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Mists of Pandaria Preview: Scott Mercer and Ion Hazzikostas Interview
2012/07/30 at 11:05 AM
Blizzard just posted two important news stories. First off, they have a very in-depth interview about the raids in Mists of Pandaria. There are some important tidbits shared in this discussion:
Mogu’shan Vaults will be the first raid and it will probably be delayed up to a week on release, so there is less pressure to hit level cap as a raider.
The other two raids will unlock weeks after Vaults to give raiders even more time acclimate.
Lore has been really thought out this time around. The instances should ideally flow into each other, as opposed to back in WotLK where they felt so jarringly different. For example, you'll fight the Sha of Fear at the end of one raid only to have her flee to the next.
The raid rewards players with items with the following item levels: item level 476 for Raid Finder, 489 for normal mode, and 502 for Heroic.
There’s also a new mount that can be obtained by defeating Elegon, a celestial dragon found deep within the Vault:
Reins of the Astral Cloud Serpent
Other than that, Blizzard also confirmed that
will be delayed so it doesn't make players feel rushed to experience Mists of Pandaria as well as do the holiday. This is welcomed news, as mo
Mists of Pandaria: PvP Gear Preview
2012/07/30 at 10:38 AM
Friday's patch had huge additions for Season 12 PvP gear. Not only were many set bonuses changed, but models were added to all the Season 12 items, from weapons to capes. Plus, a few PvP sets had their models changed since we first previewed them--hunter, paladin, and priest!
We've listed all the PvP weapons, armor sets, and accessories with their corresponding 3D models and set bonuses below. Click the images to view them with the Flash modelviewer.
Some basic info:
There are three tiers of PvP armor: Dreadful (Honor Points), Malevolent (Conquest Points), and Malevolent Elite (Conquest Points + 2200 rating). Each of these armor sets has a distinctive tint.
All 2 piece set bonuses increase PvP Power by 300 and PvP Resilience by 600.
All 4 piece set bonuses increase PvP Power by 400 and PvP Resilience by 800.
PvP Power and PvP Resilience are new stats in Mists. PvP Power increases the damage you do to other players as well as the healing you do to other players in PvP situations. PvP Resilience continues to be a defense stat. These two stats will only work in PvP situations, helping to ensure that PvE gear will remain weaker.
Each set has class-specific 2 piece and 4 piece bonu
Mists of Pandaria: Klaxxi Reputation Guide
2012/07/28 at 9:51 AM
Note: We have updated this guide for Patch 5.4 and reposted it in our
We'll continue looking at Mists of Pandaria reputations with
today. It's a good thing we didn't preview too many earlier, as this latest patch introduced many more rewards for each faction.
In addition, there's been a number of blue posts over the past few days:
There's a sale going on this weekend, following the recent one to transfer realms last week. This weekend, it's 25% off character race changes!
Some bad news if you haven't finished the Brewfest meta: the holiday this year will require you to be 89 to kill
, so you'll have approximately 10 days to reach 89. There are new ilvl 470 versions of the trinket, so it would be OP if you could queue pre-Mists:
Thousand-Year Pickled Egg
Coren's Cold Chromium Coaster
Bubbliest Brightbrew Charm
Bitterest Balebrew Charm
Class feedback continues on the new level 75 Rogue talent,
Prey on the Weak
, the Beta Class Balance Analysis thread, and a closer look at Monks.
Beta raid testing will finally include 25-p
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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