BlizzCon 2015 LIVE: World of Warcraft Q&A


23:18: How will we find groups for the new Keystone dungeons? The plan is the group finder, guild and general social circles. Unused Keystones will be rare enough so that people will have things to do at the end of the week once all raid lockouts are spent.

Loot funneling for the world first race? No best way to stop it. Personal loot is an option, but overall wouldn’t be good for the rest of the game. They want us to roll an alt to have an alt, not to feed mains.

Will Nefarian in BWL have a new class call for Demon Hunters? Yes. Possibly linked to double jump.

What is the one thing you think people won’t notice but you think they should? Hunting down the new legendary items. UI improvements such as nameplates, cast bars etc – less requirement of addons. Animations for melee classes improved. Scaling levels of world mobs. Class accessories could be worked on better for WoD, but are now part of artifacts – in future we might see them when we leave artifacts behind? Talking head tech – lots more voiceovers in Legion than ever before! Overall goal of bringing 5man content back into the game as an important feature!

If you can mention it, your favourite artifact weapon? Developers give their opinions on their favourite weapons – Blood DK weapon, Ashbringer, Felo’melorn, Holy Priest weapon, Ashbringer again, Frost DK swords, and again, and the Eagle Spear for Survival Hunters.

Final question: Is Jaina a Dreadlord? No.

23:08: Are people locked into the weapons they get from artifacts? Yes, sort of. Dual wield is definitely going to be the theme for Frost DKs. You can transmog your artifacts to look like something else, but you can’t make other weapons look like artifacts.

Alliance character development without them dying or being lost? No… But any time something dies, they try to find ways to bring them back!

Language barrier still exists in Class Halls? Yes, but one exception will be that DHs can speak demonic cross faction.

In Legion, will we see alternate universe heroes? Just Gul’dan will be here, but TBD.

Will we see any more Gilneas? Genn plays a big part, and meet Gilneans that don’t get affected by the curse.

Will we see the final boss in the levelling experience or in the early dungeons/raids? Yes.

Do you plan to make raid finder and mythic flex size? It already is. Only change would be to invite friends to make it more difficult. For mythic raiding, flex would have way too many problems attached to it. 20 man will still be the standard with 12 classes to have enough moving cogs in raid design. Recruiting for guilds of any raid size can be a challenge, it was just more of a challenge to upgrade from 10 to 20, but keeping a healthy roster will be a challenge regardless.

Warlock tanks? No. Doesn’t fit the fantasy at the moment.

23:00: Is there any way to make old world material relevant for professions? Hard to implement because that will lead to having to hoard many items.

Will we get more lore on Worgen, Gnome, Forsaken, Tauren? Tauren-esque things in Highmountain, Forsaken lore coming up, Genn is a prominant player in Legion. Nothing for Gnomes. Tauren x Moose happy times!

Will there be more than one raid per tier in Legion? There’s two at launch, but they want to have varying environments for raids if it fits into the story well.

What if I don’t have time for the larger raids? There are tools in place to unlock shortcuts and have non-linear progression

Reforging? Not coming back. Maybe ONLY to versatility? Haha.

Events after Legion? Garrison will stay in Draenor, and artifacts may be the same for Legion – including the core gameplay mechanics that are the traits

Bad luck protection for rare items? Part of the coolness is how rare and how hard the items are to get. They don’t really want to touch them.

Where is the Dance Studio? In the new garrison under Tirisfal Glades. Something they want to do, but low priority.

22:49: Pre-orders for physical/digital copies? Same rules as before

Multirole classes and artifacts? People who play multiple specs will have a boost to their secondary weapons later on. In addition, catchup mechanics will be in place if you do quit and return halfway through the expansion. Relics won’t have this treatment however.

Three specs? Sure! Even if you’re a Druid, you can now quad-spec!

Why remove multistrike but not versatility? Multistrike for Blizz is just a different form of crit. Some classes have extra interaction to make it a viable stat (such as all tanks). PvP/tanks like versatility. Crit = burstier, Haste = faster, Mastery = do something more special, Versa = just pure extra damage/less damage taken.

