As is well known, Blizzard introduced a new user interface for group search with Patch 2.0.1. For Burning Crusade Classic, exactly this group search aid is to receive a modernization. But don’t worry: We won’t get an automated cross-server tool like the one introduced in Patch 3.3.
Many TB veterans will probably remember just that User interface was introduced at the time with patch 2.0.1. In the official patch notes it said at the time (via 4fansites):
The new user interface enables players to announce their exact group searches in a collaborative system in order to speed up the process of group formation. who are already in a group and are looking for reinforcement can easily find additional members.
- Information from innkeepers about dungeons has been removed in preparation for the new group search system.
- User interface for group search (LFG / LFM)
- Added tips for the loading screen and for new players.
- Meeting stones now work in a similar way to the warlocks summoning spells.
- A player selects a party member to be summoned and right-clicks on the stone. A second party member clicks on the stone to complete the summoning. “
At that time, the group search from TBC did not work automatically or across many servers, as is the case today. That only came with Patch 3.3 in Wrath of the Lich King. Instead, you could leave a wish to join a group for the various dungeons, or you could search for players interested in Dungeon XY.
The list of interested parties could be called up via the associated meeting stone and then contacted.
At that time, the group search turned out to be quite uncomfortable and complicated even with this new way, and accordingly the tool was rarely used by the masses. With Burning Crusade Classic there could therefore be a modernization. Don’t worry: the developers are not planning an automated cross-realm group search, instead they want to bring the interface up to scratch so that it is easier to use and players who search for groups and open groups can come into contact with one another more quickly / easily. How exactly these changes will ultimately look should depend heavily on player feedback.
Here you can listen to the corresponding statements from Patrick Dawson, Production Director at Blizzard (from 4:11:30):
What do you think? What adjustments should Blizzard make to the group search from back then and which not? Let us know in the comments!
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