Rise of Azshara Arrives June 25 and Dev Insights w/ Ion Hazzikostas

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  • Published: 18 June 2019
  • Rise of Azshara, World of Warcraft’s next major content update arrives June 25. Game Director Ion Hazzikostas dives into the update in this developer insights video. See below for additional design philosophy information.

    Design philosophy bookmarks
    9:18 – Reward and design philosophies
    10:13 – Gear reward scaling
    14:04 – Gear and character progression
    17:22 – PvP gear crossover
    22:08 – Class design
    28:26 – World of Warcraft Classic

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  • FanaticDreamer
    FanaticDreamer  1 months back

    "How can we offer identity"

    How about you stop removing abilities and add a bunch of new ones?

    Give all the classes their base abilities back and add new abilities that create a difference between spec. A good way of doing this would be to get rid of the awful talent tree we have now and make a better system.

    • Joseph Pedlow
      Joseph Pedlow  1 months back

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      • lou-an crous
        lou-an crous  1 months back

        Hi everybody this is Ian I love China and my chines overlords please send more money

        • Jimmy dan
          Jimmy dan  2 months back

          This Essence grinding again and again on my alts just letting me unsubscribe this game, after all this grind, all I want is just a skill but I have to do this over and over again while some of it might never achieveable in next 13 weeks. And after 13 weeks, all essence I grind just become a trash aspect again.

          • TexasArmy11
            TexasArmy11  2 months back

            Please don’t bring back a bunch of useless abilities I really enjoyed the clean up of that.

            • LightAccel
              LightAccel  1 months back

              or you know since they're """""useless""""" maybe just don't use them you brain dеad mоnkey

          • slopeh
            slopeh  3 months back

            Great job, Ion Hazzikostas!! Thats how you communicate with the community!

            • Snot_Rockets
              Snot_Rockets  3 months back

              LOL @ “we’ve been hard at work, listening to feedback”. Most of your player base is GONE because of your “listening” to feedback.

              • Syntax Errors
                Syntax Errors  3 months back

                Catchup mechanics is the worst thing that ever happened in this game. It takes away all incentive to work hard for anything because you can just sit out and be handed whatever by simply not playing the game. It also diminishes the path of getting to the real end game because you do not have to work hard, you simply get it handed to you. It is sad that you still think that this approach to protect and embrace casual players is a benefit to anyone because it actually subtracts from both sides of the equation and everyone is worse of as a consequence of that.

                • James Jr
                  James Jr  3 months back

                  This was great Blizz, more discussions like this please! I think we would all like our classes to get a few extra abilities to really feel awesome again, and please bring back class sets. Legion sets were absolutely amazing. A lot of people would also like PvP vendors. Also please look at GCD, on some abilities it just doesn't make sense and hurts the flow of the game. Also also, since I was a DK main, please look at 2H frost again, it just makes sense and is something community has been asking for for a long time.

                  • Seph Cornel
                    Seph Cornel  4 months back

                    He should narate some audiobooks :D

                    • Matthew Lawton
                      Matthew Lawton  4 months back

                      No. Ion Hazzikostas has destroyed this game. Fire him. It's time to write the shareholders and demand they hold him accountable.

                      • AkiRa22084
                        AkiRa22084  4 months back

                        But I like the specs being more unique and having "less" buttons. Just get the Cooldowns of the GCD again and classes will fell great.

                        • wesclev83
                          wesclev83  4 months back

                          Pay close attention to what he's actually saying in regards to class design. He uses phrases like "looking to the future" "questions we want to try to answer". Nothing concrete is really being said, he only brings up Alter Time and Warrior Stances because he knows that's what players want back, but he's not gonna give it to us.

                          • Mathew Chilton
                            Mathew Chilton  4 months back

                            I'd have liked to know why the armors still not only look like doodoo, but have not changed at all. We still have coned robed and widely textured chest and leg pieces. They said they were cancelling class sets to work on armor. Although I agreed with just about everything he said. Except that he seemed to believe there is a certain amount of time to spend in a zone before it gets old. While true, that doesn't mean people don't want to go back later.

