Survey info: Algalon will stay as it is.

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,


We are quite impressed with the Second Era idea’s reception; we have seen a lot of support and we’ve received really good feedback about this new system. Plenty of you have seen the potential of this idea and the effort we have invested in it and, even many of those who don’t want it to happen on Algalon have given us some nice observations while showing pleasantness towards the concept itself.


However, as we did state previously, for this idea to become a reality on Algalon we would need the vast majority to vote in favor; after some thorough analysis, we could say that the 58% of the players wanted it to happen on Algalon and the 42% didn’t. Therefore, as there is an important amount of players who don’t want it: the Second Era is canceled and will not go live on Algalon. We knew this was a possible outcome so, we did plan what steps would follow in order to improve Algalon if the community decided to keep it as it is.


There was a common request that has been done by many players: the opening of a new realm with this Second Era / Soft Reset concept applied since the beginning and transfers from Algalon; We are going to study very deeply this possibility and we will keep you posted about it.


In the meanwhile, we are working to improve several aspects from Algalon:
– PvP revamp: We have thought some ideas about hosting weekly Battleground Tournaments and we are currently working on their implementation, rewards and a new website section for it. PvP moderators will also perform a thorough monitoring and win-trading proper punishment.
– PvE/Class fixes prepared for the Second Era are going to be slowly deployed to Algalon.
– Although Algalon will stay as it is, the advertisement campaigns we did prepare for the Second Era will be adapted and launched, including the “resurrect an old friend” (scroll of resurrection like system), which will help to spread the word and keeping the flow of new and old players.


We will keep you posted about all that is to come; our next announcement will be regarding the Weekly Battleground Tournaments.


Thank you very much.

https://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/156/survey-info-algalon-will-stay-as-it-is/

Approaching the Second Era.

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,

 

A few months ago we gave you some strokes of information about the upcoming Second Era of Progression. We also gave you the opportunity to fill a survey in order to see your opinions about us performing a possible “Raid and PvP Soft reset”, emulating once again a Fresh WoTLK progression, without players losing anything.

 

As a quick reminder and briefly explained; we believe we have found a middle ground that should please old, current, returning and new players. It is a totally new system never seen before, so we want to make sure that everything is crystal clear and there is no room for doubts. Therefore, we are going to post a new, as well as open a new section on our website specifically dedicated to this Second Era during early October, where everything will be clearly explained. You will also be able to fill a very small survey after you read it, this way we will be able to see the overall reception of such idea.

 

After much consideration, we think it will bring the feeling of competition directly into the raiding scene and freshen the air for everyone, while emulating a fresh realm but, without erasing our player’s effort (remember, no one would loose items, achievements, pets, mounts, levels…etc).

 

We have been developing this idea for a long time (we explained its essence a few years ago), and we are really confident it will set a new path into the world we already know. We will be offering a new direction for the WotLK realms, as we did with the Progressive release/system, Pre-nerf mechanics, buffed up encounters, challenging content…etc. Making our ideals the WoTLK standard.

 

As we announced 6 years ago right before Algalon’s release, we wanted to always keep the Progressive content relevant and challenging. It is absolutely wonderful to look back, we feel really proud and full of nostalgia. Watching our Algalon’s video Trailer brings up many good memories of this beautiful journey. Now is the moment to proceed with the next step and, with the information we are going to announce we will explain how everyone will be able to benefit from this Second Era, no matter if old, current, returning or new player.

 

We would also like to share a reflexion about the previous Survey’s results. It looks like our community liked both The Soft Reset and the new realm similarly and there is a small fraction that wishes to keep everything as it is right now. We think that after the Second Era’s full explanation is released in early October, many players that preferred a new realm or to keep everything as it is may be pleased with the Soft Reset’s option (as it emulates a fresh raiding / PvP scene while honouring every player’s effort until now). This is why a small survey will also be available, so every one of you can tell us if you like it after fully knowing how this actually would work. Please, remember that no step will be done without our community’s approval.

