Fireworks or Flares?

A string of big announcements have rocked the WoW-verse in the past few days. Let’s recap a few of them:

Tanking and Threat

  • Threat woes will soon be a thing of the past, with threat modifiers being changed from 300% to 500% for all tanking specs, implemented via hotfix. Also, Vengeance scaling will be changed in a future patch to make it more consistent and reliable.
  • Blizzard wants to see a change in tanking playstyle towards a more active role in mitigation, to something more like the current Blood death knight model.

Patch 4.2 Hotfixes

  • Multiple bosses in Firelands have had their damage reduced on normal difficulties.
  • Meanwhile, a few bosses in Firelands have had their mechanics changed to be less random.

Patch 4.3

  • “Transmogrification” will allow players to change the appearance of their armor.
  • The Deathwing raid we’ve all been waiting for will be released.
  • Three brand-new heroics will be introduced, with the possibility of one of them being a Caverns of Time instance.
  • “Void Storage” will be some sort of large, maybe intra-realm (maybe even inter-realm) bank.

Tack on the cryptic quote from Zarhym about their impending plans for cross-realm raids, and you have a half of a Blizzcon’s worth of announcements in the span of a couple of days, two months before Blizzcon itself.

What’s going on over at Blizzard HQ? Is it coincidence that all of this news is spilling at the same time? Are the blues in panic-mode after their 600K subscriber hit in Q1? Or are they trying to prime the hype machine to compete with SWTOR’s targeted Q4 release?

As players, we can only muse at what is happening in Irvine, and whether these sweeping changes are cause for celebration or concern.

2 Responses to “Fireworks or Flares?”

  1. Rhidach August 17, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    I read this post in a “movie trailer voice”. It was exceptionally fitting.

    Coming to a server near you! 

    • Antigen August 17, 2011 at 9:59 am #

      Really? I prefer to read everything as James Mason.

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