WoW devs on the Superbloom event's whimsical mechanics in patch 10.2

WoW devs on the Superbloom event's whimsical mechanics in patch 10.2
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Written by 

Amy Eastland


16th Oct 2023 17:00

Patch 10.2 of World of Warcraft is soon to be released, and with it comes a magical tale of the Emerald Dream, as well as the tense scenes of trying to stop Fyrakk from consuming the world tree’s power. However, that is not all, as there is also a brand new public event called the Superbloom.

The Superbloom is a new event that will bring players together once more to work together in-game to defeat elites, and complete tasks within the Emerald Dream.

Here is what WoW devs Maria Hamilton and Laura Spreitzer, Associate Design Director and Game Designer respectively, had to say about the event. 

Torghast-like powers

Portal Gateway in WoW patch 10.2
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While Torghast was a point of contention for players who liked it and who didn’t, one of the best things to come out of Torghast was the fun anima powers you got to experiment with, leading to some very broken builds. 

Powers similar to those we saw in Shadowlands are returning in patch 10.2 for the Emerald Dream where players will get to use these powers to make their way through the Superbloom event. As Spreitzer says “I tried to bring some of that frantic energy into the Superbloom. You’ll get things like baby moonkin following you around throwing moonbeams at everything they see,” she explained, also having worked on Cobalt Assembly and wanting to bring the same maniacal state from that dungeon to this public event. 

One of Spreitzer’s favourite powers is having the moonkins all follow you. “You can find a couple more, rescue them and you can get a big horde of moonkins to follow you around,” However, this isn’t the only power that players will get to have fun with.

There’s a bubble blaster that lets you shoot a bubble at an enemy and then they float away up into the sky,"Spreitzer continues. "There’s one where you turn into a skunk and hop around leaving big stink puddles everywhere that deal damage to anybody who walks into them.”

Fun in War Mode

WoW Amirdrassil World Tree
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War Mode can be a tense and stressful time, but also fun for those who enjoy taking on enemy players. For those who will be exploring the Emerald Dream in War Mode, they will also get to experience the powers in a bit of a different manner.

When you shoot a bubble at the opposing players, they’ll float for a little while. Most players can get down by themselves or mitigate the damage, but it’s a fun new way to enjoy the Superbloom if you happen to be in War Mode as well,” says Hamilton. “These powers lend themselves to that kind of hectic fun.” 

There will be plenty of powers that players will get to experiment with, whether it be against NPCs or enemy players, allowing people to use powers to go overboard and have some wacky fun. 

For more on World of Warcraft, check out our homepage. Here is what the WoW devs had to say about all of the new features in patch 10.2.

Amy Eastland
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Amy Eastland
Amy was a Guides Writer for GGRecon. She has a BA (Hons) in Creative Writing and Journalism, and has previously worked for companies such as Gfinity and HITC. Her favourite games include Dark Souls 3, Elden Ring, and Crash Bandicoot Warped. When she's not at work, she's hanging out with her black cat, Shelby.
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