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Breakflip talked to Production Director Patrick Dawson about Dragonflight. We learn about a potential tank specialization for the Evoker that could be added in the future and more. Check out the highlights!

Key Takeaways

  • There are no plans to add Allied Races in Patch 10.0. The main focus is on the Dracthyr.
  • It would be hard to add Master Loot back to the game, but they're aware of the issues with Personal Loot.
  • Dragonflight will add 8 dungeons. A potential megadungeon added, later on, is a possibility.
  • There are no plans to add new professions in Dragonflight.
  • There are no plans to add 10-player Mythic raiding to the game in Dragonflight, but 10-man Mythic raiding isn't off the table and they're open to discussing based on community feedback.
  • Evoker could have a tank specialization added in the far future.
  • They'd love to add player housing, but it's a big technical hurdle to overcome. It's not coming in Dragonflight.

You can read the whole interview here.

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20 minutes ago, Efsi said:

why exactly?

- No new allied race

-only 8 dungeons, with MAYBE a megadungeon (like Taz'avesh) added later

-no new profs (didn't think there would be or anything, but still...)

-Evoker only getting a tank in the FAR FUTURE

-no player housing

 

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21 minutes ago, Efsi said:

why exactly?

Probably one of the advocates for player housing. Frankly, I don't see why people want it so badly.

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I mean, Allied Races have been generally poorly received except the Vulpera and evil blood elves...noone really cared for mechagnomes, kutirans, or mag'har and the trolls were only meh-ish.     As the early version of the mechagnomes showed balancing can be a real headache too.      And an entirely new race is being added, which trumps allied races pretty hard.

Eight dungeons is low, not going to quibble there.

Do we really need another tank?     You have many options already, and every time a tank is added balancing them for endgame just becomes a bit harder.

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>Master loot hard to implement

As if. Personal loot forces players to play for longer and has a higher retention than guilds min-maxing gear acquisition.

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3 hours ago, Migol said:

I mean, Allied Races have been generally poorly received except the Vulpera and evil blood elves...noone really cared for mechagnomes, kutirans, or mag'har and the trolls were only meh-ish.

I feel like this is pretty anecdotal opinion. I really like most all of the allied races especially Mechagnomes, Kul Tirans, and Mag'har, and there's character population data that shows some Allied Race/Class combinations with more than double the number of some race/class combos that have been available since Vanilla.

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32 minutes ago, Liquidsoul7 said:

I feel like this is pretty anecdotal opinion. I really like most all of the allied races especially Mechagnomes, Kul Tirans, and Mag'har, and there's character population data that shows some Allied Race/Class combinations with more than double the number of some race/class combos that have been available since Vanilla.

For sure. Allied races have been something that a lot of people actually enjoy. Especially in the time between content, leveling up new characters is something a lot of us spend time on.

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5 hours ago, Q said:

Probably one of the advocates for player housing. Frankly, I don't see why people want it so badly.

Not my top priority, by any means, though I do still love my Garrison. It's just sad to see a long list of "nope's" and "not yet's"

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I mean, the Allied Race system was the only thing from BfA that was praised. They could have worked on it more instead of using it for just one expansio .

Maybe the new racea we meet in Dragon Isles will be able to join us at the end, like in Legion

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3 hours ago, Borgoff33 said:

"There are no plans to add Allied Races in Patch 10.0" so i guess the Allied Race pre-order bonus has now be confirmed false

Seems so, although one of leaks claimed that this additional race-class combo (Darkfallen elves with Dark Ranger class) would be playable before expansion. This still seems unlikely, because they never introduced a race in a smaller patch.

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