World of Warcraft will start testing patch 9.1 soon, unveils a world buff storage device for Classic

    
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Oh snaps.

It’s been an unusually long time since the launch of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands for the game to have not released its first major patch for the expansion, and it’s going to be a while longer yet until the patch is released, but the good news is that it’s at least been dated. The PTR is apparently going to go live on the week of April 12th, which will still mean some time until the patch is ready for launch but means that eager players can log in and test all of the new systems for themselves.

Speaking of new systems, WoW Classic is getting one for The Burning Crusade Classic in the form of the new Chronoboon Displacer. If you’re running around to gather your world buffs and want to be sure they’re up for raid time but don’t want to stop playing as soon as you’ve collected them, that’s what the Displacer is for; it allows you to store your world buffs when used, only to release them again at an appropriate time so you can save their durations for later. Hashtag some changes, indeed.

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Arktouros

Here we go with the April Fools joke memes again…

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Bannex

Would be funny if classic turns into retail with just less content… oh wait…

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Jeremy Barnes

They seem headed down that path.

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Bannex

Can somebody edit my comment “with just less content” is hurting my eyes to read lol

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Dug From The Earth

Wait, how are classic players ok with this?
Its changing a core element of how classic actually worked, adding in a “quality of life” feature that makes the game less of a pain.

Isnt that just one more thing that is altering the original experience people demanded from the game?

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jealouspirate

I think after nearly 2 years of Classic the rose tinted glasses have faded a bit and people can finally be honest about some of the many downsides of the game. If you visit r/Classicwow right now people are really up in arms that Blizzard isn’t making more changes to TBC.

For as much flak as Brack took for his statement, the truth is quite a few people really “thought they did, but didn’t”.

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Dug From The Earth

Im sure thats the case… Im all for more quality of life things. Wish it could have happened sooner. I just find it kinda ironic.. if thats the right word here.

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Strixxx

This is just a fix to a flawed system that forced players to log out their character to save the world buff for the raid. Now they can collect the world buffs, buy this item in-game and store those world buffs to use when the raid actually starts.

Classic players are ok with some changes to stupid mechanics yes, but thats where the line is crossed mostly. Blizzard is also fine with some changes now that they have seen how classic has panned out. Players HATE the world buff meta because of this. It’s a nice change, and will be good for fresh classic in the future.

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Bruno Brito

#onlythechangesideemgood

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Dug From The Earth

any different than the numerous other flawed systems that players had to deal with?

Not really.

There was a pretty big outcry from players to keep all systems, even the stupid mechanic ones, in place to keep that “authentic identical” feel to the game. They even went as far as to artificially replicate that skill delay lag that existed at release that isnt an issue with modern wow because server tech and internet connections have advanced.

Either way, its good that as pirate put it “the rose tinted glasses have faded a bit”, because it means we may see even more quality of life improvements, like this one, added without players throwing a fit.

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Strixxx

You wont see many “QOL” changes, but rather tweaks to systems for balance sake. For example Blizzard will try to break the drum meta that has been an issue in original TBC but also on pservers. But yeah, the #somechanges is good.

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Strixxx

People wanted #nochanges because it’s hard to remember what METAs will appear in the game 17 years later. So stop draw everyone across some line here, opinions are devided.. But the drum meta is something people didn’t like since you also needed to log out your character to save the buffs. Very stupid mechanic indeed.

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Munchmeat2

Everyone knew the downsides mate. Classic is still very active and TBC is going to be a huge success. *shrugs* Are you the resident retail WoW shill for Massively?

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Dug From The Earth

Discussion starter, maybe.

retail shill? You feel better about sliding insults into your comments from people you have a different opinion with?

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jealouspirate

I’m just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe.

It’s just an observation on Classic and how things have changed over time. Before it launched the community was very aggressively #nochanges. I remember when Blizzard announced that the skeletons left by player corpses wouldn’t last as long as they did in Vanilla and people were furious. That’s the level of commitment people had to #nochanges. It’s quite a bit different today, and I’m not sure how you explain that outside of people playing the game and realizing they want changes after all.

Of course Classic is a success, and TBC will be too. I loved playing Classic and plan to play TBC too. For me though I don’t think of these versions of WoW as being “better” than retail. I think they’re very different, each with their own set of pros and cons.

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Munchmeat2

I apologize for my snark. I just get tired of the mud slinging Classic WoW gets. Retail WoW fanbois are just so obnoxious at times with their constant beratement of the Classic community.

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Bruno Brito

I mean, the opposite is also true. Classic fanbois are also pretty obnoxious.

WoW players in general are not people i wanna be around.

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Munchmeat2

You’ve made that very clear over the years. :)

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Bruno Brito

Good. I’m glad to keep driving that point home with the same drive that WoW players keep being obnoxious.

Win-win.

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Sarah Cushaway

Probably. There’s quite a few of them on this site that whine about some of Blizzard’s stunt but then continue to whiteknight and toss them money at every given chance.

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Eliandal

.. and on the other hand – you have the few people, who profess to no longer play, and yet still insist on posting in every single wow topic, how much they despise the game and its players.
#nowincan’twin

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Bruno Brito

To be fair, it’s like hating on Justin Bieber. It’s useless and does no one any good, but it feels great :P

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Strixxx

What did I do to offend you lol