My wish list for Blizzcon 2018

Just in time, not a moment too early, I want to make an attempt of a wish list for Blizzcon 2018, just like I did last year. It’s shaping up to be completely different than most, I imagine. But hey πŸ™‚

For fun, I tried to revisit the wish list from 2017, and see what came true, if not out of Blizzcon, but in Battle for Azeroth.

Wishes that came true since last Blizzcon 2017

A stat squish

Garrison/ Class Hall/ Missions removed

Bigger and less crowded zones

 

That is something πŸ™‚

A stat squish we got. It needs polishing, but it’s there.

Sure we did not get the whole Mission table removal, but this time around, it’s not involved in questing at all, it’s there, if you want it, but you are not pressured into doing it. Which actually rings true for many of the systems in World of Warcraft right now, and that is something I like, even though, I can relate to the enormous player crowd, who wish there was more ‘reason’ to do them.

The zones of Battle for Azeroth on their own feel bigger and less crowded, I think. Sure, not everywhere, some places are packed with mobs still, but there are times, where I can ride and enjoy the scenery. I love, how I can climb almost every mountain to the top!

 


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This time around though, as far as a wishlist for Blizzcon is concerned, I struggle.

 

“I struggle to stay positive about the game in Battle for Azeroth, but I make a very strong attempt to do so.”

– Alunaria

 

This wish list is so different than last year.

I actually enjoy Island Expeditions and Warfronts and what not, and I am hardly affected by the whole Azerite system at all.Β The Dungeon and Raid encounters are engaging and new; I am amazed, at how they can keep coming up with new things. The zones of Kul Tiras are, on their own, magnificient; the art team has outdone themselves.

So my wish list is actually centered around a single thing;

the story and the telling of the story. Because I play first and foremost, for the story and lore of the game. It branches into different aspects of it.

Let’s see what I’d love to get out of Blizzcon…

 


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Blizzcon 2018 Wish List

 

I’d love to see an Alliance cinematic, like Old Soldier, involving Night Elves. I think the time has come. Any cinematic will do, I’m not asking for a high-quality one even.

I’d love for the quests in the new patch to leave us with a sense of accomplishment, a step forward, and not another brutal defeat or “fake victory, which essentially is a loss”. A clear victory for Night Elves. Not “For the Alliance as in Anduin and his human crew”.

I’d love to see more story told inside the game, instead of outside of it. At least when it comes to crucial character development

I’d love to see, that the “GOTCHA”-moment is finally up; we will have revealed, why the actions of many characters are so inconsistent, based on the last many years of lore.

I’d love to see, that we will have revealed, that it has not been for nothing; it has not been done for the shock effect alone.

I read an interview, where a Blizzard developer said:

 

β€œThe goal is to watch people have a visceral reaction, and care about what happen, and even argue with each other.”

– Blizzard, september 2018

 

I obviously disagree, and I find it so wrong, especially in 2018, to make this the goal of your storytelling.

I do not need this in my game.

 

“I am not asking for Unicorns and Rainbows. But I much rather fight a dragon, than have this kind of “our leader is insane, I hate all of you for following him/her, much rage, much hate, much seperation, death to all of you, ongoing meaningless war (but we have no choice)” – emotion to creep into the game, I play to have fun in.”

– Alunaria

 

It’s just not for me.

I realize, I am the minority with these thoughts, possibly, and that’s okay. But I need to get it out there. There’s no need to convince me; I realize this probably comes from playing nothing but a Night Elf for 14 years ( which more or less is my entire adult life), and always being more fond of that race and their zones, than any other race in the game.

I should have juggled all possible races instead; thatmight have made this kind of expansion a lot more “digestible”

It is my hope, and I make a choice to believe in this;

that at Blizzcon 2018 things will make sense soon, and we will come out of Battle for Azeroth with a feeling, that it worked out well, not just at the very end, not just on the last page of the book, but before that, too.

I want to be entertained without being clueless during the telling of the story too. Not just at the end of it.

I think that the overall story of Battle for Azeroth looks great on paper. But having it play out in the game, in forced chapters, with the abrupt ‘endings’, that is nessesary because of time gating, but then not executed with dedication, makes it appear worse.

I’d also, obviously love to see a rebuild of Teldrassil. Perhaps not now. But we did see the burning of it at Blizzcon 2017, teased many months before it actually happened.

 

Essentially…

 

“I’d love to see a glimmer of hope for the Night Elves.”

– Alunaria

 

I’d love to see changes to the Darnassian Refugees in Stormwind.

And Mia Greymane, did you notice her health is jumping up and down in the Cathedral?Β  Last I checked, she was at 60%. She has been at 70% and 80% too. Perhaps there is a reason?

 


 

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I’d also really love to see a Mike Morhaime tribute up on screen. Unlike my other wishes, this one, I am almost sure we will get.

I never did get around to make a post about him stepping down.

 

The way, Mike Morhaime has helped shape the genre worldwide, the gaming, how he and the team has provided us with such a magical world to immerse ourselves in, to bond long lasting friendships in…To find our spouse in!

We owe him so much gratitude.

I hope he knows that.

