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    WoD Dev Interviews, Blizzard at PAX East, Blue Tweets, War Crimes Preview, DLC #432

    BlizzCon 2014, The AH Shutting Down In a Few Hours, Blizzard Takes PAX East by Storm, Building a Hero: Crusader Skill Design

    Top 5 Plays of the Week, Hearthstone Day Dev Q&A Notes

    Hero Intro Questions, Talent System Dev Q&A on Wednesday, New Heroes Unveiled at PAX East

    Warlords of Draenor Developer Interviews
    PvP Live had the opportunity to interview Holinka and Kim Phan this weekend during their PvP Tournament.

    • Blizzard is always looking to make WoW a better esport.
    • Right now the team mostly focuses on 3v3 arenas, but they want to hear what the community wants in regards to eSports, in PvP or otherwise.
    • Arenas are a big part of what makes WoW an eSport, but there may be other parts of WoW that players would also be interested in. For example, some players enjoy the Live Raid at Blizzcon.
    • Other partners have reached out to Blizzard to see what tools they are putting in place to support eSports, including MLG.
    • PvP can be hard to watch, especially with TDM being much faster in other games. In WoW, it can take 15 minutes for someone to die or something exciting to happen, which is a long time for someone watching that isn't very familiar with the game. This can be partially mitigated by casters keeping viewers informed with what is going on and why.
    • The game has to be fun to play before it can be fun to watch. The next step is having tools that make it easier to watch, such as spectator mode.
    • The devs are looking at the smaller things they can do to grow the WoW eSports community.

    Spectator Mode
    • Being able to set the time before Dampening activates in Spectator Mode games isn't planned right now, as having inconsistent rules would make arenas harder to watch.
    • The addition of spectator mode for Warlords of Draenor arenas being one example of something the community has been requesting for a long time that is finally being added.

    PvP in Warlords of Draenor
    • If the team makes a balance change, players get upset about the changes that were made. If they don't make any balance changes, people complain that the game is starting to feel stale.
    • The team has been trying to increase the participation in PvP, without hurting the game that people already doing PvP love.
    • The way that CC and DR works is hidden to many players, but it is also one of the important parts of competitive PvP. The team would like to make them less complex, as complexity is good when it adds depth, but not good when complexity exists for no reason.
    • The PvP game is going to feel very new and different in Warlords of Draenor, almost starting from scratch with balance. This time around the team will spend a lot of time on iterating on things and collecting feedback from top players that give useful feedback.

    • Holinka does rated battlegrounds and arenas most days of the week, as well as some arenas at lunch almost every day.
    • He also plays other games as time permits, such as Titanfall and Stick of Truth. There are lessons to be learned from playing other games.
    • He had 6 characters and 8 specs that he played last season, so he understands the effort it takes to cap on alts.

    Blizzard at PAX East
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    Grab your gear and saddle up, because we’re headed to PAX East!

    PAX attendees should ready themselves for three days of demon slaying, sword swinging, hero playing, and card slinging awesomeness, as this year we’ll be featuring all-new builds for our most recent and upcoming games, hands-on time at demo stations, an epic developer panel, and awesome giveaways and prizes. Come by and check everything out at BOOTH #848! We’ll be there from 10AM to 6PM, Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13.

    Here’s what you can expect at this year’s Blizzard booth:

    • Warlords of Draenor hands-on demo featuring updated character models and the intro experience for the upcoming expansion.
    • Hands-on time with the in-development Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, playable on PlayStation 4.
    • A chance to find out what’s in the cards for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and play the mobile version on iPad.
    • A brand-new demo for Heroes of the Storm, featuring new Heroes playable for the first time anywhere outside of Blizzard.
    • Blizzard developers will be on-hand to chat about your favorite games.
    • Blizzard developers will also be giving a presentation at the Albatross Theatre on Friday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. EDT titled Heroes of the Storm: The Ultimate Blizzard Mashup (streamed live on one of the official PAX Twitch channels for those not in attendance).
    • And did we mention there will be giveaways, prizes, and more? If not . . . there will be giveaways, prizes, and more!

