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PvP Q&A With Brian Holinka Wraps Up

Posted by Suzie Ford on Jun 30, 2016  | Comments

PvP Q&A With Brian Holinka Wraps Up -

Today's World of Warcraft live stream Q&A has just wrapped up. The event took place at the Blizzard Campus with Community Manager Josh Allen speaking with Brian Holinka, Senior PvP Designer on WoW. Here are some of the salient points.

On class balance: We're not in a place on beta with class balance that we're happy with. There have been things that affected balance that we're still working on. We've made a lot of changes but it's made things like, "what should we balance".  We've started a lot of tuning work. We wanted to tune it for max power level like they do on beta. People won't have full power artifacts for awhile so the priority isn't there yet since we'll have time. But it will be over time.

On PvP loot boxes and gear: PvP Loot (strongboxes without vendors) - It won't always be a piece of gear. Gear is rewarded on victory like the personal loot system. If you win a battleground or skirmish or arena, you get a reward, a piece of gear. The box contains other fun cool items. No gold, silver, bronze system, just a single type. We want a bit of unpredictability — maybe something amazing, maybe a bit of disappointment. But when you get a piece of gear, we really downgrade the chance you'll get a piece you don't need. You'll get gear about the same rate, but the order is a bit less predictable.  We get to create gear that is 'on par' with PvE gear.

On PvP seasons being tied to raid tiers: Yes and no. On one hand, they are tied to raid tiers due to our production schedule when we increase levels and armor sets. So in a way they are tied to that. However, the PvP seasons will be a bit shorter than raid schedules. We want the queues to stay full. We're doubling the number of seasons. Halfway through a raid tier, one season will end, the next will begin.

On PvP templates & talents activating in all PvP situations  (like duels): Honor talents DO activate in all PvP instances since you are in PvP combat but templates don't activate out in the world. We need a part of WoW where everyone can just hang out and be crazy. World PvP is that place.

On whether or not talents will change every seasonWe plan to look at talents on a regular basis and replace ones that aren't fun or not used. We won't say every season we'll change them all but we'll have an opportunity to change things up from time to time. PvP talents will NOT be reset each season but we will add more prestige levels.

On new battlegrounds since it's been 3 years: It's been too long, I agree. It's not the place to be in. Too much focus was on Ashran in Warlords. Lots liked it, though others didn't. For Legion our designer time was creating talents that will provide great content for PvPers. We do have 2 new arenas. We may or may not hint that an old favorite might be getting a facelift soon (arena). We haven't done as well with BGs.

On tanks in PvPWe want players who are tanks to feel like they can have fun in PvP but not at the detriment of everyone else. You have to declare role to queue so it won't be possible to bring 2 healers or tanks into arenas. You -can- be good if you go in with your friends as a tank but maybe not in high-end rated teams. Rated BGs should have a space for a tank (as opposed to arenas).

On 'old' PvP world zones (aka Wintergrasp) being renewed or made queue-able: They were meant to be a world PvP zone for that time or maybe a bit afterwards and then go away. Eventually we let it slip away but there is value in nostalgia. There are things we're talking about for the semi-near future to provide new freshness. Maybe one week it might be "we're all going to Wintergrasp". That'd be cool and it's something we're looking at.

On the Arena Master Achievement: 5v5 is removed in Legion since it's so unpopular. It was time to retire it. As for the Arena Master achievement -- Arena Master Achievement — it would be wrong to remove the 5v5 part so the achievement will be legacy. We'll come up with another achievement or title.

We'll keep you posted on what the topic of next week's World of Warcraft: Legion live stream will be.

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