BlizzCon 2019 - World of Warcraft Q & A Panel Recap

Q: How will heritage armor be obtained with the leveling changes?
A:You will obtain the heritage armor by leveling an allied race to the new level cap.

Q: Did the Jailer see Sylvanas as a threat?
A: We will find out during the story that Sylvanas's dealings with the Jailer started when she threw herself off of Icecrown in Edge of Night. She helped Varian in Legion as a way to thrust herself into a position of power.

Q: How are the Covenants and new systems that come with them going to affect PvP?
A: The Covenant choice is supposed to be a net effect of different variables.

Q: Will War Mode still be in Shadowlands?
A: Yes

Q: How is flying going to work in Shadowlands?
A: Shadowlands will use the same system as Legion and BfA for unlocking flying.

Q: Will there ever be an HD model toggle for Classic?
A: The HD models were meant to improve the look of the characters to the current game, and HD characters would look out of place in Classic.

Q: Will legendaries ever be transmoggable?
A: Short answer: yes! Very soon!

Q: What is the creative process for choosing an expansion theme, specifically Shadowlands?
A: The team begins brainstorming expansion concepts even two expansions ahead. The first thing to consider is the world that will be explored, and where do we want to go next? Where should the story take us next? Sometimes an idea sounds great, but it isn't right in the moment, and it is pushed further down the line until the story leads there. The team liked that the Shadowlands was so other-wordly and something never seen or done before.

Q: Have you named an expansion before you developed it?
A: Legion was the placeholder name, but eventually it was made the real name.

Q: Is the Jailer someone that we already know that is connected to death?
A: They created the Jailer as a mysterious new figure. He is an important part to the mythology of the cosmology. He is not someone that we know, but familiar figures will be aligned with him or opposing him. He is the centerpiece villain of the expansion.

Q: What will happen with the essences and Heart of Azeroth we have earned this expansion?
A: Our connection to the Heart will weaken as we journey into the Shadowlands, but the abilities and essences are still usable in timewalking.

Q:What other customization options are coming to the races?
A: What we have already seen is just a small sample of what is coming. The team wants to offer a lot of diversity so you can really represent yourself as a person.

Q: Are we ever going to see another round of realm connections?
A: Yes, the team knows they need to address realm population very soon. No ETA, but very soon.

Q: Have you considered releasing additional digital tracks of music that comes out in patches after the expansion?
A: The team wants to do this, and are actively working on it.

Q: Lore-wise, who won each Warfront?
A: Canonically, the Alliance wins both warfronts.

Q: Would you consider loosening faction restrictions for grouping with friends?
A: They understand why you want to, but the Alliance and Horde separation is what makes Warcraft what it is and there is some value to mechanical reinforcement of that division. Grouping together is not an option at this time.

Q: Will anything happen in 8.3 if you kept the Gift of N'zoth?
A: Wait and see?

Q: Will there be Burning Crusade or Wrath of the Lich King server options?
A: They can do it, and are not opposed, but want to make sure they do the right thing.

Q: Will anything further happen with the story from the Mag'har Orc Scenario?
A: We might see the beings that tagged along back to Azeroth, and stories like this are kept in the back pocket for future stories where they make sense. Light and Void will most likely be addressed in the future.

Q: Is Chronicle cannon?
A: It is, but it is from the view of the titans and so there is room to explore the more obscure mythology.

Q: What happens when we die in the Shadowlands?
A: There is a much different aesthetic when you die in the Shadowlands. There is a different screen effect as well as the idea that Azeroth still needs us and so we are able to corpse run back to life!

Q: How much of end game will be taken up by Torghast?
A: It depends on the player. You will want to do 1 to a few runs a week, but the content is created to be repeated as much as you want if you enjoy it.

Q: Is there a possibility of playable races with more or less than two legs now that Mechagnomes are a thing?
A: If it is appropriate to the story then maybe! They got new tech for mechagnomes and can explore it now.

Q: Are tier sets coming back next expansion?
A: Not in the initial patch of Shadowlands, but they want to have class-themed armor return at some point. They don't want players to feel like those slots are locked for tier sets, but know that set bonuses are exciting and want to find a way to implement them without checking a box in a gear slot. The team knows sets were a big drive to raid and are gonna use the feedback for Shadowlands by giving things to chase in raids. You will want to kill N'Zoth a lot!
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  1. Daedius's Avatar
    Taliesin & Evitel hosting the Q&A ?
  1. Sfidt's Avatar
    A: We will find out during the story that Sylvanas's dealings with the Jailor started when she threw herself off of Icecrown in Edge of Night. She helped Varian in Legion as a way to thrust herself into a position of power.

