Convert to Raid Interview With Watcher And Holinka

Today Convert to Raid got to interview lead game designer  Ion “Watcher” Hazzikostas and senior game designer Brian Holinka, who is mainly known for PvP. Here’s a summary of the new information from the interview:

  • For the live raid at blizzcon this year Method and  Midwinter will play through heroic Highmaul.
  • From a storypoint standpoint Ashran made sense as a faction hub. After the suicide mission going into Draenor it’s the place where the factions regroup.
  • There will be 5 items per boss on mythic difficulty.
  • If there will be a 1% chance mount drop in a new raid and personal loot is used in normal or heroic, it will work like the pet drop chance in LFR. It’ll be rare.
  • There were not many mechanics that needed adjusting in SoO. A few things that needed changing were Thok and Garrosh AoE bursts.
  • The foundry will have more bosses that user their environment more like Siegecrafter.
  • Mythic tuning will be similair to heroic tuning in MoP.
  • Blizzard has done their best to make sure having to be active with your garrison is not mandatory. Players are concerned with them being mandatory, but they will need to play with the Garrisons first to get a better feel for them. If they want to earn gold as much as possible then yes it will be more mandatory just like player trade skills for example.
  • PvP gear will have a certain item level in the regular world and when they are engaged in pvp it has a second pvp ilvl rataing which it will increase to. This way it’s easier to compare PvE gear to PvP gear if you decide to go to the other side of the game.
  • Currently there’s just the legendary ring planned. If it makes sense there will be a more traditional legendary. The cloak/ring type legendary is one they view as a participation type legendary, which is why the cloak is going away at WoD launch.
  • World bosses
    • 2 in gorgrond, highmaul  quality loot. They will alternate. So 1 week the first will be active and the next week the other will be active.
    • 1 in spires of arak, Foundry quality loot
  • If anything breaks in 6.0, they will do their best to fix everything as quickly as possible so that the WoD launch will go as smoothly as possible.

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