Alexensual teamed up with Mr.Happy and the devs to stream Pantheon.
Interesting titbits from the streams, if you don’t feel like watching.
– There will be no sharding of zones.
– There may be phasing (ala WoW) in small, specific circumstances, but it’s not currently planned. Thinks phasing is fine if done right.
– Raid size is being developed currently for different targets being 12 and 24 man raids. 40 man raids still might be in the plans as well.
– They will not be doing different challenge versions of the same raid in terms of difficulty or number cap.
– Says the Shaman is the “Bard” of the healing classes almost to the point of being a support class. Lots of synergy with other classes, specifically “drenching” the mobs and allowing the Druid and Wizard to use their lightning and shock abilities to enhanced effect. That is just one example. They also primarily heal through HoTs.
– Shaman debuffs such as Slow last 90 seconds. Shaman buffs such as Haste or Stat buffs are 24 and 36 minutes.
– Shaman have quite a few combo type abilities where if “X” ability is on the target and they cast “Y” ability, than a greatly improved and sometimes new result “Z” will occur.
– Stressed individual customization options within the same class by choosing to focus on specific stats that enhance specific abilities and playstyles. Example given was that on his Enchanter, Joppa focuses on whichever stat (Charisma?) helps extend his mez abilities, but by focusing on that stat, his mana regen abilities are lower than what other Enchanters tend to do. Mentioned that Clerics have a similar difficult choice in focusing on Wisdom or pure Hit Points as many of their abilities are based off their own maximum health. Also stressed that not all players of a particular class will have the same abilities or spells, many are quested and/or difficult to discover or find as loot.
– Joppa (Lead Dev) considers himself to be a PvP fanatic from Sullen Zek. Stresses he is focused on making Pantheon a quality PvP option. Still clarifies that PvE is first and foremost though.