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by Published on 2017-02-23 06:49 PM

Developer Q&A - Ion Hazzikostas
Game Director Ion Hazzikostas answered questions today!

Upcoming Q&A
  • There will be another Q&A in a couple of weeks, focused on PvP with Holinka. There will be an eSports in 2017 announcement after that.

Artifact Appearances
  • The Balance of Power skins will not be made account wide. They are weapon and character specific cosmetic rewards that reflect your accomplishments on that character. The team is looking at the steps and how much effort is required.
  • Hidden appearances from raid and dungeon bosses now have bad luck protection as of Patch 7.1.5.
  • Artifact appearances are just a cosmetic unlock, so being as alt friendly isn't as important as things that make it harder to play the current content.

Patch 7.1.5
  • Overall that changes to secondary stats were successful.
  • Arcanocrystal is a special case. Trinkets in previous expansions with no primary stats were seen as awful, so the team made it over the item budget. There isn't really any way to fix this without making an item worse for players that already have it. It should fall out of favor as item levels go up with Tomb of Sargeras.

Patch 7.2 Relics
  • After completing the next step of your Order Hall campaign, two more tiers of research are unlocked. Research adds a second trait to all relics.
  • Relics having two traits creates more possibilities for desirable relics. It also brings the worst and best relics closer together.
  • If you are a Ret Paladin and want Avenging Wrath traits, there is only one relic that will give you that. You have to run one dungeon to get that relic. In Patch 7.2, any relic will have the chance to have that trait, so you will have the possibility of getting an exciting relic from any boss.
  • This adds more possibilities and customization to the relic system.
  • The extra trait that rolls on these relics will always be a throughput trait (primary role enhancing traits).
  • The extra trait will always be different, so you can't get two of the same trait.

Legendary Items
  • Tier sets and some trinkets that change effects based on your spec are somewhat of a concession.
  • Some legendary items have a name and fantasy that make them very distinct, so it wouldn't make sense to have them change based on your spec.
  • In raids you might not have someone that can use an item that only works for a specific spec, so items that change based on spec make sense, but legendary items are personal loot, so you will always be able to use what you get.
  • Patch 7.2 makes legendary drop bad luck protection more spec specific.
  • The system looks at how many legendary items you have that would drop for your spec, so if you switch specs the system will know how many legendary items that work for that spec. If you don't have any for that spec, you will have a higher chance to get one.
  • The legendary Enhancement bracer could probably use a buff. The team continues to look at legendary items that are somewhat underpowered or overpowered to bring them back in line.
  • Frost Death Knight helm is on the high end of the power range and is on the team's radar.
  • Resto Druid shoulders are also on the radar.
  • Getting a legendary item that you think is awful is one of the concerns right now, not as much how they are acquired.
  • The legendary items that are most problematic are the ones that feel like they are universally the best.
  • Sephuz is actually pretty good on some fights, so it is in a better place now.
  • The definition of competitive is subject to debate. You might be a few percent behind, but for most specs that is within the margin of error of your play on most fights.
  • Guilds that are benching players because their theoretical sim output is a few percent lower than someone else are probably not making the right choice.
  • The four crafted legendary items are all that is currently planned. The goal was not targeted legendary items, but instead making something exciting for the crafting professions to produce.
  • At the start of the expansion, crafted gear was exciting and useful. Over time that became less of the case, as other options became available.
  • Other professions remain relevant and strong today, so the crafted legendary items should add something that can be crafted and sold.
  • The crafted legendary items should be solid middle of the road legendary items. They shouldn't be the best.
  • As people get more legendary items, they can swap them out situationally.
  • The crafted legendary items don't count against your legendary bad luck protection.

