World of Warcraft’s latest Q&A covers the global cooldown and item level changes

    
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You might as well look into the pinwheel with your third eye.

Pretty much no one has really been made happy by World of Warcraft putting most major cooldowns on the global cooldown, one of the many mechanical shifts when the game moved into Battle for Azeroth. This change was addressed in the latest Q&A with director Ion Hazzikostas, who stressed that this was good for the game while the team was also looking into giving a direct impact for pushing these cooldowns to make the button feel better to press.

Hazzikostas also specified that future of the Heart of Azeroth would see the item becoming more like Legion’s Artifacts, with various powers to select. That’s for 8.2; the more immediate future has changes to the Overwhelming Odds World PvP quest to decrease the item level rewarded starting next week. Of course, this imbalance is why an entire progression raiding guild transferred factions this week to reap improved rewards, so… perhaps this is a bit late.

Source: Wowhead, Polygon
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Greaterdivinity

Also, damn son…can’t y’all afford some collar mics or something? I get that not everything needs to be a major production and that there’s an angle to getting the more “authentic” presentation with a stripped down video but like…dudes, you’re Blizzard. You have money. You have a ton of staff. Can’t you put together a slightly more…produced, video?

Oh well, at least folks are getting info.

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Paragon Lost

Totally not a fan of Ion and his design methods/goals for WoW. I think he should be designing MOBA’s and not MMORPGs.

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kalech

I’ve had about 0% faith in Ion ever since he said that predictable rewards are a bad thing. Maybe if the game had a bit more predictable progression, instead of a shit ton of RNG, I’d actually bother logging in between raids.

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Bruno Brito

It’s amazing how Blizzard is underperforming in Activision’s eyes, yet Ion still forces everyone to see stuff his way.

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Alyn

Time for a little competition in the mmo world. Or, really are there any big name companies out there willing to invest?

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Greaterdivinity

Perhaps a bit late? I’d say it was perfectly timed. They get to enjoy all that sweet faction change revenue and then they get to enjoy a second round when folks transfer back.

Yeah, I’m this cynical at this point.

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Doubleplusgood

That is what I was thinking too. An entire guild paying $30 extra on top of what they paid for the expac is a sweet deal for Blizzard(double extra if they transfer back).
One could almost say it was “pay to win” for better gear…

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Grimalkin

These Q&As are getting more and more ridiculous.

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Ironwu

Seriously, these guys are so out of touch with the paying customers. They have made this game a train wreck that just won’t stop crumpling. Why they are still in charge of making decisions is beyond me.

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Koshelkin

Hyperbole. BfA had some issues with item design but the story campaign was great, including lush, fantastically picturesque new zones and nice new races. I’m not subbed atm because I wait for things to be adjusted but I don’t regret buying BfA, far from it, I look forward to enjoy it in a more final, fleshed out form some time in the future.

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Utakata

Mr. Ironwu’s opinion on the state of the BfA is not so unreasonable to be considered hyperbole. He might be wrong on a lot of things here, as he doesn’t have all the facts and figures in front of him. Who really does? But what he is stating is unlikely an over exaggeration. Note, he is not saying this will kill WoW for the example.

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I don’t think you two are making mutually exclusive points. They ARE out of touch with their players, but doesn’t mean they can’t create a wonderful story campaign, new zones and new races. Those were all high points. The issue is the creative direction the game is going on a macro-level — that they continually double down on the raid-or-die mentality; they continually marginalize / ignore any gameplay that isn’t raiding, or directly tied to raiding. The continue to discard well liked and successful systems because … reasons? They continue make a decade and a half of content completely obsolete to the game at large. In many ways, the details of most micro-level systems are super nuanced and flushed out-it’s the macro level that shows a completely obliviousness to their current/future customer base.

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Bruno Brito

Even a broken clock is right twice a day, and that’s what Ion is.

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Mallus

The main story campaign conclusion is tied into mythic dungeons, their main focus seems to be on Mythic dungeons & raids, new races require massive faction grinds (they used to be free with the expansion and playable from the start), flying requires an enormous amount of grinding (and it makes no sense from a storytelling perspective), while acquiring gear is totally R&G. I could go on but I will summarize by saying that Blizzard has lost touch with it’s core (casual) group of players…

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Utakata

“We’re not out of touch! No sir’ee!” – Ion Hubriskostas

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cursedseishi

Hazzikostas also specified that future of the Heart of Azeroth would see the item becoming more like Legion’s Artifacts, with various powers to select. That’s for 8.2

I can’t wait for 8.4 then, where they have the races of Azeroth throw all their Azerite trinkets down some gaping hole in the planet in solidarity to return the blood back to… its veins? Life Stream? Wherever. Then have Sylvanis riding an Old God to escape to whatever lands the next expansion takes place in. We’ve seen those filthy water elf Naga pop up again right? Yeah. We’re about due for an ‘Under the Sea’ Expansion now.

Also can’t wait for the Diving Helmets that we’ll need to pour resources into over the course of the expansion to let us dive further and further as well as a diving license because of course… Only to burn it all at the end of that expansion as the Alliance and Horde commit to ‘no more water stuff, it’s just bad’.

…Yeah, I’m getting tired of all the temporary treadmills being introduced on top of the treadmills you already got to run.

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Zora

…Yeah, I’m getting tired of all the temporary treadmills being introduced on top of the treadmills you already got to run.

They take “games as a service” very seriously in Irvine!

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cursedseishi

That they do! You’ll need a phone just to keep up there even, I’ve heard.

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TheDonDude

At the start of an expansion: “Class revamps will need to wait for the next patch.”

At the next patch: “Class revamps will need to wait for the start of an expansion.”

>:-(