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Legion Developer Panel Live Blog

Posted by Suzie Ford on Aug 09, 2015  | Comments

Legion Developer Panel Live Blog - World of Warcraft -

11:35 Demon Hunter is very different from Death Knights and other tanks, being  more similar to the Monk. DH is very aggressive doing a lot of damage, lots of mitigation. The team's expectations are that those who will play Demon Hunters are those who are currently playing other melee classes.

11:32 Demon Hunter - It has a lot of history in the franchise starting with Warcraft 3. They're high mobility oriented melee class.

Everyone will get a 12th character slot.

11:26 Professions are a focus. Garrisons replaced them too much. We have a bigger team working on professions (individual quest lines for each type) than ever before. We're looking into updates to improve the UI and new functionality with new recipes and things like that.

11:22 Artifacts - Artifacts are your most trusted ally in Legion. DPS will be derived from relics you find that you socket that are obtained in many ways. These will take the place of traditional weapon drops. You progress your Artifact.

What about dual specs? We want to make sure it's not a complicated process. You'll start with one, but have the opportunity to earn more. You'll have catch up mechanisms to make them more powerful to equal your primary. You'll still have to earn relics specific to your Artifact. As it currently is, players will be able to choose loot specialization which would affect the type of relic that would drop.

11:20 New Zones - Dalaran - Is the Northrend Dalaran moving? Conceptually, yes, but the Northrend Dalaran will remain.

Eventually, you will fly in the Broken Isles, not immediately. The way we did it in WoD is a good compromise to allow the ground-based gameplay to shine and then reward players who have experienced the content with the ability to fly.

The first steps of the flying achievement will be introduced from the start of Legion so that players can work on it.

11:14 How did the Legion get to the Broken Isles? Twelve thousands years ago on this exact spot has been a huge festering wound on the face of the world. Night elves have sealed it by using the five Pillars of Creation and build Temple of Elune. Now it has burst open again and the Legion is pouring out.

11:10 Lore - We are in "our current" Azeroth. We need to fight off the Legion in a world we actually care about.

The core question is "why is the Legion so focused on taking over our world?"

Gul'Dan is under orders, plans he has to fulfill. Illidan is important to those plans.

Is Illidan a bad guy or is he on our side and won't he resent us? Illidan's pretty pissed off. We put him down and now we need to find him to help us. We don't know how he'll react, hope you're prepared for it!

11:08 We've been working on this expansion for a year, year and a half. It's something we kept under wraps and knew it would be happening since before Warlords.

11:07 am Tom Chilton, Ion Hazzikostas and Alex Afrasiabi take the stage.

11:00 am And we're off.

10:38 am Eastern Blizzard developers are on hand on the final day of Gamescom to talk to the world about the World of Warcraft expansion, Legion. The presentation is to begin at the top of the hour and we'll be live blogging the event, or you can watch for yourself in the embedded stream below.

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom