Quite a bit of news this week... namely, after fully clearing Dragon Soul since its launch, I FINALLY have The Sleeper and The Dreamer. Other than that, I must apologize for not actually GENERATING content, just regurgitating that of others that I found interesting for you to read. It is still a bit of the busy season for me, and lately it has been get up in the morning, go to work, get home from work just in time for raid, go to bed, rinse and repeat.
Something else I have to mention... I really think it is a bad plan for Blizzard to cancel Blizzcon this year. Well, the reality is that they didn't cancel it, they never scheduled it in the first place. But we all got used to it happening every year and many were looking forward to attending it again this fall. But why do I think it is a bad idea? Because they will have launched at least two new products and need to capitalize on the hype. They also need to be ready to apologize for the pandas: "Hey, we're sorry. It was a bad joke, Ghostcrawler took too much LSD and we all just went along with it. We're already hard at work on the next expansion, 'Clouds of Misguided Ideas.' Please forgive us and come back to play?" But in all seriousness, I am looking forward to seeing what Mists of Pandaria have in store for us, and hope to all that is holy that they fix the rogue talent tree before launch. Maybe instead of Blizzcon we can stage an #OccupyBlizzard camp on their lawn and hold our own impromptu "Dev Q&A" sessions by ambushing them 60 Minutes style. Or if its the developers who approved the rogue talent tree, just ambush them.
Anyhow, on to the wrapup:
Today's Q&A was on "Class Design & Balance" in the upcoming Mists of Pandaland expansion so there was actually a bit more meat on the bones they tossed the rogues this time. Not a whole hell of a lot, but enough to keep us gnawing.
I was even more prepared this time with (what I thought was) a well crafted question that could be appreciated by all the pure DPS classes. Since I came in a bit later, I scanned the whole log to make sure my question wasn't asked and even added relevant bits from the previous answers given: GC mentioned earlier that you "want to make sure there are pure DPS classes in raids" and that "will take steps to make sure the pures don't vanish." Can you elaborate further on this? What sorts of things will make it more viable to take my rogue over a feral druid that can pop out and drop an emergency tranquility as well as provide the raid with an all around 5% buff? Is this something you plan to address by buffing the utility of pure DPS classes or making their damage a bit above the others to compensate for the lack of utility?
Did we get an answer? Let's take a look shall we?
So, Blizzard hosted it's first Live Chat Q&A this afternoon, and I had high hopes. While I was disappointed that they didn't go into as much detail as I would have liked (or answered my question about upcoming Rogue utility), the overall experience was very positive and I hope they continue to do this in the future. There were a couple things pertinent to those of the shadowy nature from the CoverItLive MoP Q&A today...