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World of Warcraft: Dragonflight – Interview Roundup Part 5

A second round of interviews for Dragonflight has taken place. Here’s a summary of the new bits of information in one list. The links to the full interviews are listed down at the bottom of this page.

  • They are still figuring things out but they want to make nearly everything account wide except for gear. The example was given for dragon riding that after you earn a speed increase you shouldn’t have to earn it again on your alt. (Taliesin & Evitel)
  • The Dracthyr starting experience has a story of discovery. You awaken after an unknown amount of time in stasis and you figure out what has been going on together with other Dracthyr. (Taliesin & Evitel)
  • The Dracthyr starting area will be reused for non-starting experience gameplay as well. (Taliesin & Evitel)
  • Not all reputations will have the renown type system (Reputation 2.0), only “major factions” will have it. (Taliesin & Evitel)
  • Professions might be a good home to carry over the Creation Catalyst type functionality where you can craft catch up tier gear. (Taliesin & Evitel)
  • There are no current plans for a mission table. (Taliesin & Evitel)
  • Battle for Azeroth dungeons are also not on the table for M+ in the first seasons. They are looking at some Mists of Pandaria dungeons. (Taliesin & Evitel)
  • It’s unlikely that they’ll go all the way back to classic dungeons for M+. They’re not suitable for modern gameplay. Instead they have drawn the line at Mists of Pandaria for now. (Taliesin & Evitel)
  • Evokers will use int items. In terms of weapons, mainly things that shamans can use. Weapons like daggers, fist weapons, staves, axes, swords (but not shields). (Taliesin & Evitel)
  • In the short term Evokers will not be able to do the Mage Tower, but in the long term they’re looking at exploring that option. (Taliesin & Evitel)
  • An Evoker tanking spec in the long term is unlikely. At its core the Evoker is a spellcaster class. (Taliesin & Evitel)
  • They are confirming that BfA will remain the default new player experience. (Taliesin & Evitel)
  • Calia Menethil will be involved in Patch 9.2.5 content (Taliesin & Evitel)
  • In the longterm you will still be able to use regular flying on the Dragon Isles. But at launch you can only fly with Dragon Riding. (Taliesin & Evitel)
  • Zereth Mortis is a pretty close look at how endgame play will philosophically look. 9.2 didn’t carry forward renown or soulbind progression. There will just be more different things to do in the new expansion. (Taliesin & Evitel)
  • They’re still looking at what kind of group/raid Utility the Evoker will provide. One of the things they’re experimenting with is a raid cooldown called Blessing of the Bronze which reduces movement speed abilities cooldown. (MrGM)
  • Evokers use a new resource called Essence. It regenerates on its own. (MrGM)
  • In terms of racial abilities the Dracthyr have Wing Buffet (knock enemy back), Tail Swipe (knock enemy up), Chosen Identity (barbershop changes are free) and other things they are still working on. (MrGM)
  • There won’t be a big animation when switching between dragon and visage form. (MrGM)
  • Evokers triage clumps of players. They use big breathes. Their big healing cooldown has the feeling of Alexstrasza flying over soldiers and healing those at the Wrath Gate. (MrGM)
  • The charging ability cannot be overcharged. After you reach the max charging time it will wait 3 more seconds before it casts automatically. (MrGM)
  • They’re working on new target textures/art on the floor to indicate where cones and abilities will be cast. (MrGM)
  • New Evoker spell – Soar. You flap your wings, burst forward and hover in place. You’ll be able to cast while moving with it. (MrGM)
  • They want to move towards a world where the race of a character doesn’t limit which class you can be. Rogue, Mages and Priests will be available to all races in 10.0.(MrGM)
  • In addition to lore, things like racial chargers, racial totems limit how quickly they can open each class up to other races. (MrGM)
  • They don’t know if they will be able to make it possible to share talent trees as an export to be shared outside of the game (such as for written guides) in 10.0. (MrGM)
  • As you spend points in the talent system you reach gates, much like the old system, there are limits to spend more points in the talent tree before you can move further down the tree. (MrGM)
  • Between levels 10 and 60, the spells granted by the spellbook are very sparse. Most of your spells you will earn via talent points. (MrGM)
  • It’s possible that you might have access to more than 1 covenant ability with the new talent trees. (MrGM)
  • In terms of new talents they’re likely to be new passives that adjust your rotation. (MrGM)
  • They’re looking at new PvP brawls. They’re looking at the old Highmaul Coliseum and Legion PvP World Quest free for all zones for inspiration. (MrGM)
  • Entry level PvP gear could be crafted via Professions. (MrGM)
  • The Gladiator mount will be a custom Dragon Riding drake you can unlock. (MrGM)
  • The Dracthyr Evoker can only be 1 per realm. Additionally after the first you create you can only create one once you have a level 50 character. (MrGM)
  • The Dracthyr are their own racial mount. (MrGM)
  • Gladiator Stance will not return. (MrGM)
  • Dragon Riding will not have combat to begin with, but might be added later on. (Asmongold)
  • Things like the Protoform Synthesis system is what they want to do more of. (Asmongold)
  • They want to look at the battlegrounds system as a whole before adding new ones, such as having seasonal rotations. (Asmongold)
  • They do want to bring back Master Looter but it’s technically hard to achieve quickly due to the Personal Loot system having been built up the last 6 years. (Asmongold)
  • They do see Addons becoming too computational, telling you what to do, as a problem but they do not have a solution yet. (Asmongold)