Artifact Power
  • With Artifact Power, the team wanted to offer a universally desired currency, a way of progressing your character, and providing some choices along the way.
  • Even if you don't get loot from a dungeon, you got something that makes you a little more powerful. This way you never feel like something was a complete waste of time.
  • If this system is working initially, why should it ever stop working. The system initially had an attainable end point originally, so people felt like there was a finish line that they needed to race towards. Once players got there, they no longer get that extra reward of Artifact Power that is useful.
  • The team understands the desire of wanting to feel no obligation to grind and wanting an endpoint.
  • The team doesn't want Artifact Power to be something that you seek out as the only reward. If you are looking to go and farm Artifact Power with no other rewards, tuning wasn't correct.
  • Repeated Mythic+ farming to grind Artifact Power isn't very fun.
  • Patch 7.2 changes how lucrative how different types of content are. A lot of the AP is taken away from end of dungeon chests to reduce the incentive to chain run them.
  • The team is continuing to increase the Artifact Power rewards, including from the weekly chest. If you clear a +20, you might get 2 million AP from your weekly chest at the current AK level.
  • Overall, the team wants to move players away from feeling like they should grind content to get more Artifact Power. They also want to add diminishing returns, so that you eventually get to a point where you feel like it isn't worth the time to get another 0.5% power increase.
  • For the vast majority of players, the current system is working okay, they just take the Artifact Power as it comes.
  • Artifact Power isn't class wide because the system focuses on your individual Artifact. You empower a specific weapon to unlock new choices.
  • It would feel odd to play one spec, switch to another, and have your weapon fully powered.
  • The team is focused on significantly narrowing the gap between the power of weapons for different specs.
  • In Patch 7.2, if you put all of your AP into one weapon, you will only be a few points ahead of someone who was splitting it between two weapons. The reward for focusing on one weapon is a small reward.
  • The final Artifact trait in Patch 7.2 is still being tuned, but you will probably eventually reach that point of diminishing returns where doing something else over farming AP for that trait will make sense.
  • The final trait shouldn't be a mandatory trait, just something to give players to put AP into as they continue to earn it.
  • Artifact Power items acquired with AK 25 or less will not be usable once Patch 7.2 releases and you empower your Artifact and reach AK 26. This was done to prevent you from feeling like you need to farm AP now in preparation for Patch 7.2.
  • Patch 7.2 will add new Artifact Knowledge catch up tomes. If you are at AK 40 you can buy a AK 35 tome.

Tier 20 Set Bonuses
  • These set bonuses are not final and are still being tuned.
  • Tier 19 set bonuses were changed significantly over time before they released.
  • The Tier 20 set bonuses were just added to start collecting feedback.
  • Initially someone may just add some kind of set bonus to Tier 20 gear so that there is a set bonus, eventually someone will come back and take a look at it to tune it or change it.
  • The team doesn't want to hold back the Tier 20 set bonus ideas, they would rather get it out to players to start collecting feedback.
  • Tier sets went to six pieces in Legion to allow you to put legendary items on while keeping your set bonus. It is also cool to have a cloak that matches your set.
  • There aren't plans to make the 2pc from different tier sets exclusive right now, but you will have to make a choice between legendary items, the 4pc bonus, and other 2pc set bonus. This allows for an interesting gearing choice, but if it ends up feeling like there is only one correct choice the team may revisit this.

  • With the way the PTR works, there isn't a lot of filtering on what data is exposed when a new build is pushed out. A designer may just add a placeholder to something, causing it to go out with the next PTR build.
  • Often you will see things that are not right and not finished. Experiments and abandoned designs are in the data.
  • It isn't worth the effort and time it would take to go back and clean up or hide things, that time is better spent making new things.

  • There are existing tank trinkets that are very successful and widely used by tanks. Passive stats and mitigation are most reliable compared to an active ability.
  • The team is still iterating on trinkets that will drop in ToS in Patch 7.2.
  • The team was going to make a pass on tank trinkets, did it, and came to the conclusion that the trinkets aren't undertuned, but most players prefer the stat trinkets and aren't as excited by the active ability trinkets.
  • In the past, active DPS trinkets were used in line with other cooldowns, making them more powerful and requiring a power penalty. Other active trinkets don't work in the same way, especially for tanks, so there doesn't need to be a penalty, it will be a little stronger than the passive option if used correctly.

  • Group buffing traits are just a flavor thing and an experiment.
  • The team doesn't expect altered group compositions or stacking to take advantage of these.

