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by Published on 2021-07-19 06:08 PM

Burning Crusade Classic - Same-Faction Battlegrounds
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Over the last few days, we’ve read thousands of pieces of feedback on the same-faction Battleground test, and we’ve been working through what we can do in Burning Crusade Classic to meet as many of our goals as possible.

Some players literally asked for more understanding of our goals, so we’d like to list out the goals we think are most pertinent to the Battleground queue situation:

  • Emulate the design pillars and intentions of original Burning Crusade game systems.
  • Leverage modern tech and design to address modern issues.
  • Make surgical changes to the game to improve the player experience.
  • Address player concerns in ways that capture the spirit of the original design of the game.

We’ve heard a clear majority of players telling us that they preferred same-faction Battlegrounds after our first test. During that test, we saw the benefits of drastically lowered queue times and less unavoidable ganking in the outdoor world. However, there were a significant number of concerns registered on other related topics.

We noticed that players were dismayed when the system occasionally launched an Alliance vs. Alliance Battleground. We reduced the likelihood of that a couple of hours into the test, and we think we can do a little more there.

The quick queues revealed that a noticeable number of players were doing BGs in organized raids. This makes sense; the time it takes to form a premade is time well-invested for those players. But for the large number of players who choose to queue alone, there’s essentially no hope of winning the BG. There are a couple of ways we can try addressing this, and in this next test, we’d like to try restricting groups to a maximum of 5 players in all Battlegrounds. This should have the added benefit of allowing players who are in groups to quest while waiting in queue for Battlegrounds.

A major point of discussion was the perception that the faction a majority of players chose for their main character would see all players switch to it, unless we change the game to either reward the minority faction, punish the majority faction, or prevent players from choosing to play on the majority faction in the first place. As you can see (and has been discussed at great length here and elsewhere), most such changes that might come to mind would conflict with our stated goals above. Still, we’d like to see what happens when we place a reward for the minority faction into the game. Globally, the faction imbalance is small, but the trend over the last few months has been towards a lower BG participation rate among Alliance players.

We’ll plan to run the next test for a week, starting with weekly maintenance (tomorrow, Tuesday, July 20 in this region), by enabling all of the following:

  • Same-faction Battlegrounds will be allowed by the matchmaker.
  • The matchmaker will take a little more time to find an opposite-faction match than it did during the first test.
  • Groups will be restricted to a maximum of 5 players when joining the queue.
  • We’re adding an enlistment bonus for Alliance players who participate.

The enlistment bonus will be a repeatable Level 70 quest offered by the Alliance Brigadier General in any Alliance capital city or Shattrath. The quest rewards a Battleground win with a box of loot that includes an appropriate amount of consumables, crafting materials, and currencies/tokens.

We’re planning to end this test with scheduled weekly maintenance next week (Tuesday, July 27 in this region). We prefer having a clear beginning and end to it so that we can do more comparative analysis and take care as we decide what would be best for the game and players going forward.

We think it’s worth noting upfront that the most impactful part of this test should be the restriction on premades, and we’re going to be highly sensitive to how Battleground PvP feels for both players who usually queue up alone and players who would have otherwise formed raids before queueing. As before, we’re going to open a new thread here when the test begins, and we’ll be looking there for your thoughts on how the test went after you’ve experienced it.

And as always, thank you very much for all of your valuable feedback on the game!
by Published on 2021-07-17 03:18 PM

Race to World First: Sanctum of Domination
Echo has defeated Mythic Kel'Thuzad and is now 9/10 Mythic Sanctum of Domination!





World First Mythic Kel'Thuzad by Echo - Raid Composition

by Published on 2021-07-17 04:29 AM

Patch 9.1 Hotfixes - July 16, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes
  • Hunter
    • Fixed an issue preventing allies from gaining the secondary duration increase for Aspect of the Cheetah granted by Cheetah's Vigor (Conduit) when using Hunting Pack (PvP Talent).