Full interviews:
Taliesin & Evitel

Interviews Part 1
Interviews Part 2
Interviews Part 3
Interviews Part 4

Warcraft Mobile Game Reveal Next Week (May 3rd), PvP concerns for Dragonflight

Blizzard just announced that the reveal for the first Warcraft mobile game will take place next tuesday at 10am PT / 19:00 CEST! Additionally Brian Holinka answered some questions of the Community Council about PvP in Dragonflight:

Warcraft Mobile Game Reveal Next Week (May 3rd)

PvP concerns for Dragonflight

Quote from: Blizzard

Will interrupt be on the talent tree forcing people to lose one extra point towards being viable in PvP? Will we lose a ton of passives for filler on the talent trees?
We can understand players trepidation about what abilities will and will not end up in the talent tree. It’s something we’re currently iterating on a great deal. But players will receive 1 talent point for each level between level 10 and 60, 26 class points and 25 spec points for a total of 51 points. Frankly, it’s hard to really put concerns to rest through a forum post. We’re working to get some talent trees in front of the community as quickly as we can so we can work together to iterate on what designs provide compelling choices and player agency balanced with familiarity.

How will ranked Solo Shuffle work? Is it actually happening?
It would be good to clarify that when we’re talking about Solo Queue Rated PvP in 10.0, we are talking specifically about Rated Solo Shuffle. The feature will function in the same way it does as the brawl, with 6 rounds and rotating teams, queueable in the ranked Arena queueing tab. The team is working through some of the intricacies of rewards in the game mode as we want it to have it’s own prestigious reward, although players will certaintly be able to attain Elite gear – more info to come in the future.

Will the Pvp talents be the same or different (Seems to be two different answers from two different people from different interviews) for Dragonflight?
The PvP talent system will exist in its current form – an available pool of talents that players can pick 3 from, with the talents being accessible in all types of PvP content (warmode and instanced). That being said, we expect the new talent system to have a lot of interesting choices for PvP players in how to customize their characters between different types of PvP content and compositions.

Will the Pvp talent trees include stuff that has been removed from PvP talents/Talent trees?
Not exactly sure what is meant here, so I’ll have to ask you for more clarification.

Will people not in warmode get access to PvP talent trees at all or will it be Warmode enabled only?
I believe this was answered above.

Will double PvP trinket set bonus be the same or change again?
We’re happy with how this bonus has worked out. It provides a big boost to players early as they first acquire gear and it has tuning knobs to adjust throughput and stamina separately. It’s possible that it will change but we’re pretty happy with it for now.

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight – Interview Roundup Part 4

As we head towards the weekend more interviews have been posted. Here’s a summary of the new bits of information in one list. The links to the full interviews are listed down at the bottom of this page.

  • Dracthyr have over 30 different hair colors (Well-played)
  • Even sheep have draconic horns – dragonsheep! (Well-played)
  • You can take part in Dragon Races and hunt giant beasts together with your dragon (Well-played)
  • Dragon Isles is bigger than Northrend (Well-played)
  • We will get more story about Anduin’s plans in patch 9.2.5 (buffed.de)
  • Every zone in Dragon Isles will have endgame areas (buffed.de)
  • Sargeras’ sword was drained of its corruption and is just a big splinter in the world. Nothing will currently happen to it, the expansion really is about the Dragon Isles. (buffed.de)
  • They’re currently looking at ways to allow you to be in your non-drake form as an Evoker during combat as well (buffed.de)
  • They’re happy with players being able to earn tier sets from activities other than raiding, like Mythic+ (buffed.de)
  • With cross faction play coming, trading across factions will become possible. They would like to make cross server trading possible too, however there are technical restrictions they need to work on. (buffed.de)
  • No exact timetable for the start of the Alpha, but they want to start it up soon. The expansion is quite far along in development. (buffed.de)
  • For inspiration in developing DF, the devs drew heavily on Mists of Pandaria which was their last great exploration-based expansion (Gamerant Part 2)
  • Though early in development, they hope to make a Dragon Racing Tournament, inspired by the fishing tournaments (Gamerant Part 2)
  • They want to move the addon buttons that you have around your minimap to another section dedicated to addon icons (Barradois)
  • You will be able to export your UI and share the HUD you created with others (Barradois)

Full interviews:
Gamerant Part 2

Interviews Part 1
Interviews Part 2
Interviews Part 3

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight – Interview Roundup Part 3

More interviews have come out following the announcement of Dragonflight. Here’s a summary of the new bits of information in one list. The links to the full interviews are listed down at the bottom of this page.

Interviews Part 1
Interviews Part 2

  • Alexstraza’s goal is for the Aspects to regain the power they sacrificed in the battle with Deathwing (Warcraft Radio – For Azeroth)
  • A lot of the initial story will be about each dragonflight figuring out their legacy and how they want to move forward (Warcraft Radio – For Azeroth)
  • They have some characters planned to play a part in the Explorer’s League, some might come from Hearthstone but we will have to wait and see (Warcraft Radio – For Azeroth)
  • In patch 9.2.5 we’ll be dipping our toes back into stories on Azeroth to learn what’s been going on while we’ve been in the Shadowlands, some stories already on the PTR and some not yet. These stories will occur before we head over to the Dragon Isles. (Warcraft Radio – For Azeroth)
  • Alexstrasza will send us to Uldaman in her quest to regain the Aspects’ power (Warcraft Radio – For Azeroth)
  • There will be plenty of fun new things for classes that are not the Evoker as well (Warcraft Radio – For Azeroth)
  • In terms of alt friendliness, alts should mainly focus on having to gear up and mastering your role. Other things you earn such as access to content and utility they want to increasingly shift towards an account-wide space. (Fanbyte/Wowhead)
  • Endgame progression will mainly be focussed on getting gear and upgrading it. (Fanbyte/Wowhead)
  • WoW Classic has shown that if you bring back the exact same systems, the exact same game design as you had 16 years ago, the players would still play differently now because of how players play much differently now with a bigger focus on min/maxing, having more knowledge on how to play and having access to many sources of information in order to do so. (Fanbyte/Wowhead)
  • The new talent system is about giving classes a stronger, more interesting deeper foundation on which to build class and spec gameplay. They are not reworking specs like they did in Legion. (Fanbyte/Wowhead)
  • All existing Chromie Time expansions will be available for lvl 10-60. (Fanbyte/Wowhead)
  • They have discussed what it would mean to release an expansion without raising the level cap, but it isn’t something they will be doing any time soon. (Fanbyte/Wowhead)
  • Other classes might eventually get Empower spells, but for DF it’s just Evokers. (Fanbyte/Wowhead)
  • Dracthyr might be able to become other classes later, but it’s not how they will start in DF. (Fanbyte/Wowhead)
  • Now that DF has been announced they’ll be talking more with the Community Council again. (Fanbyte/Wowhead)
  • They might add white and grey quality items to the transmog system. (Fanbyte/Wowhead)
  • DF might look at the origin of the Emerald Dream and the nature of the timeways of the Bronze dragonflight. (Gamerant Part 1)
  • One of the main enemies are the Djardin, fire-resistant half giants. (Gamerant Part 1)
  • The Primalists believe that as children of Galakrond, mortals should serve them rather than the other way around. (Gamerant Part 1)

Full interviews:
Warcraft Radio – For Azeroth
Gamerant Part 1

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight – Interview Roundup Part 2

After the initial round of interviews on Tuesday evening/ Wednesday morning, more interviews have come out. So again I’ve summarized the new bits of information in one list. The links to the full interviews are listed down at the bottom of this page.

