World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Tol Barad Controversy

The player vs. player area Tol Barad, a new location that debuted with World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, has been a swirl of complaints and controversy since it’s debut, and fan protest has forced Blizzard’s hand. They have announced that they will rebalance the areathread in the forums, the chief complaints are that the area is unbalanced in that the defending team has a serious advantage, with poorly placed settings – such as the Towers being so secure the defending team has no need to defend them.In a heavily debated

The problem with the region is that only the faction holding Tol Barad can run the highly sought after Baradin Hold raid, which means that an occupying force can prevent the other faction from running the raid for a long time.

Blizzard’s lead content designer Cory Stockton has responded:

“[W]e intend to make several updates in the next minor patch to address design and balance issues affecting attackers that we can’t address with hotfixes. For example, we plan to alter the battle slightly so that a team with two bases captured can more quickly and easily capture the third, as opposed to a team with one or zero bases. This way, if the defenders turtle up, it’ll be a little easier for the attackers to take their last base before the defense can take one of the attackers’ other bases… While the attackers may always face somewhat of an uphill battle, the defenders should feel much more pressure not to lose than they do currently. Just the same, the attacking faction should feel motivated to take Tol Barad back, but they shouldn’t feel that the odds are insurmountable.”

Let us know if you’ve been having problems taking Tol Barad and running the Baradin Hold raid.

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