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#4543338 ....legion? :'(

Posted Friedkitteh on 22 November 2015 - 09:41 PM

View PostDizzeeyo, on 22 November 2015 - 09:30 PM, said:

30% chance on damage taken for one extra blink every 30 seconds

vs Ice Block

yup, the possibilities :)

Block being a 5 min CD, you should at least consider the Blink option for when you need to kite a lot more. But yeah, let us not try to see what we can do with our new toolkit and just cry about how it's not like before :)

#4543269 ....legion? :'(

Posted washboardabsx on 22 November 2015 - 08:23 PM

View PostDizzeeyo, on 22 November 2015 - 08:15 PM, said:

based on what we have currently?

deep freeze removed
invisibility removed
talent trees where we will pick one talent 99% of the time in every single situation
ice block as a talent LOL
cone of cold made frost only - arcane's only snare is slow and fire has no snares
blazing speed merged with cauterize, shares a tier with ice block so not like its a choice anyway hehe

do you want more or will that do for now?

Wow mages might actually be glass cannons instead of Gods. What terrible ideas blizz.

#4543218 ....legion? :'(

Posted Friedkitteh on 22 November 2015 - 07:32 PM

What, are you serious?

Legion is looking so sick to me :confused:

#4543203 ....legion? :'(

Posted polesmoker72 on 22 November 2015 - 07:23 PM

ur gunna play it anyway loser

#4543164 I learned my lesson, it's all datamined info.

Posted dizzcord on 22 November 2015 - 05:02 PM

View PostImtaz, on 22 November 2015 - 04:19 PM, said:

Its like they are pruning every pvp related ability and bringing them back into talents..

So u can raid on ps4 in legion

#4542483 Legion Beta Datamined talents.

Posted Knaittiz on 21 November 2015 - 12:22 PM

View PostDistorpia, on 21 November 2015 - 11:15 AM, said:

I remember them saying previously that any pvp related abilities/talents are most likely being moved to the pvp talents, don't remember where the link is though.
Yeah looks like they are removing all the abilities that are kinda only useful in pvp so casuals don't have to worry about having too many spells on their action bars while PvEing

#4542480 Legion Beta Datamined talents.

Posted Knaittiz on 21 November 2015 - 12:19 PM

View Postjusticecute, on 21 November 2015 - 10:24 AM, said:

Retribution: When any party or raid member within 40 yards dies, you gain 100% increased damage for 10 sec.

lol kill my partner get killed
New fotm: double ret and a naked guy who runs in and dies, rets pop wings and win the game

#4542288 Legion Warlock Preview

Posted Distorpia on 21 November 2015 - 09:30 AM

Legion beta talent datamined here : http://www.wowhead.c...changes#warlock

Still in the early phases though, so most of them will change / not make it to live.

#4541556 Legion Warlock Preview

Posted Nadagast on 19 November 2015 - 10:13 PM

I'm happy about Dark Soul, Charred Remains, and Soul Swap being removed

#4540158 Scripted PvP

Posted Bigmoran on 17 November 2015 - 02:20 AM

I was originally going to post this article on Skill-capped. After some deliberation, I decided it would be better suited for AJ. I needed something meaningful for my 1000th post on this website. Even if you don't read this entire post, try and think about what you REALLY value in PvP. Consider what makes you happy and what makes you feel rewarded. The future of WoW PvP rests in the ability not to create balance, but instead to make the game into a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

I've mentioned countless times in threads and on social media that WoD PvP feels scripted. My attitude is not uncommon. Plenty of other players have also expressed feelings of redundancy in gameplay. Overall, enjoyment of PvP seems to be at an all time low. While quantification of player satisfaction is often difficult to guage, the drop in sub numbers--down to a point in which Blizzard will no longer report them--suggests that less and less people are enjoying World of Warcraft. The goal of this article is to show how the scripted feeling of PvP and the lack of rewarding gameplay has contributed to the growing sentiment that PvP is not nearly as fun as it used to be.

What IS the Script?

I should first explain what I mean by 'scripted.' In order to do this, consider how a script works. A script is a series of relationships between conditional statements. A conditional statement is a simple if, then relationship. Here is an example of how this 'scripted' PvP paradigm might play out in an arena match:

-If the enemy Mage uses Polymorph, then I will use Counterspell
-If the enemy Mage is Counterspelled on Polymorph, then I will use Polymorph.

While this may not seem damaging at first, consider the fact that nearly all of the important decisions we make during an arena game revolve around this algorithmic way of thinking. For every enemy action, there is an optimal player reaction that is determined by the 'script' of PvP. For every matchup, there is one optimal strategy. This makes winning feel significantly less rewarding and meaningful. The script makes arena wins feel less like an experience full of ingenuity and creativity and more like persistent, monotonous labor. If you know exactly how a game will play out, your experience will ultimately suffer.

As an aside, there is one thing that we often shake our fists at in PvP. Although we tend to hate RNG, it is the only thing that interferes with the normal operations of the script. Consider an arena game where two teams perfectly matched. They have exactly the same gear, play on the same latency, and have the exact same strategy. Assume that either team will try its absolute best to score a kill while preventing deaths of its own teammates. Under these conditions, what would determine the outcome of the match? It would have to be RNG! If one team gets a series of critical strikes or multistrikes at the right time, it will allow the match to deviate from its harmonious scripted balance. I should add that RNG (and specifically critical strikes) actually contribute to our enjoyment of the game. Oftentimes players will suggest removing crits from the game. Doing so would be damaging to our enjoyment of gameplay. While it may seem meaningless, scoring critical strikes is one of the most intrinsically satisfying elements of gameplay. We love seeing the big numbers. We are enamored by our own ability to deal damage that lights up as slightly bigger font on our screen. I am not kidding. Big numbers feel better, and in a game we are wanting to feel good.

