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Mists of Pandaria - Build 15913 - Spell Changes, Items, Icons, and More
2012/07/27 at 12:40 PM
There's another patch just in time for the weekend out on the beta! This one has a ton of items--over six hundred--and a lot more! From teleports to dungeons if you complete challenge modes to StarCraft II's Collector Edition pet, there's a lot worth
in this week's patch.
Also, you're all
Mean, Smelly, Angry, and Stabby
(not really, I just love Blizzard's random spell descriptions!).
Check out the latest additions here
The legendary got some updates. This time Blizzard's data confirms that it will be for weapons as
we had speculated last month
by showing what Sha-touched will mean:
ERR_SOCKETING_REQUIRES_HYDRAULIC_GEM = "That slot requires a Crystal of Fear.";
ERR_SOCKETING_HYDRAULIC_GEM_ONLY_IN_HYDRAULICSLOT = "Crystals of Fear can only be placed in Sha-Touched weapons.";
EMPTY_SOCKET_HYDRAULIC = "Sha-Touched";
Defeating challenge modes in
Pandaria Transmog Preview: Capes and Dungeon Armor
2012/07/27 at 10:41 AM
Now that more models are popping up on beta, it's a good time to start thinking about transmog in Mists of Pandaria. Today we'll look at sets found in dungeons as well as quest capes--two types of items that might be thrown away while leveling, but would be hard to retrieve later on. As usual, you can click on all the images to view them in our Flash 3D Modelviewer.
These items are mostly from dungeons, but some are rewards from long quest chains or from RNG-stat scenario satchel rewards. Full list of items under the toggles.
Mists of Pandaria: Shado-Pan Reputation Guide, News Round Up
2012/07/26 at 11:37 AM
Today we have a news round up on more beta class balance analysis, as well as the guild mentoring program, old raid gold nerfs, and role of beta testing. With the
for Mists of Pandaria, there's been a flurry of MoP-related posts as well, including Blizzard's very own beta key sweepstakes--they will be giving away 2,000 keys each week for five weeks.
We also have a spotlight on the Shado-Pan, a new faction in Mists of Pandaria with some epics and fun vanity rewards!
protect Pandaria from the imprisoned Sha--no small task. They are found wearing their distinctive navy-and-red armor throughout the borders of Pandaria in Kun-Lai Summit and Townlong Steppes. Rewards include some ilvl 489 epics as well as flavor items at both Honored and Exalted, such as breakable boards and mounts.
gear now costs
, existing ilvl 458 gear is now 75% cheaper, and no gear purchasable with a currency requires reputation.
Players will not need Revered with [fa
Scenario Previews: Arena of Annihilation and Greenstone Village
2012/07/25 at 12:11 PM
Two more scenarios were added in beta in this recent patch:
Arena of Annihilation
. We've got writeups and screenshots of them, as well as videos by Lore! Sceanarios also now have quests implemented, as well as reward satchels that yield ilvl 463 blues:
Cache of Powerful Armor
Greenstone village has been taken over by Jade Elementals and you will have to restore peace to the village by fending off the attacks, rescuing villages, finding their kegs, and killing vengeful sprites.
Stage 1: Rescue the Villagers:
The village has been invaded by Cursed Jade Elementals and Sassy Seedlings. The group will need to clear the town and speak to the frightened NPCs.
Stage 2: Rescue the Dojo
Beasts of Jade spawn inside the Dojo and you need to help the Brewmaster kill them.
Stage 3: Recover Burgled Barrels[/
Mists of Pandaria Will Be Released September 25th
2012/07/25 at 8:23 AM
The Mists of Pandaria release date has finally been revealed as
September 25th, 2012
. Its retail price will be $39.99 USD, with a digital collector's edition sitting at $59.99 USD and the physical collector's edition at $79.99.
We've also got the official press release.
IRVINE, Calif. – July 25, 2012 –
Land, ho! Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that
World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™
, the fourth expansion set for the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game, will be available in stores and online starting from September 25, 2012. Upon the expansion’s release, intrepid explorers of the Alliance and the Horde will be able to set foot upon the shores of the long-lost continent of Pandaria and embark on a perilous journey to uncover its ancient mysteries.
Mists of Pandaria
will be available on DVD-ROM for Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 and Macintosh® at a sugg
Wild Battle Pets Will Not Be Tradeable
2012/07/24 at 10:17 AM
A fairly big piece of beta news was just posted: wild battle pets will not be able to be on the auction house. This follows the news that pets will have different qualities, something many people thought begged the question of whether or not pet capturing could be lucrative way to gain gold. Pets have been able to be sold on the auction house throughout the beta.
