WARNING: This blog post contains both Normal and Heroic spoilers (To learn about my spoiler system, please read Be MOP #39 “Diablo and Spoilers”). It will cover most of the information in Blizzard’s press release.
Oh boy, It’s here! After a week of waiting we finally get some much needed information about the Mist of Pandaria expansion.
Because I had an eight o’clock class and that I live on the east coast I, sadly, could not stay up until West coast’s midnight to be some of the first people to read the news and write a blog post withing the hours of the NDA lifting.
So this blog will be my first impressions of reading all the news from my phone in my bed, before I had to go to my two morning classes ((This post will not cover everything thing that is released last night, it will talk about the news I thought was important. I suggest going to WoWhead or WoWinsider for all of the latest news articles.))
Lets start off with some non-important information now, and work our way to the juicier topics.
As Blizzard promised, they reveled what the female Pandarens actually looks like.
This is nothing really new, since we saw the silhouette and the image doesn’t have anything contraversal. There is no major comments to be made, except that you can choose a red female pandaren or a black female pandarian.
11th Character slot
Again nothing too important, it’s just a need that needed to be addressed when Blizzard added another class/race option. You have to buy the expansion pack to unlock the 11th slot.
New Charater UI
Mist of Pandaria will bring forth a new way to customize your character, instead of clicking through the options, It’s not surprising that this old way of character customizing will be getting an upgrade.
In the press release Blizzard wanted to stress the importance that when the players get the Mist of Pandaria expansion, the whole story arc of the Alliance’s and Horde’s interaction in Pandaria will be completed in the first patch (Patch 5.0) and any new patches will act as epilogues of to the major events that had happened.
This is a new game development style for Blizzard, in previous expansions the story arc ended when the major villain dies in the last patch. Now we get the promise that players will see the epic conclusion of the stories now, instead of waiting for months to see the last chapter of the expansion (Black Temple, ICC, and Dragon Soul)
And speaking of epic moments, lets look at one of the story tease that was mentioned a the press release. *AGAIN SPOILERS OF THE LORE/QUEST EVENTS OF THE NEXT EXPANSION UP AHEAD*
Blizzard has said that in Mist of Pandaria, players will participate on a siege on Orgrimmar, with the goal to strip Garrosh Hellscream’s armor from him.
That means two possible things, first it seems that a part of the Horde are not happy about their current leader’s recent decisions. More importantly it means that the Alliance will finally fight back in the war. My thoughts on that is : YES! It’s about time.
That was the only bit of news that made my jaw drop when I read that and made me completely support this expansion, if only for that one, potently glorious quest chain.
I could go on for countless more paragraphs, but I need to curb my hunger. To save content for the weeks or months until the next bit of information comes out.
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