World of Warcraft Director Reveals New Support Professions and Thief Redo (52 views)
7 Jul 2023 15:20
In a recent interview about patch 10.1.5, Ion Hazzikostas teased that World of Warcraft may see a similar profession to Enhanced Evoker in the future and discussed the highly anticipated Thief redo. Blizzard strongly hinted that the Thief in World of Warcraft will get some love in Dragon's Army, as many players feel the profession is overstuffed with abilities - especially with specialties like Outlaw, which currently uses the largest number of button binds in the game on average. While some expected these changes to be ready for Time Break, Hazikostas was quick to announce that more patience would be needed. Players can prepare enough WLK Gold in the game.
In contrast, Acute Thief is currently in a favorable position and represents the only thief specialization that players want to keep intact. While the game director was tight-lipped about what these changes will bring, Hazikostas strongly implied that the developers will avoid rushing back to work and will give the project as much time as it needs. Another key point of the interview, and arguably one of the most exciting, is the future of support specialization following the positive reception the Enhanced Evoker in World of Warcraft has received thus far.
The exclusive Wowhead interview reveals that Blizzard is strongly open to the idea of more support specialties, whether as part of a new profession altogether or tacked on to Demon Hunter, Shaman Priest, Mage and other existing professions. While fans have long had ideas for new World of Warcraft specialties, the advent of support roles has opened the door. Hazzikostas talked about how Enhanced Evoker handles damage resolution, calculating its contribution to the team differently compared to the traditional damage numbers of the Havoc Demon Hunter.
Hazzikostas went on to say that World of Warcraft may see similar specialization in the future, depending on how well the augmentation performs on real-time servers. While augmented shaman priests in World of Warcraft signed on to the brand's gameplay fifteen years ago, the developers have no interest in undermining the modern identity of the profession in order to make support characters work. One important thing to consider for augmented evokers is their place in the mythic assault, and Ion Hazzikostas emphasized that this vision is built around the need for at least one profession each. Stacking the same profession is never fun, and fighting for the last spot on the team as a hunter or shaman is something Blizzard is trying to prevent.
Hazzikostas also talked about the state of healers in World of Warcraft after the changes introduced in season 2 of Dragon Legion. While the developers are happy with the current difficulty level, they will continue to pay attention to player feedback as many fans find healing in Mythic Keystones too stressful, to the point of giving up. Finally, players can also expect to see fewer levels of tokens in World of Warcraft raids to allow for more efficient farming of rare trinkets. See oggah.com for more details on the game guide.