It's amusing (in a sad way) how much the devs keep trying to drill into people's heads that they don't need to always be following the meta and be 100% optimal in every piece of content,and people just refuse to accept it, keep parroting the meta while complaining about the meta preventing them from doing X content, instead of being smart enough to realize it's the meta that's letting them do it and help to put an end to that mindset. It's like people are their own worst enemy because if people stopped just blindly following meta and using it as a criteria, meta would go away.
Ok, can ya'll, like, put all these interview posts into one BIG post? Cause I'm getting confused over what parts are new and what's different from the very first one.
Agreed, the way these interview posts are split up is very confusing.
Pretty much smells like they prefer blaming players than their designs.The current talents design of most classes if not all classes are pretty terrible.And there is obvious reason to why people don't invite non-meta specs that aren't just justified because of numbers.Feral druids don't offer any utility, even if it did comparable damage and even if it was a good player playing it, it would still be worse for your group to take him than to take what your group actually need. So it's not an "unfair" judgement to choose the meta, what's unfair is blaming players for your own design. If your approach is the rock, paper, scissor approach then each class/spec should bring something and I agree with that part he seems to understand. But Ion doesn't seem to understand that it's also what a lot of classes/specs and talents lack atm. They don't bring anything unique or interesting.
"We agree it's sad ferals have hard time finding m+ group but get bent, they are good and community is wrong, not us". Same with enha, survival, etc. Sure was fun getting laughed at and getting kicked from every group for entirety of bfa after 8.1 for playing sub rogue, but I guess it's community who is wrong, not blizzard destroying the spec and doing nothing to fix anything for 2 years.
"They'll never be done, but one of the things that they've learned is that its important for them to be active in tuning and not let things linger for too long.."Suuure. I'll be remembering this months into shadowlands when rogue/mage is the best comp in pvp like always.
"one of the things that they've learned is that its important for them to be active in tuning and not let things linger for too long."it has taken blizzard 16 years for the balancing team to figure out they the need to do their job in a reasonable amount of time.
Removed Ashes of Creation is going to destroy retail WoW when it comes out.
meta will never go away, there will always be, "the most effective tactic", in any game. In my opinion the only way to combat this is to implement some form of randomization instead of having everything premade and documented. In order to achieve this, Blizzard would need to focus more effort on creating a space that allows for random outcomes of gear and class utilization that they themselves did not even know could be achieved.
I have a friend who only does Mythic plus with me or in the guild... we never did anything above +15 even until the end, we did weekly +15s but never tried harder, but most importantly, We never pugged !it was always our keys or the guild's key. Same for raid, we only raided with guild together, not a single pug from normal to mythic.Our guild also never force anyone or kick anyone for low dps, just learn the mechanism and you are fine.Yet, my friend keep on worrying about the meta and what's best covenant to pick, he think if he don't pick the best he is not gonna be good at all. or he worry about his class being "unplayable", just coz it got some nerf and people complain in the internet...I honestly wish people would stop caring so much about the Meta, and just enjoy what they like. specially if you don't even want to do any hardcore content.at the end of the day, you got to realize picking what you enjoy more or what suit your playstyle more is not only far better and healthier for a game, but also help you play better.forcing yourself to play in a specific way in skills you don't like coz it's the meta, will not only ruin your enjoyment, but most probably end up distracting you from doing all the mechanism or having more focus on the gameplay. of course, this can be changed with a lot of practice, but if you are not hardcore player, this will not happen anytime soon nor is it even necessary.
I agree that they tried to balance the classes more, but mele AOE cap and hightly unfriendly melee fights in new M+ dungeons remove melee from good groups. Check keymasters setups.
This isn't reality though.
Frost mages really have no aoe cap why just them and so many other classes now have a cap why? The damage was always similar depending on gear and knowledge, raid-io made have been made to help but people just pay for high ratings. If you make it a core ability or mechanic you really can’t sell it. Get rid of the aoe cap it wasn’t even much use for it in so many areas as mobs are usually limited.
Players judge other players based on their talents/gear/class only in Pugs. If you're in a guild that will almost never happen because a guild doesn't care about the best comp, unless you're in a highly competitive guild. Most guilds only want players to be whatever they want to be, as long as they're good at it. The premade group finder creates toxicity and encourages players to prejudice other players based on mere numbers and colors. I assure if they removed the premade finder and forced players to find a guild, this wouldn't be so much of a problem.Also, although unrelated, #PullTheRipcord
The amount of posts on this interview is insane. I have no idea where to look and whether I have a complete picture of everything that was said. I also have no idea whether Wowhead had an exclusive interview, or whether there was a larger, group interview, and who else was in that group besides Wowhead. What a mess. This is part of a larger problem with endless, meaningless posts on Wowhead, with relevant, useful posts being hard to find later on. (The best Covenant per class guide is not findable through the menu, you have to search for it)