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Cataclysm Post Mortem -- Dungeons and Raids with Scott “Daelo” Mercer
2012/03/05 at 9:25 PM
Soon we fly together again...
We received the following pics from Blizzard this morning, with this cryptic message: "Soon we fly together again..."
Any idea what it could mean? We're curious to know more about these mounts!
Cataclysm Post Mortem: Dungeons and Raids
As a part of our post mortem series on Cataclysm, we sat down with World of Warcraft Lead Encounter Designer Scott “Daelo” Mercer to hear his thoughts on Cataclysm dungeons and raids.
Q. What were your main goals going into Cataclysm?
We really wanted to make sure we were creating new challenges, strong mechanics, and cool creatures while staying true to the expansion and the themes we wanted to carry out. The three raid dungeons came out well and we had a lot of fun bringing the story of Nefarian and the Twilight’s Hammer to life. We were also able to add some dynamic mechanics in
Throne of the Four Winds
, which featured players moving across multiple platforms.
New Ghostcrawler Blog: Mists of Pandaria Stat Changes
2012/03/01 at 8:06 PM
Our recent talent calculator changes led to some players asking questions about how character and item stats were changing, because some spell and talent tooltips suggest that changes are coming. We compiled this list to attempt to explain more of what’s coming in Mists of Pandaria. First of all, please note that we actually aren’t making many stat changes compared to the ones we made in Cataclysm (“armor penetration -- gone!”). Second, the stuff below can get a little technical. If you’re not into the subtle nuance of gear itemization, then don’t worry about it -- you don’t need to be to enjoy the expansion -- but we know there are plenty of you who enjoy some nuts and bolts talk, so here we go.
Spell resistance is gone. There are no buffs that improve it and there shouldn’t be much, if any, spell resist gear left. We always thought the system was hard to understand and we weren’t getting much gameplay out of it. Now taking a step back, we can imagine how to develop a game where you’d want various forms of resist gear for certain situations and opponents. Resist gear could potentially be interesting, b
Wowhead's Mists of Pandaria Guide
2012/02/19 at 12:37 PM
With the recent massive
talent calculator updates
, we thought it would be a fitting time to highlight our
Mists of Pandaria Guide
. We created it
right after BlizzCon
, including everything from BlizzCon transcripts to blue posts organized by topic for easier reference.
Most importantly, we've been updating it regularly since November with subsequent Blizzard coverage and talent calculator updates. In the past few weeks alone, there's been a ton of new information released that we've added to our comprehensive guide. Even if you've browsed our guide when it was first released, there's bound to be something new for every topic now!
--Official FAQ from BlizzCon.
--General features and additions!
Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator Updates (2/15)
2012/02/15 at 3:36 PM
Blizzard updated the
Mists of Pandaria talent calculator
today! These are
updates. Perculia and I went through and transcribed every talent change we found for all of the classes from the old version to this version the minute these hit while Aryu updated our talent calculator on Wowhead. We also provided summaries of the major changes and highlighted the important class abilities.
Things to keep in mind:
A lot of these "removed" talents are becoming glyphs or spells unlocked by specialization
These are by no means the final product or even close to them, so don't roast Ghostcrawler and his team too much
Let us know if you spot any mistakes, we transcribed these the past four hours rapidly and expect there will be a couple typos.
Death Knights get a new execute-like ability,
, as well as some tweaks to specialization abilities--
now resurrects players with 60% health. In addition, several former talents were changed to class/specialization abilities: Blood DKs get
WoW Loses 100k More Subscribers, Subscriber Decline Finally Slows
2012/02/09 at 3:31 PM
The Activision Blizzard quarterly call was today and it seems like the subscription drops have slowed down for the time being. World of Warcraft is only down 100,000 subscribers this past quarter unlike the past three quarters where World of Warcraft lost
, and finally
800k subscribers last November
. Of course, this isn't surprising, given 4.3 dropped during this time along with the yearly subscription promotion where players got a free copy of Diablo III in exchange for committing to a year of World of Warcraft game time.
Keep in mind, however, this is still a disappointing result. Many people were anticipating a momentary increase in subscribers, but it was still a minor decline despite a large patch and a new localized version for Brazil.
Other points of note:
There are approximately 50 million monthly active users across Battle.
New Ghostcrawler Blog: The Role of the Role
2012/02/08 at 8:12 PM
LFR Roll Clarifications
Dungeons & Raids
Players no longer benefit from a role-based need bonus on the second of multiple copies of the same item on a single Raid Finder boss kill. For example, a player who chooses Need on two set piece tokens or two weapons (and wins the first) will only automatically roll 1-100 for the second from that particular boss.
Dev Watercooler: The Role of the Role
A monsoon is coming. We will soon inundate you with Mists of Pandaria information, starting with the upcoming media event and everything that follows. It’s going to be a very exciting time for World of Warcraft, and we are all super impatient for it to happen.
But… we’re not quite there yet. I want to make that clear upfront, because this blog isn’t directly Mists of Pandaria related. You won’t find any announcements here, just a philosophical discussion that you may or may not find interesting. If you’re looking for thrilling announcements, you know what I’m going to say: Soon™.
News Round Up: Mists of Pandaria News Coming Soon, Bug Fixes, And More
2012/02/03 at 1:43 PM
We have a bunch of blue posts from throughout the week for you to read. It's been a busier week than normal, with Blizzard seemingly finally waking up and getting ready to show us the goods! With this week's earlier announcement that a press event scheduled for March, we can only hope February passes as quickly as possible, because I think we're all dying to hear more about those pandas.