    Head on over to for panel schedules and hotel and travel information.

    We hope to see you there!

    Blue Tweets
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Death Knight (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
    quick question. why cant i use death's advande when using the glyphed version of pillar of frost...?
    20 seconds of CC immunity with no downside is too good. (holinka)

    Need way to dump RP to AE. Feels like this has always been missing. Most common request for 5.0 and now 6.0.
    Sindragosa's Breath. (Celestalon)
    Indeed, but cd means it cannot be used to dump RP, and talent means not universal. Many DKs will cont to FrostStrike/DCoil in AE
    That's fine. The whole row helps with AoE. Doesn't have to be an RP spender. (Celestalon)

    I mean, to a pt that a talent can chng your gameplay ? Bcause with what we can read now, i don't think so and it makes me sad
    Yeah, some of the lvl100 talents are pretty significant changes. Necrotic Plague for Unholy = the Festerblight rotation. (Celestalon)
    Sindragosa's Breath also changes your rotation quite significantly, primarily for the DPS DKs. Makes you want to pool... (Celestalon)
    ...RP as it's coming off cooldown, and generate/dump RM as much as you can while it's up, to keep it going as long as poss. (Celestalon)
    I feel like it would have to proc rune talents for that to be effective
    It does. (Celestalon)
    is conversion going to proc them also?
    We're thinking about that one still. Possibly. (Celestalon)

    Druid (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
    yall nerfing gaurdian druids in PvP or nahh?
    You are the first person to ever complain to me about Guardian Druids in PvP (holinka)
    really? Theyre incredible good flagcarriers
    There's nothing wrong with a class being good at something. (holinka)

    The balance druid eclipse mechanic is very clunky, can we do something with it in WoD. Like remove it?
    Eclipse is the defining mechanic of Moonkin. Virtually zero chance that we'd remove it. (Celestalon)

    Can you tell us if Equinox for balance druids has changed? It sounded too powerful to be true, or Eclipse is lower to fit it in.
    Equinox is still in, yep. (Celestalon)

    Will there be an glyph for old efflorescence though? The on-demand placeable AoE heal far more valuable in WoD healing model!
    Not planning to. Moving your Shroom is still on-demand placeable AoE healing. (Celestalon)

    Mage (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
    arcane IS very boring to play and it DOES suffer from movement the MOST. arcane mobility v warlocks\hunters not fair.
    Arcane is intentionally very movement inhibited. That's one of its downsides. (Celestalon)

    Monk (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
    Has it been a couple weeks yet? Let's Take A Jab At It has dropped! More WW, MW soon(tm). with
    I think you guys are imagining some huge "us vs the developers" thing that we don't even see as there. There seems to be this misconception that we are saying "You guys are doing it all wrong, and could be doing WAY more damage!" or something. Saying that we are telling you avoid haste like the plague is just strawmanning. I think this all started when there was some really silly bad theorycraft going around in like 5.1 or 5.2 that said to take Ascension, max max MAX haste, and don't use FoF or EB at all. That was quite wrong, and we pointed out, then words have been put in our mouth since then. Result is, haste/crit/mastery are all really close, and we've seen top performance with each, as long as you don't energy cap, and make good use of FoF/EB.Future of FoF: If +30% dmg will make you satisfied... you'll be elated. (Celestalon)
    .Do you think the lack of lots of other high secondary stats stems from lack of wanting to try them? Or follow the leader?
    Following the leader is an incredibly strong effect in our community. Not sure what you're referring to exactly here though. (Celestalon)

    Why is orb spam being removed not mentioned. Its the only burst heal instant monk got not tied to big cds
    ...except for Surging Mist, right? Remember that retuning is happening. Surging is lackluster in 5.4, won't be in 6.0. (Celestalon)

    Are fistweavers and windwalkers (or melee in general?) supposed to attract desecrated weapon on garrosh?
    It's distance-based, not spec-based. (WatcherDev)

    War Crimes Novel Sneak Peek
    You can find an excerpt from the War Crimes novel here.

