Rayless on the General Forums asks a question that I've always wondered about but never poked into; how exactly does phasing work
? If you've leveled through the Death Knight starting area
, done the Wrath Gate questline
, or quested in Icecrown (and you should really do all three), you've had the opportunity to see Blizzard's most intricate phasing in action
. However, Zarhym and Crygil are pretty cryptic on how it's done, and it's up to players to fill in the details.
In a nutshell, phasing is all about the information that's sent (or not sent) to your computer
by the game server; Blizzard can toy with anything that's not client-side
, affecting which buildings and NPCs you can "see" but not affecting the game's basic geography. I was surprised to discover that phasing has technically been in the game since launch -- ghosts and stealth are a form of phasing, as are (I would assume) the ghosts of Caer Darrow
-- but the hugely elaborate set pieces of Wrath
are simply a more complicated evolution
of the same mechanic.
Given the success of phasing, players have been kicking around suggestions for instances or zones that could do with a touch of it, and Gnomeregan seems to be a pretty consistent pick. I'd have to agree, but I'd also add the Echo Isles (the Gnomes and Trolls have overcome their low-level foes by now, surely?) and perhaps Duskwood for starters. Is there any other zone or instance that you think would benefit from a little reality-bending?
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