And possibly their brews.
With all the recent posts turning focus back to Mists, what do you guys think--
when will Mists of Pandaria be released?
Do you think we could be leveling this Fall in the new continent...or do you think it will be further off than that? Or hey, maybe sooner?
Mists of Pandaria
I like your thread, Vorps! It's great to see some positive discussion and speculation about where this game is headed. :)
We're definitely very focused on opening the doors a little wider to new ideas to really grasp onto what will make this game as fun as possible. It's 7 years old after all. We're not going to reinvent the wheel in Mists of Pandaria, but we want to introduce new types of compelling content with meaningful rew
News Round Up: World of Warcraft Cups, MoP Talents, BlizzCon Cancellation, and Addon of the Week
2012/01/26 at 2:11 PM
We have a lot of blue posts for you to digest today--from reminicising about Ulduar (and a blue subsequently explaining why Ulduar wasn't that awesome for everyone) to talking about AMPM cups, there's a little bit of everything Blizzard related. Zarhym even took the time to explain what Blizzard's thoughts are on that +intellect plate that always drops and everyone disenchants after their paladin is decked out.
Oh, and of course, everyone's talking about that BlizzCon cancellation as well.
Our friends at WoW Interface also posted their addon of the week. It's an amazing one. Have you ever wanted the encounter journal to have more encounters? You know, those pesky vanilla WoW ones and more? Well, thanks to the power of addons, it can be that awesome!
Check out CompleteEJ over at WoWInterface today
and let us know what you think.
The D3DB crew also has been tirelessly datamining some big Diablo III changes--check them out and the Beta Patch 10 notes
Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator
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Patch 4.3.2 Will be Cataclysm's Last According to Dave Kosak
2012/01/17 at 5:45 PM
Dave Kosak, Blizzard's lead quest designer, gave a
solid interview with Videogamer.com
late last week. He highlighted 4.3's successes, failures, and also confirmed that there will be no extra content in the wings for Cataclysm--meaning anyone betting on a Ruby Sanctum styled encounter should stop while they're ahead.
In the interview, Kosak also touched on World of Warcraft's recent subscriber losses as well as Blizzard's overall feelings towards Cataclysm as an expansion. Although many have been disappointed with Cataclysm, he was quick to note the sheer level of content it brought to the world and how much of an epic undertaking that truly was for the World of Warcraft development team. Overhauling all those low level quests took massive amounts of time--and were desperately needed, whether players realize it or not.
While Cataclysm may not have been the highlight of WoW's timeline, it was a necessary one to prolong the life of Azeroth.
Hit the break for a transcript of the full interview and let us know your thoughts on both the interview and the expansion. Was Cataclysm a good expansion? Should there have been anot
Mists of Pandaria Talent Trees and New Spells Introduced
2011/11/23 at 2:53 PM
Several talents have been changed since they were shown at BlizzCon 2011 and new spells have been added. Naturally, this means we went digging for the ones that you wanted to see, breaking them down by class for a single page reference of everything new and exciting about this talent calculator. Special thanks to Neutronimity who always helps so much on posts like these for his screenshots! Perculia also added some information this evening--a comparison between the featured MoP talents and current options, as well as a transcription of the talent tooltips from the screenshots.
Blizzard also gave their logic for these changes as well as a warning that these are always subject to change throughout the Mists of Pandaria alpha and beta experience. So don't get
attached--though who are we kidding? I'm already in love with blinding light.
at BlizzCon 2011, class talents are undergoing some significant changes in the next World of Warcraft expansion. Learn more about these changes and test out different builds for all your favorite classes with our new Mists of Panda
Introducing Wowhead's Mists of Pandaria Guide
2011/11/13 at 9:48 AM
Mists of Pandaria was announced last month, but Wowhead has a strong tradition of expansion guides--and this expansion will be no different.
Today we're excited to launch a preliminary version of Wowhead's
Mists of Pandaria Guide
that organizes all the coverage from BlizzCon as well subsequent coverage from Blizzard. We've included screenshots, BlizzCon transcripts, and blue posts to make the information easy to reference. More importantly, this guide will be updated quite frequently to stay current as we learn even more details about the expansion.
Here's a peak inside, with links to each guide page:
--Official FAQ from BlizzCon.
--General features and additions!
New Race: Pandaren
--Learn more about this peaceful and mysterious race.
New Class: Monk
--New abilities, resources, and animations!
News Round Up: WoW Loses 800k More Subscribers, Mists of Pandaria Interview, and More
2011/11/08 at 8:09 PM
Blizzard had their third quarterly call for the year that reported losses. World of Warcraft lost
for this quarter--following a
600k loss this May
300k subscriber loss in August
over the past two quarters.
In the call, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said the majority of subscriptions lost came from China and other countries in the East. They also declined to provide a forecast for future numbers. However, though this may seem like a shocking number, you have to remember that this is during a lull in the expansion. Without major content patches, WoW tends to lose subscribers only to regain them during an expansion's launch. Here's to hoping Mists of Pandaria brings players back!
Without further ado, here's the news round up.
Wired.com Interview with J.Allen Brack on Mists of Pandaria
Definitely worth reading this interview, thanks to our friends at [url=
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