We just finished a pass at making all pets that are caught via pet battles in the world non-tradeable. This means these pets cannot be put in cages for trading or posting on the AH. We felt that the option to buy these pets on the AH would take away from the exploration/collection gameplay of the system.
This could always change in a future patch, but this is how it will go out with MoP. You should see the change in our next build.
Mists of Pandaria Digital Deluxe Version
2012/07/23 at 12:38 PM
If you go to upgrade your Mists of Pandaria beta account, you'll notice something interesting: there's an option to upgrade to a digital deluxe version of the game! It's not available for purchase yet and will likely be taken down, but it has interesting implications for when Mists of Pandaria sales happen. This would be a first for a World of Warcraft expansion and would serve as a way of getting the digital bonus features without getting the entire physical collector's edition.
More than likely, this version will include
Lucky Quilen Cub
--the two previously datamined collector's edition mount and pet combo!
Will you be upgrading digitally or buying a physical version? There's no word on what the price difference will be, but it will probably be cheaper.
Mists of Pandaria: Challenge Modes
2012/07/21 at 10:56 AM
For the current Challenge Mode guide as of Patch 5.1,
If seeing Dragon Soul nerfed every month isn't your thing, Challenge Modes in Mists of Pandaria may be more your style. Similar to
Herald of the Titans
, you'll beat bosses without overgearing them, getting special vanity prizes like unique transmog armor as rewards.
Challenge Modes are timed heroic instance runs, done in low ilvl gear. Any gear worn above ilvl 463 will be scaled down.
Gear will retain all hit and expertise, so players can remain capped. Stats that will be scaled down are secondary ones.
There are three tiers of achievements and rewards, listed below: gold, silver, and bronze.
Once players have beaten all the gold achievements, they have access to a
allow players to filter by instance, time, and by guild.
Inspiration for challenge modes: timed Stratholme runs and the original Zul'Aman run for th
Now Hiring: Senior PHP Developer, Editor-in-Chief, and Sales Manager
2012/07/20 at 7:03 PM
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News Round Up: MoP Tabard Preview, Character Transfer Sale, PTR Soon
2012/07/20 at 11:12 AM
The latest beta patch introduced all the tabards for the Mists of Pandaria factions--they blow tabard designs from past expansions out of the water. Unlike past expansions, tabards will not be the first thing players buy at Friendly for reputation gains. Instead, they will be vanity rewards only available at Exalted, just like tabards in Burning Crusade.
Click on the images to view them in our 3D Modelviewer!
August Celestials Tabard
Golden Lotus Tabard
Order of the Cloud Serpent Tabard
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Mists of Pandaria: Rare Elites and Vanity Items
2012/07/19 at 10:17 AM
Rare spawns are getting some huge changes in Mists of Pandaria--they'll drop unique vanity items like
Mr. Smite's Brass Compass
! These items range from vanity pets to trinkets that summon kidnapped puppies. After Cata's rares mostly dropped generic quest-level armor, we're thrilled to see a return to quirky flavor details in Mists. We farmed up as many items as we could yesterday in between covering the latest beta patch.
Every rare mob in Pandaria, known as "Pandaren champions," will drop a satchel and a medium-level piece of armor in addition to a special item. Most rares drop vanity items, which we've listed below, but a few mobs in lower-level zones drop things like
Big Bag of Linens
instead. Tracking down all the rare mobs will grant the achievement
Several of our intrepid beta users have been
farming these mobs
--be sure to check out
Glorious: Rare Elites of Pandaria
that compiles much of the found info. It's got maps of all the new rares, tabs for all the new loot and NPCs, and tips for dealing with their abilities.
Mists of Pandaria - Build 15882 - Spell Changes, Latest Additions, and Icons
2012/07/18 at 4:43 PM
A new patch looks to be hitting the beta tonight and we've got the spell changes up as well as latest additions and icons!
Check out the latest additions
World boss loot is starting to trickle in, this mount will be one of the drops:
Son of Galleon's Saddle
Reputation rewards continue to have a focus on vanity with the Shado-Pan exalted reward being a transmoggable hat:
Replica Shado-Pan Helmet
Achievement rewards were changed:
Pandaren Kite String
will be a reward from
That's a Lot of Pet Food
Each Mists of Pandaria faction will get their own tabard:
August Celestials Tabard
Order of the Cloud Serpent Tabard
Golden Lotus Tabard
The Tillers have a new vanity item:
Another Yak mount that's zone specific:
Tuft of Yak Fur
The night elf racial
was changed: it's now 2% increased chance to dodge attacks.
Enchanters will have more flexibility converting materials in Mists:
can be made once a day, for example.
It was mentioned that LFR will be changed to have p
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