Mythic Raiding
  • The team wants to shift away from players feeling like there is a finish line for Artifact Power.
  • Being in and running a mythic raiding guild is very hard. It is a drain on your time and emotionally.
  • Guilds have risen and fallen throughout the history of World of Warcraft.
  • Guilds leaving tends to reflect the officers and leaders reaching a point where they can't continue, either due to their situation in life or the changes made to the game. They may just walk away, causing the guild to die without the leadership. The remaining players may spread out and join other guilds that are still doing Mythic raiding.
  • The team isn't saying that everything is fine as it is, there is currently a feeling of a grind that the team is trying to address in Patch 7.2.
  • On some level, the game is not meant to be played 80 hours a week. When M'uru was released and guilds raided for 23 hours over a few days to get their world first, players on the forum asked if there should be attempt limits.
  • There is an ongoing arms race to play more and more for a very small advantage in the race.
  • Players used alt raids to learn fights when attempts were limited.
  • Some guild leaders expected raiders to chain run Maw of Souls all week. This was a problem.
  • The team wants to make a game with lots of goals you can progress to if you want to play a lot once in a while.
  • Lots of hard gating on things isn't great, so the team avoids it on most things. You should be able to join your friend for a dungeon Sunday night and still get some kind of a reward. This also means that you can chain run the dungeon for rewards.
  • Playing endless hours for a small advantage is not sustainable.

World Quests
  • The team is aware that some world quests have a static reward that doesn't feel worth it, extra gold or AP sometimes being rewarded might help.
  • Some world quests may be more lucrative up front occasionally, rather than randomly giving you an extra reward.
  • The tech isn't there yet, but the team has talked about it and wants to improve it.

Hatching of the Hippogryphs Micro-holiday Live
Hatching of the Hippogryphs is a micro-holiday that allows players to witness the hatching of hippogryphs in Feralas.

  • This event takes place in the Frayfeather Highlands in Feralas.
  • You can stand near an egg for a short while to keep it warm so that it hatches.
  • Once an egg hatches, you have a baby hippogryph on your shoulder for one day.
  • You can kill Lorthalium to obtain a Spectral Feather, which will keep your hippogryph around for five days.

by Published on 2017-02-23 05:58 AM

Hatching of the Hippogryphs is live today!

Patch 7.2 PTR - Build 23623, Raid Testing Schedule - Feb 23 - 24, Weapon Size Changes

Concordance of the Legionfall
The latest Patch 7.2 PTR build added a new Artifact Trait with 50 ranks, Concordance of the Legionfall
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Ion alluded to some of this in his post last week, but essentially the goal here is to address what we believe to be the core of the issue with the 7.0 final traits: the large gap in player power it created between players who spent a lot of time farming AP and those who spent their time on other endeavors. To that end, there's four key changes:

#1: The individual ranks are less impactful. This was honestly one of the biggest issues with the 7.0 design. Grinding out a couple million Artifact Power for a 0.5% raw damage increase was just too lucrative compared to other methods of endgame progression - even eclipsing gear for some players. The goal for the new 7.2 design is that the next rank is still an increase, and you won't turn it down, but it's not your primary focus.

#2: The rate at which the cost for the next rank increases is higher. In the 7.0 design, someone who farmed twice as much AP as you had roughly twice as many ranks as you. While rewarding the extra effort isn't a bad thing, it doesn't need to be nearly that rewarding. By making each rank's cost increase exponentially, we can help ensure that you're never too far behind even if you aren't spending as much time farming AP. It also means that, as Artifact Knowledge increases, it'll be easier for alts or newer players to catch up.

As a quick aside, to put some extra context on both of those changes: we always want Artifact Power to be of at least some value to you. It's fine to reach a point where you're not going out of your way to earn it, but it's purpose is to be a fairly reliable form of progression. If you spend an evening raiding, or run a few dungeons, or do some PvP, but don't get any gear upgrades, you should still be able to say "at least I earned some Artifact Power" with some level of satisfaction.

Anyway, key change #3: The new trait gives a primary stat bonus instead of a percentage-based increase. With the 7.0 design, as your gear improved, so did the total benefit you were getting from your final trait. Changing to a primary stat bonus means it's giving roughly the same benefit to someone at ilevel 900 as it does to someone at 850. Again, the goal here is to reduce the overall power gap.

And finally, #4: It's a proc. I know anything that involves RNG is often controversial, but this is, in my opinion, a great example of where it's extremely useful. This is for two reasons.

First, it kind of muddies the waters a bit. When you wipe on a boss at 1%, or just barely miss a kill window, it can be easy to say "if Todd was doing 2% more damage we'd have won." But when it's a proc, you can't actually be that sure. Maybe Todd needs more AP, or maybe he just got unlucky with procs. Maybe the wipe wasn't Todd's fault at all. Maybe you should be a little nicer to Todd.