 

We have ready the First Beta test for this second Era of Progression. It will basically consist into checking the mechanic quality from the first tiers (with the new improvements), buff values, and the functionality of some general systems we have been working on to support the Second Era.

 

As we have always been doing, the groups that have access by default to our Betas are the ones who participated in the last PvE Tournament. However, after such a long journey and since this is a very emotional moment, we would also like to offer the possibility to participate as special guests in The Second Era’s Betas to old Guilds, old Realm First players…etc. Of course, if a current guild wishes also partake, will be more than welcome. Anyhow, more information about Betas will be published after the upcoming announcement.

 

Thank you everyone for your support, we hope you enjoy what comes next!

 

Second Era of Progression: Survey.

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,


A long time ago, even before Algalon’s release, we did promise that once the First Era of progression was finished, we would welcome a Second Era bringing back the thrill of starting everyone altogether and stand against Northrend’s menaces. This second progression would allow our community to relive again the content of this expansion that we all love so much, from Naxxramas to Icecrown Citadel. But, on top of that, they would be able to join such a journey with the characters whose feats they have been developing for so much time.


Allow me to give you a quick update first. We have been working for quite some time in several systems to make possible the technical support for this Second Era. Due to these changes, some pending fixes weren’t fit to be deployed yet and needed to be put on hold until we ascertained stability, so we have been reworking many things and deploying only those that could go live, bit by bit (Malkavia and I will be updating the bug tracker and will write a changelog as soon as we can).


Now that we are able to fully deploy the remaining corrections, our purpose is to review every dungeon, raids, classes and old issues in order to improve and polish our quality as much as possible before this upcoming Second Era. You probably have already noticed many of them went live on Algalon.


Very well, our idea about this Second Era has always been a “Soft Raid and PvP season reset”. We didn’t want to announce anything about it until we had every system implemented and performed a thorough testing, in order to be sure that it would be viable for Algalon. This reset would basically consist in the closure of every WoTLK raid (and everything related to its corresponding patch), granting some time beforehand for the forthcoming opening of Naxxramas, rest of Tier 7 and PvP Season. Once available, the raids would have some internal restrictions and systems that would allow to recreate again a proper challenge and transmit the feeling of progression through the tiers. Each tier’s release, would be properly scheduled and of course, the pace faster than it was for Algalon.


A really important thing is, no items or achievements would be deleted/lost (although if a player earns an already acquired achievement, it will visually pop, for the shake of the progression feeling). It is a complex system with a lot of details, however, we won’t explain more about it for now. What matters and what we need the community to know in order to be able to fulfill our next request is that no one would lose a thing while everyone would be able to enjoy the progression once again.


This being said, we have received plenty of suggestions about the opening of a new realm so, we understand there are a lot of players who might prefer this option to the Soft Reset’s one. After a lot of thought and consideration, we have decided to hear you individually, through a survey.


This next step, the Second Era of progression could come in two forms: The explained Soft Reset or a New Realm (obviously, with transfers from Algalon).


Please, if you could fill this survey and let us know your preferences it would be much appreciated. We can’t wait to hear your opinions and, just for filling the survey (it won’t take you more than a minute) you will receive a small token of appreciation: 50 Vote Points or 5 Donation Points if you are premium.


Being a Progressive server that has been up for almost 6 years, we absolutely respect and value the progression and work of each player, therefore no matter the outcome of this Second Era (either the soft reset or the new realm), we want to reassure everyone that the effort put on your characters will be kept for those who wish to. We will explain this further when the time comes.


Before this Second Era of progression begins, we will open our ranks and recruit more Game Masters (even though our current ones are doing a fantastic job), PvP Moderators and high skilled video creators/editors. Stay tuned, please, more information about how to apply will be published soon.


Thank you everyone, we are truly excited and happy to bring to life this Second Era, it is very thrilling and it is possible thanks to all of you. Your support and suggestions are inspiring. Ours is the pleasure to have such a dedicated and loyal community, we promise our constant devotion and we will try to give our best.