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MrGM Interview with Brian Holinka – New Class/Race Combinations in Dragonflight!

MrGM Interview with Brian Holinka – New Class/Race Combinations in Dragonflight!
MrGM recently had an interview with Brian Holinka with some great new information.

  • Evoker Class
    • Utility may include Blessing of the Bronze, an ability that lessens the cooldown of party/raid members’ movement abilities.
    • Evokers provide great off-spec healing utility.
    • Evokers use a resource called Essence, which regenerates on its own over time.
    • Racials for the Dracthyr include a Wing Buffet cone knockback and a Tail Swipe knock-up.
    • Chosen identity is the racial that allows them to switch into their visage form.
    • Changing between the Dragon and Visage form will likely look like Wrathion’s switch with the puff of smoke.
    • The Preservation healing spec is supposed to fill a new niche, providing good AoE clumped healing and preparing for damage with time magic.
    • You can hold a fully charged empowered cast for up to 3 seconds before it will cast on its own.
    • The design philosophy of the empowered casts is to provide thought to the payoff such as longer HoTs/DoTs duration or more targets hit. The goal isn’t to have you always want to charge it to full as that is essentially just a long cast-time ability.
    • Soar is the ability that lets you hover in the air for a duration while casting abilities on the move.
    • The team is still working out how to provide Evokers will talent points during the starting zone, but might just give you abilities and points from questing in a manner similar to the Demon Hunter/Death Knight starting zones.
  • New Race/Class Combinations
    • The team wants to move towards a world where the race of a character is not an inhibitor to what class you can play.
    • Rogues, mages, and priests will be available for all races on launch of 10.0
    • Classes that require more work with custom forms and animations will most likely be thought of and added over time.
    • Classes that have strict lore adherence will likely need more set-up.
  • Talent Points
    • A Sharing talent builds feature for outside of the game will likely not be available at launch.
    • The new talent system is laying the ground work and will be iterated on based on player feedback and how they use the system.
    • The goal is to make some talent trees available to look at via blogs before Alpha.
    • Talent trees will require a certain amount of points spent before accessing certain gates to move down the tree.
    • The final point in the tree isn’t always the most exciting ability in the tree.
    • It is still being iterated on whether interrupts will be in the talent trees.
    • The abilities earned in Exile’s Reach will remain the same and not accessed through the talent trees.
    • Abilities like Pickpocket and Eyes of the Beast will not be part of the talent trees, but just given in the spell book.
    • Specializations are still a choice to make at the end of Exile’s Reach. Picking one unlocks the specialization talent tree.
    • Certain Covenant abilities will be added in different places on the talent trees, allowing for situations where you can have multiple Covenant abilities at once.
    • The team is still iterating on what abilities to bring over from Covenants into the talent trees.
    • Legendary abilities and popular passives from multiple expansions will find their way back into the talent trees.
    • New flashy active abilities will not be very prominent in the talent trees as of now.
  • PvP
    • New Brawls will be added overtime in Dragonflight.
    • World PvP areas such as Blackrook Hold or the Highmaul Coliseum from Draenor might be added as new Brawls.
    • The PvP team has grown quite a bit recently.
    • Entry level PvP gear will be crafted by Professions. It will have a high PvP item level, but low PvE item level.
    • There will Dragonriding customization from PvP.
    • The Gladiator mount will be a custom Dragonriding dragon mount.
  • Quickfire Section
    • You can only make a Dracthyr Evoker initially by purchasing Dragonflight.
    • The first Dracthyr Evoker on an account with Dragonflight has no restrictions.
    • You can only make additional Dracthyr Evokers as one per realm, and you must have a level 50 character on that realm first.
    • Dracthyr are their own racial mount.
    • Gladiator Stance for Warriors is likely not returning. It caused problems by being in a tank role, but actually being a DPS through a talent.