Starsurge Nerf and Blood Moon Event Adjustments - Season of Discovery
12.02.2024 - 23:49
Blizzard has shared a list of incoming adjustments coming for Season of Discovery. The main incoming adjustments will be a nerf to Starsurge and a Blood Moon Event change to give 30% health to players during the event.
Greetings,We’ve been playing quite a bit over the weekend and have met to discuss a few issues that we’ve identified since launch.
We wanted to take a moment to dive into these issues and what our near and longer term plans are for them.Quest Creature Availability in the Open WorldThis is a tricky issue to tackle as it involves a lot of complex data work to identify and potentially alter spawn behavior systemically without creating other adverse effects. We are doing an investigation on this now and hope to find a safe solution soon that will help with player concerns around this.In the meantime, we have made some minor tweaks to layer population target numbers (essentially the values that determine when new layers spin up) which we hope will help spread players out across more layers and make the world still feel full but not quite so overpopulated in quest areas.
Please note that with this change, less populated zones such as lower level zones and cities may feel more sparse than they otherwise would. This isn’t ideal and it’s not a long-term solution, but is a stopgap while we investigate other solutions.Stranglethorn Vale Blood Moon EventWe’ve been having a lot of fun in this event over the weekend, but we definitely recognize that there are a few rough edges we would like to smooth out.
Coming within the next 24-48 hours we will be implementing a few changes:
- The Blood Moon buff gained during the event will increase player stamina by 30%.
- The Bloodless effect gained after death is being adjusted and will now last 20 seconds down from 1 minute.
Additionally, this effect will now also grant a pacify and invisibility effect so that players can resurrect and then move away from graveyards/chained spirits, mount up, summon pets, and more effectively “reset” after a combat to prepare for the next fight.
Zandalari Emissaries are getting a more pronounced visual effect to make them more visible in their spawn locations in Booty Bay, Grom’gol, Northern Stranglethorn, and Yojamba Isle.
Please note that this list of changes is not comprehensive and does not address all issues we’d like to address with the event. These are changes we hope to make rapidly to make the experience smoother in the short term while we observe player behavior and determine the needs for additional adjustments going forward.We also want to take a moment to recognize that this event is in fact extremely brutal and unforgiving and that this is exepected.
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