One of the most, if not the most, contentious issues in all of WoW
is the near constant balancing act of the systems design team. These are the guys responsible for virtually every class ability and talent nerf, and their herald, Ghostcrawler
, is oftentimes the sacrificial messenger which all the hate and vileness of the internet is spewed forth onto.
But it's all good, because he's also the leader of the systems design team and leaders often have to place themselves front and center to take the worst of the damage. And the WoW
community can do a lot of damage.
Recently it was discussed how and why the community reacts to class changes
, in particular nerfs, and why Blizzard does what it does when it comes to them. While most
of this information is not new, it is interesting to see how clearly the message has developed since Ghostcrawler began posting on the Wrath
beta forums over a year ago.
After the break we'll take a look at what Blizzard has to say on class balancing and the community's reaction. We'll also pick apart a few statements and look at alternative ways which can accomplish the same goals.
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