While green fire is something that Blizzard wants to do for warlocks
in Mists of Pandaria
, it's been clarified that it won't be coming with Mists
release after all. More so, there is no timetable for the release of green fire, meaning it's best to just keep it in the back of your head as something cool but not expected.
This is no doubt a disappointment for many, especially for warlocks when combined with the news from last night that a demonology tanking spec isn't in the cards
. It is, however, important to keep in mind that Blizzard still has done a lot
with the warlock class, and all is not lost. There's a ton of changes to the way each spec will be played, and the talent revamp only has a few holdovers from current-day methodology.
The full blue post clarifying this situation after the break.
Wryxian -- Warlock green fire
So we've obtained some additional insight about what exactly lies behind the use of the word "hope" in regard to our efforts to achieve green fire for warlocks. Essentially, we want this updated information out so that we can better manage expectations, especially as the announcement created such a flurry of excitement.
Unfortunately, dear warlocks, those of you who retained a modicum of skepticism were right to, as it would seem that the chance of green fire for warlocks is even less as likely as the wording of the original information indicated.
Since spell effects are not as simple to change around as - for example - druid forms are, we need some additional technology implemented in order to allow the use of red or green fire to be a player choice and not a permanent change that is put in place for all warlocks.
Also, technology aside, we want to do the introduction of something like green fire in the right way. Implementing it in "a quest" doesn't really explain our stance here. We want something as substantial as this change to be an epic accomplishment for you.
So though we have definitely heard your thoughts on the matter, and we've explained what we want to do from our side, green fire will not be available with the launch of Mists of Pandaria. And we haven't a timeframe to commit to, or communicate about, at this stage.
It is with regret that we were unable to clarify these details more when we first mentioned our intent - "our hope" - and we wish we hadn't caused such excitement and raised expectations for those that didn't instantly take the news with an "I'll believe it when I see it" pinch of salt. It seems, as many of us said at the time here and on Twitter and fansites, the proof of the (green fire) pudding really was in the eating.
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