  • A problem with the old talent trees is that they kept getting deeper and deeper with many points to spend. It wasn’t sustainable which is what led to the modern talent system. This new talent tree system takes the lessons learned from both systems and allows for more flexibility for expanding in future expansions with different categories of talent trees (general class vs specialization). (Hazelnuttygames)
  • They expect this new talent system to work for at least 2 to 3 expansions. (Hazelnuttygames)
  • This doesn’t mean the complete end to borrowed power forever, but expansion long power features are not in the cards for the foreseeable future. (Hazelnuttygames)
  • The new renown system where you can earn it for every reputation is meant as an evolution of the reputation system and the way rewards can be given for the new reputations. (Hazelnuttygames)
  • When you start out choosing a specialization for your profession, you will initially only be able to master one part of what your profession can do. Over a longer period of time you’ll be able to master the other paths as well (if you’re a completionist willing to put the time into it). (Hazelnuttygames)
  • They do want to keep professions relevant by having a way to craft close (if not on par with) mythic level gear. Of course it’ll require the needed effort by perhaps raiding or running high level dungeons. This is still fully being developed (Hazelnuttygames)
  • When you have a BoP reagent you can have another crafter make a piece of gear for you that you would previously need to have the profession for because of not being able to trade the BoP material. (Hazelnuttygames)
  • We’ll see legendaries again like the one-off Sylvanas bow, but the new talent system that will carry over to new expansions is supposed to fill the hole of the new player power that Shadowlands Legendaries filled. (Hazelnuttygames)
  • They want to do player housing one day, but they want to do it right. Given the amount of resources it costs to develop it’s not on the menu for Dragonflight. (Hazelnuttygames)
  • They want to overhaul Archeology but it’s not planned for the Dragonflight release. They are focussing on the main crafting/gathering professions first. (Hazelnuttygames)
  • Nothing to announce for pet battles. Ion’d love tackling a fresh approach to PvP pet battles, but other things have the priority for DF launch. (Hazelnuttygames)
  • Evokers will want to be 25-30 yards “mid range” from their target. (Hazelnuttygames)
  • Even before Alpha Ion hopes to be able to release some of the talent trees so that the community can already give feedback on them. (Hazelnuttygames)
  • There are no time skip shenanigans going on when transitioning from Shadowlands to Dragonflight (BlizzPlanet)
  • Dracthyr (the new race) will always be in their Dracthyr form while in combat, just like worgen are (BlizzPlanet)
  • Dracthyr will have more customisation options including snout shape, torso size and the armor you wear.(BlizzPlanet)
  • They think you’ll be able to see the shoulders, tabards and belts you wear from your gear on your character when in Dracthyr form. (BlizzPlanet)
  • When leveling, new players will be sent from Exile’s Reach, to BfA to Dragon Isles (BlizzPlanet)
  • When leveling, veteran players can choose to Chromie Time in Shadowlands (BlizzPlanet)
  • You will not be able to fly regularly in Dragon Isles, only with Dragon Riding (BlizzPlanet)
  • Now that we’re back on Azeroth they are definitely talking about continuing with Heritage Armor (BlizzPlanet)
  • The healing of Azeroth narratively speaking does not mean the damage from Deathwing for example will be fixed in the old ingame zones (BlizzPlanet)
  • There will be a rated PvP Solo Shuffle (BlizzPlanet)
  • The Night Elves story is not over, Teldrassil is still burnt. The druids and the green dragons are intertwined when it comes to story. (BlizzPlanet)
  • No news on a duck mount. (BlizzPlanet)

Full interviews:

Primalist Raid Tier Concept Art, FAQ on Talent System, Dragonflight M+ Season 1 and loot

Blizzard has clarified which tier sets of the Primalist raid tier concept art belong to which classes, check them out below! Additionally they’ve released a big FAQ to answer some questions players have had on the new talent system and Ion has posted some thoughts regarding the dungeon itemization for the first Mythic+ season.

Rogue, Druid, Shaman

Monk, Paladin Warrior

Evoker, Priest, Warlock, Demon Hunter

Death Knight, Mage, Hunter

FAQ on Talent System

Quote from: Blizzard

Hello! We have seen a lot of questions about the talent system preview, here and in other feedback, and want to start answering what we can. Note that it’s still too early for a lot of specifics (including, we can’t post complete trees yet for people to peruse). There is still a lot to discuss about our approach and goals for the system.

