Aug 212009
 

So, to kick off the Cataclysm discussion (I’ve been holding off until Blizz officially confirmed it, but MMO-Champion nailed it like usual), here’s a list of the discussion-worthy new features from the preview panel. Obviously, this isn’t a whole list, but I don’t think I need to explain that xpac = new monsters and raids. :) All this is from wow.com’s liveblog…can’t exactly stream the panel from work.

Guild Levels

Guilds will now have a “guild level,” which is advanced by guild members performing different stuff. High-level guilds get access to perks, such as cheaper repairs/less durability loss and mass rezz. 

WIN. Sorry. I don’t usually devolve into Internet speak, but this has now become, IMHO, the biggest thing I’m looking forward to. While it won’t make much difference for high-end raid guilds (who will minmax it as another raiding buff, as always), this will really breathe life into more-casual guilds, and create more ties to prevent guildhopping. Looking forward to the details, but three questions spring to mind immediately.

1. How do you level the guild? If it’s a point/badge type system, which I expect, then any guild can eventually reach max level, it’ll just take time and persistence. If it’s an unlockable/achievement type system, then only skilled guilds will be able to max it. Either way, there will be conflict between  skilled guilds (who want guild achievements to demonstrate/differentiate their progress) and casual guilds (who don’t want to be shut out of perks).

2. What are the bonuses, and will they be required to raid? Hopefully, from what I’ve seen, Blizz is going down the convenience bonus path. I think this is vastly better then a character stat boost, which has to be then taken into account when balancing raids.

3. So, we have new phasing tech, and we have guild levels…WTB guild housing? I know, the topic’s been discussed to death, and I’m pretty sure we’ll never see player housing, but we’re so close to guild housing now. Tell you what Blizz; If customized guild housing isn’t possible, just make a single instanced “guild hall,”  (or non-instanced, if the phasing tech is usable) and let the guild levels be used to unlock a mailbox, repair NPC, bank access, etc. Stick one in SW and Org (or 1 in each main city if you get ambitious) and call it a day. I know you don’t want to put too much into a guild hall (don’t want to depopulate the main cities further…low levels like seeing high levels run around), but we really need some tangible rewards from this guild level thing.

Character Customization

Top level 85. No new talent tier, so just 5 more pts to invest in current trees. Talents depowered, new “mastery system” installed to do the +10% dmg bonuses and such. New progression path, Path of the Titans, leveled via new secondary skill, Archeology.

Well, we knew they’d have to get the spiraling gear levels under control at some point. I’d imagine that the gear reset will not be nearly as severe for the new expansion. The talent changes were unexpected, but this should (hopefully) make the trees much easier to balance, which frees up dev time. Can’t really say more until we see what the bonuses are. So far, I like the idea of the new progression path…reminds me quite a bit of EQ2’s AA system.

Azeroth Revamp

Flying available in Azeroth. Most zones reshaped/reworked to improve leveling experience.

This is a GREAT idea by Blizz, and it has all kinds of upside. Players like it–let’s face it, most players try to level as fast as possible to get out of Azeroth and into OL/Northrend, which is a shame. From Blizz’s perspective, though, they don’t have to use dev resources on a whole new continent, which makes things much easier. (Yes, they’ll probably have more TOTAL work to do, but much less initial design/prep.) This trick only works once, though…they won’t be able to get away with an “Outlands remodel.” :)

New Races: Worgen/Goblins

Not much to say that others haven’t already said. Worgen druids seem odd, but I’ll get used to it (druids are supposed to be friends to nature…does anyone see a werewolf as nature-friendly?).  Other than that, good all around.

Looking forward to what else drops from Blizzcon.

