World of Warcraft: Classic

Ossoi

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All the autism is dialed up to 11 for the "classic" servers.

World buffs / DM Tribute runs were something you coordinated for like guild first/second kills of major roadblocks but weren't something expected on a regular basis.

because it didn't make sense to get world buffs before zoning into a half cleared instance from the previous day(s) to go make your 1st-20th attempt on a boss you'd only managed to get to 75% No point going through the effort for buffs that will last for all of 2 minutes.

Progression in the vanilla sense did not exist in classic. It was all about farming each raid as quickly and efficiently as possible
 

Big Phoenix

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Real reason people want Draenai

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Kaige

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Blizzard

Hey everybody!


We know that there’s a lot of excitement for Burning Crusade Classic, but we haven’t forgotten about the Classic Era servers. One of the defining features of raiding in Classic has certainly been the prevalence of world buff stacking, and while there are some interesting social effects – coordinating turn-ins, leveling alts, world PvP at buff locations, there’s also an obvious negative element – once you’re buffed, you’re incentivized to log off and stop playing to preserve your buffs. If you want to log off to go make dinner or put your kids to bed, that’s completely fine and the timing works in your favor. But if you still want to repair your gear, shop for consumables, or run a dungeon with your friends, then it’s not great to be losing precious minutes on your buffs, or worse, risk dying and losing them entirely. We’ve been wanting to do something about that side-effect, without completely abandoning our philosophy for WoW Classic, so we’re going to try something new in Patch 1.13.7: The Chronoboon Displacer.


What is it?


The Chronoboon Displacer is an item you buy which takes a snapshot of your world buffs, such as Rallying Cry of Dragonslayer, Songflower, etc. and saves them for use at a later time. Of course we don’t want to change things too radically, so it comes with some significant restrictions: While you are under the effects of the Chronoboon Displacer, you can’t benefit from any of the world buffs that it’s holding for you. That keeps you from getting a second set of buffs, and then still feeling like you need to log off. Also, when you release the buffs from the Chronoboon Displacer, it puts the item on a 1 hour cooldown so that you can’t toggle your buffs on for bosses and off for the rest of the raid.


How does it work?


First, you collect all your world buffs the way you normally would – getting your summon to Dire Maul, a portal back to Stormwind or Orgrimmar for your Rallying Cry of the Dragonslayer, a quick trip to Yojamba Isle to turn in the Heart of Hakkar, or whatever subset of world buffs your raid expects or that you feel comfortable with. Then you activate your Chronoboon Displacer, which creates a Supercharged Cronoboon Displacer in your inventory and an aura which holds the captured state of your world buffs. You can mouse over that aura at any time to see which buffs are stored, and how much time is stored on them. You can then go about your business, secure in the knowledge that your world buffs are saved and ready for use when you need them most. When you’re ready to restore them, simply activate the Supercharged Chronoboon Displacer and it will break apart, releasing the stored auras back onto your character.


Where do I get one?


Well, given the complex temporal mechanics involved, you obviously need to make a deal with a Bronze Dragon, and you can find a friendly one named Chromie located in Andorhal in the Western Plaguelands. Of course she’ll likely want your help repairing the time stream first, but once you’ve helped her out with that, she’ll be happy to sell you as many Chronoboon Displacers as your heart desires.


Why now?


We launched Classic with an intent to keep the game data the same as it was originally, and we wanted to make sure we delivered on that promise, but now that we’ve been through all the content phases we planned before launch, we took a step back to consider what it really means to have the world buff system stay this way in Classic Era. A persistent world where everybody is traveling around for magical items and spells to maximize their power is fine, but one where they then stop playing to avoid wasting them seems wrong. Having an additional stop that lets you “bottle your buffs” seems like a thematically appropriate change to alleviate that problem.


We know this is a change, and any change to Classic is something we want to be careful with, but in this case, the fact that playing optimally literally requires you to stop playing was just too much for us to sit idly by. If you have any concerns about ways this might be abused, please post them here so we can address them. We hope you’ll all find this change as exciting as we do!


It will come out before Burning Crusade Classic is released.


I know some people would prefer we remove world buffs entirely, while others would prefer more radical changes, so it’s a challenge to find a good line. You should be able to try it soon on the PTR, and I hope it meets your expectations.


Yes, it’s the same version on PTR right now, and will remove spell batching as well.


That’s correct. You use the Chronoboon Displacer, and it removes them from you, storing their remaining durations in a new aura, and prevents you from benefitting from any of the buff that are currently stored. The idea being, if it didn’t do that, you’d just get double buffs, and still have to log out to save the second set.

In addition the “Supercharged Chronoboon Displacer” is unique, so you can only be storing one set of buffs at a time, but the “Chronoboon Displacer” is not unique, so you can stock up on them ahead of time, so you aren’t required to make a trip out to Andorhal every week.
 

Mist

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Animosity

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World buffs are such cancer in classic. It takes more time to get them than it does to finish all the raids. Or if youre lucky someone fucks up the first trash pull and you wipe.
 

lost

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Thank god theyre doing that at least, fuckers hiding out in town waiting to gank you at the mage portals.
 

BoozeCube

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It’s on the PTR and they straight up said it’s not a joke.

And yet the whole thing is so stupid and tone deaf that you have to wonder. They spent development time on this, just like the TBC drums, and also removing all world buffs in Raids in TBC. Overall they can do the things that the playerbase asks for but they choose not to on purpose.

Don't you stupid faggots have phones??????????????????????

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Dinadass

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Well it sounds like it’s just being implemented for the Forever Vanilla servers so who cares. It’s especially dumb though since the vanilla servers are going to be low pop and almost entirely Naxx raiders who have already turned in heart/head/etc so before long there won’t be any world buffs going off anyway. Would’ve been a lot easier to just do what China did and drop them all hourly automatically.
 

Quineloe

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I'd like to see a classic server start right at phase 6, no world buffs, no song flowers or dire maul buffs and then we could see how fast they can kill KT
 
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Uber Uberest

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Well it sounds like it’s just being implemented for the Forever Vanilla servers so who cares. It’s especially dumb though since the vanilla servers are going to be low pop and almost entirely Naxx raiders who have already turned in heart/head/etc so before long there won’t be any world buffs going off anyway. Would’ve been a lot easier to just do what China did and drop them all hourly automatically.
This is being instituted before the pre-patch.
 

Dinadass

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They said it’s coming out before Burning Crusade Classic, it probably will be tied into the prepatch just like the batching change that’s been on the PTR for months. So most people will have it available for like 4 Naxx clears and that’s it.
 

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Good, the MMO market has been a stale wasteland for a while now, allowing blizzard to shit in people's throat for way too long.

Not like we're going to witness the birth of another EQ or WOW, I don't believe it possible anymore, the window has closed for this generation of game, it'd have to be significantly 'new age' to shake things up, but a man can dream.
 
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More evidence that Secret Door Studios is making an MMO.
Not neccessarily. Maybe an RTS.

But I assumed as much since Omar was totally absent from any TBC announcement/discussion while being very present leading up to the Classic launch.