Primarily the latter. We’re still experimenting quite a bit with drafting trees, but currently the majority of nodes are 1 point, with some 2-3. It turns out that the game has a lot more custom abilities and bonuses to potentially award in a tree, than it did many years ago. Multi-point passives still exist, although even there, most are more class-specific than simply giving stats. Think of the sorts of passive bonuses that have existed in systems like Conduits, Artifacts, or Azerite. More complex than a plain stat bonus, but simpler than the sort of thing that would currently be a level 50 passive talent or a Legendary. 3-point passives can still have important purposes for doing things like balancing different paths.

Very, very roughly speaking: think something like 2/3. In general it is fine for people to have quite a lot of “stuff”, especially considering that the tree contains many different kinds of things. Some are comparatively basic abilities/bonuses that many players of a given spec will have, some are the more advanced optional bonuses that currently live in systems like Legendaries, as well as optional utility of various kinds. Players need to be able to spend enough points to have some things from all of these categories—having a class/spec that is complete in the way that a current live class is, albeit much more customized. At the same time, enough of the tree has to be left unselected at max level to make the choices between different paths matter, where the points you’re leaving out still include some potentially high-value options. Usual design maxim here: if you feel torn because your last point is leaving out something you’d want, no matter what you do, we’ve probably done it right.

This is a feature we currently have listed as something we’d like to do, though it’s still too early to say anything mor

Quote from: Blizzard

In addition to Sigma’s thoughts above, We have gathered several questions (mostly from players on Twitter asking Desvin). Here are our answers to those:

When do talents become available?

  • The talent system becomes available at level 10 when you choose your Specialization for your class. For the Evoker, because they are starting at a higher level, the talent tree will be made available at some point during their starting experience.

How many talent points do you get, and how do you get them?

  • Talent points are obtained by gaining character levels. You gain one point every level, alternating between a talent point for your class tree, and your spec tree. In the pre-patch, at level 60, you will have a total of 51 talent points to spend, with 26 in your class, and 25 in your spec tree. When you reach the maximum level of 70 in Dragonflight, you will have 61 total talent points to spend, with 31 in your class tree and 30 in your spec tree.

Can I get all of the talents in the class and spec tree?

  • No, you will not be able to obtain every talent in these trees. Similar to the current system, max-level builds will have to make decisions about what to include and exclude.

Can I spend points in a spec tree that is different from my current spec?

  • No, you will not be able to spend points in a spec tree different from your own. If you put points into the Restoration Druid tree, and swap to Balance Druid, the effects from the Restoration tree will no longer apply to you. You will have new points to spend in the Balance tree!

How does spending points in the talent tree work?

  • You must obtain talents in the top row of a tree first. Then, after obtaining all ranks in any talent, you may spend points in subsequent talents in the tree (indicated by an arrow). If a talent has multiple arrows leading to it, you may obtain it after fully buying at least one of the prerequisites.
  • Your class tree may grant you 1 or 2 starting talents automatically before you have to start spending points, based on what specialization you are. These do not cost any talent points and are free.
  • Certain rows don’t allow to you progress beyond them until you have spent a certain number of points in talents you have access to.

What do the shapes of the talent points mean?

  • Squares are active abilities. Circles are passive effects. Octagons are choice nodes, where you get to pick one of multiple options in that talent node.

What are the diamond shaped abilities on the sides of the tree?

  • Those are a mechanic that, as of this writing, we are not planning to include. We will give further updates as needed, as we continue making changes to the set of features and mechanics in the system.

What are those talents with a small arrow on both sides of it?

  • Those are talent selection nodes where when you hover over that node, it will present multiple options for you to select one of. These choices can be either a new active ability or a passive benefit.

How do talents with multiple ranks work?

  • Talents that have multiple ranks will require additional points to be spent per rank of the talent. Currently we don’t have any active abilities with multiple ranks, only passive effects. The value of these passive effects may not linearly scale with points invested. You must purchase all available talent ranks of a multi-rank talent to progress further down the tree from this node.

Will some talents be in more than one specialization talent tree?

  • Where this makes sense, yes. For example, both Feral and Guardian might have the Berserk talent in their talent tree, while Restoration and Balance will not.
  • Note: We know that Berserk is not exactly the same for Feral and Guardian, but want to be clear that talents do not have to be exclusive to one spec tree or another because it is in the spec tree, and not the class tree.

