Blood Elf and Void Elf Purple Eyes Customization
An undocumented change in Patch 9.0.2 is that both Blood Elves and Void Elves have the addition of purple eye customization options!




BoE Cosmetic Transmog Pieces Now Have Pink Corner Visuals
Another undocumented change from Patch 9.0.2 was pointed out by user Grayvves on Reddit. BoE cosmetic transmog pieces now have pink visuals in the lower left and upper right hand corners of their icons!




Soulare of Andorhal Wayfarer's Bonfire Toy
For anyone who hasn't acquired the Wayfarer's Bonfire toy from your Garrison follower Soulare, user gnomesized has reminded us in the forums that Soulare of Andorhal now resides behind King Wrynn's tomb in Stormwind. If you use the /tired emote on him, you will be gifted the toy for free! This was implemented back when the emotes feature came in 8.0.




Updated Curseforge Project Moderation Timeline
Thanks to feedback from the community, Curseforge has amended the timeline for project moderation to the following:

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
We appreciate all the feedback from the community around the upcoming moderation changes for the US holidays and transfer to Overwolf. Based on your feedback, we’ve worked with our moderation team and have amended our timeline to include the following:

  • 11/25 - At 12pm, we will stop new project moderation. This means if you create a project for the first time, you will have to wait until after 11/30 for it to be approved. We will continue moderating updates to current addons and mods.
  • 11/25–11/29 - We will have moderators taking shifts over this time in order to approve file updates for addons and mods.
  • On 11/30 - addons will only be available via the CurseForge app. Additionally, the mods tab will no longer be available in the Twitch Desktop App.

CurseForge will still go into read only mode on 11/30 while we work on transferring things to Overwolf. Our plan is to get the website back online first in order for authors to upload updates to their projects.

Key takeaway: Moderation for WoW addon updates and other game mod updates will continue until we start the read-only mode on 11/30. Overall moderation will resume back to normal by 12/3. The Twitch Desktop and CurseForge apps will still work throughout this time, and they will continue to receive addon updates from any addons uploaded before read-only starts. Starting on 11/30, addons will only be available via the CurseForge app.



Chris Kaleiki Talks About Why He Left Blizzard
Ex-Blizzard game designer Chris Kaleiki has made a video explaining why he left the World of Warcraft team after 13 years.


Time at Blizzard
  • Chris stresses that he really enjoyed working at Blizzard and there are a lot of talented and great people there.
  • This video isn't to elicit any ill-will towards them or the studio.
  • People's reasonings for staying or leaving are all personal and so all employees have different reasonings for their decisions.
  • Chris has been at Blizzard since 2007 and mostly worked on class design and PvP.
  • The class design team he initially joined was a lot smaller than he anticipated in Wrath development.
  • Chris felt it was his duty to the players to make sure all of the classes and specs were viable in as much content as possible.
  • He was the main designer for the Monk class, and worked on PvP talents and War Mode.
  • In Shadowlands he did the Shadow Priest revamp, monk legendaries, and War mode content.

Why He Left
  • His reason for leaving was that he felt a disconnect with the game, but it wasn't until Classic came out that he discovered why this was the case.
  • In Classic, the vision of the game is clear. Big concepts are that the world is the main character, the player is the story, and the community is the content. In the modern game, these pillars exist but in a much less degree.
  • Guilds in Classic are almost needed to be successful. This creates community that isn't as needed in retail.
  • The story is a much bigger part in retail, where the drama and the characters soak up most of it instead of the players being the main story.
  • The modern game seems to miss a lot of this human element and player drama.
  • Chris loves the current story and knows that many players do too, but this shift changes the game.
  • Chris feels there is too much focus on progression systems and engagement when the focus should be on core systems like guilds and features that only MMO's can do.
  • This is all not a problem with the game as much as it is a disconnect between the modern game and what it used to be for him.
  • The vision of the game has changed over time, and he has heard from both players and people on the team that the current vision is not as clear as it was in the past. Others feel the vision hasn't changed.
  • Chris believes the main challenge for the WoW team going forward is to figure out what the modern vision is, and how it differentiates from Classic.
  • Blizzard is a much different company than it was 13 years ago and is much bigger. This isn't a bad thing as it shows the company is successful.
  • The challenge of scale is what Blizzard has going forward, much like any big company.
  • He ultimately thinks WoW and Blizzard will be totally fine! There are a lot of talented and good people there.
  • Despite its flaws, WoW is still the king of virtual worlds and will be for a long time. He believed that Blizzard would hold this crown forever, and eventually create the next one, but he isn't so sure that it is true these days.
  • This is one of the reasonings for his leaving. Chris wants to be a part of creating that next big virtual world.
  • He is rooting for Shadowlands and knows it will be a massive success. He will definitely be playing it with War Mode on!

This article was originally published in forum thread: Purple Eyes for Void and Blood Elves, Cosmetic Icon Visuals, Curseforge Update started by Stoy View original post
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  1. sweatshopkids's Avatar
    Some say cucumbers taste better pickled
  1. Xilurm's Avatar
    Well I know what he means but, not really sure he will find a dev to work for that will want to create that.

    I don't think any future mmo or anything of the sort is ever going to be like that. Every mmo will have some sort of dungeon finder, achievements that makes people wanna focus on reaching the next goal instead of exploring by themselves, myriads of instances that separate the players etc.

    Infact, look at FFXIV. It was made almost 10 years after WoW came out and every single zone is instanced, there's loading screens all over the place.

    One thing I agree with though, is that WoW should go back to having its World telling the story. BFA felt like a tv show drama with all these characters taking the spotlight.
  1. Swnem's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xilurm View Post
    Well I know what he means but, not really sure he will find a dev to work for that will want to create that.

    I don't think any future mmo or anything of the sort is ever going to be like that. Every mmo will have some sort of dungeon finder, achievements that makes people wanna focus on reaching the next goal instead of exploring by themselves, myriads of instances that separate the players etc.

    Infact, look at FFXIV. It was made almost 10 years after WoW came out and every single zone is instanced, there's loading screens all over the place.

    One thing I agree with though, is that WoW should go back to having its World telling the story. BFA felt like a tv show drama with all these characters taking the spotlight.
    People are putting hopes on Ashes of creation. It does sound interesting. I don't know if it will be the next big thing, but even WoW isn't the next big thing anymore.

    I do wonder about this dev though. Why did he choose to leave rather than solve the problem from inside? Was it not working?
  1. Xilurm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Swnem View Post
    People are putting hopes on Ashes of creation. It does sound interesting. I don't know if it will be the next big thing, but even WoW isn't the next big thing anymore.

    I do wonder about this dev though. Why did he choose to leave rather than solve the problem from inside? Was it not working?
    Well as you can see he was working on classes and talents and war mode. But his problem seems to be with stuff that he wasnt working on.

    I don't know much about Ashes, but I've heard people hyping it up.
  1. Varodoc's Avatar
    The purple eyes are very, very beautiful. They are so appreciated.
  1. Laqweeta's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sweatshopkids View Post
    Some say cucumbers taste better pickled
    And that is a slowly dying breed, with just over a million of em' left >w<
  1. Palapop's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Swnem View Post
    People are putting hopes on Ashes of creation. It does sound interesting. I don't know if it will be the next big thing, but even WoW isn't the next big thing anymore.

    I do wonder about this dev though. Why did he choose to leave rather than solve the problem from inside? Was it not working?

    Tbh, I really don't know why people are hyped so much about AOC lol... It's literally mix wow WOW: Cata Tol'barad and Travian, the browser game
  1. alturic's Avatar
    despite its flaws, wow is still the king of virtual worlds and will be for a long time. He believed that blizzard would hold this crown forever, and eventually create the next one, but he isn't so sure that it is true these days.
    smh .
  1. Biglog's Avatar
    Too often the community is quick to assume that any employee that leaves Blizzard is a sign of huge inner turmoil and impending demise. Sometimes people just move on to new projects or even other companies to stay energized and engaged. Once in a while people do leave because they are unhappy in the workplace, but it shouldn't be our default assumption until proven otherwise by a "why I left" letter.
  1. Xilurm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Varodoc View Post
    The purple eyes are very, very beautiful. They are so appreciated.
    Didn't Void Elves have purple eyes even before this patch?
  1. Varodoc's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xilurm View Post
    Didn't Void Elves have purple eyes even before this patch?
    Actually those eyes were closer to pink and lacked the iris.
  1. Nathiest's Avatar
    At this point Blood Elves and Void Elves are one and the same.

