Patch 10.2: Guardians of the Dream Interview with MMORPG
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Lead UX Designer Crash Reed and Assistant Lead Encounter Designer Taylor Sanders, discussing our journey into the Emerald Dream and Season 3 updates in Dragonflight Patch 10.2!
We've summarized some of the more interesting talking points, but feel free to check out the full interview below.
Patch 10.2 Interview with MMORPG.com
The Emerald Dream
We're only traveling to one small part of the Emerald Dream, but in a more complete way than we have in the past.
It's vast and would otherwise encompass multiple zones, though the part we visit is roughly the size of the Ohn’ahran Plains.
Lead UX Designer Crash Reed
“I am super pumped. Playing WoW since the beginning, even in Warcraft III, just all the discussions of the Emerald Dream and how cool it can be. My wife plays a Druid; it’s all she ever talks about. It’s just one of these amazing experiences, that I think we are lucky to be able to share with the players right now. With that, it’s gonna come with some really cool things for the player to do. Like, diving into protecting both the world tree and helping it to grow, depending on what event you are participating in.
Players will help Druids in the new Superbloom public event, in which a wandering ancient named Sprucecrown will assign various activities to complete. While fighting off Druids of the Flame and helping nurture the growing tree, players will gain temporary power-ups to make them feel much more powerful than normal.
Players will obtain a
new Faerie Dragon dragonriding mount
early in the campaign.
While saving Amirdrassil from Fyrakk, we’ll also work on the new renown track with the Dream Wardens, similar to the Niffen in Zaralek Cavern. No confirmation if this will contribute to the Valdrakken weekly renown quest, but it doesn't sound like it.
One storyline in 10.2 involves Vyranoth and Wrathion "forming a kinship with one another, this feel of they are almost misfit dragons, you know they don’t necessarily fit in, so they form this really nice bond with each other” as they reach out to new allies in the Thorignir Storm Dragons of Stormheim and the Netherwing of Outland - two groups who also remain apart from the primary dragon flights.
The fledgling tree Amirdrassil serves as the setting for the new raid, which will include
dragonriding elements during one of the raid encounters
Assistant Lead Encounter Designer Taylor Sanders
“It was only natural that a portion of the raid focuses on and around the tree. We have a really cool dragonriding encounter where players will be able to fight one of our coolest characters; he’s a druid of the flame named Tendral Sageswift. Players will be zooming around the boughs of Amirdrassil using their dragonriding mounts during the encounter. So players will see a lot of Amirdrassil during the raid.”
In addition to various dragonriding skins, there will be a mount from the final raid boss:
the Fire Owl
is an entirely separate and standalone
mount - the first non-dragon mount to use a new “dynamic flying” system.
No plans to update any Mythic+ affixes for Season 3, but devs will be looking at PTR testing of the
new dungeon rotation
to gather more information.
Revival Catalyst will become available at the start of the Season
, rather than several weeks in.
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