World of Warcraft: Classic layering, Corruption, and the BlizzCon Q&A

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Layers! Huh! Good God, y’all, what are they good for? Keeping player populations in early phases of World of Warcraft: Classic at manageable levels (say it again)! But as has been mentioned repeatedly, layering was a temporary solution, and a new batch of servers have gotten layering turned off for the older version of the game. Previous statements have indicated that the developers plan to have no realms with layering by the time the full Phase 2 content rollout arrives.

The development team has also discussed the upcoming Corrupted items with the next patch for retail WoW, confirming that this new system does indeed replace Titanforging on later gear. Player reception in the thread has been frosty; while some note that this is an interesting concept, players are both upset that this removes the possibility for gear upgrading beyond a low ceiling (thus increasing the gap between those in static high-end raid groups/M+ groups and the majority of players) and that this is another system of randomness that decides the worth of a reward (thus actually increasing the same “random secondary” problem Titanforging already had).

Last but not least, players are already upset about the WoW Q&A at BlizzCon next week. The event listing implies that all questions must be pre-submitted for screening, rather than be asked live; this has led players to conclude that Blizzard will shut down questions about the game’s current unpopular expansion or Blizzard’s unpopular actions on Hong Kong. Former employees allege that this is how the Q&A sessions have been run every year, even if it looked different to people watching the event. Implications aside, the listing does not specifically rule out live Q&A regardless, but it’s not a good look in a year when people are unhappy about a lot of things.

Source: Official Forums (1, 2), Twitter

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K38FishTacos
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K38FishTacos

Blizzard really is dead now (RIP) and its corpse has been animated by Activision to carry out its nefarious agenda.

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Ben Willows

Bellular suggested adding 3 socketed items that can be traded around in the raid, or inserted into gear as an alternative. We’ve already done something similar with the Artifact Weapons, I’d just go one step further and use the cloak and mother a way for players to balance the socketed items themselves.

What I mean by that is, the cloak is a progression item that improves your resistance to corruption and reduces the harm, while mother tunes the amount of power you draw from the socketed items. There will always be inherent risk of bad RNG but at least you have a level of control over how much risk you have to deal with.

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Aiun Tanks

Whether the questions were ever screened or not is irrelevant; that’s not what has peoples’ attention and concern.
The reason Q&A is topical even in the slightest is this one question: What restrictions are Blizzard implementing to silence potential protest?

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Bruno Brito

Sylvanas’ picture actually makes a lot of sense there.

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Danny Smith

So now at least they can breath easy with a nice box of questions they can replace with approved ones by the chinese ministry of culture. No nasty words like ‘freedom’ or ‘human rights’ to offend their masters.

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Koshelkin

and nobody derailing the whole con with their self-righteous crusade they’ve started in their pampered first-world society bubble, critisising the impedance of free speech while Fox News is *still* a factor in the presidential elections of the United States and populist, right-wing movements have gained momentum around the world, while capitalist corporations continuously try to take advantage of each and every customer but producing large parts of their goods in third-world countries with low wages and minimal rights for the working class. There’s enough problems around the globe and making Blizzard some kind of scapegoat isn’t really helping anybody. It’s alot of people trying to feel good by “fighting for the good cause” while generally doing nothing besides speaking alot.

It would be cool if Blizzard tries to adress the controversy in some form, like a *dedicated* panel just about this issue, but I doubt Blizzard could make anything right at this point, at least in the eyes of the public.

Techno Wizard
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Techno Wizard

“Could I just ask a quick question about Hong Kong? Hey, what’s with the police dragging me out of here? Free Hong Kong! For The Horde!”

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IronSalamander8 .

Out of curiosity I looked at the corrupted items thread you linked here. It sounds like it might actually be worse than titanforging from a game play perspective and that’s saying something.

This is at least part of why some people want to play classic; you didn’t have to deal with this RNG from hell. Sure, you might get no drops from bosses at all, but at least when you did, you knew what you were getting.

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Jaymes Buckman

In classic, you had to deal with 39 other people in a raid and something like six drops per boss. People waited for months to get a thing.

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IronSalamander8 .

Yep, EQ was like that too (and up to 72 people). I personally don’t miss that but I know a big part of the beef people have with modern WoW is all the RNG when items are acquired. Most of my WoW raiding was in Wrath and it never felt that bad to get at least some upgrades usually.

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drainbaby

When I went to Blizzcon way back in 2011. there was a line to get to the podium to ask questions. they were not pre screened.

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hurbster

So they have added RNG to replace a RNG system people did not like. Bold move, we’ll see how it plays out.

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G I G A B E A R

This is not how prior Q+As were done. Just last year Diablo immoral was announced, and had a live Q+A where it was lambasted. “Is this an out of season April Fool’s joke?”

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johnwillo

Get with the times, this is the Trump era. Just announce the new Truth and retcon reality. History? Pfft; fake news.

Bree Royce
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Bree Royce

This is why we said “Former employees allege that this is how the Q&A sessions have been run every year, even if it looked different to people watching the event.” To watchers, including us, it’s always looked as if it’s an open mic. But basically what Blizzard is saying is that at least for the last few years it was prescreened behind the scenes, that they always checked your questions before you got to the mic. Red Shirt Guy just didn’t say the question he said he was going to ask.

The question right now really is whether anybody will be invited to the mic (and potentially go off script to lead the crowd in a rousing Free Hong Kong chant) or Blizzard will just read the submitted questions this year.

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G I G A B E A R

Oh don’t misunderstand, I wasn’t calling out the article, but those former employees for telling yet another obvious falsehood. The reporting here seems to be just fine.

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Bree Royce

It seems like the confusion isn’t over whether or not the Q&As were pre-screened but whether they were pre-screened the day-of in a paper ballot type of box vs. this far in advance via mobile? I am pretty sure it was always done with the paper submission like these folks are saying. (Maybe not always, but at least for the last few years. Sounds like Draenor was the catalyst?)

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G I G A B E A R

It’s possible some were, but they have also done Q+As with no screening. I don’t see a scenario where a question such as “is this an out of season April Fool’s joke” being accepted if it had been screened first lol.

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Bree Royce

His real question passed the screening – he just didn’t ask that when he got up there. :P

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G I G A B E A R

Interesting possibility I had not considered.

Perhaps Blizzard is being truthful here.

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flatline4400

And, as you say, there’s nothing stopping someone from doing the same thing this year, which is why I suspect you’re right in thinking they’ll probably just pull the questions from a hat and read them.

I mean, if I were even remotely in the neighbourhood, I’d def submit a fake nice question just to get to the mic this year, hehe…