 

  91 Responses to “Thoughts from the Blizzcon Cataclysm Preview”

  1. Layup is a very basic basketball skills maybe everyone layup but there is a way of layup is not everyone that is wrong step layup.
    asics gel kayano 24

  2. Thoughts from the Blizzcon Cataclysm Preview – The Fluid Druid
    aylrnqzeegz
    [url=http://www.gxgl376396c2u0pm75p08pc72vse9t8cs.org/]uylrnqzeegz[/url]
    ylrnqzeegz http://www.gxgl376396c2u0pm75p08pc72vse9t8cs.org/

  3. Quer saber mais sobre otimização de internet sites?

  4. Because Michael Owen at the side of huang zhan, so his nickname called small report.The earliest Owen left the impression of the world, is probably the flashy passing movements and dazzling breakthroughs, remember in the rookie challenge, he drew down two slipped past knight
    calvin klein

  5. Owen said: “Cleveland need game.”Indeed, they rested for too long.In green, and the wizards to after the tiebreak, the beginning of the knight’s eastern conference finals first time has pushed the next Wednesday.
    adidas nmd shoes

  6. The noises and stressful the playoffs.”We are eager to match.”Owen said.Knight should first game will be on Thursday in east, and before them
    puma suede

  7. Carey – Owen about injury of varese, said it happened out how knight players want to play games.”I was about to enter a 5 on 5 game, but after three seconds, varese is injured
    nike hyperdunk

  8. Draft of the same year on the bottom rookie will be what?In general the draft should be able to blow the other party, who would have thought them took Owen on the 60th pick small Thomas in the same year, he turned out to be in the position of the challenger?
    curry 3 shoes

  9. “I don’t think eastern conference finals will be a long war, knight’s strength is too strong. The celtics nobody with lebron, they even Owen this level of star all have no, they are really no one can stop the knight.
    adidas eqt

  10. The NBA playoffs now for today, have determined the warriors in the western conference and will compete for a spot in the finals quota, knight still don’t know who his opponent was.However, even in the face of the celtics or the wizards, presumably knight will be
    stephen curry shoes

  11. Smirnoff’s online bartenders responded with suggestions for great cocktails, based on what they could see in the pictures.
    Wholesale Football Jerseys

  12. Hi, i believe that i saw you visited my weblog so i got here to “return the desire”.I am trying to find issues to improve my site!I suppose its adequate to make use of a few of your concepts!!

  13. The noises and stressful the playoffs.”We are eager to match.”Owen said.Knight should first game will be on Thursday in east, and before them
    Curry Shoes

  14. For Jordan and gregg popovich comments James never hit back, but just yesterday in the knight’s basketball stadium set aside a James training video, far look like illusions emerged both Owen, a carefully look just know is James
    calvin klein

  15. NBA players in addition to playing badly, and also an art cells, for two consecutive years in the NBA finals two teams join forces with the warriors and knight, but only two dancers, two teams played neck and neck, dancing is close, take a look at
    barbour jackets

  16. Great post, I believe people should larn a lot from this weblog its real user pleasant. So much wonderful information on here :D.

  17. Rattling wonderful information can be found on weblog.

  18. Outstanding share indeed. Friend on mine has been waiting for this content.

  19. Hello, Neat post. There’s an issue along with your web site in internet explorer, may check this… IE still is the marketplace leader and a big section of people will pass over your fantastic writing due to this problem.

  20. In these days of austerity and relative anxiety about taking on debt, some people balk up against the idea of using a credit card to make acquisition of merchandise or even pay for a holiday, preferring, instead to rely on the actual tried and trusted way of making transaction – cash. However, if you’ve got the cash on hand to make the purchase fully, then, paradoxically, this is the best time just to be able to use the credit card for several motives.