Holinka's Pacing Argument

Recently, PvP developer Brian Holinka posted on Twitter that the average length of games during the World Championships was five and a half minutes. Loosely veiled behind this metric is the idea that PvP is improving because the duration of tournament games is getting shorter. It is true that spectators want shorter games. During Cataclysm and especially during Mists of Pandaria, many players argued that tournament matches were exhausting to watch. It was quite common in MoP to see two wizard cleaves battle it out for 10-15 minutes in a series that could potentially last five games. All in all this provided for a very boring viewer experience.
The problem with this argument is that the pacing does not matter if the match itself is painfully predictable. If you carefully watch the final series between SK-Gaming and Skill-Capped, you can see just how repetitive the game is during its 5.5 minute average duration. Every 30 seconds, Skill-Capped's RMD does the following things:

-Uses either Bash or Cheapshot on SK's Warrior
-Cyclones SK's Warrior
-Kidney Shots SK's Shaman (the kill target)
-Deep Freezes SK's Druid
-Polymorphs SK's Druid

While there is some degree of variance to how this setup is executed, the fact remains that every 30 seconds the RMD is doing exactly the same thing. So in a five minute game, you can expect the same exact thing to happen over and over and over until SK-Gaming makes a mistake or Skill-Capped falls to the attrition of dampening. And by all means, I'm not blaming either team for playing the way they do. For the most part there is no flexibility with either team's strat. I had the opportunity to talk to Healingstat (Skill-Capped's Druid) and I asked him why they never tried to kill SK's Warrior despite him sitting in Battle Stance for the majority of the game, sometimes without a PvP trinket. His reply was that they had played thousands of games against each other and that the 30-second setup strat on the Shaman is the only strat the consistently works. In other words, deviating from the script of going Shaman is utterly futile. There is no point in playing creatively because it does not win games. (I should add that I also heard that Boetar raged at Joefernandes for intervening a Blind because he "didn't know what to trinket." If there is anything that grossly reinforces the script, this is certainly it.)

Bring Back Reward

Of all the things that threaten WoW's ability to remain the most successful MMO of all time, its the fact that the game itself feels unrewarding. While I feel like the script has definitely contributed to this, there are numerous other examples in which gameplay itself does not feel like a rewarding experience. One instance of this is the conversion of many abilities into passive perks and set bonuses. Nature's Grasp was removed from the game and instead turned into a set bonus connected with use of Barkskin and Ironbark. Cold Blood was also pruned and converted into the four piece set bonus for Assassination Rogues. The real damage of pruning is that it left many of its removed abilities into mechanics attached to other spells. Two abilities became one. Two globals became one. Passives are not fun in virtue of being passive. You do not actually perform them--they just happen. Mages don't look at their Flameglow reducing damage and say, "Man, this is awesome!"

Another gross example of unrewarding gameplay is the conversion of many hardcasted damaging spells into instant cast burst abilities. Ice Nova is an ability that not only removes 50% of your root control, but also tunnel visions gameplay into managing two charges of a boring spell. Casted spells always feel better than instant casts. Hard casting involves risk and should result in high payoff. While I do think the class has some deep seeded balance and design problems, Destruction Warlocks are a perfect example of well-balanced risk/reward. Chaos Bolt is a long cast time that deals large damage. When it successfully lands, the Warlock feels like they have done something that required diligent effort. Compare this with the feeling of using two Ice Novas. There is little to no risk (outside of breaking CC). The ability is pressed and the damage is dealt. End of story.

The Hybrid Problem

While this has been an important point of discussion for ages, something needs to be done to address the strength and role of hybrid DPS in matchups. Hybrid healing was gutted for Balance Druids, Shadow Priests, and Elemental Shamans but still remains a problem for Feral Druids, Enhancement Shamans, and Retribution Paladins (perhaps WW Monks to an extend as well). These physical DPS classes are able to provide instant cast heals to themselves and their partners and are able to maintain high damage AND healing throughput over the course of a 3v3 match. There is no good reason that an Enhancement Shaman should be able to do 20k DPS in a game while also doing 10k HPS.

Some Nostalgia

Although he is one of the most controversial posters on this site, Bilian's PvP video continues to be one of my favorite PvP videos of all time. The RMP clips remind me of a time where gameplay was creative and each player made unique contributions to scoring kills.

#4539759 How to get r1

Posted Itsnotenough on 16 November 2015 - 12:34 PM

If you are too bad and you can't get r1 qing in prime time,just wintrade and follow the steps.
Try to queue when noone is qing and not to much because you can get snipe.

disgusting wintraders:

1.You have to feed a friends team with alts,so they'll be high mmr.
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2.then you log your main and you get your points back.
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Finally repeat the steps till you are r1.
Maybe is bad luck on alts Kappa.

#4539606 So uh... Horde again in legion?

Posted Nicholaes92 on 15 November 2015 - 09:48 PM

Buy legion
Get free 100 boost
Make horde

Man that was a tough one guys

#4537404 Legion Warlock Preview

Posted Chanimal on 10 November 2015 - 05:40 PM

as long as soulburn haunt is gone

#4536759 Legion Class Preview: Priests

Posted Naraga on 09 November 2015 - 06:01 PM

I posted this in the Priest forum too, but insanity can only been seen as a red buff mechanic. You use your normal rotation to build insanity, it passively activates when you reach 100 and then lets you do extra damage while still doing the exact same rotation. Insanity is exactly the kind of mechanic everyone wants the game to move away from.

#4535511 Blizzcon

Posted Chickz on 07 November 2015 - 04:20 PM

lets go adrian

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