    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    The brutal siege of Orgrimmar may be over, but Garrosh Hellscream, the most infamous orc on Azeroth, has yet to face justice. Bound in chains by his enemies, the deposed tyrant of the Horde must now answer for his crimes. Alongside renowned leaders from across Azeroth, you will bear witness to his long-awaited trial.

    Visions of Garrosh’s past atrocities are presented in vivid detail for all to see. But as history is revisited, old grievances and bitter memories come to light, and those in attendance begin to wonder if anyone among them is truly innocent. Mounting tensions and rising enmity steer the court to the brink of chaos . . . as the world waits with bated breath for the verdict on the war crimes of Garrosh Hellscream.

    War Crimes, the new World of Warcraft novel by author Christie Golden, follows the dramatic events that grip Azeroth in the wake of the siege of Orgrimmar . . . and delves into long-buried secrets that may have been best left uncovered. Pre-order now and you can be one of the first to learn just what the future holds for the residents of Azeroth and the recently dethroned warchief of the Horde.

    Author: Christie Golden
    Release: May 2014
    Preorder now

    Dark Legacy Comics #432
    DLC #432 has been released.

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    Holinka has a lot of time on his hands to play wow that much. Maybe he should actually work for once. :P Spectator mode will be awesome.

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    pvp is a disaster in this game and they are considering it as a proper esport? like 5 years too late ;/

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    Ventilation shaft. How do you know that?
    Not gonna lie, I laughed out loud on the DLC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barnabos View Post
    Not gonna lie, I laughed out loud on the DLC
    It was pretty funny
    I don't always hunt things, But when I do, It's because their things & I'm a Bear.

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    that comment on WW and desecrated weapon/distance is pure bs - last night garosh farm first desecrate lands on mine WW even though im siting in garosh ass and in only melee in team :/

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    inb4 people start saying "omg arthas possesed Garrosh's soul!!! omg omg " .

    Anyways, i think the novel should shed some light on a light side of garrosh we didnt knew. We all know he was willing to do anything for the 'real' horde. Perhaps he is similar to Arthas in a sense since he would do anything for his people ( purging Strat, lifting up the blade )..

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    Quickly pop a tv and summon whiskers!

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    cant listen to that vid.. jesus christ that background noice is killing my ears

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    As someone who have been mainly doing PvP in wow since vanilla, I think it's delusional to think that wow pvp could ever be considered a respectable esport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamuimac View Post
    that comment on WW and desecrated weapon/distance is pure bs - last night garosh farm first desecrate lands on mine WW even though im siting in garosh ass and in only melee in team :/
    If there aren't enough people at far enough range (3 people in 10m), the desecrate is completely random and can land in melee.

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    awesomeeeee DLC! first time i LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazyk View Post
    pvp is a disaster in this game and they are considering it as a proper esport? like 5 years too late ;/
    I laughed too.

    Crowd controls in PvP is a joke because of druid, lock and mage with a powerful CC on a GCD. That's probably the most retarded thing in PvP. Other classes have CC on a 30/45+ seconds CD and it feels right. Because you have to think if it is worth it to use the trinket or not.

    PvE is over for me as I am not gonna do the same raid for a year, I hate PvP in WoW so I guess I'll see you guys in WoD or not depending of WildStar quality.

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    hands down, best DLC ever!

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    retard Holinka, first he destroyed it during MoP, now they want it back as esport
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barnabos View Post
    Not gonna lie, I laughed out loud on the DLC
    I'm sitting in my office, giggling like a madman. Luckily I'm alone right now.

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    I used to enjoy the DLC comics, but there's not been one I've liked in a long time, sadly.

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    DLC was hilarious. Really nice one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kosic View Post
    I used to enjoy the DLC comics, but there's not been one I've liked in a long time, sadly.
    Lol you didn't like the DLC.. I have found this one and many of the others hilarious, loved how they poked fun at the new 90 boost..

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