Second (and more importantly), it allows for player skill to play more of a factor. If you're the sort of player who can pay attention to procs and adjust your rotation on the fly (say, a healer who chooses to use cheaper spells while it's active, or a damage-dealer who saves a charge of their hardest-hitting ability), you're going to get more value out of the new trait than someone who ignores it.

I've seen some initial feedback that indicates some specs are likely to benefit from these more than others - to some degree that's expected, but specific feedback on which specs those are and why is very helpful. We're still actively tuning and tweaking things, so please keep that feedback coming.

I haven't been a hardcore progression raider for a few years now, but I can tell you with absolute certainty that wiping at 1% due to poor procs/RNG is INFINITELY worse than simply needing a bit more gear to push you towards that kill.
I understand where you're coming from but personally disagree - for me, knowing we just got unlucky means that it's worth it to try again and hope for a different result, whereas "we just don't have enough gear/AP" means we should give up and come back next week.

Either way, my point wasn't to say "this will make wiping at 1% less painful," but more to say it's harder to pin it on Todd skipping last week's M+ farm. Poor guy.

I rarely gamble because I understand odds and know that the house usually comes out on top. WoW is starting to feel the same way. Obviously you need some random elements to keep everything from being completely methodological, but its really getting overboard.
Sure, I can see that, and to be clear we're intentionally keeping the proc pretty flat; it should still feel somewhat reliable even if it isn't a 100% uptime. Also worth mentioning that most of #4 above is just my opinion as a guy who isn't a developer but plays a lot of WoW and gets to talk to to the devs sometimes.

The issue, Lore, is you're now creating a problem on the flipside of the coin where power gains are so small that they don't seem worth pursuing, and each rank becomes even less valuable compared to the previous. Frankly, just don't do it. Get rid of the "infinite" trait completely. Artifact power tokens now have a gold value, so cut progression off after the 4/4 ranks and the new traits are maxed. Let players transition to getting 1-2% upgrades from gear after they cap their artifacts and vendor the tokens for a little extra gold.
We honestly don't see that as a problem. In fact, it's kind of the goal. If you decide it's not worth grinding a few million AP to get another 200 Agility on your proc... great! We don't want you to feel obligated to.

We do, however, want to make sure you always find the Artifact Power you come across to be valuable. 200 more Agi might not be enough to convince you to farm the AP needed to buy it, but you're not going to turn it down either.

Well, or maybe you would, in which case, sure, feel free to vendor the AP items.

PTR Development Notes - Build 23623
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
This week’s PTR build has a couple new additions. The new Broken Shore World Bosses should be in, and 7.2’s crafted Legendary items are available as well (although they’re not fully completed, so expect to run into some issues with them).

We’re reaching the point of development where nearly all of the new content and features in Patch 7.2 are in-game and testable. From here, we’ll be focusing primarily on bugfixes, stability, tuning, and generally tightening everything up. Please continue to report any bugs you encounter and give us any feedback you have!

To help with stability testing, this week we’re organizing a scheduled stress test of the Broken Shore. We’ve made some behind-the-scenes changes to how our servers operate under heavy load, and so we’d like to get as many people as possible testing World Bosses and the Sentinax assault on the Broken Shore this Thursday at 2 pm PST (11pm CET). If you’re able to come help out, please do!

Thanks, and happy testing!

Azeroth Needs You! - On the Patch 7.2 PTR Thursday
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Brave adventurers—we need you on the PTR this Thursday (2/23) at 2 pm PST for the next phase of testing Patch 7.2: The Tomb of Sargeras. Please join us in the Broken Shore to test World Quests, bosses, and more.

Visit the World of Warcraft PTR Discussion, Bug Report, and Class Development forums to learn more about the ongoing development of the patch.

Read more about the upcoming features in Patch 7.2: The Tomb of Sargeras within our previews:

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Patch 7.2 - Relinquished Armor Tokens
Looks like Timeless Isle/Baleful gear (Tanaan Jungle). My guess is that this is merely another way to get legendaries, not *the* fix.
Yeah, the primary purpose here is similar to the gear vendors from the Timeless Isle or Hellfire Peninsula. Adding the ability for these items to create Legendaries is just an extra bit of functionality that makes sense for Legion.

