My WoW Christmas List

We’re coming up on Christmas here, and Hannukah’s well underway, and yesterday was the Solstice. Whatever your personal affiliation, there’s a festival of joy and mirth amid the cold of winter or warmth of summer. Thusly, I present to you my WoW Christmas List:

1. Take the BG chat out of AV: I am really aggravated by all the nominally useless BG chat in Alterac Valley of late. Too many people shouting and screaming for “need 2 more for Balinda” followed by “We don’t do Balinda, you nub” which generally devolves the BG chat channel into something even Barrens denizens would frown upon. Seriously, get rid of this before it makes the PVP experience totally unrewarding.

2. Give Neuroxin back his forums access: Neuroxin is the leader of the World of Warcraft Community on LiveJournal who has had his forum access revoked for reasons that are so arcane at this point even the blood elves don’t have the slightest clue as to why. Give him back his forums access as a Winterveil present.

3. Ship TBC On Time: With all the delays and pushback that TBC has seen already, it’s really important that Blizzard ship this on 16 January like they promised this time round.

4. Nerf Hunters: Just because.

5. Stop Messing with the Addon Community: No really. Now, I understand that Decursive wasn’t actually what you wanted as part of the game, but there has to be another way of coping with that besides suddenly making it not function in 2.0. Find ways of making it disadvantageous from a gameplay perspective, but don’t just outright remove it.

6. Figure out a way to stop in-game spam and gold-farming: It’s getting out of control. I can’t go an hour online without seeing spam of some kind or another. It’s getting to the point where I think mailing gold amounts over 20-30g should be tagged by the bank.

7. Rethink the 25 man hard raid limit: this one’s just a drama that’s waiting to be played out, and it will not be played out in a pretty fashion. Give it some rethinking.

That’s the small part of my list. Really, I’d just settle for a successful 45-minute run or The Headmaster’s Charge

14 Comments so far

  1. Bendyr (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 11:09 am

    The Undead don’t really celebrate Christmas… Those mistletoe grubbing, winter-veil, hat-wearing skeletons we put in the inner ring are just to fool the fleshies. Sylvannas has us working on a secondary byproduct master plague that will make you all celebrate Festivus like the Restivus. We just keep getting eviler and eviler.

    Anyway, I think removing /bg from AV is a little extreme, but I do think that AV is the most frustrating BG in the game. I somehow always end up with at least five people who want to “just let them win” after two minutes.

    I agree that the addon nerf was painful and I hope they don’t do anything on this scale again. I am STILL downloading replacement Unit Frames and bars to get my UI looking as sleek as it did pre-patch.


  2. Peaches (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 11:20 am

    A few comments:

    1) The BG chat in AV gets a little boring at times, but it’s good to have it there. Without it we couldn’t harass the turtlers to go on offense till they finally do. I’ve seen some nice moves, such as GY ninjas, coordinated through that channel.

    4) What ever happened to nerf warlocks? I still hate getting four dots on me that tick for a total of over 4k. Add a shadow priest and things die, lots.

    5) It sucks not having Decursive, and it would be interesting if they could make encounters that discourage it, but the reason they keep removing addon functionality is that they feel that it’s an unfair advantage. If one team has a priest using decursive and the other team has their priest doing point-and-click, then there is an advantage for using something OUTSIDE the game. Addons are really supposed to be interface customizations more than interface improvements.

    7) Could you please clarify? Do you think 20 should be most that can do an instance? That might be alright. I think 25 is a pretty good–though slightly odd–number. It allows for the easy setup, small guild progress, and puts a lot more meaning into each individual. In a 40 man raid it’s pretty easy to go afk and no one will notice unless you have a very specific role. In the smaller dungeons this isn’t as much the case. In fact, that may be a good argument for preventing the raids from going over 15 or 20.


  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 12:13 pm

    Regarding #7: in TBC there’s a 25 man limit on raids, which means 40 man MC is over. Going to make some raiding guilds generally fractured.


  4. Josh (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 1:50 pm

    Man, talk about a whiny list.

    Don’t like BG chat? then you can be an adult and turn the channel off. Just because the people in your battlegroup waste it doesn’t mean that all of us should lose out.
    And how DARE blizzard lower the size of the raids, thus allowing more people to do them. Don’t they know that it’s going to cheapen the experience I’ve had in 40 mans? Something is only fun and worth doing if you can exclude as many people as possible.


  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

    Thanks for your candid opinion, Josh. What do you want from WoW for Xmas?


  6. xander (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 4:05 pm

    @Peaches

    The 25-man cap isn’t retroactive, therefore the instances that are currently 40-man will remain 40-man.


  7. Mallikan (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2006 @ 8:59 am

    This is exactly why I left WoW to play EVE. Blizzard isn’t doing sh-t with people’s money but putting it in all the wrong places. Think about how much you’ve spent in sub fees, including paying for the boxed copy of WoW. I pay $15/month for EVE and get free, massive expansions, and never have to buy a boxed copy. Hmm.. Blizzard: -100. CCP: Unable to calculate awesomeness level.


  8. phoenix (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

    Well, we all want things, don’t we? Must be nice to want. :D

    (Nerf Shaman.)


  9. Xoruka (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 4:06 am

    I want all raids/instances to be done in 45 minutes and I am not talking about using shortcuts. Less trash mobs, more bosses and get the hell out so we can go on to bigger and better things like real life shit.


  10. Xoruka (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 5:05 am

    BTW, you can’t nerf the Shaman when we have been voted “The Worst Class come TBC” with the Warrior being a distant 2nd.


  11. josh (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 8:57 am

    I want what everyone wants for Christmas Tom, I want the expansion to ship on time.


  12. phoenix (unregistered) on December 28th, 2006 @ 7:35 am

    Fine then, nerf rogues.


  13. Madjack (unregistered) on December 28th, 2006 @ 11:06 am

    Leave the hunters alone.

    Leave the /bg alone. Although I would prefer that people would stop turtling. It just drags the game. It seems to be the Alliance’s favorite tactic of late.

    I’m fine with a 25-man cap, in fact, I wouldn’t mind seeing it go down to 20-man. For any raiding guild, it always seems that there are 20-25 serious raiders and the rest just go along for the gear. Fine when you’ve got a place on farm status, but try to get a group for new content. They all have “connectivity problems” and have to “work late” on those nights. Funny how that never happened before. If you have one of those giant raiding guilds that raids 7 nights a week on Naxx, then you shouldn’t have any trouble fielding 2 raid teams.


  14. Steve (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 10:13 am

    Totally agree with everything Tom said. My xmas list would be the getting rid of “barrens” chat in AV, and I LOVE the idea of a 25 man cap on raids. Anything over that and vent (or ts) gets confusing anyway with too many people trying to talk. And if your a hardcore guild, 50% of the people in the raid aren’t “good friends” that want to have a good time. They’re just there for the loot.

    P.S. Nerf hunters :P even 3 of my hunter friends will tell you they need to be nerfed.



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