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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor alpha patch notes are a hefty read

Saturday, 5th April 2014 17:35 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor is in alpha testing, and if you have yet to be invited, you need to sign-up through here. If you would like to look of the patch notes for the alpha, prepare for a bit of a read as it outlines everything from character stats and attack power to system changes and racial abilities. Even if you aren’t part of the tester, as a WoW player, you’ll want to have a look. The Warlords of Draenor expansion launches in the fall.

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  1. TheWulf

    WoW is interesting to watch as a casual observer. I’ve frequently been told that one of the reasons that Cataclysm bled millions of subscribers was because Blizzard ham-fistedly nerfed things and increased the sensation of impossible grind within the game. It was enough to break the brainwashing for millions of people, apparently, which is really interesting.

    The thing is is that people like feeling powerful and having fun, that’s the whole point of a fantasy like that to begin with. Every time you choose to shove kryptonite down the throat of a player, they’re going to lose interest. And following it as I do (since it’s a twisted and morbidly fascinating social phenomenon that’s intriguing to watch from the outside), I’ve seen people talking about how ridiculously heavy the nerfs are, this time around, and how difficult the content seems. And how this all reminds them of… Cataclysm.

    Could this be the last nail in the coffin? That’d be a bit interesting, wouldn’t it, eh? Either way, they’re going to lose millions, again, because they don’t understand what makes their game fun. They’re just good at brainwashing and marketing, but Cataclysm proved that brainwashing and marketing are only effective for so long before people start waking up.

    And when they wake up from their drugged stupor, they get the hell out.

    Honestly, it’d be lovely if this brought a weak-willed friend or two of mine back to me, that’d make me a lot happier. Lupin especially, miss him. But I digress, it’s fun to circle and watch the old bison stumble and fall.

    #1 4 months ago
  2. Arcnail

    Comments like yours have been babbled about for years now. We are approaching WoW’s 10 year anniversary, and it’s what, still 7 million strong? The fact that you ‘watch a game from the sidelines’ and can comment on it’s longevity via ‘what you heard people say’ 2 expansions ago really strengthens your credibility on the topic.

    … and look here, I didn’t need a wall of text to say what I needed to say…….

    #2 4 months ago