Warning – yet another massive wall of text! Tried to put my opinions in italics, may have missed something though sorry.
7.35am Gameplay Panel
How are you going to improve professions (including repairs by crafters)? – Blacksmiths will be able to socket people’s gloves and belts as an example of all professions having an endgame use.
Will we ever see Deathwing again? – Working on it, yes.
Sunwell Plateau had dailies and things for people at 70 who couldn’t get into Sunwell. Doing something similar with Arthas? – Arthas will be accessible to all people. Want to have a lot of solo content and daily quests, and perhaps some Arthas interaction.
Some question about Pandas I didn’t quite catch but was apparently amusing. Encourage the Panda love! No killing pandas!
Are you guys adding resilience to PvE gear so there is a point to doing PvP? – continuing the system of tokens being exchanged for lesser PvP gear. In my opinion an interesting question which went bad when he said ‘to give doing PvE content a point!’ Eeeesh… PvE greater than PvP anyday ;)
What abilities will be able to work indoors? – Ooooh, ground mounts will swim after the first Wrath content patch! Then dodged the actual question :)
Will we be able to experience old-world bosses with PvE arenas? – Difficult to move bosses over to arenas and have the same impact, and how would the rewards be itemised?
Championing system – will you extend that to be able to be used for old school rep? – Want to see how championing works out, and also looking at adding new ways to get old ‘boring’ reputations. Thank goodness, grinding rep sucks.
Will we be able to customise moves at all? (casting, etc) – No. I agree with this, I think it would really take away some things which define a class.
How will you balance gear (no more PvP in raids) – Trying to give people balance and allow them a little bit of a headstart to cross over.
Are you looking at making legendaries scale similar to heirloom items? – No, because it makes it difficult for people when they are gearing up (feeling compelled to go back and get them from old raids).
Are you going to make the different gear look different? (10, 25, PvP) – We would like to, a matter of how many different sets we can create. Always a matter of how much they can do.
Why have you ruined Arcane Blast? – They disagree, it’s fine. Want to make it so that you aren’t using it as your ONLY spell.
11 point talents have always been class defining. Some talents are no longer class defining. What are you going to do about this? – Trying to make sure that we can find something unique and exciting.
Holy Paladin complaining about not having any offensive PvP abilities. Trying not to tune out from Pally QQ – they agree, and are trying to help them out.
WARLOCK QUESTION! Fel Domination – do you have a plan to reduce the cooldown or replace it? – We would like to have Warlocks using all different types of pets. However, they want it to be about utility, not because your pet is about to die.
When are you going to make Omen of Clarity non-dispellable? – Considering making it impossible to get rid of beneficial buffs.
Arms Warriors – being able to switch weapons specialisations easily? – Probably not, don’t feel that you change your weapon enough to worry about it.
Are there any other plans to make all crafting professions equal? – More that we screwed up with the Frozen Shadoweave than meant it to be that powerful. Plan to continue to give you access to plans and patterns in each raid.
Where is our WoW movie? – working on it, working on it, story is pretty cool, ‘I will be shot and that is bad for me’ if I give out spoilers
Will you be bringing Holy Paladins back into the melee line of the class? – ‘We gave DK’s Death Grip to keep them in melee’ ;)
Missed the question – It is always going to be a judgement call as to what is iconic to each class. We are always trying to come up with new abilities but it is difficult.
Paladin – Are we going to get a single target taunt? – hope not, but we will if we have to. Players are concerned about homogenisation.
Priest – Why do I put 13 points into Discipline? – Where would you like to put them? (Holy). Feel like we have gone a bit too far into the ‘single tree’ spec, and want to encourage cross tree talenting. However, we don’t want to make some talents ‘mandatory’ for everyone. Mana regen is a hard thing to judge on feedback, everyone wants more mana, and sometimes people who run out of mana quickly just aren’t good players!
Why do hybrids have so much damage now, threatening pure DPS classes – trying to ensure that pure DPS is still competitive, but making it about player skill.
Are you going to do any more encounters like Kael’thas where you have to wait 10 minutes for the fight to start? – We weren’t, but we will now! Trying to come up with a ‘wrap it up’ button
Will you be able to use achievement points for T9 epics? – No, which is great. Points can be used to get tabards and titles instead, to recognise your achievement. Points will be spendable at next year’s Blizzcon store ;).
How are you going to flesh out the combat tree for Rogues who prefer swords? – Tried to get rid of dead spots, believe that combat might be better scaled than the other trees, working on it.
What’s the likelihood of getting a ring or something for dailies with items to save clearing bag space? Also, dailies get quite dull and repetitive – Looking at randomised dailies (like fishing and cooking). Also looking at a quest interface, wont come with Wrath.
Can Aspects be taken off GCD? – Hunters want EVERYTHING off the GCD! I wouldn’t rule it out completely.
We are taking over Northrend, what’s next? – Southrend! Something else. Starcraft II!
Will the next hero class be revealed? – the Bard!
Where do you want a damage based DK to stand? – DK’s will be about level to Prot Warriors in tank spec. Will be like Rogues and Warriors otherwise.
How are you going to keep people involved and active in boss fights without recycling old encounters? – No shortage of ideas, a shortage of time! Siege weapons and buildings.
Can you make bear and kitty form female? – ‘Are you asking if we are going to add genitalia to the bears? Teen rated game!’
Are Holy Priests going to be threatened by the greater survivability of Disc and Shadow Priests? – No
Can we create DK’s on the next patch? – Comes with the x-pac, not the patch
Are we ever going to see out libram or relic slot items on us graphically? – We have been considering it.