  • Paladin
    • Fixed an issue where Divine Resonance (Runecarving Power) would not cast Holy Shock while sitting.

  • Warlock
    • Demonology
      • Fel Obelisk (PvP Talent) will now affect all Warlock class spells, including glyphed versions of their summon spells, Summon Vilefiend (Talent), and Call Fel Lord (PvP Talent).

Covenants
  • Soulbinds
    • Necrolord
      • Fixed an issue where Plague Deviser Marileth’s Undulating Maneuvers broke crowd control effects through delayed damage.
    • Night Fae
      • Fixed an issue where Korayn's Hold the Line was taking longer than 5 seconds to trigger.
      • Fixed an issue where Niya's Swift Patrol would disrupt the timing of auto-attacks.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
    • Mailroom Mayhem
      • Unstable Goods that are on the ground are no longer automatically picked up when players approach, and instead must be clicked on to pick them up. Unstable Goods that are thrown can still be caught by other players if they're not already carrying Unstable Goods.
        • Developers’ note: Since Tazavesh opened last week, many players have struggled to consistently pick up Unstable Goods. This issue has proven particularly elusive to track down, but we believe we've isolated the cause and are trying out a fairly substantial change to address it.

Items and Rewards
  • Shards of Domination
    • Shard of Zed now only triggers in combat.
    • Shard of Zed now only triggers from class abilities.
      • Developers’ note: This will prevent it from triggering when using many items which are generally inconvenient for it, like Invisibility Potions.
    • Shard of Zed now more smartly filters what targets it attempts to drain life from.

Torghast, Tower of the Damned
  • Anima Powers
    • Druid
      • Fixed an issue where Celestial Spirits (Runecarving Power) could unintentionally reduce the cooldown of Convoke the Spirits (Night Fae Ability) to 0 seconds when equipping multiple Coalesced Spirit Droplet anima powers in Torghast, Tower of the Damned.
by Published on 2021-07-16 09:06 PM

Race to World First: Sanctum of Domination
Complexity Limit has defeated Mythic Fatescribe Roh-Kalo and is now in the lead with 8/10 Mythic Sanctum of Domination!



World First Mythic Fatescribe Roh-Kalo by Complexity Limit - Raid Composition

by Published on 2021-07-16 02:40 AM

Patch 9.1 Hotfixes - July 15, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes
  • Druid
    • Balance
      • Star Burst (PvP Talent) will no longer create stars inside the starting areas of battlegrounds and arenas.

Covenants
  • Soulbinds
    • Bonesmith Heirmir
      • Fixed an issue where area-of-effect spells were not granting multiple stacks of Carver's Eye for multiple targets.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Sanctum of Domination
    • Adjusted the location where players enter the raid when an instance is restored.
    • Sylvanas Windrunner
      • Added a visual to Veil of Darkness to indicate the debuff jump radius.
      • Reduced the intensity of Banshee's Fury visual.
      • Mawforged Summoner's Curse of Lethargy now prefers targets who are not afflicted with Mawforged Souljudge's Crushing Dread.
      • Riven Debris no longer affects player pets and guardians.
      • Resolved an issue which caused Domination Arrows to have too high of health on large raid sizes.
      • Resolved an issue where Ruin could begin casting at the wrong position.

Items and Rewards
  • Fallen Charger will now drop an appropriate amount of Maw loot, such as Stygia, Ve'nari Reputation, and a chance for a Korthian Armament.
  • Fallen Charger will now incur the daily loot lockout when you kill it. With this change, we’ve increased the drop chance of the Reins of the Fallen Charger by 3x.
  • Resolved an issue which made it possible for the Shards of Domination Rune Words Chaos Bane and Blood Link to work outside of the Maw, Korthia, Torghast, and Sanctum of Domination.

Burning Crusade Classic
  • The Hellfire Peninsula buffs Nazgrel's Fervor and Trollbane's Command are no longer removed upon entering a Hellfire Citadel dungeon.

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