WOW: RAIDTESTS on the PTR
They have been part of every PTR cycle for many years: the tests of the new Raid bosses. Blizzard, of course, wants to make sure that the new bad guys come from the raids as bug-free and good Ge balanced on the live servers. With Patch 9.2, however, the developers seem to want to go a different way and in the context of several interviews briefly betrayed shortly after the announcement of patch 9.2 that they play with the idea of doing the final three bosses of the upcoming battles not on the PTR. Now, since the PTR approaches slowly to the end, it seems that the developers actually implement this plan.
- Pro – RAIDERS on the PTR
- Contra – RAIDERS on the PTR
- My personal conclusion: just not abolish!
- casuals are more important than per person
According to Morgan Day, the aspect was in the foreground, the story that is told in the Raid not to spoil the end. As a reminder: The final three bosses in the RAID will not be playable in the first week of the raid. This also accomplishes that off the internal test teams no one has played or tested the last three bosses of Shadow lands before – which has many risks. At the same time, of course, whether Raiders on the PTR generally are a good or bad idea. We looked at the Pros and Contrast and our editor has a clear opinion.
Pro – RAIDERS on the PTR
The most obvious arguments are that, which is why Blizzard finally hosts the test on the PTR. Without the public tests, the bosses would be much more bugs to suspect and balancing would be much worse. You can not only derive yourself with healthy sense (fewer testers = less found errors), but also the past shows that clearly. Boss or phases that were not tested on the PTR were partly imperative condition and often had to be fixed by the developers with hot needle so that it does not come to a catastrophe. We think, among other things, Arden in the throne of thunder or the mythical phase of N’both.
The Raiders also increase the anticipation of the upcoming patch for many players. You get a little insight into what you can play soon. And for a part of the WOW players, the Raids are still in the first place. Especially since the tests take place at a time when the current RAID is mostly pretty slipped and hardly interested in anyone.
For example, if we are known that we fight in the upcoming RAID against BOSS XY and apparently engage in the fight from Zeroth in the fight against BOSS XY, it increases the at least with us the anticipation more than if we see that there are three new pets in green, Yellow and brown gives.
Apart from that, the tests are important not only for balancing the bosses – but also for balancing the classes. Nowhere else does Blizzard get such good data on the performance of the classes, Legendary’s order set bonuses as on the PTR.
Contra – RAIDERS on the PTR
How would an elimination of the RAIDERS on the PTR impact? Well, the largest and most relevant point should be that until the start of the actual Raids or patch absolutely no information about the bosses exist. So there are no guides, previews, special weacauren, add-ons or something in the direction.
And that’s the point, which is why so many advocate an abolition of the tests. Finally, how to go to Classic times in a new RAID and blind the first bosses tackle. You have to develop tactics yourself, rather than playing any guide stump and do not even know why you actually do something. Instead of scolding through players who make any mistakes, consider it as a common learning process and every wipe brings a closer to success. This is quite a nice idea.
In addition, the World First race, which now becomes more and more players thrilled, very much more interesting. The guilds could prepare far less well, and you would certainly see a variety of different approach. Flexibility and fast learning would be far more important than the perfect classes for each struggle in advance with the best equipment to have the extra strategies and features for each boss at the start. With that, and since we agree without restrictions, the Race to World First would still be worth seeing \ – Why, above all, many top raiders wish to abolish the PTR tests.
My personal conclusion: just not abolish!
Although I can understand and understand the arguments for the abolition of the RAIDERS, for me, clearly the negative concomitants. In addition, I assert that the amount of players who would benefit from the abolition is very much lower than those who suffer from.
WoW: RAIDERS on the PTR – curse or blessing for the game? (1) Source: Blizzard Let’s take a closer look at the arguments, we quickly realize that they do not apply to the majority of players or only time-limited. If a new RAID does not appear on the PTR, then the guides turn into the bosses just a few hours after the release on the live server anywhere. For the 08/15 player who has raided in the evening and most bosses get to the same time in the weeks after releasing, it does not actually change. If you have never looked a guide before, you will not look at no and who has informed about the bosses before, will continue to do that – just with less forward. And also weacauren or add-ons will already be present when 95 percent of the players have arrived at the bosses.
So that all players really play the bosses without prior knowledge, the developers would have to switch off the Internet. And that makes the raid somehow hard to impossible.
casuals are more important than per person
Also, the argument that the World First Race becomes more exciting, I can only agree. The top raiders would have more fun and the audience would be happy. The opposite is that the wide mass of the players would suffer from many bugs and bad balancing with many bosses. Of course, one could also attach the argument that most of it should already be cleaned up when the casual guilds are at the bosses – that should blizzard but first prove. After all, we live in times when many of the bugs at Bosses are in the game in the game and have not yet been resolved.
With the abolition Blizzard in my eyes would face the needs of the top players about the casual player. You can do that quite for right and I do not make a reproach that sees it that way. For me, however, that would be the wrong way and a bad signal for the future. A high quality of the content stands for me first. And that can be achieved in my eyes only by extensive testing.
How do you think about that? Do you disturb the PTR RAIDERS, you will find you well or do not you do not hurt you?