Posts made in August, 2015

Legion: New Hunter roles confirmed

I speculated on this yesterday, but it looks like we have the official word via a developer interview at Icy Veins.

Survival: Melee spec that utilizes a pet
Beast Mastery: Ranged spec that utilizes a pet
Marksmanship: Ranged spec that has NO pet
This means the Lone Wolf talent should be no more. Blizzard is fully committing this time and giving each spec a clear identity. It’s bound to ruffle some feathers, but my initial thoughts are that it will be good for the class.

My only real concern is balance now. If Survival is the top spec (by the same kind of margin Marksmanship is now in Hellfire Citadel), every hunter will feel forced into completely changing roles after they’ve been playing a ranged class for 10 years. Not good. Blizzard has an obligation to make sure all 3 playstyles are viable.

There was also some updates regarding the artifact weapons:

Beast Mastery’s artifact is a gun, Marksmanship’s is a bow, Survival’s is a spear.
There are no weapon drops in Legion. Instead, you will power up your artifact by killing bosses and doing other things in the game (PvP, dungeons, raids, dailies, whatever).
Your artifact will be obtained very early on.
Artifacts can be transmogged, so if you’re not happy about your weapon type for your chosen spec, you at least have that. You cannot transmog into another artifact though.
Still not sure how Survival is going to operate in the weird transition period of 7.0 when they have no melee weapons.
We should have more details soon from the dev panel on Sunday. Shortly after the dev panel, at 1:30pm ET on Sunday, we will be recording the next Hunting Party Podcast on Twitch and talking all about this stuff. Follow me on Twitter and I’ll be posting before we go live. Should be a fun show!

 

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Still lots to do for us casuals

I see more and more people who stop logging in or even unsubscribe, claiming there is nothing for them to do.

I can see that, if you play a lot. There is no game that can keep up with content for players who spend hours gaming almost every day. However, for us casuals, there’s still a long list of things yet to be cracked.

I am full-blown casual now. My available game time has dropped to only a few hours per week. I set aside two nights to raid, but we only have enough guildies to raid about 50% of the time. Even with OpenRaid we usually find ourselves short of tanks or healers. On off-nights I get to log in about 1 out of 3 evenings, and then only for an hour or two. Its enough to keep up with Garrisons and do some crafting/auctioning, and that’s it.

On my to do list:

finish normal mode Highmaul. My guild is still at Ko’ragh. Raiding one night a week, and that with an inconsistent raid team, does not make for quick progress.
do normal mode Blackrock Foundry.
continue the legendary questline. I’m still collecting Abrogator Stones, so I’ve got a way to go before I’m caught up
Pet Battles – I have not yet unlocked my Level 3 Menagerie
Fishing – I have not yet unlocked my Level 3 Fishing Shack
Archaeology – have yet to touch this so far this expansion
Old raids – I intend on running old raids, specifically to get pet drops
Toys – this is a collection I’d like to work on
New in 6.1 – Jukebox. I think this is neat, from a collectors point of view, and I’d like to track down the available music patterns
With the amount of time I play, this is probably a good 6 months or more worth of content. I’m up to my ears in things to do. I’m swamped. I hope they delay future patches so I don’t get further behind. I know that’s not a popular opinion among the more time-rich players, but I speak only on behalf of myself.

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Ranked matchmaking hits Dota 2 Reborn

A whopping 1.9GB patch has just added ranked matchmaking to Dota 2 Reborn.

Other than allowing you to compete for MMR (which should now be imported from your standard Dota 2 profile), complete Compendium challenges, use any cosmetic items added before 16 July (including Immortal Treasure III items), and hopefully crash the game less often. Yeeeah, that still happens. This might not be the best place to actually try to raise your MMR.

There are some nice other additions in this patch, mind. Tinker’s Rollermaw shouldn’t murder the framerate anymore, the Enter key can now be used to accept matches, the way games are ranked in the Custom Games list has been tweaked, and there are lots and lots of bug fixes. Lots.

To encourage you to try out Dota 2 Reborn, you’ll earn 50% more coins for completing Compendium challenges in the Reborn client than you would in the regular client. Just remember that it’s a beta.

It’s worth noting that this also offers some more ways of getting Compendium points. Two new achievements have been added – one for winning five games in the Reborn beta, and one for winning 15 games. Each of these goals offers a full 500 points, so that’s another 10 levels waiting to be grabbed.

You can view the full fix list over here.

 

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Dota 2’s TI5 Wildcard and Group Stage brackets revealed

While Dota 2‘s The International 2015’s main event doesn’t kick off until 3 August, the Wild Card and Group Stage games begin this weekend.

The Wild Card brackets will see Vega Squadron, CDEC Gaming, Team Archon, and MVP.Phoenix compete for the last four slots in the main event via a double-elimination, best-of-three tournament. It’ll kick off with CDEC taking on Vega, and Phoenix taking on Archon. From there, the winners will face off, as will the losers, and things continue from there; anyone who loses two match-ups is out. As I said: double-elimination.

Then there are the Group Stages, which see all invited teams (including the Wild Card winners) battle it out for tournament seeding. The teams have been divided into two groups of eight; the top four teams in each group head to the upper bracket of the main event, while the bottom four in each group are off to the lower bracket.

Group A contains compLexity Gaming, Invictus Gaming, LGD Gaming, Natus Vincere, Fnatic, Cloud9, Team Secret, and the second Wild Card. Group B contains EHOME, Evil Geniuses, Team Empire, Vici Gaming, Newbee, Virtus Pro, MVP Hot6, and the first Wild Card.

The Wild Card games begin on 26 July – this Sunday – at 9am PDT. The Group Stage kicks off on 27 July – Monday – at 9am PDT, and will last through the 30th. Three games will be played simultaneously, with each having its own stream.

So while TI5 doesn’t kick off properly until 3 August, there’s still plenty of professional Dota 2 to keep you occupied until then. You can read Valve’s blog post (and see the brackets and scheduling for yourself) over here.

 

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