                            • Riton
                              Riton  4 months back

                              Quick reminder that in the begining of Legion they literally pruned the traping abilities from hunters. Let that sink in for a moment. They pruned the traps. The actual traps. Of hunters.
                              Anyway, it was quite nice to heard Ion acknoledge that they went too far and promise they'll do better in 9.0. Right now the game looks really good but it's all eventually meaningless since I do not find any class, or rather any spec, fun to play.

                              • Rekt Dacron
                                Rekt Dacron  4 months back

                                Thank you; Mr.Hazzikostas. coming forward and hearing form you is great!

                                • Boka Banana
                                  Boka Banana  4 months back

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                                  • UnoneTV
                                    UnoneTV  4 months back

                                    Watch with 0.5 Speed to keep the information stream pace not too high

                                    • UnoneTV
                                      UnoneTV  4 months back

                                      14:04 (404) Gear and Character Progression not found
                                      Kappa

                                      • John Fisher
                                        John Fisher  4 months back

                                        ION - Please bring back talent trees.

                                        • shadowskater11
                                          shadowskater11  4 months back

                                          dude go and farm first reputation than you can talk with my...you shitface

                                          • James Paad
                                            James Paad  4 months back

                                            Just happy Ion finally took one on the chin and spoke about it - kudos. This has been something that drove me away from WoW where it felt like they had blinders and earmuffs on heading towards a cliff. I check in on wow from time to time but still isn't where I would put a lot of time or money. Maybe once they figure out the classes/specs, make it fun to play the character again vs only needing about 5 (or less on some classes) abilities to handle most encounters. I just wish blizz would reach out to a lot of the folks who have left, we don't all spew hatred and might actually have helpful info.. if they did and I missed it, cheers then! Just happy Ion is acknowledging it as a major weakness in the game.

                                            • Toylo
                                              Toylo  4 months back

                                              class design is the most important part in wow. boring classes=boring game no matter what content you have
                                              And its the first time ever i cant find a class i enjoy in wow which makes the game suck

                                              • GrimoireVoss
                                                GrimoireVoss  5 months back

                                                Step in the right direction. Josh "Ill block you if you disagree with me" Allen not being here is a huge plus.

                                                • Amber
                                                  Amber  5 months back

                                                  What happened to Potion of Reconstitution???

                                                  • Mike M
                                                    Mike M  5 months back

                                                    They usually don't put better mana potions in-game. they did the same thing in legion and now in BFA. Although i would highly recommend checking out some of the HOA abilities. More specific Memory of Lucid Dreams, It's a great mana restore every 2 minutes.

                                                • Matthew Mccurdy
                                                  Matthew Mccurdy  5 months back

                                                  As someone who got cheated out of my number 1 in the battlegroup for season 1 title in BC because of shadow resist gear on the last week... i just want to say... better late than never, i guess.

                                                  • Crows Descend
                                                    Crows Descend  5 months back

                                                    Could you also please get rid of some GCD on abilities/mainly 1m+ cooldown abilitys? and please make talents more interesting, maybe bring back the old (but newer and better) talent TREE system. You've tried making the game easier for newer players and it has failed, so you can now focus on bringing back the actual WoW players. Also, please get rid of mob scaling!

                                                    • Bob Mastowski
                                                      Bob Mastowski  5 months back

                                                      Wow down to 5k players.

                                                      • yung cash register
                                                        yung cash register  5 months back

                                                        just die already

                                                        • Mockin Leafdrop
                                                          Mockin Leafdrop  5 months back

                                                          Why are you jumping around?It's disturbing!

                                                          • RAB L
                                                            RAB L  5 months back

                                                            This guy sucks.

                                                            • j1990
                                                              j1990  5 months back

                                                              bring back pvp gear with resilience you cucks, makes pvp more enjoyable for some of us that like having pve gear, an pvp gear to swap to depending on the content that we like to play.

                                                              • Bastion Technology
                                                                Bastion Technology  5 months back

                                                                World of Warcraft had come a long way and had kept itself updated with every changing hardware and software. New content looks engaging.

                                                                • Andrei
                                                                  Andrei  5 months back

                                                                  Are we getting PvP vendors?

                                                                  • N VE
                                                                    N VE  5 months back

                                                                    I feel like the biggest problem in WoW is that a large chunk of the playerbase is toxic. They whine and complain about everything no matter what, then you get the devs responding to those criticisms by making changes that make the game worse. It's a vicious cycle caused by a lot of the negativity.

