Blizzard corrects itself on new World of Warcraft race/class combos

    
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Hope you weren’t planning on making a Zandalari Warlock in World of Warcraft, bub, because it ain’t gonna happen.

Blizzard admitted to a little faux pas by saying that it incorrectly listed the race/class combo in its allied race reveal at BlizzCon this past weekend. And while Zandalari will never have ‘locks at their side, their counterparts get one additional option that the studio hadn’t mentioned. It turns out that, yes, Kul Tirans can be Mages, a fact which should fulfill many players’ Jaina fantasies.

“Warlock was incorrectly listed as an available option for Zandalari at the What’s Next panel at BlizzCon,” Blizzard said. “The Zandalari have no connection to fel magic, and will not be able to be Warlocks. Mage was incorrectly omitted as an available option for Kul Tirans in the panel and on the World of Warcraft website. While Kul Tiran Mages are relatively uncommon, there are a few prominent examples, and so Kul Tiran characters will be allowed to play as Mage.”

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Bannex

Awesome so glad they clarified that. Race/class restrictions are such an integral part of people enjoying this game….

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blue touchpaper123

Blizzard seem to be a bit all over the place at the moment .

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Cosmic Cleric

“Warlock was incorrectly listed as an available option for Zandalari at the What’s Next panel at BlizzCon,” Blizzard said.

I’ve gotten to the point that I just don’t believe ActiBlizz any more, so when I read that, the first thing that came to mind was that the real reason was that they were having issues getting the warlock animations/ functionality to work with the Zandalari models/skins.

Not saying that I’m right, just that that was the first thing I thought.

In my mind, a troll that can’t be a warlock is like a human not being able to be a paladin. The lore screams that they should be able to.

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Rottenrotny

Zandalari Paladins, Mon! :D

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thirtymil

“Do you guys not have proofreaders?”

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Bruno Brito

Kul’tirans not being mages was stupid.

But honestly, why the hell do we still have this goddamn class restriction in place? Just allow everything already, ffs.

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Rottenrotny

I mean, the answer is obvious but I guess I’ll go ahead and state that it’s because WoW has complex lore about these sorts of things and Blizz is sticking by that.

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Bruno Brito

You’re joking, right?

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Ernost

I think they threw that excuse out the window the moment they added Tauren Paladins. They proved that if they want to they can justify any class/race combo.

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Rottenrotny

I agree that was a stretch, but there’s nothing explicitly saying Tauren can’t use the light. They made them able to be priest at the same time., so some continuity.

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Bruno Brito

Here’s the point: Priests are not just Light characters. So, the moment they added Disc and Shadow to Taurens, they allowed the Taurens to see other focus of power: Fel, for instance. So Tauren Warlocks wouldn’t be far fetched.

What you don’t see to realize, is that Class lore was completely destroyed already. Undead can be Priest but not Paladins, except that the undead Scarlet Crusaders can use Paladin powers.

Every class bs Blizzard likes to pull out of their asses is just a arbitrary lock on players, that doesn’t affect the game in any way, shape or form. You have Shadowhunters, Dark Shamans, Berserkers, Axe Throwers and such around the world, but you can’t be one.

This has nothing to do with “complex” ( pfff hahaha ) class lore, but with Blizzard AGAIN not wanting to let players have choices. They tend to do that, a LOT.

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tiltowait

This is the main reason I never purchased this expansion. I wanted to make a void elf paladin.

Blizzard, like many game designers, and GMs for pen and paper games, think that they need to be in charge of your character’s backstory. It’s silly, because it has zero effect on their world, and a huge effect on the player.

I know, my reason sounds trite, but it’s really not. If I don’t have a character I want to play, then I won’t play.

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Tim Johnson

It would be a totally reasonable reason if you didn’t like the game due to forced race/class combo and chose to quit. It would be similarly not trite if you decided not to play any mmo that enforces that kinda system. If you were an active player before this, and actively enjoying the game as it was, and decided to quit the game because a new race they added didn’t have an option you wanted to play, that
would be trite and petty.. kinda by definition.

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tiltowait

Well, I quit the game because an expansion was coming out, did not have much in the way of changes in it (no new classes). But new races. So what am I supposed to get excited about? Petty would imply I’m sleighting someone, which I’m not. I don’t owe blizzard money for an expansion, if they can’t convince me to part with it that’s on them.

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Bruno Brito

It doesn’t sound trite. It took me years to realize how goddamn shallow and mediocre WoW is as a game. Ever was. Ever will be.

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Zora

Nothing wrong with a mixed up panel, little more concerning nobody on the stage looked at the panel and noticed that it was reporting an incorrect information.

I can imagine they got a lot on their head but it’s a wee bee embarrassing alright.

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Andy McAdams

Taken isolated ya not a bit deal … but this is a really concerning oversight, assuming it wasn’t a post-Blizzcon reaction. If Blizz has anything like corporate culture I’m expecting, those slides would have been reviewed by a ton of people before it actually made it up on the screen.

Not a sure fire way to make sure mistakes aren’t there, but it kind of does imply that Blizzard one hand doesn’t know what the other hand is doing. My guess is that there’s a lot of turmoil internally at Blizz, and probably was well before BlizzCon. BlizzCon just aired some of the dirty laundry.

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Danny Smith

Seems like blizzards having a fair few more ‘faux pas’ than usual lately.

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Mordyjuice

They’re not very organized lately at all are they?

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rosieposie

They’re really well organized when it comes to charging me for my subscription. No tardiness then.

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Paragon Lost

No Greg Street, is the opinion I hold to. I noticed an increase of bugs and a lack of fixing bugs once he left. :/ I didn’t always agree with him but he felt more organized and meticulous then some at Blizzard.

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Mordyjuice

LoL seems to be run a tight ship.

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Bruno Brito

Not the same can be said for Riot.