Curse's interview with Tigole and Kalgan

Like many other sites, got a chance to visit Blizzard and take home some information on everything Wrath. They have an interview with lead designers Jeff "Tigole" Kaplan and Tom "Kalgan" Chilton, and a general writeup. A lot of it has already been covered in our previous reports, but here's what looked new to me:
  • Karazhan showed Blizzard that 10-man raids could work, and were good for more casual players; on the other hand, more hardcore raiding guilds were upset about having to break into 10-man groups. Thus Wrath's split 10-man/25-man raid system.
  • Naxx is going to have to be tuned way down, since it's now an entry-level raid instead of a top-level raid.
  • Class balance as we know it is going to change drastically with the new talents for every class (at least in their current, secret, developmental state).
  • WoW was always planned out with item inflation in mind, so don't worry about it too much.
  • There will be a Northrend kick-off event.
  • Kaplan would rather we did dailies for gold instead of farming primals, since it's less repetitive; on that note, he wants to make more of a varied experience, like the cooking daily or the daily dungeon with randomization built in.
More after the break.
  • They're planning a new item type that will bind to your account, specifically for twinking. You might get it in a dungeon, and you can mail it to your alts, but you can't sell it on the AH or anything.
  • There will be a new battleground, with siege weapons and destructible buildings.
  • The Paladin is designed to be the best AoE tank, and the Warrior the best tank for sheer mitigation; the Death Knight is designed to be the anti-caster tank. These distinctions should be fairly irrelevant in 5-mans -- any tank class should be able to tank a regular or heroic dungeon -- but they will come into play in the more difficult raids.
  • They're experimenting with daily quests being used during the leveling process.
  • The Arena gear will come in two tiers, to mirror the quality of the 10-man and 25-man raids.
  • 10-man and 25-man gear will be recolors of the same models, and you will be able to wear them together for set bonuses.
  • Arthas will not be in the game from the beginning, but will be patched in.
This is some really interesting stuff. Here's hoping the details keep pouring in.

This article was originally published on WoW Insider.