As some of you have heard through the grapevine, we here at Totemspot were lucky enough to score a Q&A interview with Greg Street (aka Ghostcrawler). I should point out that due to the general nature of this site there will be some Shaman specific questions, but also that a number of them were fairly philosophical in nature. I'd also like to thank (in no particular order) TwintopTahoe, HamletEJ, Lhivera and Vixsin for helping out with the questions.
General How frequently will Thunderforged items drop in 10- & 25-person raids? I donít think weíre going to announce that just yet. We understand players will eventually figure it out, but we like for there to be some mystery left in the game. Furthermore, most players (heck, most humans) have this weird relationship with random numbers. While logically many players know that random numbers are random, in their gut they still want them to follow a distribution. If I didnít get a Thunderforged item in the last three weeks, then I am guaranteed to get one next time, right? Right? As Iíll discuss more down below, itís really easy to turn a bonus into a penalty if the bonus isnít there when you want it.
How do you decide on including player references (items, NPCs, etc.) in new content? Do you always plan on having a few each time? We handle it pretty ad-hoc, and honestly I think this is another one of those areas where itís better to remain a bit of a mystery. Parting the curtain too far and exposing a deterministic system might sound like weíre inviting players to try and game said system.
Do you think players are putting too much emphasis on tools like RaidBots and SimulationCraft when posting about relative class performance? Absolutely.
They are all great tools for evaluating individual performance. It totally makes sense that as e.g. an Enhancement Shaman you might dig into your raid performance and ask yourself
Hey look, it's a TotemSpot NEWS POST. Like, zomg, right?
Anyway, surprise late night news is that 5.2 is being announced, entitled Thunder Isle, featuring everyone's favourite Mogu, the Thunder King.No official features yet, so here's a cover image to wet your apatite.
Happy Holidays from the World of Warcraft team! Hereís a small present to tide you over until the new year.
This is a Pre-Raid gear list covering mainly craftables, heroic dungeon and reputation items. As Elemental stat priorities vary depending on L90 talents, I have included everything, as well as Resto trinkets, in order to cover both specs.
I've a few thoughts on the current Shaman talents, so I thought I'd share them here. I should probably point out that it is late in the Beta cycle now, so it's not very likely that some/any of these...