– Alunaria

 

J. Allen Brack has large shoes to fill as the new President of Blizzard Entertainment, and I wish him the best of luck. πŸ™‚

 


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I’d also love to see the WoW Classic experience going well, of course. But I do notice, how this part of all the wishes actually came last. Those who know me know, I am so hyped for Classic WoW, more than anything else. But that obviously does not mean, that I do not care what happens to the story in the current version of the game.

 


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I could go into more detail and expand and easily come up with more wishes, but it genuinely was not my intention to be negative in this post.

I think it’s just a reflection of the inner conflict as of late.

And I do not think that is positive, despite what Blizzard claims with their goal of having us feel this like this; their goal to have us argue with each other.

Even though I just play a few times a week now, I really want World of Warcraft to succeed.

 

“I want to want to log in, as often as I did in Legion.”

– Alunaria

 

So here’s to a fantastic Blizzcon, that will blow us all away!

 

See you on Monday, where we all will say “They did it, I can’t wait!” πŸ™‚

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11 thoughts on “My wish list for Blizzcon 2018

  1. “I am not asking for Unicorns and Rainbows. But I much rather fight a dragon, than have this kind of β€œour leader is insane, I hate all of you for following him/her…”

    Totally see your point and I pretty much agree. I would prefer to just battle some dragons and other-worldly things rather than keep on with political garbage and essentially pointless or self-serving power struggles. Like yeah, okay, we get it. Horde v. Alliance; Sylvie v. The World (oh, but she’s influenced by…something!!…)…yadda yadda. Meh, I’m over it. It’s quite tiring to deal with at this point. I really like the Old God stuff actually and it is sort of cool how they mix it into the politics so subtly, but yeah, the point still stands.

    I also would like to see that glimmer of hope for the Night Elves.

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  2. I see most of the concerns is about the Night Elves πŸ™‚ We were updated already that NE will have their revenge against undead in the new warfront, and Tyrande will get a big spotlight.

    Clearly it surprised both Blizzard and players themselves… that we do not want an open faction war, not anymore. I think they will make some solutions later, but for now they just need to follow the path. But isn’t it another example of giving players what they wanted, and when they got it, it suddenly was not what they wanted πŸ™‚

    Still, we have an almost resurfaced N’Zoth and Azeroth stays wounded, so faction war will be wrapped up as soon as Sylvanas problem is resolved.

    And yet – imagine we were given peace between factions. I think that’s another extreme – people finding it a boring candyland. That would backfire all the same – again, people want faction peace, and suddenly they don’t when they get it πŸ™‚

    I think that they best state of events is the simmering cauldron, with skirmishes here and there, skirmishes over resources and occasional backstabbing.

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    1. Oh? I thought Warfronts were kind of “one side wins, then other wins” etc? Stalemate is the term? Like, when no one wins, or?

      You could be very right about that; Blizzard succeeded in “going back to the roots” earlier; they brought Illidan back, because he was a success and so forth. Maybe this time around, it just didn’t work out as they hoped. People change over 14 years too.

      Yes, I sure hope for that too, fingers crossed πŸ™‚

      I realize that too; peace and candy land as you describe it would not be engaging either, I imagine. I guess we are all different, naturally, as well – I enjoyed moments, like, when Sylvanas gave a nod to Varian in the Legion cinematic.

      Right, fair point, I see what you mean for sure.

      Best hopes for what is to come πŸ™‚

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  3. Just yesterday i was thinking that Blizzard maybe using WoW as a way to comment on current real life politics, i thought about and i don’t find this idea far-fetched, the faction war will go on another patch but maybe after that we focus on the naga and N’zoth, i hope so … and of course i’m so excited about Classic more than anything else, also looking forward for Diablo news.

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    1. I believe you could be right; especially since they say it plain simply, they want us to argue with each other. What topic makes people argue in real life? Politics (And how to raise children, heh)

      I hope so for sure, bring on something else, let the politics be done, and let us move forward. Or I could simply just turn on the news πŸ˜‰

      For sure, me too! It’s Classic Q & A later today? I’ve not had time yet. Oh, yeah, Diablo; I heard there was a lot of different things planned for that. Looking forward to see Blizzcon as soon as I have time πŸ™‚

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  4. The faction war was never super-engaging for me, I was mostly happy with fighting them in battlegrounds. Which is war and sports. But now it is not one bit engaging, I just feel they wanted to rile up people, like some RL pundits and organizations etc want to do with us from different parts of the spectrum. It’s not engaging story. Just a big brouhaha that went nowhere, except creating not nice emotions. Maybe Blizz wanted to make some allegory. I just got allergy tbh…

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    1. When Anduin said “Stand as one…For the Alliance”! during the cinematic, I was totally caught up in that; the hype and “bring it”! But that is what these gorgeous cinematics do; they carry us away, in both a good and bad sense of it.

      It is my hope, though, that that will be carried over into the game quests of 8.2 and beyond. Fingers crossed.

      Yeah, me too. Nothing gets peopled riled up than politics. I guess I just would like to see us, the player base, standing united, instead of having this seperate us. But maybe that is what this is building up to. As said, I think the story of BfA looks amazing on paper.

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      1. Indeed. The BfA cinematic is great! It even made me curious about Sylvanas when she does that smirk at the counter-attack. Like “this is going to be a huge fight against a ruthless foe, but with many aspects and probably surprises”

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