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It's pretty messed up atm.
The plus side the individual templates finally mean they can just tweak damage and healing for spec without a backlash from the pve peeps.
On the downside some of the new mechanics are mindbogglingly stupid... We have everything from 20 sec long aura masteries when you get locked out/ 2 schools of healing for disc (shadow mend)/ Vengeance sigils (which is essentially fear trap and a silence trap)/ Massive CD stacking still.
Largely though the burst and numbers for melee are so out of whack it's just a derp fest.
The pve/pvp split though is the best move they've done for a number of years, just hope they're not against completely changing some of the pvp talents post release.
So, apart from arming ourselves up with patience, is there anything else we can do to prevent people like this playing this game?
In game atm, unless your streaming all your games and sending super detailed hack reports with video evidence via email then no. The report function is nearly pointless and as far as I'm aware blizz isn't tracking reaction times in pvp.
As a game though, they wanted addon creators so opened up a lot of info to the players which now gets abused. It's why sc2 had map hacks (replay system) and why league won't introduce replays. Then their weak ass stance on it all was the final nail, 72 hour ban for cheating? Entire thing was a fucking joke, people have been getting away with it for years and it's so ingrained into them by now nothing short of finding a way to perma ban every account they open will stop them doing it. Then when they do find someone who's been dumb enough to get caught what? 4 times? with months if not years between each wave they can still keep their bnet account and half the shit they value.
Their stance on Overwatch is the right one if they follow through. No chances, just perma ban anyone caught from the beginning. WoW's pretty fucked though, you just accept that you'll run into people cheating (with surprising frequency) and if it pisses you off too much then the games not worth your time anymore.
Gross was partnered with twitch. Slander/defamation of character like that over such a media not only opens up himself to being sued but also twitch as a company. Who ultimately has a responsibility to the content that goes out.
If they'd done nothing and he'd continued throwing out random accusations eventually getting himself in trouble you can be damn sure with the resulting coverage it got people would be asking why the hell twitch didn't step in and stop it.
Also the whole twitter issue, if your affiliated with a company (sponsored/work for them etc) and you go and say some stupidly hateful/racist etc shit ANYWHERE they have the right to end that relationship. It DOES reflect badly on their image if they partner with morons.
Not found anything promising yet, gameplay is worse than WoD (expected, it's alpha). The pruning is depressing and they seem have added more self healing to dps specs whilst reducing the complexity of pretty much everything. Can't outplay people who spam 2 buttons when you have no options yourself.
Also how the fuck do you make cap totem worse? Like it's a hard thing to do but they managed it on top of making spirit link clunky as fuck.
Resigned myself to grinding a resto druid (sit bear form, crushing melee without ever having to shift out) up some pvp levels to test stuff until it dc'd me in arena then threw my character into limbo for all eternity.
if they nerfed passive wall disc would die ridiculously fast to cleaves because they have nothing to kite with. even through 30% wall i died 100>0 the other day in a fists of fury
implying shaman isn't stupidly simple either when you just need to effectively spam unleashed riptides and dispels to keep someone topped
Everything dies ridiculously fast to cleaves... being killed in a single stun is pretty much the norm for the majority of specs, gz on experiencing it once. And yeah disc is by far the simplest healer to play right now but why even get defensive about it? Don't you want the spec to have some complexity back? Do you enjoy playing disc in the current state where it's entire viability is based on the numbers saving grace can pump out? The specs entirely binary and reliant on instant casts + being extremely tanky due to a passive. Crap like that doesn't help the game in any way when they could have something so much better in it's place.
Pretty sure he's taking the piss, last beta i sent in bug reports that weren't fixed till 2-6 months after the expaision launched. Sat there watching healer crits be 175% instead of 150%, prismatic crystal be treated as an npc for crit/multi purposes (it started as a level 5 mob so you just one shot things for a week whenever you dropped it on someones head due to crit/damage scaling on low level npcs). Then blizz do a balance patch a week before launch, buff shit by 15-50% on random abilities, still leave bugs in (mops "naa boyz, stampede isn't bugged") and expect decent "pvp" feedback etc.
The beta is purely there for bug reports because changes happen so often ("we haven't balanced values yet") complaining about numbers is largely pointless.
Also, when in the last 12 months you've seen hundreds of useful forum posts about how to make the game less shit that have all been ignored... and he's asking for feedback. That's some top level trolling.
Healing isn't fun after the nerf. The impact you have on a game as a healer has steadilly decreased for a long time now, it's boring never being able to really "outplay" people anymore just because dps cry on various forums everytime they have to use some semblance of intelligence before they use an offensive cooldown.
Victories feel pretty hollow when your team says "yeah we didn't do much but pve that game" and losing to sustained damage when your opponents can't even land a fucking interrupt is rather rage inducing.
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Blizz were like "This end of season dramas shit man, where the fucks bigmoran gone? Time to mix it up."
And the problem with what you are saying is that although bans get rid of hb muppets in bgs and hb faggots in arena, it doesn't replace the people who just used it for gear and alts, so you are left with half of the community you had. If not even less.
Except i'd rather they ban all HB users than ignore them all just so a few people could honor grind and level alts. Your char shows as a hunter so you might not have experienced the frustration at queueing into a fully combat routined up/interrupt botting cleave but it completely rips the fun out of the game EVEN when you win. The very fact that people get high with such bots destroys the any sort of competativeness there is... and don't get me wrong, this is just another pointless video game too many people waste their time on.. but we all play it to be somewhat competative and test our game knowledge/reactions against ACTUAL PEOPLE. So fuck HB users, you're supporting one of the things that is slowly killing a game we invested time into and enjoy.
I don't really think half the people who got banned really care because of how shit the game is right now (or at least I wouldn't), but honestly if you think arena is going to be more enjoyable next season after this you are dead wrong. Yeah, you might not see kick bots or vitalics anymore which that shit only got those losers so high anyway before it even mattered but honestly... you won't be seeing any teams. You think its dead now? You just wait this is going to kill arenas.
Yeah because noone ever had to sit in long queues pre bg merge right? How will we cope... I'd rather have long queue times again and games against real people than constantly queue into fuckwits who bought a hb plugin. Also given i've not put any sort of emphasis on titles/ratings for years now then i'm more than happy at not having to queue into people who feel the need to cheat. Thats not taking into account the fact the game actually feels more alive now every dungeon/bg etc isn't infested with hb controlled muppets.
Everyone like "lel yes arena will rule now no bots" until they realise majority of the people they qd with bot gear and levels are banned. You might not q into moron kick bots now but that won't matter you got no one to q with.
Or we'll just enjoy the game without 50% of the hunter/rogues we queue into not being vitalic/gladsuite routine running fuckbags?
Blizz did something right for a change and people still complain. Anyone who's whining about getting banned for levelling.... It's a shortcut with risks, you got caught and have nothing to complain about tbh. You expect gm's to sit watching your account for extended periods of time to find out if you're maliciously botting or not?
Maybe have some common sense and not fucking bot in the 1st place if you're going to bitch about being banned?