Dragon Soul

    Gonna be interesting to see how big of a hit on subs they take with no annual pass to keep people around that are already bored to death. I personally am not gonna spend almost a hundred bucks for that six months to sit around bored out of my mind.
    I hear that, my sub expired yesterday had thought about renewing. Now with this announcement about another PvP season spanning an estimated 5+months; no thanks.
  1. kenshinag's Avatar
    Man, if adding cross realm normal SoO delays WoD even by one week, I'll be pissed at you anti-socials that can't seem to get along with people just enough to stay in a guild. Learn some fricken people skills and stop being so bad at the game that no one wants you on their team. Think of it this way, even if they make SoO cross realm, you're gonna need those skills or else no one is gonna want to spend the time to down 14 bosses with you if you have a shit personality and you only want to be carried.
  1. tangers58's Avatar
    So new PVE content is cancelled because it would delay WoD... but new stuff for PvPers is fine... seems legit
  1. Robert3620's Avatar
    The idea that allowing cross realm normal and heroic raiding would delay WoD is absurd. They already allow for flex, lfr, dungeons, old content and other things to be allowed to be done cross realm. It would take zero effort to allow for SoO to be done so as well. This has been and remains about keeping a reason for server transfers and the fees it brings in. If you allow for current content to be done cross realm, from day one, you take the biggest reason for a person to server transfer away.
  1. Mazzic518's Avatar
    Well I consider myself to be a typical WoW player, been playing since vanilla and this is the first time I am most likely going to freeze my sub till the new xpac comes out
  1. mmoc10bda09cc4's Avatar
    I don't care, I'm going to renew my sub tomorrow and enjoy the game.

  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Bummed about this. SoO LFR runs are getting longer (aka stupider), despite the months that it's had to spread knowledge of the mechanics into the general populace. As much a bore the 5.0 raids were (where mechanics generally were ignored), I'd prefer them to the Determination system that got implemented in patch 5.2.
  1. Jocelyn84's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alayea View Post
    Bummed about this. SoO LFR runs are getting longer (aka stupider), despite the months that it's had to spread knowledge of the mechanics into the general populace. As much a bore the 5.0 raids were (where mechanics generally were ignored), I'd prefer them to the Determination system that got implemented in patch 5.2.
    Could not have said it better myself

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