  21. ”PEC: What sort of data are you referring to? Let’s just cite that example you gave us: a shopper in New York versus a shopper in Dallas.
    Cheap NFL Jerseys China

  22. ”PEC: Since ISPs monitor activity, what’s an acceptable open rate or an acceptable click-through rate? Atkins: “There are a couple things to remember.
    Wholesale China Jerseys

  23. From a merchant perspective, now, I will grant you we only talk to merchants who have “real businesses,” but for a merchant, I don’t care if they’re doing $10,000 a year or $20 million a year in online sales, for someone who is in those shoes to find out that for a small fee in the neighborhood of $100 a year that they’re not only guaranteed that all of their payment gateways and shipping modules are going to keep working, but that they’re going to get constant improvements, they’re going to stay certified with Visa and MasterCard and all those other things.
    Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping

  24. With three points to beat John wall, the day before yesterday the wizards will competition into the tiebreak wars, 8:00 tomorrow the wizards will be tie-break at Celtic and rival.
    nike kyrie 4

  25. Thanks for the several tips contributed on this blog. I have observed that many insurance providers offer customers generous special discounts if they elect to insure multiple cars together. A significant quantity of households possess several automobiles these days, particularly those with more aged teenage children still living at home, as well as the savings on policies can easily soon begin. So it makes sense to look for a good deal.

  26. According to The Fear of The Sword, The knight’s point guard deron Williams is a fan of MMA (mixed), compared to The basketball game, deron prefer to watch The ultimate fighting championship.Deron Williams recently said in an interview, he retired from the NBA
    kyrie 4

  27. Draft of the same year on the bottom rookie will be what?In general the draft should be able to blow the other party, who would have thought them took Owen on the 60th pick small Thomas in the same year, he turned out to be in the position of the challenger?
    yeezy shoes

  28. Knight finally written pledge to fulfill a military order!Owen Jefferson suspected the contradiction, huang zhan anger: don’t win playoff team and the team retired showdown between the more and more intense, will the rockets in just eliminated the spurs tomorrow will come and warriors in the first fight
    adidas pure boost

  29. Layup is a very basic basketball skills maybe everyone layup but there is a way of layup is not everyone that is wrong step layup.
    nike vapormax

  30. According to The Fear of The Sword, The knight’s point guard deron Williams is a fan of MMA (mixed), compared to The basketball game, deron prefer to watch The ultimate fighting championship.Deron Williams recently said in an interview, he retired from the NBA
    Lebron Shoes

  31. Layup is a very basic basketball skills maybe everyone layup but there is a way of layup is not everyone that is wrong step layup.
    asics shoes

  32. Owen said: “Cleveland need game.”Indeed, they rested for too long.In green, and the wizards to after the tiebreak, the beginning of the knight’s eastern conference finals first time has pushed the next Wednesday.
    yeezy boost

  33. Large merchants, such as Target, Avon, Overstock, Dell and Walmart, for example, have strong affiliate marketing programs.
    NFL Jerseys Supply

  34. Good post right here. One thing I would really like to say is that often most professional job areas consider the Bachelor Degree just as the entry level standard for an online degree. Although Associate College diplomas are a great way to begin, completing your current Bachelors starts up many good opportunities to various professions, there are numerous internet Bachelor Diploma Programs available through institutions like The University of Phoenix, Intercontinental University Online and Kaplan. Another concern is that many brick and mortar institutions offer you Online editions of their degree programs but often for a extensively higher amount of money than the firms that specialize in online college degree plans.

  35. NBA players in addition to playing badly, and also an art cells, for two consecutive years in the NBA finals two teams join forces with the warriors and knight, but only two dancers, two teams played neck and neck, dancing is close, take a look at
    nike sb dunk

  36. My brother suggested I would possibly like this web site. He was entirely right. This put up actually made my day. You can not consider just how a lot time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  37. One thing is that when you are searching for a education loan you may find that you will want a cosigner. There are many circumstances where this is correct because you might discover that you do not employ a past credit standing so the bank will require that you have someone cosign the loan for you. Good post.

  38. Wow! Thank you! I always wanted to write on my blog something like that. Can I take a part of your post to my website?

  39. Layup is a very basic basketball skills maybe everyone layup but there is a way of layup is not everyone that is wrong step layup.
    barbour jackets

  40. The noises and stressful the playoffs.”We are eager to match.”Owen said.Knight should first game will be on Thursday in east, and before them
    kd shoes

 Leave a Reply

(required)

(required)