The reason for this outcry is due to what many are perceiving as a "bait and switch", for lack of a better term. You see Druids were widely considered to be the least desirable and balanced class in all of WOW. So, for their upcoming expansion, The Burning Crusade, Blizzard Entertainment implemented widespread changes to the Druid class to make it much more versatile and most would acknowledge to keep those Druids still playing the class active.
With the proposed changes it appears that the Druids were lured with promises of a better class with the intent of Blizzard(Vivendi Universal) to get them to purchase The Burning Crusade expansion, US $39.99. Then after the Druids were used to serve the community by "tanking" while the traditional "tanks" Warriors were not outfitted to tank but rather to perform massive damaging maneuvers in order to level up their character faster, Blizzard proposed the changes. The reason being that now that many are at the level 70 cap, those same Warriors are now getting geared to "tank" and wish for the Druids to not "tank" anymore. However, Druids want to "tank", and were promised to be allowed to by Blizzard, before they bought the expansion.
With the above linked changes in patch 2.0.10 it is widely acknowledged that Druids will not be able to "tank" anymore, thus negating the purpose purchase of "The Burning Crusade" expansion as it is widely acknowledged that most would have stopped playing and paying for the services of Blizzard.
Furthermore it has come to light that two of the Lead developers have been very vocal in the past against Hybrid classes such as the Druid while they were players of the groundbreaking Grandfather of MMOs, Everquest(EQ). Here is some anecdotal and documented information. http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/th...80399311&sid=1... http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/th...80398797&sid=1... One poster about Furor: "Furor's had the global-first level 50, a rogue named Kalaran. You can find him reincarnated in Searing Gorge. http://www.goblinworkshop.com/creatu...windblade.html His account however was banned. Rumor at the time had it that he had been transferring bind-on-pickup items from character to character, although Verant never came out and said why. He started a new account pretty much the next day and Furor was born (and level 50 in five days after utilizing a veerrry shady leveling method (nagafen's tooth).
Anyway, Furor is the quest designer. Tigole designs dungeons. Neither have their hand on the tiller of class balance as that is Kalgan. Obviously, they both have enormous access and both have, in prior games, made no secret that they abhor hybrids. Whether they've matured and mellowed, only people who know them can answer...
...If you really want a kick, google some furor rants. There's a great one out there where he absolutely roasts Smedley from SoE basically taunting him about how WoW is going to kick EQ's ass and he can't wait to be a part of it. The guy is from all accounts pleasant in person, but he is an absolute nutter when it comes to online bullying."
If one does a google search one can scrounge up some posts by Furor, one of the developers being criticized,
and Tigole the other being criticized. Furthermore Tigole is the actual handle used in the forums by this person to represent Blizzard Entertainment, I should not neglect to say that his last name is Bitties, Tigole Bitties, reverse the T and B. Humorous isn't it(sarcasm).
"Furor and Tigole, whose names appear frequently in World of Warcraft, are Blizzard game designers.
Furor designs quests, while Tigole is apparently the current design lead. They have no previous game design experience for comparison purposes, but they were very close during their days as Everquest raid guild leaders.
Furor organized server crashes to protest Paladins (and other hybrids, particularly Shadow Knights and Monks), after an Everquest expansion buffed them. His original account was banned from Everquest for his behavior.
Furor responded to pre-release Paladin questions on the Fires of Heaven guild forum by becoming enraged and verbally abusive. Tigole expressed disdain for hybrid classes in some pre-release interviews. Paladins were not mentioned explicitly, but when asked why the Death Knight and Necromancer classes were scrapped, he replied that Blizzard wanted to keep hybrids at a minimum.
Tigole referred to Paladins as "very much a support class" in a 2006 E3 interview. He is quoted as saying "when I'm playing my Shaman, I hate Paladins". The latter quote is frequently taken out of context; people often quote only the second half of this when referencing his E3 interview, found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/28/sp...rssnyt&emc=rss As of 27 Feb 2006, no current or former CM ever played a Paladin to level 60. The highest level Paladin of a Community Manager was 51: http://blue.cardplace.com/cache/wow-p.../891327.htm
Blizzard has refused to respond to the Druids not only about why their class is being changed so much when they had plenty of time to test it during the beta phase, where they actually had the public, through random invitations, join to participate and give feedback. Nor have they answered to the claims of "Bait and Switch". They also have not given any reply as to the ethical fortitude of their company now that it is in question due to their employment of such persons and characters as Tigole Bitties whose name and association with Furor as well as adamant stance against such hybrid classes as Druids and Furor whom rallied persons to crash servers Sony owned in retaliation for similar issues as Druids that Warriors were having in EQ.
Editorial: I would like to think I speak for the Druid community as a whole and for the WoW community when I ask what Blizzard was thinking when hiring these persons. I would also like to question what kind of behavior they expect from their customers when taking into consideration the past and current behavior of their current developers, who still go around on the official forums with those names, as though proud of their past deeds.
We would like to invite Blizzard to open up the doors of communication. I realize there are more important issues in current events than this video game, but keep in mind our children play this game as well, and they WILL mimic what they see here, and may gain some morals, or lack thereof, from this environment, where grown adults and corporations get away with such widely frowned upon practices.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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