Note that the actual costs of the tokens are intentionally much higher than their final values will end up being, as they’re not ready for testing. Making them prohibitively expensive was just an easy way for us to make sure they’re inaccessible for now. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Tier 20 Set Bonuses
The currently-datamined Tier 20 set bonuses are indeed mostly placeholder and untuned. Bear in mind that the current Tier 19 bonuses went through several rounds of revisions, and in many cases redesigns, before they went live as well. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Tanks and Magic Damage
Just pinging this thread to say that we're talking about magic damage reduction for all tanks, including Prot Warriors, and how it compares across the board.

It should be noted that Nighthold is highly unusual as raid tiers go - it ended up with a lot more magical effects for tanks to worry about than most, which has taken a couple of tank abilities that normally qualify as "kind of nice to have" and moved them to "extremely useful on many encounters." Not sure re-designing tank mitigation based on one raid is the right way to go, and we certainly don't want to make sweeping changes to Nighthold encounters at this point.

But like I said, we're talking about it. At the absolute minimum we can keep a better handle on it for Tomb of Sargeras. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
by Published on 2017-02-22 06:24 AM

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Patch 7.2 - Rogue Class Mount
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Patch 7.1.5 Hotfixes - February 21
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

  • (Hotfix in testing) Skardyn's Grace: The duration of the on-use effect of item has been increased from 20 seconds to 35 seconds, and the amount of Mastery it rewards has been reduced proportionately.

Player versus Player
  • Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Dark Simulacrum's cooldown has been reduced to 25 seconds (was 30 seconds).
    • Blood
      • Blood Death Knights no longer deal reduced damage in PvP situations (was a reduction of 10%).
    • Unholy
      • Crypt Fever's damage has been reduced by 15%.
      • Damage of Virulent Plague, Summon Gargoyle, and Dark Arbiter has been reduced to offset the baseline increases above, leaving these abilities unchanged in PvP.

  • Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Restoration
      • Nourish now reduces the cast time of Healing Touch by 0.2 seconds (was 0.5 seconds).
      • Nourish will now only apply Regrowth's heal over time effect (was both the initial heal and the heal over time effect).
      • Abundance now reduces the cast time of Healing Touch by 5% per Rejuvenation active in PvP situations (was 10%).
      • Fixed a bug that caused Nature's Essence to fail to heal on Wild Growths cast in PvP if the Druid had the Nourish or Overgrowth Honor Talents.

  • Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Survival
      • Caltrops now deals 20% less damage in PvP, and reduces movement speed by 50% (was 70% speed).
      • Survival Hunter's PvP Template Agility has been reduced by 2.5%.
    • Marksmanship
      • Healing Shell now heals for its full value in PvP.
      • Aimed Shot now deals an additional 5% damage in PvP situations.
      • Marksmanship Hunter's PvP Template Agility has been increased by 5%.
      • Marksmanship Hunter's PvP Template now has 150% Haste (was 175%), 100% Mastery (was 75%), and 120% Armor (was 100%).
    • Beast Mastery
      • Beast Mastery Hunter's PvP Template Agility has been increased by 5%.
      • Beast Mastery Hunter's PvP Template now has 130% Haste (was 100%).
      • Beast Mastery Hunter's PvP Template now has 125% Versatility (was 100%).
      • Beast Mastery Hunter's PvP Template now has 75% Mastery (was 100%).
      • Beast Mastery Hunter's PvP Template now has 70% Critical Strike (was 100%).
      • Beast Mastery Hunter's PvP Template now has 120% Armor (was 100%).

  • Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Fire
      • Cauterizing Blink's heal has been reduced by 33% in PvP situations.
      • Fire Mage's PvP Template Stamina and Intellect have been reduced by 5%.

  • Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Holy
      • Avenging Crusader once again ignores line of sight when healing.
      • Avenging Crusader will now cause Judgment and Crusader Strike to heal even if their damage is absorbed.
      • Fixed a bug that caused Spreading the Word to make Blessing of Freedom trigger Cleanse's cooldown.
    • Retribution
      • Retribution Paladin PvP template now has an additional 3% Strength.

  • Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Discipline
      • Inner Renewal now causes Power Word: Radiance to refund 25% of its mana cost when self-cast (was 50%).

  • Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Assassination
      • Fixed a bug that caused Deadly Brew's additional free Wound Poison effect to increase to Kingsbane's damage.
      • Poison Bomb's damage has been reduced by 30% in PvP.
      • Wound Poison's healing reduction effect has been reduced to 20% in PvP (24% with Master Poisoner).
      • Assassination Rogue's PvP Template Agility has been reduced by 5%.

  • Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Elemental
      • Elemental Shaman's PvP Template Intellect and Stamina have been increased by 5%.
    • Enhancement
      • Enhancement Shaman's PvP Template Agility has been increased by 10%, and Stamina has been increased by 5%.
      • Stormstrike deals 20% less damage in PvP (was 15% less damage).
    • Restoration
      • Restoration Shaman's PvP Template now has 130% Versatility (was 100%).

  • Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Arms
      • Arms Warrior PvP template now has an additional 5% Strength, 5% Stamina, and 10% Armor.
      • Arms Warrior PvP template now has 150% Versatility (was 125%).
    • Fury
      • Endless Rage now increases the duration of Enrage by 1 second (was 2 seconds).

  • Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Destruction
      • Chaos Bolt's damage has been increased by 25% in PvP situations.
      • Reverse Entropy reduces the cast time of Chaos Bolt by 0.25 seconds in PvP situations (was 0.5 seconds).
      • Backdraft reduces the cast time of Chaos Bolt and Rain of Fire by 15% in PvP situations (was 30%).
    • Demonology
      • Demonology Warlock's PvP Template Intellect has been increased by 5%.
      • Demonology Warlock's PvP Template now has 150% Haste (was 100%), 75% Versatility (was 100%), and 75% Mastery (was 100%).

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
have there been any ideas to make galakras in SoO skippable so we can actually solo it. Much like the valithria encounter in icc
Have you tried it recently? Patch 7.1 should have let you bring the drake down with a single cannon. (WatcherDev)

Reputation / Questing
No highmountain tribes in over a week yet we've had the dreamweavers twice, why is this system so screwed up?
In a system with 7 entries, some fortnights you can have the cycle be ABCDEFG|EDFCGBA, A being Highmountain. Because math. (Muffinus)
It would be better to have emissaries set as days to ensure rep dispersion across the factions than having no emissary for a week+
This system already ensures even distribution of all emissaries over time. (Muffinus)

We have riding mounts, flying mounts and swimming ones. Have you guys ever thought about a new type? Climbing? Leaping?
mounts should be able to roll affixes like items, so you can get a leaping white stallion or a vicious frolicking war turtle (Muffinus)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
What makes wow the best? What is it about wow that no other MMORPG got right?
The biggest challenge in my mind for MMO design is being able to create stuff for players to do faster than they can consume it.

Even WoW can’t solve that problem completely, but it was the closest I have ever seen. WoW always gave players a ton of things to do. Not only were there dozens of quest zones, but you could actually go do them all without having to find a group first. In previous MMOs, you’d hit the point where you’re intended to just go slaughter frogs or whatever to gain the next level. WoW never hit those dry points.

On the other hand, if you did find a group, there were dungeons to run or BGs to jump into. At launch, just looking behind waterfalls or trying to get up cliffs where we weren’t supposed to go was fairly entertaining.

A lot of people, including me, like to point out the ridiculous level of polish that Blizzard puts into games, and I definitely think that is part of WoW’s secret sauce. But for me, the reason I kept playing, is that after Redridge, there was Stranglethorn to explore, and after I got tired of my hunter, there as a priest to try, and after I was sick of UBRS, I could try my hand at LBRS. And then I discovered raiding, and whole new ways to play were on the table. And when I wasn’t raiding, I needed to farm flasks and Whipper Root Tubers or see if I could get the shield to drop in UBRS. Or I could work on my engineering or I could consider grinding factions. Or I could see if there was any PvP happening around Tyr’s Hand. Or try Dire Maul. And just when I was sick of wiping to Naxxramas, an expansion was announced.

Like a lot of players, my WoW-playing started to shift from just logging on to see what was happening to logging on only for raid nights or the like. But I don’t think I would have developed those friendships if I hadn’t already been spending so much time in the game before that point.

I played a lot of games like Civilization, XCOM and Diablo before I discovered WoW, but I felt like I had seen everything there was to see in those games pretty quickly, even though I stuck with them. With WoW, there was always the sense that I was going to discover a new troll ruin or a new rare drop or see some rare spawn for the first time. I also didn’t want to miss out if I heard about my friends seeing all of that stuff the one night I chose not to log in. (Source)

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