    So Sylvanas is just like Illidan now, with everything being just a superduper plan execution.
  1. wombinator04's Avatar
    No Afrasiabi.....or anyone really. Like barely any devs here. All these questions will be softballs.
  1. iosdeveloper's Avatar
    cant wait for the april fools joke guy
  1. kamuimac's Avatar
    all the booing regarding flying and Ion smug response in form of "lol F....ck you pathfider will be there "
  1. Gadzooks's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    A: We will find out during the story that Sylvanas's dealings with the Jailor started when she threw herself off of Icecrown in Edge of Night. She helped Varian in Legion as a way to thrust herself into a position of power.
    Aaaaand the recons begin.
  1. Daedius's Avatar
    Legendaries will be transmogable.

    Think I heard a loud cheer in the distance...
  1. Rafalga's Avatar
    Taliesin and Evitel hosting the Q&A huh. Years of shilling finally paid off i see.
  1. Venziir's Avatar
    Q: Will there ever be an HD model toggle for Classic?
    A: The HD models were meant to improve the look of the characters to the current game, and HD characters would look out of place in Classic.

    ... Biggest waste of a question ever
  1. rips's Avatar
    and another wasted 2 years not understanding flying is needed for the game
  1. Flower Milk's Avatar
    Q: How is flying going to work in Shadowlands?
    A: Shadowlands will use the same system as Legion and BfA for unlocking flying.
  1. klaps_05's Avatar
    if only Taliesin would shut up and let people who attend ask questions and not him abusing the role.
  1. Venziir's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gadzooks View Post
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    A: We will find out during the story that Sylvanas's dealings with the Jailor started when she threw herself off of Icecrown in Edge of Night. She helped Varian in Legion as a way to thrust herself into a position of power.
    Aaaaand the recons begin.
    No retcons here, just new information. Now we also know who was behind Vol'jin dying at the Broken Shore; it was a trick by both her and the Jailer.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Quote Originally Posted by rips View Post
    and another wasted 2 years not understanding flying is needed for the game
    2 years eh? BFA added flying after 10 months, so not even a year
  1. Haidaes's Avatar
    Wow, so we really go with Sylvanas playing 4D chess, eh? Her plan being in motion since edgeof night is such an unbelievable retcon...
  1. Army Dreamer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Venziir View Post
    Q: Will there ever be an HD model toggle for Classic?
    A: The HD models were meant to improve the look of the characters to the current game, and HD characters would look out of place in Classic.

    ... Biggest waste of a question ever
    No. This one is.
    Q: How is flying going to work in Shadowlands?
    A: Shadowlands will use the same system as Legion and BfA for unlocking flying.
  1. Gadzooks's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Venziir View Post
    No retcons here, just new information. Now we also know who was behind Vol'jin dying at the Broken Shore; it was a trick by both her and the Jailer.

    - - - Updated - - -



    2 years eh? BFA added flying after 10 months, so not even a year
    I'm talking about "dealing with the jailor" shit. It's pure fucking retcon. They're shoehorning this new stuff into established stories. I read the fucking book, there wasn't even a HINT of a "jailor". She just experienced nothing, void.
  1. Laqweeta's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Flower Milk View Post
    Basically lmao.

    Not gonna sub until the .2 patch at least, so now the preorder is absolutely a no go for me. At least I can thank BfA for teaching me to NEVER preorder an Activision product!
  1. Daedius's Avatar
    Ooop, someone said "Free HK" in the Q&A. That made Tali uncomfortable.
  1. Sentynel's Avatar
    Fuck off with your free hong kong shit............ fuck you
  1. tristannarutofan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Venziir View Post
    No retcons here, just new information. Now we also know who was behind Vol'jin dying at the Broken Shore; it was a trick by both her and the Jailer.
    warcraft fans and fandom in general are SO bad at understanding stories.

    they really need to stop critiquing them. oh my god.

    No scene gives ALL the details without being super long. There are different perspectives.

    If you write about 2 characters talking secretly and then LATER reveal that someone was listening it it ISNT a retcon

    that whole story was a short story less than 7 pages long. it didnt indicate how long she was in there and while yes they did purposefully craft the story in a way as to make us believe that was all that was there...that is a common writing technique.

    its like when you have your characters refer to 'the plan' so you mislead your audience into thinking there is some strategy or tactic when really 'the plan' was just "pray to god and hope that our dragon friend arrives in time" or something

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