Live Developer Q&A Thursday, October 11 – Submit Your Questions

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Join us live on Twitch.tv/Warcraft Thursday, October 11, at 11:00am PST, as we sit down with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas for our next live developer Q&A, where he’ll be answering your World of Warcraft questions including those on the next content update—Tides of Vengeance.

You can submit your questions here in this thread or on Twitter by using the hashtag #WarcraftQA.

As a reminder, please keep your questions short (40 words or less) so that we can get to as many questions as possible. We look forward to you joining us live on Thursday!
QUESTION: "You said that RP servers would not be affected by cross-realm sharding yet i've seen many many servers sharded into Emerald Dream... What's going on?"

The RP community is not impressed...
This has been brought up time and time again with no response from blizz which has caused a LARGE percentage of the RP community giving up hope and quitting the game after so many years dedicated to their RP server/community...
Shoutout to Emerald Dream and other folks in similar boats out there. RP will still continue to follow the existing RP server rules where there is no involuntary sharding or coalescing, obviously you can intentionally group cross server, that's still allowed, but if you turn on this mode on Emerald Dream and go out into the world you will only see people from Emerald Dream specifically and not other random servers mixed in.
-Ion Hazzikostas (Live Q&A on January 30th)
Past Threads, Questions, and Petitions:
https://twitter.com/PancakeMix85/status/1039617807476899841
https://twitter.com/Spartanicswow/status/1046839692069605376
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20767738589?page=1
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20769026915?page=1
https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/9fv4tk/im_world_of_warcraft_game_director_ion/e5zfp4d/
Shadow Priests?

And more specifically:

What can we expect for class changes in response to the overwhelming feedback from alpha, beta, and live and what are you doing to prevent this radio silence happening again in the future?
When is Flying going to be enabled?
Does the team feel like the GCD change accomplished what they set out to do?

Do all the categories they added feel appropriate? Defensive, Utility, Movement, Offensive. The offensive stuff isn't as big a deal to me, but the other categories do nothing but interrupt gameplay or cause frustration IMO. The non offensive abilities HAVE NOT made the game more fun in any way.
During the last update on Azerite armor, you mentioned adding another ring with spec specific traits only. Will items be set up so that the same trait doesn't appear more than once between the two rings? (i.e. are we still limited to 3x stacks of a trait at most?)
Why must we see other servers before our own guilds out in the world. (most of my guild has WM on and still RP...but we can never see each other always some CRZ'd server over our own people...makes 0 sense! )
Have you guys considered making the gearing process less reliant on RNG?
Class stacking is at the worst it's ever been, and it's making classes seem substantially worse than they actually are. Partly because most classes do about the same thing with little utility differences, so you just bring the best dps.

Any plans to address the problem? Many classes and specs are often excluded, despite being perfectly fine, because they have nothing that makes them stand out from all the other specs that do the same things but 5% better.
When will you guys do a better job at completing MM Hunter sniper fantasy?
Do you plan to address class balance disparities in high mythic plus keys?
Please clarify what you said in the 8.1 announcement, will Kul Tirans and Zandalari be unlockable in 8.1 immediately following the raid, or will it be patched in along with the second raid in 8.1.5?
10/08/2018 10:03 AMPosted by Nayrock
You said that RP servers would not be affected by cross-realm sharding yet i've seen many many servers sharded into Emerald Dream... What's going on? The RP community is not impressed...


Further reading on the issue.

https://twitter.com/PancakeMix85/status/1039617807476899841

https://twitter.com/Spartanicswow/status/1046839692069605376

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20767738589?page=1

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20769026915?page=1

https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/9fv4tk/im_world_of_warcraft_game_director_ion/e5zfp4d/

Please update us on the situation.
Guild Permissions UI.

Can we please have a response on this already and can you show us what you have in the developer build for the Permissions, if you've even done anything yet.

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20765907165?page=1
You hinted at change to the group finder for mythic+, such as being able to search by key level-- are those still in the works?
Cross realm sharding has had a huge negative impact on RP realms resulting in difficulty seeing our friends and guildmates in hub cities like Boralus. Blizzard has told us RP realms would be excluded from the tech yet it remains to this day.

Shoutout to Emerald Dream and other folks in similar boats out there. RP will still continue to follow the existing RP server rules where there is no involuntary sharding or coalescing, obviously you can intentionally group cross server, that's still allowed, but if you turn on this mode on Emerald Dream and go out into the world you will only see people from Emerald Dream specifically and not other random servers mixed in. ~Ion Hazzikostas 1/30/2018


When does Blizzard plan to turn off cross realm sharding for Roleplay realms?
How does restricting Azerite trait reforging through exponential gold cost improve gameplay? With the new outer ring in 8.1 this seems like it will severely punish players who play multiple specs.
Hi there,

Was wondering if we could get a clarification on the account bound reputation and how it works. Will the character that has no reputation need to interact with a NPC with the associated reputation to "open" it up to receive the account wide benefit?

Thank you
When will the horde siege an alliance city as a raid tier.

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