From the start, the team behind Blizzard’s highly successful MMO World of Warcraft has been focused on one key thing, which defines an MMO, end gear farming.
Even after a decade since the game was launched, gear farming keeps being modified to keep it fresh, engaging and not too complex or difficult, which might result in players giving up.
With every new expansion, the developers have been trying to find the right balance between farming and easy access to players who cannot a high number of hours daily spamming dungeons. The point/token/badge system is getting yet another revamp in the upcoming expansion Warlords of Draenor.
In a recent interview by Wowhead, lead game designer Ion Hazzikostos highlights a few major changes to PvE in the upcoming expansion.
Valor points which were previously used to acquire raid equivalent gear will serve a different purpose now. There are no WoD vendors planned that sell raid gear, so now the Valor Points will be used for the purpose of acquiring heirlooms and other such items.
Since the points are no longer in effect when acquiring raid gear, one wonders if this might lead to Blizzard increasing the drop rate on items but according to the development team, they are working on making the bonus roll system more intelligent.
The bonus roll system was introduced in Mists of Pandaria, where every week you could spend one of the three special tokens designed for the specific raid, to get an increased chance of loot from a boss.
The loot received could either be gold or an item from the loot table appropriate to the player’s loot specialization. In WoD, there will be special tokens for bonus roll, which will be quite similar to the ones in MoP but their method of acquiring will be different.
Warlords of Draenor, the fifth World of Warcraft expansion is scheduled for a Fall 2014 release and takes the players to Draenor, the original homeworld of Orcs.