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#1 WildeHilde

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:18 AM

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We got a message from Blizzard about the developer chat on Thursday, April 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. PDT (2:30-3:30 a.m. CET)  

Good people of Azeroth, lend me your eyes!

We’ll be hosting a live World of Warcraft developer Q&A open to the community on Thursday, April 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. PDT. Designers Dave Kosak, Ion Hazzikostas, Brian Holinka, Cory Stockton, and Greg Street will be available to field your questions about Mists of Pandaria gameplay and design, patch 5.2 and beyond. This will be a moderated chat on the Cover it Live platform hosted on the front page of our official site. Community managers Bashiok, Crithto, Daxxarri, Rygarius, and I will be there to filter your submissions for the developers.

We receive thousands of questions each time we host these events, so please be patient with us and bear in mind that we won’t get to every question. You can help by keeping your inquiries concise and focused on one topic per entry. Submissions that are well over 200 characters, or contain multiple questions on an array of topics, are much less likely to receive responses. We want to cover as much ground as possible and appreciate your assistance in helping us to achieve that.

We look forward to chatting with you on Thursday!


About the Panelists


Brian Holinka, Senior PvP Game Designer
As a senior game designer on Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft® team, Brian Holinka focuses exclusively on continuing to make the World of Warcraft PvP experience enjoyable for all of its players. Holinka works with the systems and content teams to create a balanced competitive environment with exciting rewards and diverse content.
Prior to joining Blizzard Entertainment in 2012, Holinka worked on the multiplayer components of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, Homefront, and Frontlines: Fuel of War. Holinka got his start in the game industry moonlighting on the “Desert Combat” mod for Battlefield 1942 while serving as a Captain in the United States Air Force.

Dave Kosak, Lead Quest Designer
As Blizzard Entertainment's lead quest designer for World of Warcraft, Dave Kosak oversees the development of all quest content for the game and its expansions, as well as contributing to the overall fiction of the game world.
Prior to joining Blizzard Entertainment, Kosak was a co-founder and original creative director of GameSpy.

Ion Hazzikostas, Lead Encounter Designer
As lead encounter designer on the World of Warcraft® team, Ion Hazzikostas’s primary responsibility is overseeing the creation of the game’s dungeon and raid content. Hazzikostas joined Blizzard Entertainment in the summer of 2008 as a game designer, and his responsibilities have included raid boss design and implementation, class design and balancing, and maintaining the World of Warcraft achievement system. Prior to arriving at Blizzard, he worked as an attorney at a law firm in Washington, DC.
In his spare time, Hazzikostas enjoys exploring Southern California in search of craft beer. Having grown up in New York City, he is a lifelong Yankees fan.

Cory Stockton, Lead Content Designer
As Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.'s lead content designer for World of Warcraft®, Cory Stockton is responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of all exterior zones, dungeons, Battlegrounds, Arenas, and cities. He is also involved with many other aspects of the game, such as dungeon scripting and the Pet Battle System.
Stockton started at Blizzard Entertainment in June 2005 as lead dungeon designer before transitioning to his current role. Prior to his arrival, he was a lead designer on the Ratchet & Clank series and also contributed extensively to the Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver series.
In his spare time, Stockton plays games extensively, and enjoys collecting classic consoles and games. He holds an associate's degree in computer animation from the Art Institute of Phoenix.

Greg Street, Lead Systems Designer
As the lead systems designer for World of Warcraft®, Greg Street is one of the two lead designers on the team that reports to the Game Director. He leads a team that is in charge of World of Warcraft class, item and tradeskill design. He and his team also design the user interface for the game and handle all of the various combat calculations and number tuning.

#2 Apsco60

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:29 AM

go over mages in PvP please. Dat shit cray

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:38 AM

[quote name='Apsco60' timestamp='1366630150' post='3878621']
go over mages in PvP please. Dat shit cray
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and hunters + rogues.

ot: let's hope this q and a wont be as big of a dissapointment as the rest, where they only answer 1200 rated players that complain about something unneccecary like shadow word deathing polys is overpowered.

Edited by Hyuru, 22 April 2013 - 11:39 AM.


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Posted 23 April 2013 - 01:22 PM

This will be moderated chat, do you really think they will let in questions, which they cannot answer.
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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:10 PM

In my opinion the biggest issue for arena currently is burst. They need to address it and perhaps implement critical hit reduction for resilience again but they don't know how since majority of resilience is baseline and soon will all be baseline. Smooth spikes in damage and then adjust battle fatigue for healing. Smoothing the damage spikes will buff classes that do good steady damage like marksman and affliction without hurting or buffing them in PVE. In the same way it will nerf the classes like mages and rogues whose entire play style revolves around bursting down their opponent. This is so much of the problem currently, it is bigger than just a class problem.
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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:25 PM

im ready for the "we're looking into it" answer.

i wonder if they realize the ladders just going to migrate from spriests or hunters in every team, to just hunters on every team.  if they answer any questions with a real answer regarding hunter cc not "we think its ok" i'll be shocked

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:32 PM

[quote name='kazuhmeer' timestamp='1366752322' post='3879311']
im ready for the "we're looking into it" answer.

i wonder if they realize the ladders just going to migrate from spriests or hunters in every team, to just hunters on every team.  if they answer any questions with a real answer regarding hunter cc not "we think its ok" i'll be shocked
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I dont even think they will go into that specific questions, there are more than just PvP designers there. There will be countless character, dungeon, next expansion, lore, next class, next race, next raid, petbattles and so much more questions, that there will be maximum 5 pvp question, and i would be shocked if there are more than 10.

All of them will be the usual "how will resilience work", "what about world pvp!", "amount of cc" and then we run out of time
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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:52 PM

[quote name='Darksoldierr' timestamp='1366752741' post='3879318'] All of them will be the usual "how will resilience work", "what about world pvp!", "amount of cc" and then we run out of time
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Sadly this is probably exactly how it will go down. They need to slow the game down and make it more about CC and not about CDs. Only way to do that is reducing the burst.
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