Blizzard (Hortus) asks again for your feedback to resolve the remaining issues with the arenas. We're also getting told there's currently no plans to change and/or revamp the socket bonuses that exist.
The Darkmoon Faire had an issue this month which made it appear one week too early. After some discussion (a lot of it) Blizzard decided to hotfix the fair - it will now appear for one extra week. Good news!
We also have a couple of new items listed. Some of them surfaced recently, while one was left out -- we can't have that now, can we?
There's more, read on...
New / Recent / Changed Items
- Scorched Stone (new)
- Papa Hummel's Old-Fashioned Pet Biscuit (new)
- Amulet of Unfettered Magics (not so new)
Arena Focus Testing
In Preparation of the arena realms we have made a number of fixes to various aspects of the area system.
There are several issues that are very difficult to reproduce in controlled situations we believe these issues are fixed in 2.4 but we would like feedback from players to be sure.
Please if you see any of the following issues occurring while playing on the TTR report it in this thread. Please post screenshots if able, this is a great help to us in tracking these issues down.
- The Arena Teams can sometimes enter a state so that leaving a team can result in leaving a different team than intended.
- Arena team win-loss statistics and individual team member win-loss statistics do not always match each other or the teams' gains/losses in rating.
- It appears that sometimes a rated arena team can get matched up against a skirmish "team" in rated arena matches.
- At the conclusion of an arena match sometimes there will be no arena team names displayed, the rating change column will display either "---" or a large random number, and the team that won will often report losing rating points several minutes after they have exited the match.
We've added some additional logging to the TTR to try to track down these issues. If you encounter any of these issues on the TTR please reply to this thread with the following information:
- The name of one or more characters that were in the arena.
- The approximate time and date (include your time zone) that this occured.
Darkmoon Faire Hotfix
A hotfix has been applied that will start Darkmoon Faire after the next realm restart or maintenance, which are currently scheduled to conclude at 11:00 AM PDT, March 11.
This will resolve the issue with the Faire running one week earlier than expected and will match the dates of the Faire to those listed on the event calender.
Arena Season 4 details
It's entertainment so I guess you place your own value on the importance of the actions you take. Do I buy a car now, or wait until the next year's model comes out and the previous year's is cheaper? If it's just for entertainment purposes then I guess you have to weigh the importance of how much that extra fun is/isn't worth. But I know if buying a new car could help generate more money for me than if I hadn't bought it I may be more inclined to purchase it.
That's neither here nor there.
We've only stated that Season 2 is moving to honor, Season 1 is being removed, and Season 3 prices will be lowered. Whether Season 4 or Season 2 prices will change from the Season 1 and Season 3 sets they're replacing has not yet been stated.
One thing that's more certain is that Season 4 isn't going to start for quite a while.
Drysc's thoughts on Uldum
No, it's definitely a dungeon we're keen on opening at some point. Whether that can actually happen or not, or when, hasn't had any final decisions announced. It's a location rich in Titan lore so it's of course something everyone is excited to see come to fruition.
I find the door still interesting as something has obviously broken out. Was there something meant to be contained within Uldum, to be forgotten, that's escaped? Possibly something we don't even associate with the Titans or their creations. Maybe something we take for granted, I don't know, but I like that idea.
No changes to socket bonuses within the foreseeable future
I didn't say we can't change socket bonuses, clearly we have in the past, and when we did it caused problems that required hotfixes. These problems may not have affected you personally but they did affect many players. We will not be making changes to socket bonuses in the future to avoid these problems. That is the end of discussion on this topic.
Tabard & Robe Graphic Glitch
It's been a while since this was asked of the designers/artists but if I remember correctly the reasoning given at the time was that it was not a bug or oversight, but a decision based on technical limitations. The way our armor and animation systems work, of which I will not pretend I have any knowledge of, would make it extremely difaficult and labor intensive to have the tabards show properly over the robes and actually look right/good. Something like having to change the entire system as well as remodel every piece or robe armor or some-such, I can't recall the details. So anyway, the decision was made to just hide the bottom portion.