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8-21-2009 @ 11:33PM
I fully welcome the simplification these changes will bring... I mean come on, think about it. Needing to use a spreadsheet to play a game is really just silly. Really.
8-21-2009 @ 11:40PM
I agree. Stat juggling is my least favorite thing in this game after corpse camping.
8-22-2009 @ 12:07AM
The game is really becoming more like it used to be pre BC with more simple stats.
8-22-2009 @ 12:08AM
This really pisses me off. 5 years old and up to the 3rd expansion and they still seem to have no confidence in the system they base the game upon. I'm not against change but for Arthas' sake, stop moving the goalposts and settle it down. Work out what you want to do and stick to it.
8-22-2009 @ 12:21AM
I approve this post.
8-22-2009 @ 12:22AM
@FeebleThat's just not possible. I hear that criticism a lot, that Blizz seems to have no confidence and/or isn't capable of making a truly working system.The problem is that each and every one of their MILLIONS of subscribers are going to have a different idea of how the game should work, how classes should play, how gear should be itemized, etc. When you've got that many people, all with wildly varying ideas, you can't just "get it right and stick to it", it's a massive balancing act.
8-22-2009 @ 12:28AM
@FeebleYou're complaining about Blizzard making the game easier to understand and play? I'm confused.I understand that you've become adjusted to how the game is played today. Really, I do.You need to understand that this is an MMO. The game needs to change and evolve in order to compel people to change. This change not only makes the game easier to understand but makes gear easier to itemize. It allows stats to effect more part of a character, which makes various class abilities more appealing. Most importantly, it makes the game more balanced. Damn, please are just impossible to please.
8-22-2009 @ 12:29AM
Where is Expertise on the list? Can we get rid of that one too?
8-22-2009 @ 2:34AM
@ FeebleTotally agree with you, there.WoW isn't a hard game to understand or work out, all you need to do is to use your brain once in a while and you're fine.I think this is a bit of a sad reflection on the playerbase. Or maybe it's true, maybe 8 million of the subscribers really are that thick so Blizz dumbs down the game like this.
8-22-2009 @ 4:24AM
@JeffIt's entirely possible. They *could* sit back and "stop moving the goalposts". It's what they've been doing so far. You level to 58 stacking one type of gear on your char, and then suddenly you get bombarded with a bunch of new stats and things like gem socketing when you hit Outland, and then things change some more when you hit Northrend.I love the idea behind Cataclysm and in fact, it's something I suggested years ago (in a round about way, I suggested the Nothing in the Emerald Dream break out into Azeroth and transform everything). But the effect is the same. Keep all the content relevant and up to date with the rest of the game and move the story beyond Warcraft 3.5And resimplifying stats is a fantastic move. They wanted people to think when they got a new piece of gear but it just ended up requiring people to use spreadsheets to play the game. Putting the thought into the encounters instead of the gear is the right move IMO. They can still make gear complex by designing fights the old school way where you need certain resistances for a fight or a set of gear that gives you a larger mana or health pool for a long fight that requires less DPS while you need another set for a tank and spank fight requiring maximum DPS and such.Now if they'd just ditch weapon skill ups and implement something like Asheron's Call's monthly story lines to keep the story progressing more rapidly WoW would be the perfect MMORPG.
8-22-2009 @ 5:24AM
The one fact that had me really worried (as a healer) was more caster DPS rolling on my gear. Both this summary and MMO-Champ's missed one important line:"http://static.mmo-champion.com/mmoc/images/news/2009/august/classdiscussionspanel_030.jpgBasically...if it has Spirit, it's for healers.
8-22-2009 @ 6:01PM
Hear hear,It looks like an end to the World of Stat Redundancy. AP:More a renaming than a reworking; AP is already almost completely redundant to Str/Agi.SP: Have you ever chosen Int. over SP? Didn't think so. Blizz is removing this false choice.MP5: This change effects only those who: 1)Think the main goal in life is to beat the other raid healers for time spent in FSR 2)Enjoy solving quadratic equationsDefense: Okay, so this stat did perform an important social signalling role. Can be replaced with a hard-to-find checkbox saying "This tank is not a paste-eater."Haste:What no more pew pew? GODS DAMN YOU BLIZZARD!!!!!!
8-23-2009 @ 10:10AM
I don't think this is a good idea. I loved and hated those classic moments where you had to choose between something with more SP/AP or the bonus stats. I think they make gear chosing more fun. Now it'll just be the bigger the numbers, the better the gear.
10-03-2009 @ 3:32PM
I'm also very much in favour of this. Although I never play Plate classes I can fully understand the frustration Leather/mail classes must feel when DPS Pallies/DK's/Warriors roll on Leather/mail. Too many times i've seen plate wearers in leather.I'm a cloth wearer so i'm mildly annoyed when I get leather casters rolling on my cloth but I understand the situation since leather caster itemisation is pretty bad but there's no excuse for plate, we're pratically swimming in the stuff every time a raid boss is downed.
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