    They may as well just let us Choose our faction at creation!
  1. Zepherix's Avatar
    “Guilds in Classic are almost needed to be successful. This creates community that isn't as needed in retail.“

    “ The story is a much bigger part in retail, where the drama and the characters soak up most of it instead of the players being the main story.“

    2 main reasons I stopped playing avidly. Guilds don’t mean anything anymore, you can just go into group finder and find what you need. Guilds nowadays are just a bunch of ppl picked up from auto recruiter, no real reason to help others with crafting or content.

    Your character definitely does not stand out at all or feel like the main character of the game. I beat all the content from BC-MoP when it was current so my character has beaten Arthas and Deathwing, never once has this been mentioned by NPCs. They just refer to you as “champion” and vaguely ref these accomplishments. Have to blame it on the fact WoW doesn’t have a linear story so ppl don’t have to do these things and Blizz doesn’t want to make the game change too much dialogue for each person.

    I’ll be speaking as a WoW refugee, FFXIV does both of these so much better.
  1. TEHPALLYTANK's Avatar
    Hang on, does this mean that those of us who updated our addons manually are just SoL with the curseforge changes?
  1. Charles123's Avatar
    I completely agree with him, it's also why I don't play as much as I used to. It all went down hill when LFG started being a thing.

    I'm sad that so many people disagree with that and wouldn't want things to go back the way they were before. I hope world of warcraft can bring back the community feeling back.

    I really like classic because of that element thats coming back, but the content is meh. I hope that blizzard try releasing a server with no crz and lfg.
  1. dipzz's Avatar
    He didn't say anything that the playerbase hasn't been saying for 8 years, the game has felt like an MMO without the RPG for the longest time and lately its slowly doesn't even feel like an MMO
  1. Queen of Hamsters's Avatar
    In other words, he fell into the 'memberberries-shrubbery.

    And you still need either an organized group, or a guild, to be "successful", unless your idea of success is literally obtaining soloable shit/goals. Pah, humbug.

    Gotta say though, the purple eyes are beautiful. I really hope they'll give Blood Elves access to De-voided Velf hairstyles, and void some of the Belf hairstyles and make all of them available to Velfs.
  1. Charles123's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dipzz View Post
    He didn't say anything that the playerbase hasn't been saying for 8 years, the game has felt like an MMO without the RPG for the longest time and lately its slowly doesn't even feel like an MMO
    Honestly, I posted about some of his points in the forums before and the majority of people disagreed with, for instance, the dying social and community aspect of the game. I was shocked because I think it's obvious for anyone who played pre-cata.
  1. munkeyinorbit's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nathiest View Post
    At this point Blood Elves and Void Elves are one and the same.

    They may as well just let us Choose our faction at creation!
    They do. The first thing you choose is the faction. I'm just glad they spent 4 extra weeks giving us an extra eye colour.
  1. Al Gorefiend's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Queen of Hamsters View Post
    In other words, he fell into the 'memberberries-shrubbery.

    And you still need either an organized group, or a guild, to be "successful", unless your idea of success is literally obtaining soloable shit/goals. Pah, humbug.

    Gotta say though, the purple eyes are beautiful. I really hope they'll give Blood Elves access to De-voided Velf hairstyles, and void some of the Belf hairstyles and make all of them available to Velfs.
    Yeah I agree, I really don't know what his point is here. If your idea of being successful is just seeing all the content, then that's exactly the people Blizzard wanted to keep entertained with stuff like LFR and auto-queue.

    If your idea of successful is being decked in the best gear, gladiator title or going for server firsts, you still need an extremely tight-knit group of virtual friends logging in at the same time every few nights treating it like a serious hobby.

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