Will the class talent tree change at all when changing specs?

  • With very few exceptions, nothing will change in the class tree when changing your specialization. One such exception might be Counter Shot, which will change to Muzzle if you choose Survival. They are both the interrupt button, but are themed differently and have different cooldowns. Keeping that distinction is important.

Is the class tree just utility and the spec tree is where all of the throughput is?

  • No, there can definitely be some throughput-increasing talents in the class tree, but the spec tree likely has the majority of them. One of the main purposes of the class tree is to give you a place to explore parts of your class that are not focused on your main role’s throughput (such as utility, or abilities that are more closely connected to other specializations), so we limit the pressure to make throughput optimizations in the class tree.

Are all talent points new abilities?

  • No, most of them are existing things from the current or past game, but there are also new active and passive abilities in the new class and spec trees.

What about the abilities you gain when you level up in the new player experience on Exile’s Reach?

  • Exile’s Reach is remaining unchanged for the most part, you will still obtain many fundamental class abilities from completing the quests and this content. Your interaction with the new talent system will begin after you reach level 10.

What about some abilities that are super important for gameplay, such as interrupt abilities, that you don’t gain from the starting experience?

  • We are currently trying to focus as many combat-altering abilities as possible into the new talent trees. This can include things such as movement abilities, interrupts, dispels, hybrid healing options, defensive abilities, etc. Our goal is to set up the trees and paths so that there opportunities to choose between different types of utility, but not to, for example, abandon all utility choices entirely in order to maximize your DPS. If you choose not to have an interrupt, it is likely because you traded it out for some other type of utility or CC that you believed would be more useful in the situation. The inverse is also true—specializations that do not have a certain capability in Shadowlands (such as an interrupt) may be able to obtain it by giving up something they currently do have.

Will there be some sort of talent loadouts or preset trees we can swap between?

  • Yes! This is an important tool for you to have when dealing with a more advanced talent tree system. You will be able to save and name many different talent loadouts and swap between them with ease.

Won’t people just go to a website and find a build and just use that instead of experimenting with the talent trees?

  • We’re sure that this will happen. We’re also sure that people will make fun and distinct builds that work for their own style of playing the game.

This talent tree looks very complicated and overwhelming to me compared to the current version of talents in Shadowlands.

  • This is a frequent topic of discussion for us. This new system is definitely more complicated, but also allows for significantly more freedom in you choosing what is important to the activities you are doing while playing the game. There is a cost to this new complexity and depth, but we feel that the benefits of the new talent system are strong enough that it is worth the cost here. We are trying to make sure that new players face a more limited number of choices in the early rows, so that you don’t have to wrap your head around the whole tree until you have spent some time leveling a class. In addition, the easy ability to respec in town means that you don’t have to analyze the entire tree in order to make immediate decisions, as you can simply reallocate the points later if you decide you’d rather be on a different path.

How much of my class is going to be in this talent tree compared to other add-on/extra systems like legendaries, covenants, conduits, soulbinds, etc?

  • We’re trying to put as much class related stuff as we can into this new talent system as a singular place to manage your character. There will still be some abilities that are granted to players from leveling up, but significantly fewer. We recognize that abilities such as Eyes of the Beast, or Astral Recall, or Teleport: Moonglade, aren’t combat altering choices you’re making, and you would be hard pressed to spend a talent point to obtain this ability again. Those abilities are not going away, they are not going to go in the talent tree, they will just be a bonus spell you get while leveling up. Other than that, we’re trying to put as many combat related abilities in the tree as we can, which does mean you are going to have to invest talent points into the system to get your current abilities back.

With the above statement that we have to spend talent points to get our current abilities back, does that mean there is nothing new?

  • Absolutely not! There will be new some new abilities to Dragonflight, as well as returning Artifact traits, set bonuses, legendary effects, etc. The new system also opens up some opportunities for you to get some abilities that were otherwise locked behind a spec choice, or to possibly have combinations that were impossible in Shadowlands, such as multiple talents from the same row at the same time.

Does this mean that I can get talents from any spec on my class with this new system?

