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Old 10-21-2011, 09:26 AM
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Just under 3 hours until the opening ceremony - here is what Bolvar expects:
  1. Mists of Pandaria will be announced as the new expansion. This is a lead-pipe lock.
  2. A new class will be revealed. It seems more likely that they'd alternate expansions with classes and races.
  3. Some crap about StarCraft and Diablo will be announced, and Bolvar will not give a rat's ass.
  4. A new primary profession will be announced. Another secondary profession makes no sense, and, hell, Bolvar hasn't even leveled Archaeology past 300 on any character (more on this later).
  5. An additional major game mechanic will be announced. This could be anything from a big graphical engine overhaul to something silly like the dance studio.
  6. More character slots per realm will be made available. It seems highly unlikely that they wouldn't finally address this by the fourth expansion.
What Bolvar would LIKE to see (but probably won't):
  1. Multi-faction Pandaren Brewmaster Hero that can only spec as a tank or a healer.
  2. Outlands re-vamp that will tie in with this expansion or a future one.
  3. Removal of all racial class restrictions.
  4. Tankadins re-vamped to be awesome again.
  5. Cross-realm mail.
  6. Re-vamped profession leveling - grinding to level 600 on anything is stupid.
  7. Every race gets a capitol city. This means the Gnomes get Gnomeregan back for good (or build something substantial elsewhere), Worgen get Gilneas back, Trolls build an actual city, and the Goblins build a capitol in Azshara or Tanaris or Stranglethorn or some damned island somewhere.
  8. Portals in every city, to every city, and incentives to spend time in places other than Orgrimmar and Stormwind.
I will be watching the free broadcast of the opening ceremony on DirecTV, and will get the rest... elsewhere.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:39 AM
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:44 AM
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Shit they will probably announce that will piss Bolvar off:
  1. Another grindy miserable travel-intensive life-sucking time sink of a secondary profession.
  2. No improvement to the current 5-man heroic model (I still maintain that all heroics should drop at least one piece of epic loot)
  3. Not enough 5-man content - Cata dropped with far too few instances.
  4. More revamped old raid/dungeon shit. And, I swear to God, they'd better leave Karazhan alone.
  5. Only 5 more levels.
  6. More old gods.
Honestly, Blizzard needs to avoid all of this lameness and deliver a home run today, because player apathy is at a dangerous level right now, and there's a lot of alternatives on the horizon. Titan is still years away, and if they let WoW go to shit between now and then, they could easily lose half their current player base in the meantime.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:54 AM
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:57 AM
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I can't wait to see you rage like last year!
If I'm compelled to rage like last year, Blizzard is in big trouble.

I got smart and didn't buy the stream this year; I won't have the wasted cash to piss me off; but if the opener is really that bad, then this franchise is a limping gazelle waiting to be picked off by a hungry predator.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:02 AM
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Cross-realm mail.
As a person who levels alts like people collect stamps, this is my only wish.

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Old 10-21-2011, 10:03 AM
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If Blizzard still wants to just have 5 levels per expansion pack, I'd like more zones and choices on where to go. In Cata one of the most common complaints I heard was that people just had 2 places to level up at. For some reason this is a bit silly considering BC just had HFP.

But still, since people have more characters as the game has progressed its only natural to need more areas so you do not get bored.

I kind of want Pandaria not to appear as a major expansion area as it would be out of the blue then. Both Draenor and Northrend have been previously established in lore and we've been there in-game in the RTS'.

And while I remember, Lon asked me to plug Nozdormu's chat. It's the same one from last year. http://xat.com/ScrollsOfLore
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As a person who levels alts like people collect stamps, this my only wish.
I would expand on that wish by making honor and justice points bind-on-account, so that you can gear your alts with greater ease, but they won't ever do that.
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Leviathon's probably gonna find some backdoor like he did last year anyway.
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Leviathon's probably gonna find some backdoor like he did last year anyway.
That's sort of what I expect. PM me if you like - I doubt open discussion would be smiled upon.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:09 AM
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Pfff, I've already bought the virtual ticket so I really couldn't care less.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:17 AM
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Predictions, reactions, commentary, and complaints - all right here.

