Apr 4th 2012 2:56PM Perhaps the war between the Alliance and the Horde becomes so dire that both sides are running out of recruits to send into battle. So instead, they turn to the gnomes/goblins to build troops for them. Throw in some lore saying that both sides gained access to titan creation forges (we did, way back in one of the wrath dungeons where Brann Bronzebeard just set it to churn out more Earthen and then promptly forgot about it), and bam, a single cross-faction pandaren style race of constructs.
Apr 4th 2012 11:22AM I would like to see a construct race, personally. But then, the Warforged were my favorite Eberron race.
Apr 3rd 2012 2:49PM You should go explore the Kara Krypts then. Awesome place, just don't let a GM catch you in there. ;)
Apr 3rd 2012 2:06PM Ah, well you can see how long its been since I've even bothered to set foot into pvp on anything but one of my max lvls.
Apr 3rd 2012 9:13AM Oh I hate that. Do. Not. Gimp. PvE. Because. It. Doesn't. Work. In. PvP.
My main is Rogue. My stuns are practically unusable anymore because of how strong they were in pvp. Used to, a skilled rogue could stunlock high level creatures and whittle them down with skill. But then the PvP crybabies went off on it, and now I don't even keep stuns on my action bar anymore. At no time is it ever worth the CP to use one anymore.
Apr 3rd 2012 9:06AM I despise PvP.
I "grew up" on a PvP server, which meant you'd do about a quest and a half while leveling before a max level member of the opposite faction would gank you in 1 hit, and about ever dozen quests they'd decide to corpse camp you.
After I transferred my main characters to a PvE realm, I tried battlegrounds and arenas, where one thing quickly became clear. It has nothing to do with your skill and everything to do with your gear. If you are aren't decked out in the best PvP gear, then you're dead weight, literally. No amount of skill overcomes the gear gap, and the game doesn't let you pair up against others with similar gear. If you're trying to play while leveling, you run into rogues with warglaives or thunderfuries.
And of course there is the whole general attitude of PvP'ers. Nothing says fun and enjoyable like zoning into a random battleground and spend those first 5 warmup minutes getting yelled at for not being decked head to toe in the current season's top gear, and then spending maybe 60 seconds being alive before being downed by a rogue in full pvp gear that you can't even dent due to all of his resilience.
And then there are the jackholes that decide they are going to spam you with duel requests until you fight them. In the past when I got one of those, after declining a half dozen times, I'd accept and then take off all my gear and sit down. Completely rob them of any semblance of fun from beating up an unarmed opponent that refuses to fight back. Not that it ever stopped anyone, because those kinds of people are asses to begin with, but I wasn't about to let them enjoy themselves. Now a days though I have a plugin called DuelResponse. It has settings to let you automatically filter out duel requests based on all sorts of things, like opponent level and I'm not sure what else, I only use it for one thing. "Decline all incoming duel requests." I turn that on for every toon I make, and I never see a duel request ever again. It can be rather amusing to see some idiot drop a flag next to me a dozen times in a row only for it to instantly go right back up before I point out "You know, I've got an automated duel decliner addon. I don't even have to click a button in order to turn you down." Then they stop and go away, without ever having said a word.
So no, I can't stand PvP. The only times I do it anymore are for when there's a transmog piece I really want. And even then I do it only long enough to get what I want and then I get out. If there were a server where PvP was completely disabled (no BGs, no Arenas, no world PvP, no duels, absolute no way for one player to ever attack another under any circumstance) I would transfer to it in a heartbeat.
How can Blizzard help me want to PvP?
1) Tighten up the brackets. A 10 level gap is murder if you're just queuing while you level for something to do. Anyone not at the max level for that bracket is just going to become the whipping boy.
2) Sub-brackets based on resilience. If I have no pvp gear and want to try a random BG, then group me up with other people that have little to no resilience as well. If I have head to toe top of the line gear, then put me in BGs only with other top of the line people. Right now its like queuing for a regular random and being thrown into Heroic Dragon Soul with nothing in between.
3) Automatically disable the ability to request duels (on PvE servers) or to attack (on PvP servers) anyone that is gray to you. A level 85 sitting in a lvl 20 zone trying to get someone to flag is just an asshole. It literally makes PvP servers unplayable for me. If the game forced some restrictions to only being able to attack people that had a snowball's chance of being able to fight back... well I still wouldn't consider it, but at least it might stop more people from being utterly soured on the very idea of PvP like I was.
And before anyone says it, no, I do not suck at PvP. Like I said, I leveled my first two toons to max on PvP servers. I got damned good at it, I had to just to play the game. I just don't like it, and will never dream of doing it "for fun".
Apr 1st 2012 12:57PM If WoW1 is the public testing server, and WoW3 is the beta testing server... what is WoW2?
Mar 30th 2012 11:48AM The big crunch will be that a LOT of people will be wanting to race change to pandas when it hits, so the translation crew will be very busy.
To get around this, put in a race change request BEFORE pandas unlock and then just sit on it.
Basically, a human has to flick the switch to put you back on the race selection page, but you can pick whatever you want after that (you don't select what you want during the actual race change request, just who is going to change). So, if you get it done early, you can have yours waiting on you ready to go as soon as pandas go live while everybody else sits in the queue.
Mar 30th 2012 9:14AM I was expecting a Han and Leia style makeout session after calling each other nerf herders, but alas, nothing. That was just lame.
Mar 30th 2012 8:49AM Calling your characters in WoW "toons" comes from the character model design and color pallet. You have to remember, when WoW launched MMO's tried to have much more realistic looking characters, they had more muted color pallets, they tried to be all around less stylized. Then came WoW with it's orcs with giant shoulders and bright green skin, cute little gnomes with pink hair, and bright colors everywhere you looked. Compared to the other games out there that tried to be very realistic, WoW looked very cartoony.