Here we are. The last day of Cataclysm. Finally! I’m sure you guys know that I wasn’t Cataclysm’s greatest fan. I quit for 3 months and barely played for most of it. It wasn’t until I found Harvest Moon that I fell in love with the game all over again. From what I hear, Mists will change a lot of the things that I didn’t like and I am very excited to see what’s new.
But Cataclysm wasn’t all bad. The new 1-60 quests were really cool if you stuck around long enough to see them (very difficult with current levelling speeds) and I loved that you could actually just get instance quests from inside the instances rather than traipsing around Azeroth and doing hand stands just to get a couple of dungeon quests like before. I liked the new zones before they got tedious and samey. The Molten Front dailies were actually a lot of fun and the new mounts and pets across the board were awesome. I loved the new ZG and ZA instances, despite never getting my tiger mount. And the introduction of LFR was a great one for people like myself!
I’m looking forward to exploring Pandaria with the Moonies and have been taking a look at Shadow Priest things today. We have my talent spec and glyphs here. Pre-raid gear list, followed by an example of BiS and some playstyle tips. And this MMO-C post is going to be so useful to me! I double checked my stat weights on HowToPriest.com and yes, haste is still ahead of crit and mastery by a mile. Now to double check my priority system and enjoy the goodbye Cataclysm party tonight!
Farewell Cataclysm, you won’t be missed but thanks for all the fish! *watches countdown timer eagerly*
What did you like most about Cataclysm?
I keep seeing a lot of people saying that they won’t be playing on Monday night (Mists release) because they likely won’t be able to log back in. I feel I should share this particular blue post with you guys:
As soon as we activate the new expansion content on launch, players who already have a Mists of Pandaria license with the data installed will gain instant access. If you’re in the game when the clock strikes midnight, you don’t even have to logout!
So, what happens at midnight for those of us with Mists ready to go?
- A yellow System Message will appear in your Chat Log telling you to visit Orgrimmar or Stormwind to start your travels.
- Level-85 characters will receive a new quest, no matter where they are in the world, which will guide them to Varian or Garrosh for further orders. If you’re online at midnight you will receive the quest even if your Quest Log is full — or you can visit Varian or Garrosh to get started on your journey to Pandaria.
- Level-85 players will notice their experience bars automatically change so that experience can once again be earned.
- Players who are at the Character Creation screen at midnight will notice the button to create a pandaren character will be enabled. (Reminder: This also applies to players who don’t have a Mists of Pandaria license, as all races are now included with a base copy of World of Warcraft.)
- Players who are at the Character Creation screen at midnight will notice the button to create a monk character will be enabled.
We’ve been very hard at work on this new technology with the goal of ensuring that players can enjoy a more stable and seamless transition into the next expansion than ever before. Our staff will be monitoring realm stability and gameplay issues around the clock, as we want to provide you with the best experience possible.
*Touch wood* we shouldn’t need to log out at all!
I like Theramore’s Fall. I quite enjoyed this quick burst of new but easy content with this epic twist of lore, story explained or no. I did it hating the Horde, scared for Jaina and excited to be so close to more of this: new content!!
Okay so the loading screen itself looks very much like something you see zoning into a battleground in my honest opinion but it was new and shiny and it told me that new things were loading up and that is much cause for excitement!
And sure, at this point the scenario bugged on us meaning that once we’d killed the boss we didn’t get progress for the “protect Jaina” part, but it did allow me to take this awesome screenshot and eh Spongeflaps snuck into the picture. Damn you Flaps trying to steal a moment in the spotlight!
Overall.. the music made me swoon. The brief exchange between Jaina and the Orc Guy gave me chills. And hey, random pointless loot and a nice little tabard? Yes please.
At the end of the day, this is not a pre-expansion event, it is a brief look at what scenarios will be like and at that it is successful. Just perhaps needed a little testing before it was thrown out there given the amount of bugs people have been having! Remember what’s important.
That’s right, Jae’s achievements.
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.