It’s the big BlizzCon episode folks! Warlords of Draenor is the next World of Warcraft expansion and we have all the the updates on what you can expect. We cover new player models, Garrisons, raid changes, lore, Hunter talents, and much, much more, including live updates from the Raid and Quest panel that was happening live during the podcast.
As expected, Warlords of Draenor will be the next expansion for World of Warcraft, and it looks to be awesome. I went and read my reaction post to Mists of Pandaria because I seemed to recall that I wasn’t too keen on it, and indeed, other than the Hunter changes I was somewhat luke-warm about that announcement. I can tell you that is not the case with Warlords of Draenor. I’m stoked for it!
A lot of people thought that Burning Crusade was the best expansion. Now, I don’t know if that’s because of the features or the lore, or what, but a lot people really liked it. This is shaping up to be Burning Crusade 2.0. All the great lore of Burning Crusade combined with all of the great features and enhancements that have been introduced to the game since.
It’s only been day one of Blizzcon, but a lot has been revealed thus far. Here’s a quick list of what we can expect, and of course, we’ll have lots to say about it on the Saturday’s podcast.
- New world of Draenor with seven zones and one PvP zone.
- Level cap increased to 100.
- Build your personal Garrison (think farm, but way more awesome).
- A level 90 character upgrade.
- Six new dungeons and two new raids.
- New player character models.
- New Challenge modes.
- New Battlegrounds and World Bosses.
- New Normal and Heroic Scenarios.
- New class talents and permanent ability bonuses.
- New flexible raid formats
- Raid Finder (10-25)
- Normal (10-25)
- Heroic (10-25)
- Mythic (20)
There’s a lot to digest here and a lot more information still to be revealed. I love what I’ve heard so far and all I can say is – I CAN HAZ BETA NOW!?
BlizzCon has arrived and later today we should get some details on the next World of Warcraft expansion, which is expected to be called Warlords of Draenor. If I were a betting man, I’d say we’re leaving Azeroth to face off against the Burning Legion. Can you say Burning Crusade 2.0?
In podcast news, RogerBrown will not be on the show this weekened. The BlizzCon schedule just doesn’t synch up with the podcast. We will have him on the show on November 30th.
I’m going to miss the podcast on November 16 and 23rd, but I believe Arth has some things planned in my absence. Maybe a Michele Morrow appearance?
In other news, I got my legendary cloak a couple of weeks ago, and I created a brand new Hunter. A Horde Hunter! Madcow (yes, he’s a Tauren) hit 85 last night and is now in Pandaria. It took about two weeks to get from level one to 85. I’ll have more to say about him in some upcoming posts.
Tune in for the podcast tomorrow, and check back here later for my initial thoughts on any announcements from BlizzCon.
This week we talk about the Blizzcon schedule and speculate on what we’ll see from the big event, and because we’re a Hunter podcast we also discuss Hunter representation in this current raid tier.
BigRedKitty will join us next week, so please send us questions to ask him on the show.
Blizzard announced today that the next Blizzcon will be held on November 8-9th 2013. I have never attended a Blizzcon and probably won’t try to go to this one, although I love the idea of doing a live Hunting Party Podcast from the event.
As we all know, Blizzard loves to announce big things at this event and I suspect this year will be fraught with major news. I would expect an update on the Warcraft movie, information about the next WoW expansion, and plans for WoW’s 10th anniversary in 2014. The big announcement that seems long overdue is Titan. What exactly is it, and will this be the WoW killer? Something I think we all want to know. Maybe this Blizzcon will shed some light for us.
I definitely would love to hear what Titan is all about, but I also want to know about the next expansion (return of the Burning Legion?) and all the cool things they have in store for the Hunter Class.
So what do you want to see announced at Blizzcon, xpac, Titan, Hunter changes?
This week Euripides and I conquer some technical difficulties and manage to discuss,
- Hunter changes from Blizzcon.
- Pets and what Blizzard can do to give us more variety.
- Stat simplification for WoW: Cataclysm.
- Talent Changes and the Mastery system.
- Icecrown Citadel.
- Listener mail.
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- Hunters might be able to choose the talent tree of their pet to let them pick the pet that looks best to them…
One of the big gripes I have with the current pet system is that it locks pets into very specific rolls with very specific abilities. As a result certain pets are coming out ahead and falling into a “best in slot” category. For instance, almost every raiding hunter is running with a wolf.
If Blizzard wants hunters to be able to choose pets based on what the individual hunter thinks looks best, then they also need to allow the hunter to train specific abilities, such as Furious Howl, to the pet.
Being able to turn a turtle into a ferocity pet is nice, but unless you can train the turtle in Furious Howl, the wolf will still remain the top choice.
In patch 3.1 Blizzard removed Thunderstomp from gorillas and added it to the Tenacity talent tree allowing hunters to train any tenacity pet with that ability. I loved that change as did most hunters.
A lot of us joked about how is it possible for a worm to Thunderstomp? Yes the idea is silly and so is the idea of a crab learning Furious Howl, but you know what, it works. I think we all have to recognize that this is a game, and certain elements have to be treated or accepted as such in order to provide a greater functionality to the players.
After all, we are hunters, the great beast masters. We can train our pets to do anything. Yes we’re just that good.
Now it’s off to see if I can train one of my cats to use the coffee maker.