                                                                    • Jeremiah Romero
                                                                      Jeremiah Romero  5 months back

                                                                      Thumbs up, my d00ds!

                                                                      • Ben Slyke
                                                                        Ben Slyke  5 months back

                                                                        This is great. More of this please!

                                                                        • OCTyBAKER
                                                                          OCTyBAKER  5 months back

                                                                          I love the old feel, when you see an highly pvp geared guy, and a highly pve geared guy... Pvp vendors would be nice

                                                                          • Karén Ruk
                                                                            Karén Ruk  5 months back

                                                                            Hopefully Blizzard gets their groove back. I still believe. Cough”activision ruined Blizzard”cough .

                                                                            • De Pijnappelklier
                                                                              De Pijnappelklier  5 months back

                                                                              I can barely have more than one character on max level on progress. Even with heirlooms. I want to play all The classes but the leveling and rep grind is so dull. U can say what u want about Wotlk and Cata but those had more leveling options, u did not had to grind every quest in every region with every character.
                                                                              They destroyed leveling so bad that I quit. And the game got a ridiculous amount of buttons that needs add-ons and macros. Boring. Last expansions promoting pvp and then everything was pve. The isles, arathi battle.. So boring after three plays.. Sucked the fun out of it.

                                                                              • Michelle Mana
                                                                                Michelle Mana  5 months back

                                                                                Make the new items prettyer ! We wants more & more cool clothes & wappens ! Not super old style junk !
                                                                                & We NEED 2 fly ! Dont waste our times anymore PLS ! Make it EZer 2 play !
                                                                                Also , were is all those GOOD LOOK mounts that NPC already gots ?
                                                                                Like the " Blue Crow , Bees , Eagle , Huge Sea Tortoise ... " ? Release them ! Make it HAPPEND ! Right NOW !

                                                                                • Michelle Mana
                                                                                  Michelle Mana  5 months back

                                                                                  Fix the Human Girl's nose modle PLS , in some angle , their nose looks like a triangle !
                                                                                  Especially when they faced the dark side of the light .

                                                                                  • VivaHollandia32
                                                                                    VivaHollandia32  5 months back

                                                                                    Bring the class > Bring the player
                                                                                    PLZ

                                                                                    • Juan P
                                                                                      Juan P  5 months back

                                                                                      the other guy was better

                                                                                      • Shroomlight
                                                                                        Shroomlight  5 months back

                                                                                        Amazing! this is what we want, feedback from devs addressing our concerns and wishes!! thanks Blizzard!

                                                                                        • BruddaJakka
                                                                                          BruddaJakka  5 months back

                                                                                          Ion Hazzikostas is the reason why I quit playing World of Warcraft. Ever since he took over as Director it's been one bad decision after another after another. The other was the 'squishes' players don't like seeing their hard work get marginalized because of 'bad math' on the part of the developers.

                                                                                          • Justin Sander
                                                                                            Justin Sander  5 months back

                                                                                            Many players do not enjoy the often toxic social environment of raid groups or mythic+ groups these players log hundreds of hours in to environmental play yet are called lazy and every achievement or piece of gear they get said to undermine the raiders/mythic+ players who often spend less than 8hr a week in game. Until Blizzard recognizes those hours logged and that effort made they will continue to lose those players at a steady pace. This could be easily fixed with outdoor specific achievements that reward mounts and pets biased on content completed. Oh you did 5000 world quests in Druistvar cool here is a neat pet, wow you did 100,000 world quests in Kul'tiras here have a water mount that looks like a Kul'tiran naval ship.

                                                                                            But instead we get told they want to be fair to the raiders who already get the best mounts, pets, and appearances then if any of us attempt to break into doing raids or mythic+ content we are black balled by long standing guilds who suck up all the new subs because they can get the shiny rewards alternately killing small guilds in the process. So instead of paying 15.00 every month to be sidelined people have been leaving.

                                                                                            This could also be symptomatic of the raids made for raiders and dungeons make for dungeon crawlers type content we've seen in BfA. Its has been stupid hard to break into doing dungeons in this expac where when trying to learn the dungeons if you make one small mistake you will probably be booted from the group immediately or at the very least treated with extreme toxicity.

                                                                                            • Gozz
                                                                                              Gozz  5 months back

                                                                                              whats up with his hand motion????????? fetish???????