Catchup for alts: repgrinds? In place for certain things such as legendary questline and artifacts. Part of the desire to have an alt is to start anew without having to create a new account altogether.

Any event like the AQ gates? No. Invasions will happen across Azeroth, but no plans for it so far.

Will Karazhan be relevant in Legion? Yes. A lot of secrets about the Burning Legion will be found in Karazhan… Teasing leak of a 5man in 7.1 from Chilton?

Where is Wrathion? He’s there. He has interest in Highmountain, where Neltharion’s Lair is. He might not look the same as he has done in previous expansions.

Will there be any more interesting mechanisms? Chequers event instead of Chess event! Haha

Battle for Undercity? No. (aww) It essentially was a scenario, just before scenario tech was there!

22:40: Are there any plans to improve guilds – housing/quests? Killing raid bosses = guild quests? I guess guild objectives already work toward this. They want to get people to be able to join multiple guilds and have multiple circles of friends!

Will there be a new PvP Battleground? No. Focus is on the new honor system for now.

Updates to old zones – Exodar etc? No planned changes.

What is protecting Dalaran on the Lost Isles? Dalaran has been upgraded dramatically – you’ll see in Legion what those are!

Do you have any plans to resolve open ends from Cataclysm? Yes. No time/date, but they’ll get around to it.

Won’t people running CMs only bring people with the best keystones to make it easier? All keystones are standardised, everyone will have the same combination of keystones.

When will the inventory system be updated – more bags for bank? Transmog will be overhauled to help in this.

Warriors – TG for Fury dead? No, the artifact is just too small, but they will be sized up. (does this mean death of SMF?)

Can we get a clear answer for the Legion transcending all realities? Find out in Legion! The Archimonde deal has a few kinks, but we’ll get a clear answer one or multiple Legions

More character slots? (sigh) One more slot per server!

Will Legion have new scenarios? Scenarios in Mists: no. But introducing scenarios that will be integrated into the world instead of pressing a UI button to join one while in town.

22:31: Jesse Cox is moderating the questions this year for the Q&A! This year things have been done differently: questions could be submitted in the Darkmoon Faire and online too!

Red Shirt Guy! Alleria and Turalyon – told they were returning, but weren’t told that orcs aren’t as bad so will they hate the Horde? No, but when we finally discover A+T, the way you view WoW will change (spooky?), so there’s amazing things in store.

Any hope of sub races, such as taunka? Sell the fantasy behind the races, then adding the extra customisable options. They want to, but don’t know how to implement it just yet – I guess Taunka can’t start in Mulgore?

Community – cross guild chat and calendar events? Something that they can’t do for launch, but want to do later on to provide cross-server chat etc.

Will the flying in Lost Isles achievement be able to be done at launch? Not completable, but you can start progress for it from launch

Bolvar Fordragon? Small cameo for Bolvar (I guess for the DK artifact experience?)

Will there be more cosmetic class quests, such as green fire? Yes/no/maybe. There are already class quests with artifacts and class halls. More of a focus this expansion but nothing like green fire.

Shared tap system on TI, introduced for older content for rares/bosses? Taking a step further, revolutionising how tapping works – for quest mobs in general you can have up to 5 people tap a mob, quest bosses will still have fully open taps.

Expansions every year or two? Still a goal, not sure when it will happen to have annual expansions. Quality over speed is priority.

22:30: Judging by how the Q&A’s went last night with just 10 minutes or so of questions and answers, I’m hoping the questions here have been pre-vetted to make sure that the questions are worth the time as well being easy to understand. Here I’ll be doing ~5-10min updates for groups of questions and answers, so relax your F5 key for this next hour!

Over on the panel stage, they’re looking more into the other mainstay of fanmade content – machinimas! Though I believe it’s more Blizzard’s own artists rather than the community’s, they’ll discuss how they create animated stories using in-game character models, environments and other art.

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