Just under 3 hours until the opening ceremony - here is what Bolvar expects:
  1. Mists of Pandaria will be announced as the new expansion. This is a lead-pipe lock.
  2. A new class will be revealed. It seems more likely that they'd alternate expansions with classes and races.
  3. Some crap about StarCraft and Diablo will be announced, and Bolvar will not give a rat's ass.
  4. A new primary profession will be announced. Another secondary profession makes no sense, and, hell, Bolvar hasn't even leveled Archaeology past 300 on any character (more on this later).
  5. An additional major game mechanic will be announced. This could be anything from a big graphical engine overhaul to something silly like the dance studio.
  6. More character slots per realm will be made available. It seems highly unlikely that they wouldn't finally address this by the fourth expansion.
What Bolvar would LIKE to see (but probably won't):
  1. Multi-faction Pandaren Brewmaster Hero that can only spec as a tank or a healer.
  2. Outlands re-vamp that will tie in with this expansion or a future one.
  3. Removal of all racial class restrictions.
  4. Tankadins re-vamped to be awesome again.
  5. Cross-realm mail.
  6. Re-vamped profession leveling - grinding to level 600 on anything is stupid.
  7. Every race gets a capitol city. This means the Gnomes get Gnomeregan back for good (or build something substantial elsewhere), Worgen get Gilneas back, Trolls build an actual city, and the Goblins build a capitol in Azshara or Tanaris or Stranglethorn or some damned island somewhere.
  8. Portals in every city, to every city, and incentives to spend time in places other than Orgrimmar and Stormwind.
I will be watching the free broadcast of the opening ceremony on DirecTV, and will get the rest... elsewhere.
I've been predicting a neutral (in the sense that you can choose your faction) Pandaren hero class (or two, hopefully Monk and Brewmaster, but at least one of them for sure) for the last year or so. Find out in a few hrs i guess.

Doubt we will get a Troll and Gnome city since Cata added two brand new starting zones for both that are going to function as such for the time being.

Some of the racial class restrictions make sense. Gnome Druids and Tauren Rogues simply don't make any sort of sense (not to mention Blizz will never spend the time making a cat, bear, and flying form for 12 differnt races).
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I've been predicting a neutral (in the sense that you can choose your faction) Pandaren hero class (or two, hopefully Monk and Brewmaster, but at least one of them for sure) for the last year or so. Find out in a few hrs i guess.

Doubt we will get a Troll and Gnome city since Cata added two brand new starting zones for both that are going to function as such for the time being.

Some of the racial class restrictions make sense. Gnome Druids and Tauren Rogues simply don't make any sort of sense (not to mention Blizz will never spend the time making a cat, bear, and flying form for 12 differnt races).
See, I don't believe that these cat/bear/flying forms are all that hard. They have the skeletal work done, it's just skins at this point.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:27 AM
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See, I don't believe that these cat/bear/flying forms are all that hard. They have the skeletal work done, it's just skins at this point.
True, but you will recall that it took MONTHS to implement the Troll and Worgen flight forms, and YEARS to even get Tauren unique looks from the Night Elves. And whatever happened to those male/female demon models?? (not that it matters since that is a ridiculous idea to begin with). When Blizz does these cosmetic changes it is almost always completely out of the blue and something no one asked for. The new Shadowbolt/Lightning Bolt/Wrath animations are awesome (especially since I have been rocking Elemental lately) but I don't think there was a big outcry from the community for them.
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:31 AM
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Really wish I didn't have to work today. Would've bought the virtual ticket.
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There are streams you can watch online, if you're at a desk.
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:38 AM
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The DirecTV hosts have been the same for 3 years, at least.

And they SUCK.

Honestly, how difficult would it be to get qualified broadcast professionals to do this event?
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Definitely will be an expansion announced.
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Oh god. They gave Adrienne Curry a mic.

Clearly, she's one that's meant to be seen and not heard.
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They're recapping last year's opening ceremony... The worst in history? Really?
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:51 AM
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:53 AM
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Know a stream with subtitles? No sound on the computer at my work.
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:55 AM
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Know a stream with subtitles? No sound on the computer at my work.
Leviathon has posted several. Not sure if they have subtitles.

You don't have headphones?
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10 minutes talking about lame-ass e-sport tournaments. God, I hate filler content.
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