Looking Back at Blizzcon 2010

Just for funsies, I took a trip down memory lane to see what kind of things were talked about in Blizzcon 2010. I planned to add in Blizzcon 2009 stuff as well, but apparently LiveBlogging was very popular that year and it turns out to be a pretty terrible format for coherent archives.

Blizzcon 2010 Open Q&A (source)

Q: Are there any plans to add a legendary dps dagger?
A: Not really. We don’t make legendaries often, so we try to make them useful for a lot more people. We decided on a staff yesterday by the way.

Q: Basically, I originally liked the idea you had about lowering the talents, but now I really hate the fact there is no uniqueness anymore, everyone is the same number/combo of talents atm are you ever going to extend it again for more options?
A: Do you think the specs in the deeper trees were very different from each other? They weren’t. It’s a new design, the last 10 points are the most exciting ones to spend, we’ll see what specs develop. hopefully we can tweak things. There were cookie cutter specs before this change, and there probably will be some for this as well.

Q: With the existance of Pandarens being hinted at, are Pandarens still being excluded away?
A: I don’t see them flying out of the cracks.. we’ll see. They’re a super cool race and an awesome concept, maybe we’ll see them in the future. We’ll see.

Q: Any better plans to integrate the TBC races into the lore?
A: We’ve kinda failed at bringing Draenei into the wow culture, we tried to do it more in Cataclysm. We’re not there yet but it’s better.

Q: About the balance between horde and alliance characters, now I have to level up all my chars, it’s gonna be 20 vs 100 horde fighting.
A: We just need a better battlecry for the alliance, its definitely something we are keeping an eye on, it’s just the psychology of the coolness of the horde that makes them more popular, making the allies be proud of them being allies is a thing to solve in the long run.

Blizzcon 2010 Quest & Lore Panel (source)

Q: Will we ever see a redemption or resurrection of Illidan as a Character?
A: BOY DO I WANT TO DO THAT. That’d be badass. I don’t think anyone at all has ever talked about that. But I love that shit. I’m a sucker for a good redemption story. Except Arthas. Not Arthas. He’s dead.

[Note: From Blizzcon 2011:

Q: What happened to Arthas’s body? What happened to Illidan’s body? What about Kael’thas?
A: It is likely we will bring Illidan back, not so much for Kael’thas, he already had his come back. Arthas’s body is somewhere but we don’t really know where.]

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Posted on October 27, 2011, in WoW and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. It is kind of funny that they have vehemently denied legendary daggers and panderans for so long only to have both show up in a relatively short time frame. Though really I think their evasiveness of such question is partially a fault of players who take even off-the-cuff ideas from developers as promises.

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    • I’m pretty sure the devs knew Pandaren were coming in 2010, so I think the “we’ll see” and the “I don’t see them flying out of the cracks” as deflections of a sort.

      The dagger thing though had me laughing, and got me to type the rest of it up. They have the right to change their mind, of course, but it was extremely amusing how they actually used the “we try and make legendaries more useful” explanation only to completely reverse it later.

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      • Yeah I looked at that and chuckled a bit myself; though these daggers seem to be the first time they’ve done that in a while; the last few legendary items have been used by at least a few classes (shadowmourne, valnyr…the bow and glaives before them were sort of niche).

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