it would be 100% more accurate and true to classic wow then a variation where fundamental mechanics which defined the entire game are changed purely because one or two players dont like how they affect their class; and dont match their private server experience…
On that note this is an announcement thread so going to leave it at that.
As an aside, and this may be planned already, I think it would be wise to create a forum post in wherever the Classic forum will be (I’m unsure if the Classic Discussion Forum will remain our primary forum for dialogue after Classic is released) and a support page for Classic with a lot of these commonly reported bugs. A resource detailing the most common reported bugs (falsely) may help reduce GM/QA having to read through as many false or incorrect reports (especially in the beginning as I don’t believe many players read this forum who are not in the Closed Beta Test).
I believe the vanilla client could support up to 2560x1440 resolution. It certainly supported more than 800x600 . Mechanical keyboard came before membrane keyboards, I believe. Regardless, both mechanical and membrane were available to players in Vanilla. . . Other computer mice types besides mechanical were available, too…
Its a bug. Remember how they said “Warts and all”? This is a case of them literally restoring what is clearly a bug and not working as intended simply because thats how it worked in 1.12.
Every patch has bugs in it. All of them, and 1.12 had them also. Arcane Missiles not putting you in combat is definitely one of them, I would assume Hunter traps sharing DR with Scatter shot is another.
Pretty sure what we are seeing is them staying true to 1.12, bugs and all. Whether thats a good thing is another discussion. But people said “No changes” so /shrug
In current WoW once you start casting Arcane Missiles you are put into combat. In Vanilla WOW you wouldn’t be put into combat until the first projectile hit. Which also gave you a bit more time before the mob would start running at you. So in Classic you could start an arcane missile cast, cancel it before the first projectile goes out, and not enter combat.
That is not what is said by the Blue. He did not say that if you stop casting you are not thrown into combat. He just says, “Arcane missiles does NOT put the caster in combat”. To me that says you can hit them with the missiles and it will not automatically put you into combat. Which to me is astounding!
I mean could it be clarified further? Ya. I don’t personally think it needs to be. There’s a bit of common sense we could apply here, combined with a little bit of context and logic.
The “Not A Bug” list is typically in response to people reporting something they think is wrong. Did you see Arcane Missiles do damage, and somehow not put you in combat based on that damage? Did you hear anyone else discuss that in the many videos and posts about bugs here? Or is it far more likely and logical that this is based on someone thinking the modern WoW/Private server behavior of Arcane Missiles putting you in combat before damage is registered was supposed to be the intended behavior, but they were wrong?
And lastly, we certainly never had Mages easily soloing any mob in the game or the beta ,because Arcane Missiles never put them in combat so the mob never attacks them. Nor did they stand around doing essentially nothing to the out-of-combat mob, who would actually probably just keep regenerating since the NPC never enter combat either. Unless we are thinking this is some sort of way of forcing an NPC into a Bloodlust scenario where they are in combat with themselves (warrior ability that traded life for rage put you in combat).
There’s just so many weird things that would have come up surrounding that type of behavior if it were ever the case, either in the Classic beta or in 2004-2006. None of those conversations have actually come up though.
Yea…not a fan of this approach. There are bugs, and there are mechanics that were intended, but now seem out of place based on where the game is today.
I’m okay with the old intended mechanics…that’s the meta of the day, and what to reasonably expect playing that era of the game. Bugs in the game are unintended functionality of mechanics that were in place at that point in the game, for reasons that have nothing to do with the state of Classic today.
For example, there may have been broken things in the game that the developers recognized as issues, but decided to hold off on resolving until the next expansion. In this case, there is no new expansion coming to one day resolve these issues.
It’s double confusing when they actually put time and effort into code to reproduce a known bug, or mechanic that was intended for a different state of network & internet infrastructure (spell batching & leeway)
Arcane missiles are not necessarily an example of a bug though. It was likely a design choice. It’s not like it is difficult to catch it, nor difficult to alter. So whatever was there, I’m pretty confident was intended.
Edit: There is no patch note about when it started putting you in combat right as it was started, but there is a note about a bug fix they put in during WotLK:
Ranks 12 and 13 will now properly cause players to enter combat.
Notice there was never a patch note indicating a bug fix for Arcane Missiles in general, besides one where it wasn’t shooting the correct amount of missiles sometimes. Likely it was lumped into a patch that overall altered when certain abilities would be enter you into combat, or result in a tagged mob (like DOTS. Something like curse of agony would not tag the mob you put it on, until the first tick of damage happened a few second into it).
An example like that I’m good with. You don’t pull aggro when starting a cast of fireball…only when the fireball hits the target. The same should go for Arcane Missiles…even though it’s a channeled spell. (which is where I think the rub is)
They are building off a modern client that is probably in a better place to resolve a lot of the old issues…why you would take the time to add code to recreate actual bugs though seems almost spiteful lol