World of Warcraft’s valor patch comes next week while WoW Classic flirts with #somechanges

    
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Parses were still a thing, even then.

A systems and balancing patch is hitting World of Warcraft’s live servers next week as Blizzard fine-tunes Shadowlands before it brings Patch 9.1 out to play. The 9.0.5 update is focused on “improving systems, rewards, covenant and legendary tuning, and bug fixes,” according to the studio.

It’s a rather extensive patch, but we want to point out that it will come with a free Wandering Ancient mount for everyone in the game and is making a whole lot of Torghast adjustments, including adding more anima abilities and reducing the number of enemies on many of its floors.

Players have a good reason to be cautious about this version of the valor system, as it pales in comparison to how it originally debuted.

Over in WoW Classic’s neck of the woods, an interesting survey sent out to some players suggest that Blizzard is considering further development or possible adjustments to the vanilla-era servers going into Burning Crusade Classic.

“How would you feel if Classic Era servers allowed for significant changes or new features to be included into the game?” Blizzard polled recipients. “These servers could have changes that dramatically change aspects of the game experience and would make it different from what the original WoW experience was like.”

Examples of these changes mentioned included layering and adjusting the PvP honor system.

Source: World of Warcraft, Wowhead. Cheers, Phil!
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Lighthope

“Cautious” is an interesting word choice when it comes to how players are looking at the new valour point system.

“Hated” would probably be a more accurate description.

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styopa

I’d be interested in a “Classic” server that adds TBC, etc content but somehow sticks to the original talent tree structures and power curves. Ie “vanilla” in Pandaria, “vanilla” in Draenor, etc. I know that’s fantasyland, but that’s about the only added content I’d be interested in.

But the questions about the ‘convenience’ features seem to suggest that Blizzard really still doesn’t faintly understand why some people are playing Classic.

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Vanquesse V

Better class balance is the only thing that could make me return to classic.

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Loopy

That’s coming with TBC.

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Vanquesse V

at which point it’s no longer classic

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notReginald VelJohnson

Blizzard just can’t leave well enough alone.

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Jack Pipsam

I really hope layering doesn’t become a common thing for Classic, it’s one of the reasons why I enjoyed it over the current main version of the game, I still to this day hate Cross Realm Zones for the main world, especially when it crosses regions.

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jealouspirate

Significant layering is going to exist for the entire TBC expansion, for better or worse. There’s no other option at this point. Blizzard allowed huge server population compared to original Classic, and then most players have concerned on a few servers. That means there are huge populations that have to squeeze into the relatively small space of Outland. It’s untenable. There’s only 3 options:

1) Forcibly split servers up
2) Multi-hour long login queues indefinitely
3) Layering

They’re going to go with option 3. I think the only way to avoid layering on TBC Classic is to play on a low pop realm.

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Jack Pipsam

It might not be popular, but I’d rather the queues over layering personally.

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Jeremy Barnes

queues aren’t even the real problem. 100 people trying to kill 1 mob. Even if you up the respawn rate to ‘instant’, it’s still a giant cluster. Layering means people who got through the login queues would only have to fight off 10 people for that same mob.

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jealouspirate

Exactly. Cramming the entire population of a server into Hellfire Peninsula would be a complete shitshow.

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Jack Pipsam

I know it isn’t at all popular, but I tend to enjoy the chaos of too many folks haha.

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Harry Koala

At the launch of classic, I never had any problems caused by layering, but did have problems caused by 40+ minute queues, so I’m very much in the layering over queues camp, sorry.