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New Ghostcrawler Blog: Mists of Pandaria Looting Explained
2012/03/27 at 12:03 PM
Well, we knew after the bombshells Blizzard dropped both at the press event and later that week about LFR and looting, Ghostcrawler would have to explain it for us. And here it is.
Hey, how about that landslide of Mists of Pandaria information? It has taken a few days, and will probably take a few more, for the nuance of everything to really sink in. One of the topics we've been getting lots of questions about is the crazy new loot model we're introducing in Mists. We've answered several related questions in the forums, but thought it might be prudent to just put all the information in one place.I should clarify that the systems we're introducing are actually pretty simple in practice. I'm only going into a fair amount of detail because those are the kinds of questions we are getting. You don't have to understand all the particulars to participate, and we're certain that it will just all make sense once you are experiencing it in-game instead of hearing it described (that whole "show, don't tell" thing). Let's begin:
Here is how looting works in today's Raid F
Mists of Pandaria: Jade Forest Preview and News Round Up
2012/03/26 at 8:15 PM
We were lucky enough to preview the start of the Jade Forest questline in beta before the zone was later closed! Here's a peek at the cutscene for the Alliance--as covered in our
coverage, it's quite different than the cutscene for the Horde with a very angry Garrosh.
We've also got screenshots of the initial Alliance and Horde questing hubs in The Jade Forest, as well as some of the Temple of the Jade Serpent!
Be sure to check out our recent Mists of Pandaria beta coverage--this weekend alone we
updated our talent calculator
to have talents and abilities for ALL classes, including monks, as well as footage of redone
Mists of Pandaria Preview: New Scholomance and Monk Talent Calculator Updates
2012/03/25 at 2:21 PM
Content manager Krelumian managed to get footage of my paladin doing Scholomance and turn it into a video, so we figured we'd post it here for everyone to see as a new post!
our talent calculator now has abilities and specializations live for the monk
A lot of you requested it yesterday and Aryu worked hard last night to make sure it was up on a weekend.
Be sure to check out our other two previews of redesigned dungeons:
becomes the Scarlet Halls & Cathedral, where many new things are happening.
has a new evil lurking underneath Orgrimmar.
Familiar faces like
are back with updated mechanics, but some other bosses like Ras Frostwhisper[/b
Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator Updated With Monk Talents
2012/03/24 at 10:21 AM
Thanks to the incredibly hard work of our dev team, we have the Mists of Pandaria talent calculator completely updated! It even has Monk talents!
Click here to see the new Monk talents and more!
Mists of Pandaria Preview: The Scarlet Halls and Cathedral Redesigns
2012/03/24 at 9:01 AM
We got to check out two wings of
formerly four instances, SM is now reduced down to two
. This instance has been entirely retooled: bosses are redesigned and renamed, large areas are removed, sides commonly known as the Library and the Armory were merged to become
the Scarlet Halls
while the Graveyard and Cathedral became
the Scarlet Cathedral
In short, a lot of HUGE changes! We've also updated this post because our instance was bugged last time.
Watch the video for our complete run through--my character with Krelumian narrating--or click the tabs to see a detailed breakdown on what the changes are.
The Scarlet Crusade is having a war and they're losing it pretty badly in the remnants of what many players referred to as
the Graveyard side
. Undead pour in and corpses burn in large, decaying piles throughout the somber scene. The area has also been pruned of
and his torture scene as well as trash mobs.
This is now part of Scarlet Cathedral
. It transitions seamlessly into where the Cathedral area was.
High Inquisitor Whitemane
Mists of Pandaria Preview: New Ragefire Chasm
2012/03/23 at 11:10 AM
We hopped on the PTR and ran all the redone instances that we could this morning. These are very much works in progress as instances, but they looked really cool and had some fairly significant changes.
A common theme I noticed in pretty much every instance was a desire for there to be useable items that made the 5-mans more dynamic. In RFC, players were charged with rescuing orcs from sticky situations--from dangling off a ledge to being devoured by an elemental hound. Meanwhile, in SM, certain mobs would drop explosives which players could detonate and there was also the option to use archery targets as shields from a barrage of flaming arrows. Cool stuff, can't wait to see it more developed--and to see what it means for level 90 5-mans!
Those poor Troggs. What did they do to anyone? I mean, besides killing and maiming low level Horde players?
In short, Ragefire Chasm is redone
. Trogg corpses litter the molten floors of the instance--they aren't the enemies anymore. Instead it's a new cult, former members of the Horde called the Dark Shaman. Garrosh has orde
Mists of Pandaria Day Two: Quest Armor Sets, Challenge Mode Sets, and 3D Models
2012/03/23 at 3:33 AM
We datamined dozens of new models today from the Mists of Pandaria beta, including striking new armor pieces from questing and Challenge Modes. The whole content team has been hard at work putting together videos of all the models below--some of the quest reward sets are really distinctive, and there's a bunch of asymmetrical shoulder designs, which players love. You can preview all the models in our 3-D Model Viewer as well!
