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Blizzard soliciting Pandaria class balance feedback

Blizzard soliciting Pandaria class balance feedback
Community Manager Zarhym has posted a thread over on the official forums soliciting player class balance feedback based on their experiences and number crunching in the beta.

Mind you, this is not meant to be a simple thread for pleading for buffs to your favorite ability. Blizzard's looking for serious theorycrafters slinging serious math to justify their positions. In addition, while this thread does mean the dev team feels numbers are in a solid place right now, it does not mean beta class balance is done or that further issues won't be addressed. Right now, the devs want to give player beta testers a chance to run wild, crunch numbers, and reconcile their data with Blizzard's data.

Read on after the break for the full text of Zarhym's post, and if you have some serious analysis to share, go post in that thread.

Zarhym
We want to provide everyone with a quick update regarding the status of beta class design and balance, as well as start collecting more detailed analytics from you. Since you've probably seen us say many times in the past that we're not yet in a place to start dissecting the numbers, it's worth calling out that we now want you to bring it on!

For the purposes of keeping this thread as valuable to the developers as possible -- they will be actively reading and likely replying to posts here -- these are some things to know before posting:
  • First and foremost, as a ground rule let's keep this one thread free of pleas about ability feedback, DPS being too low or other subjective declarations. This thread should be about information sharing. If you aren't a theorycrafter, this thread may not be for you.
  • We feel the numbers are in a pretty good place right now. If you're a theorycrafter who has been waiting for things to stabilize before submitting your class balance analysis, this is your queue to have at it.
  • Make no mistake, we're confident in our ability to balance the game. On the other hand, we greatly value player feedback. And reconciling our numbers with yours is part of that.
  • Don't consider this thread to be evidence that we feel class design for Mists of Pandaria is pretty much done. It also shouldn't be a sign that X issue you may have been posting about for the last month is going to be ignored, or that we just don't agree with you.
  • The primary goal is to maintain a relatively stable class system for a healthy period of time in the beta, so the number crunchers among you can really start to get into the nitty-gritty details without worrying that everything will change in the next beta build.
  • If there are any mechanics that are proving particularly hard to understand, feel free to ask in this thread. We understand there is a narrow line between squelching and fostering the theorycrafting community, and we're not trying to solve everything for you. On the other hand, we don't want you to burn too much of your time trying to figure out how potentially confusing mechanics work under the hood (e.g. monk weapon normalization). That said, we won't just dump the coefficient for every spell -- you should be able to figure that out. However, if you just can't figure out how a spell is designed, don't hesitate to ask. We appreciate honest questions.


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