Note on Spoilers: I am discussing the upcoming Mists of Pandaria expansion in this post. I will use spoiler tags for any images I link to but if you don’t want to know anything until release, best avoid this post. And rest assured, I will always make sure to keep Jaedia’s Menagerie a spoiler safe zone to the best of my abilities!
So far I have been entirely underwhelmed regarding the Mists of Pandaria expansion. I never really cared much for the Panda folk myself and if Cataclysm taught me anything, it is that I’ve grown a little tired of World of Warcraft. I must admit that Harvest Moon has helped a lot with rekindling my passion for the game, but today the NDA has been lifted and my other half told me a few of the new things and I’m actually really excited about the upcoming expansion now. Going into it not only with a guild I love but also with things to look forward to is going to be great. There is so much information being released today that I can’t go into everything so do check out MMO Champion, though I imagine you already have, but here are a few of my own thoughts. I’ll do a click-through to make sure there’s nothing too spoilery on my main page.
The Female Panda Model
We’d already seen the silhouette of course, but today we finally get to see the finished female Panda model. Honestly? I didn’t care much about seeing it. Female models are usually pretty underwhelming in my honest opinion, and when it’s a humanised animal of some kind… Just tends to creep me out. I’m looking at you, Worgens. But actually I really think I could happily play female Panda! They’re not at all overly sexualised, in fact, they’re pretty teddy bear cute and don’t look utterly ridiculous.
I really like it. What do you think?
Punching Garrosh in the Face
I hate Garrosh. Hate him. When I was told that something would happen between Wrath and Cataclysm’s release to make us like him, I waited with baited breath. I wondered what they could possibly do to make us like this utter douchebag. It never came! I still hate him and I’m a Hordie. I actually think that may even have been part of why I didn’t enjoy Cataclysm that much. Not the main thing, by any means, but hating your main faction leader is pretty uncool to say the least.
But now: The final patch of Mists of Pandaria will be the Siege of Orgrimmar! Both factions lay siege to the city to bring Garrosh down and end his reign of Warchief. (source: MMO Champion)
Finally! We get to punch Garrosh in his stupid, pompous Orc face! He’s too naïve and hotheaded to be a faction leader and I for one will be glad to see him gone. I can’t frickin’ wait.
The Simple Things
Of course, you might have guessed I’d be most interested in the Pet Battles and we’ve already had a lot of information regarding these and they sound like awesome fun. I’m particularly looking forward to being able to use all of my pets on all characters! I’ve wanted that since The Burning Crusade since I had the Spirit of Competition pet on my Paladin and nobody else. Today we hear: PvP pet battles are going to be fun and causal, only tracking the number of wins and not the number of losses. When fighting another player, you cannot see the other players name or communicate with them. (source: MMO Champion) That’s kind of cool, I guess. But it’s always nice to make friends when taking part in things like this. As long as we’re able to battle against friends and acquaintances though, I’m okay with that.
AOE looting!!! And an 11th character slot! Hoshit guys. As I said, it’s the simple things, but these are two things that World of Warcraft needed. Ever since I came back to WoW from playing Rift I’ve craved AoE looting because it’s such a pain farming old instances and holding everybody up with sparkly clicking. And exactly how long have players been requesting more character slots?
Finally, we’ll see Warlocks changed again. I’ve struggled to play mine in Cataclysm with how over-complicated it became so I’m pretty over the moon about that. I’m really looking forward to seeing how they play once the changes go live.
No new race models are ready to be added yet. (source: MMO Champion) YET! This is promising. There are some really awesome Elven models these days that we can see on NPCs but can’t use ourselves and I would love a much curvier Night Elf.
There is just so much information at once, I can’t possibly comment on everything that had me bouncing around the living room, but rest assured, I am now fully excited for the Mists of Pandaria and I even want to read the pre-Panda book. I want to read how Garrosh makes Jaina snap and everything that happens. I don’t usually enjoy the tie-in books but this sounds like such a fantastic story arc that I’ll have to.
What’s got you guys the most excited?