Time to come out of retirement. Now that Legion’s hit beta, I’ll have to start gearing up and looking for a new organization to join.
I’ve been busy and restless though the past few months. Without WoW to keep me occupied, I resorted to Hearthstone. Most retirees do things like fish or play Go. Me? Nah, I run Hearthstone LAN tournaments. The Tavern Hero in the middle of April pulled in 22 players. The one after that at the end of April yielded 39 players. I was definitely not expecting that jump and it was a long day (but most Swiss run tournaments are).
Speaking of which, Blizzard’s Fireside teams seem like they need some more resources. Two Tavern Heroes and they were both mis-reported (where the winner of the first was listed as the winner of the second tournament, and the first tournament didn’t have a winner). I frantically tried to reach out and get a hold of the eSports teams to get that corrected and no communication until late last week. The thing is, since the winners are from Vancouver, our next closest Tavern Hero qualifier LAN event where the Spring Preliminaries are being held is in Seattle. Thankfully, a few of the players already qualified for preliminaries without having to go through Tavern Hero and were able to secure accommodations in time. What I’d really like to know is what it takes to be able to run one of those events here. Anyone know?
I’m a little frustrated because I was concerned the results wouldn’t go through and the players results wouldn’t be recognized. But yeah, I’m thinking they could use some more assistance in the eSports department. Even now though, to my knowledge, the Tavern Hero winners still haven’t been contacted and it’s less than a week to go before prelims.
Overwatch will be out in a little over a week. Everyone’s complaining about Bastion, but I expect that will level out and subside overtime as players (eventually) learn how to deal with him.
Personally, not a fan of it. I believe the resources required to pull of legacy servers will outweigh the potential revenue gained. My thought process is similar to that found over on Talarian’s blog here. Then again, I was never into pet battles so my opinion is moot. That Pristine server idea might have some merit though if it can be pulled off. At least it’ll placate a number of people (at least, paying ones).
Best case scenario
The Nostalrius team is expected to meet with Blizzard sometime soon. Not sure what the outcome that will be and I’m not even going to try to hazard a guess. I do suspect they’ll have a discussion on vanilla as a whole and talk about business cases. The best case scenario is that members of the Nostalrius team get picked up for development work on the Pristine team. With Legion debuting at the end of August, BlizzCon’s going to be light on Warcraft news. Maybe they’ll discuss the Warcraft movie and what the next step is based on the release numbers. They’ll probably talk about the first Legion patch (if it isn’t already out by then). Then wham, Pristine server news.
No heirlooms, no levelling acceleration, multiple servers launched with one dedicated to Classic only, one for Burning Crusade only, and one for Wrath only. You can’t cross realm and ask for help. No group queues so you’ll have to spam in trade chat for a few hours looking for a tank and/or a healer. Oh right, and keep this saved on your computer somehow so you can refer to it when you’re not sure where to go next.
Bonus: Hardcore mode.
… Okay, probably not.
At the end of the day, if the business intelligence unit can find a way to offset expenses from the development of classic WoW, then maybe one day it might happen. Faction transfers and server transfers didn’t used to be a thing but are now common. You never know.