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Warlords of Draenor's gear system and spirit as a secondary stat

There has been some discussion recently, on Twitter, between Lead Systems Designer Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street and several players about some elements of the new gearing system, and how it applies to healers.

First up, I feel like, before we get into the specifics, I should quickly wrap up how the new system will work. You won't understand the rest of the article without this knowledge, so let's rattle through it. The new gearing system works as follows:
  • A piece drops.
  • It is plate, mail, cloth or leather.
  • It has crit and haste as secondary stats.
  • Its primary stat will change according to your spec, so if you're a caster it will be intellect, melee DPS could be strength or agility and so on.
  • As you change spec, the primary stat changes with you.
  • The secondary stats (in this example, crit and haste) will not change.
  • There may also be tertiary stats on gear, such as +run speed, or -durability damage.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Raiding

Warlords of Draenor trademark registered in US and Europe

A few days ago Blizzard registered the trademark for Warlords of Draenor in New Zealand and Australia. Tonight, the same trademark has appeared in the US and Europe. The current speculation is that this might be the next World of Warcraft expansion; however, there has been no official announcement from Blizzard yet.

We'll all know the truth about WoW's next expansion this Friday at BlizzCon 2013.

UPDATE: Post edited to reflect that Warlords of Draenor also just appeared on the US trademark database tonight.

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Filed under: Blizzard, News items, BlizzCon

Blizzard trademarks Warlords of Draenor

Blizzard trademarks Warlords of Draenor
The trademark Warlords of Draenor has been registered by Blizzard in Australia and New Zealand, but has not yet appeared in the US. It's easy to speculate that this might be the next Warcraft expansion given the name, however there has been no official announcement or any hints from official sources.

We'll all know the truth about WoW's next expansion next Friday at BlizzCon 2013.

A screenshot of the trademark filing is after the break (since their trademark website does not allow for direct linking).

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Filed under: Blizzard, BlizzCon

Officers' Quarters: Brainstorming future perks

A blood elf and a valkyr
Every Monday, Scott Andrews contributes Officers' Quarters, a column about the ins and outs of guild leadership. He is the author of The Guild Leader's Handbook.

A few weeks from now, BlizzCon will reveal all about the next WoW expansion and the evolution of the game. Guild perks aren't really at the top of anyone's list of BlizzCon announcements, but they are nonetheless a big feature of guilds now. On that front, Mists took away more than it gave us. I'm hopeful that patch 6.0 will be more generous.

Here are some much-needed perks that Blizzard could provide.

Bait and Switch: While fishing, you have a 30% chance to catch extra fish.

Fishing has received lots of support in Mists, but the act of fishing is still deadly dull. Apologies to the last two people who enjoy it, but it is -- by a long shot -- the one thing in WoW I can't bring myself to do. The profession desperately needs an overhaul. Blizzard mentioned back in 2009 that such an overhaul was in the works, but it has yet to see the light of day.

Given that fish are often ingredients in feasts, noodle carts, etc., they are a commodity that guilds need. They are also the commodity that most guild members don't want to farm. A bonus to cut down on the time it takes to farm said fish would be very welcome.

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Filed under: Officers' Quarters (Guild Leadership)

WoW 6.0: A case for dual class dual spec

Monk and warrior tier sets
Please note that this article is 100% speculation!

Many people have wondered whether Blizzard may add a fourth spec to the existing classes in the next expansion. They've talked about a tanking spec for warlocks, a ranged DPS spec for paladins, a healing spec for mages, etc. It would be an amazing addition to the game for patch 6.0, and I would fully support it. However, fourth specs also seem highly unlikely.

Blizzard would have to implement and then continually balance 10-11 more specs (depending on whether druids get a fifth). That's a big kodo to rein in. It's almost like adding three new classes to the game.

We only have a sample size of one, but Blizzard chose not to add another class in the expansion following Wrath's death knight. It wouldn't surprise me if they chose not to during the next expansion, either. With declining subs, if they aren't adding another new class in the next expansion, they need to add a flashy new feature to our existing classes.

The next expansion has to get players excited about playing our classes. One new spell per class won't cut it. Talent trees are probably staying the way they are. Blizzard seems hesitant to add tri-spec, and I'm not sure tri-spec is a good thing for WoW anyway.

What could this new feature be? The radical new system I'm proposing would not just energize players -- it could also solve one of the game's longstanding problems. I'm going to call it dual class dual spec, or DCDS for short.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

Possible texture from the next expansion datamined in patch 5.4

Could this datamined doodad relate to WoW 60
Datamining must always, always, always be taken with a pinch of salt, and in this instance we'd actually recommend a whole bag of salt. But nonetheless, it is fun to speculate, and this sort of thing has happened in the past and actually turned out to lead somewhere. Back in 2007, WoW Insider's Eliah Hecht reported on a section of the PTR client called "Howling Fjord", and wondered whether this might link to some future expansion taking place in Northrend. Guess what happened?

And now we have word that there is a new item under expansion05 on the PTR client. For clarity, as far as we know, we are currently on expansion number four. Again it's worth taking all of this with a very large pinch of salt, but while the file itself is simply a bit of grey stuff, the name of the folder it's in is "Iron Horde", and its name is nex_envmap01t.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

"Awesome," the next expansion will be

'Awesome,' the next expansion will be
Fresh off the Twitter-sphere today is news that the next expansion will be "awesome." What kind of awesome? Well, the kind of awesome that Rob Pardo (Chief Creative Officer at Blizzard) delivers. And no matter what, awesome is better than Pardo announcing the next expansion will be terrible. So there's that at least...


All jokes aside, it is notable that Pardo is tweeting his involvement in this, even though he's always had his hand in WoW's expansions. Pardo does go on to say as well:


Pardo's announcement would have been a little bit cooler if he said it in Yoda-style.

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Filed under: Blizzard, News items

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