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Forbes Interview with Ion Hazzikostas on the Aftermath of Battle for Azeroth's Launch

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Ion Hazzikostas sat down with Forbes' Heather Newman to talk about the first patch of Battle for Azeroth and how it went.

Just before the Tides of Vengeance Q&A, Ion Hazzikostas had a few things to say about the beginning of BFA. He talked a bit about why some things felt unfinished, especially specific class specialisations. His reasoning was that nothing is ever truly finished and even if they make some changes, general changes to classes and specs will never finish. They didn't want to hold the release of the expansion because of a couple of specialisations that weren't quite there yet.

When it comes to Azerite gear, this quote from Ion was interesting:

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Now I think to some extent, as long as we're not too stingy with the rewards, hopefully if you just need one piece in slot just to get the range extension, you don't necessarily need to stack multiple copies of that trait. You shouldn't feel like, "Oh it's super hard to find one copy of that trait." And if it is, that I think touches on the reward side of it and how we're giving that reward out.

And it's also not the end of the world to think, if you have a 355 pair of shoulders that have that trait and you see a 370 that doesn't, well maybe you'll hold onto the 370 until later. That happens in itemization in WoW to some extent, and it's not unhealthy. Where it starts to get problematic is when you have a 340 and you see a 385 and you're like, "Yeah never mind, I'm not going to even touch the 385."

About the clarity of some systems ingame, Hazzikostas found that the progression of the Reorgination Array in Uldir is clear enough, but the team could have done better with how the Warfront and its objectives work.

On the whole M+ loot mix-up, the team has learned some lessons about better framing and setting up expectations.

Lastly, when it comes to island expeditions, Hazzikostas more or less promised that there will be more rewards (transmogs, pets, toys, even mounts) to make them more desirable. The island zones themselves will have a better feel - not just random spawns of mobs everywhere - and there will also be more random events.

These were the most interesting points of his interview I've picked out. You can read the entire piece here.

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41 minutes ago, Zadina said:

Lastly, when it comes to island expeditions, Hazzikostas more or less promised that there will be more rewards (transmogs, pets, toys, even mounts) to make them more desirable. The island zones themselves will have a better feel - not just random spawns of mobs everywhere - and there will also be more random events.

There is so much potential there, i hope they dont let them die out.

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What was the first patch in Battle for Azeroth? I didn't get to download any patch since BfA went live.

4 hours ago, Zadina said:

Where it starts to get problematic is when you have a 340 and you see a 385 and you're like, "Yeah never mind, I'm not going to even touch the 385."

Absolutely right. And this is the case. What are you going to do to fix this exact problem, Hazzikostas?

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The first patch of BfA is the launch one, meaning 8.0.0 and the subsequent 8.0.x builds. You downloaded it when it was added to the game in Legion as the “BfA pre-patch”. I just used this expression instead of just repeating “BfA launch” all the time in the article 

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16 hours ago, Yridaa said:

What was the first patch in Battle for Azeroth? I didn't get to download any patch since BfA went live.

Absolutely right. And this is the case. What are you going to do to fix this exact problem, Hazzikostas?

I didn't read the whole interview, but this women really puts her fingers into wounds and ask very good questions. But then i read the statements and just keep reading and reading, waiting to find an answer...and i don't. I don't find it, i feel he treats the reader like infants. For an example: She asks "How do you balance for abilities..." - and there is no answer. He just talks around and says how it should feel and how we shouldn't feel. Sorry, but thats not an answer. I totally agree with your question:

How are you gonna fix this (these) problem(s), Hazzikostas ?!

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On 10/12/2018 at 12:39 AM, Yridaa said:

What are you going to do to fix this exact problem, Hazzikostas?

 

16 hours ago, Allseye said:

How are you gonna fix this (these) problem(s), Hazzikostas ?!

It's funny because they already talked about their plans plenty of times, and you guys know that. You really just want another excuse to bitch...

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3 hours ago, jinsu2301 said:

 

It's funny because they already talked about their plans plenty of times, and you guys know that. You really just want another excuse to bitch...

Well then, link your source where they give accurate anwsers. Link me a source where i get informations what they gonna change to fix issues with totaly imbalanced azerite traits (just tweaking them is no solution where problem isnt the scaling) . Link me a source where i can read up what they gonna change to guardian druids and prot warriors beside just saying "we are aware of the problem and working on". 

I'm talking about known facts. If you call it "bitching", i'm fine with that. If you're pleased with such an interview...ok, then you are. I'm definitely not. 

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29 minutes ago, Allseye said:

Well then, link your source where they give accurate anwsers. Link me a source where i get informations what they gonna change to fix issues with totaly imbalanced azerite traits (just tweaking them is no solution where problem isnt the scaling) .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoLgP6lUKnY 

https://www.icy-veins.com/forums/topic/39990-upcoming-azerite-armor-improvements/

TL;DR: They're gonna remove the ones that simply don't work and add better ones.

39 minutes ago, Allseye said:

I'm talking about known facts. If you call it "bitching", i'm fine with that. If you're pleased with such an interview...ok, then you are. I'm definitely not. 

No, you were talking about how they haven't given any answers even though they have (and yes, sometimes the answer has to be "we don't have an answer yet." welcome to the real world where things aren't always easy). Weither you like that answer is a different story.

I'm not here to defend Blizz's design decisions, personally I think azerite gear is an unfixable dead end and should be patched out of the game as soon as possible, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. But constant posts of nothing but regurgitated negativity are not gonna make anything better.

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9 hours ago, jinsu2301 said:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoLgP6lUKnY 

https://www.icy-veins.com/forums/topic/39990-upcoming-azerite-armor-improvements/

TL;DR: They're gonna remove the ones that simply don't work and add better ones.

No, you were talking about how they haven't given any answers even though they have (and yes, sometimes the answer has to be "we don't have an answer yet." welcome to the real world where things aren't always easy). Weither you like that answer is a different story.

I'm not here to defend Blizz's design decisions, personally I think azerite gear is an unfixable dead end and should be patched out of the game as soon as possible, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. But constant posts of nothing but regurgitated negativity are not gonna make anything better.

Well, it looks my english is not that good, but i just read about "we learned lessons" and "bring new traits". I do not find an answer how they wanna fix current traits, where the problem isnt the scaling (it lies in design faults). To be fair, yes they give accurate infos, but i'm not pleased with that. So probably this is my problem an not theirs :-).

And yes, i dont expect an answer to every question. I do agree with you sometimes there is a "we dont know yet". Problem is, community has given feedback on some issues during beta, but it was not considered by Blizzard. I do not say communtiy is always right and Blizzard should listen at every feedback. But in some cases, Blizzard is now fixing what was needed before launch. Now they are stick to the concepts/decisions and try to fix things they cant fix (in my view). You see, I do think the same as you wrote concerning azerite gear. But i do not think constant critism is inappropriate. I can tell about different things i personally like in this addon and think Blizzard did a good or evem greate job. On the other hand there are things i simply do not understand their decisions. And even if you call it "bitching" or "regurgitating" , i dont allow to shut me up. Welcome to the real word, where people can say what they think (at least in my country). 

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