With the release of the Mists of Pandaria expansion cinematic last night (my time, Aus), it’s probably a good time to put my thoughts regarding the expansion down on ‘paper’.
Largely, I have avoided the beta (despite being an annual pass holder). I jumped on early and leveled a Pandarian Monk out of the starting zones and then jumped on a couple of chars to try some of the new talents out.
Briefly, I thought the Panda starting zones were pretty good, I enjoyed the change of pace from say, the Worgen starting zone, and I loved the new animations that the Pandas have – leaps and bounds ahead of any other race.
I grabbed a couple of panoramas whilst leveling, which I threw up on the blog here, but here are two for you:
In terms of the new talents – I had a quick look at the DK and Hunter sets. The DK talents seem a little, well boring. Especially the level 75 set. A series of three rune regen options? Really? Some of them, like ‘Gorefiend’s Grasp’, look fun if a little situational, but by and large I am a little underwhelmed (compare some of them to talents like a Warrior’s Avatar for example).
The Hunter talents look a lot more interesting. Talents like ‘A Murder of Crows’ and ‘Dire Beast’ just look cool. When I logged on, some of them were a little buggy – like infinite random beast summoning. I especially loved the bug in which pets were summoned back in their original size:
My play style has changed since we stopped raiding Dragon Soul. Previously, I have been primarily focused on 10 man raiding, but I think that is shifting to more 5 man groups. For me, this means that I am most looking forward to the challenge dungeons. Providing what I hope will be ongoing, challenging 5 man content issomething that has always been missing from WoW. We have heroics, but once you have done them and reach a certain gear threshold, they cease to be a challenge.
I am hoping that the challenge mode dungeons don’t fall prey to a similar fate, and it seems as though Blizz have though about this with a gear scaling system already in place.
The raids should be interesting, but I don’t think I’ll be looking to be part of a ‘progression guild’ anymore (not leaving my guild, just not raiding as much). Previously we hung around the top 10-15 on my server, now I will just be happy to finish them. If that means LFR, so be it.
Pet battles will be a bit of fun, but won’t consume me. I’m not sure I’ll even touch farming….
Overall, I am looking forward to leveling again. I always enjoy leveling my main (maybe not my 4th alt though…), so to have a new continent and a new story to level through will be great.
Final Verdict? Looking forward to release.