  • No, there will still be plenty of things in the spec-specific talent trees. Guardian druids will still see plenty of tanking related things in their spec tree that a Restoration druid cannot obtain, and vise-versa. A Restoration druid can invest more points in the Bear related abilities on the class talent tree for more defensive options just as much as a Guardian druid can invest points into more healing options from the class tree. The new spec talent trees will be heavily focused on your combat role of healer, tank, or DPS.

If a Shadowlands covenant or legendary ability is in the talent tree, and I also have that covenant ability or legendary equipped, what happens?

  • The plan currently is that these nodes will still exist in the talent tree and you can obtain them, but your Shadowlands covenant or legendary ability will override it. You won’t have multiple versions of the same spell to cast, or double stacked legendary effects or anything of the sort. Not every Shadowlands covenant ability, legendary, soulbind, or conduit effect will be staying in the talent tree.

How does respeccing work?

  • Respeccing should work relatively similar to how it currently does in Shadowlands with you being able to swap talent builds around. As far as removing a few nodes and spending them elsewhere, we’re still working on that flow, but want to make it as simple and easy as we can.

What about PvP talents?

  • PvP talents will continue to work the way they do now, there will be PvP talent choice nodes on the new talent UI frame where you choose extra effects while in PvP situations.

What about the API for talents?

  • This is a great question that I’m sure our UI team will work out. You are not forgotten, addon authors or users!

Will (my class) be getting (ability) in the new talent trees??

  • Maybe. There’s a lot of work to be done still, and we need to be careful about how much stuff we’re adding to these trees. If we just put all 21 talents from Shadowlands into the tree, that’s a huge amount of extra stuff your character can get

Dragonflight M+ Season 1 and loot

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Thanks for raising the concern! Itemization is definitely a big piece of how this will all need to fit together in order to work, and the goal would be for each season’s dungeon pool to provide deep and varied loot options. In some cases, that may mean modifying or supplementing loot from older expansions’ dungeons. If we were to mix in M+ versions of Mists of Pandaria dungeons alongside new Dragonflight dungeons, for example, we’d make sure that the resulting seasonal pool provides full itemization coverage for all specs. It’s likely that we’d also take a close look at trinkets in particular from Mists dungeons, which weren’t necessarily created or tuned with cutting-edge performance in mind (since back then dungeon difficulty capped out at Heroic; Challenge Mode only gave cosmetic rewards).

If we ended up landing in a situation where a specific item from the prior season’s dungeons was beating higher item level alternatives from the following season, we’d make tuning adjustments to correct that. You shouldn’t need to worry about “missable BiS” being a thing. But on the other hand, we’ve heard tons of feedback about how re-farming Soulletting Ruby, IQD, etc., every season hasn’t exactly felt like a compelling progression experience, so we’re excited at the chance to shake things up there.

Aside from a complete itemization refresh from season to season, our hope is for the dungeon gameplay itself to feel fresher, and like a new set of puzzles for the community to solve each season. We’ve seen really mixed (often negative) experiences in the past when we add brand new dungeons into an existing pool of dungeons that the community has already mastered, and try to set them up as equivalent in terms of difficulty and rewards. And while the hardcore M+ community may not experience this issue firsthand, it’s hard to overstate how daunting it can be for someone to try to get into M+ PUGs or try a new role like tanking for the first time deep in an expansion, when the established community is largely focused on routing micro-optimizations and time-saving tech, and groups likely assume complete baseline knowledge of all boss mechanics, positioning, target priority, and so forth.

We’re well aware of the risk that it might be disappointing to not get to experience M+ versions of all eight new Dragonflight dungeons during the first season, but our hope is that mixing in some dungeons that have never before had an M+ component (e.g. Shado-Pan Monastery) will make for a fun new experience there, and that in the long run the complete rotation will make for a much healthier and more dynamic Mythic+ experience over the course of the expansion as a whole.

A New Class Means a New Class Color!

Blizzard has posted a forum post detailing the new class color that will be used for Evokers, Teal!

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For the history of World of Warcraft, different classes have been visually distinguishable in various UI elements by the usage of a specific color that is unique to each class. For example, three different WoW classes can be identified by just glancing at the three following images:

(Mage, Paladin, and Rogue)

Yesterday, we announced the next class that will become a part of the visual feast of WoW classes, the Evoker, and we’ve defined a unique color for Evokers:


It looks like this:

And in raid frames alongside the other classes, it looks like this:

We’re looking forward to incorporating the new Evoker class color into every place in World of Warcraft: Dragonflight where it belongs.