Be sure to check out our
Mists of Pandaria database
video of Brewmaster Monk ability animations
, and our
detailed guide to new glyphs, guild perks, achievements, and more
Brewmaster Monk Ability Animations, Pandaren Racials, Character Customization, and More
2012/03/22 at 10:02 PM
Mists of Pandaria Talent Changes
We saw some of the awesome Pandaren racials and default abilities at BlizzCon--and now there's even more, thanks to the addition of auto-attack.
: You take half falling damage.
: Your love of food allows you to receive double the stats from Well Fed effects.
: The Monk's Jab ability will change depending on what weapon is equipped, altering the Monks fighting style appearance. Damage and resource cost remain the same.
: Your Cooking skill is increased by X.
: Your rested experience bonus lasts twice as long as normal.
: You have a 10% chance to gain Tiger Strikes when you auto-attack, increasing your attack speed by X% and causing your next 4 auto-attacks to cause an extra attack.
: Dual-wield one-handed weapons: Auto-attack damage increased by 40%. Two-handed weapons: Melee attack speed increased by 40%.
Pandaren Character Selection Screen
We took a video of the character creati
Mists of Pandaria Day One: Inscription, Guild Perks, Achievements, and More
2012/03/22 at 5:36 AM
First things first:
our Mists of Pandaria database is live
Secondly, we've broken down all the new information in easy to digest tabs so you can check out he new goodies in Mists of Pandaria. We're hard at work pouring through all this great data. You can, of course,
go through the items in the MoP database
and see the changes for yourself. Check out some of the highlights below, such as our Druid Visual Spell Changes.
We'll be playing the beta all morning and datamining some more information for you, so check back often!
Thousands of new items and spells--day one of datamining, including dozens of profession items.
Druid Visual Spell Changes
Spell Visuals Video
We tracked down what changed and what hadn't for the Druid class. Unfortunately the paladin glyphs were not yet implemented.
Mists of Pandaria Beta is Now
2012/03/21 at 7:37 PM
The World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™ beta test has begun! Over the course of the test, we’ll be inviting Annual Pass holders, press, fansites, friends and family, and opt-in beta testers to participate. This first phase of the beta focuses on the 1-10 starting experience for new Pandaren. High-level content as well as template characters will become available in future beta updates, but you can still copy over your own high level characters now if you’d like to test the new talent system.
As there’s no NDA for this test, you’re likely to start seeing lots of screenshots and new video around the web. Please keep in mind that the expansion is still in development -- we’ll be making changes to the game as the beta evolves, and what you’ll see during the beta test is not necessarily representative of the final game.
Players selected to participate in the beta test will receive an email invitation directing them to download the beta client directly from their Battle.net account. As always, please be aware of phishing attempts -- if you’re unsure whether your invitation i
NVIDIA Giveaway: Comment to Win One of Seven GTX 560s!
2012/03/21 at 2:46 PM
This giveaway is now closed!
You can see the winners in this post
Giveaways are fun...
And so are new expansions! In anticipation of Mists of Pandaria, Wowhead has teamed up with
to bring our community brand new
GeForce GTX 560s
. DirectX 11 compatible and known for its solid performance, this is a great card for anyone looking to upgrade their gaming rig in time for the expansion!
From today to March 28th at noon PDT, all you have to do to enter to win one of seven of these awesome cards is leave a comment in this post telling us what you're looking forward to the most in Mists of Pandaria. From farms to leaderboards, there's something for everyone--and this card will help you experience it all.
Comment in this post and tell us what you're looking forward to the most in Mists of Pandaria.
Of course, like any good giveaway, we do have some rules and regulations:
This contest is
Mists of Pandaria™ Beta Opt-in and FAQ
2012/03/21 at 10:00 AM
We’re very close to beginning beta testing for World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™! Over the course of the beta test, we’ll be inviting Annual Pass holders, press, fansites, friends and family, and
opt-in beta testers
to participate. As there’s no NDA for this test, you’re likely to start seeing lots of screenshots and new video around the web. Please keep in mind that the game is still in development, and what you’ll see during the beta test is not necessarily representative of the final game.
If you’re wondering how you can help us test Mists of Pandaria, or how the test works, look no further than the paragraphs directly below this one.
How do I opt-in?
Once you’ve set up a Battle.net account and have attached at least one Blizzard game, you can choose to opt in to our beta tests from the
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