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Mists of Pandaria: Starting Your Legendary
2012/10/01 at 12:29 PM
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There's a new legendary quest series in Mists of Pandaria and anyone that's 90 can begin working on it. Multiple people in your raid can work on it at the same time, and it can even be completed in LFR. We'll show you what you need to get started this week.
A few things set this apart from past legendaries:
All players in a raid can work on the legendary questline at the same time.
Legendaries are for everyone. Players complete quests for legendary gems, which are then socketed into Sha-Touched weapons from raids. There are nine weapons classified as Sha-Touched, covering all possible specs.
With this system, guild are only limited by the number of Sha-Touched weapons they see each week.
Legendary gems can be placed into weapons from LFR. Quest items can also be looted in LFR.
This legendary series will span the expansion, with more elaborate rewards each tier.
The reward for this first tier is an epic weapon with a legendary gem, not an actual legendary weapon.
Mists of Pandaria Launch Guide
2012/09/24 at 8:46 PM
Mists of Pandaria, the fourth World of Warcraft expansion,
went live on September 25th
. We've rounded up our daily beta previews and created a guide to
that's new--from Tier Armor to neon Pandaren hair streaks.
Our database is completely updated for Mists of Pandaria as well and we added several features earlier today, most notably an
interactive world map
visual database for battle pets
Read more about all the new features
Some quality-of-life changes and clarifications relevant to Mists' launch:
not need to log out at midnight PST
to play Mists. You will get a quest at midnight directing you to quest in the new zones, and will be able to create Pandaren on the character selection screen.
Quest rewards in Mists are
. This means th
Mists of Pandaria: Challenge Modes
2012/09/15 at 2:06 PM
For the current Challenge Mode guide as of Patch 5.1,
asked on Reddit
what their most exciting feature was for Mists of Pandaria, Blizzard responded with
. This feature has a lot of cool things in store: rewards include mounts and vanity armor, it's content you can't outgear, and it's a great way for skilled players on a limited schedule to access challenging content.
Challenge Mode Overview
Challenge Modes are timed heroic instance runs, done in low ilvl gear. Any gear worn above ilvl 463 will be scaled down. This ensures that running these instances will be challenging even in later tiers--you can't outgear it. In addition, the pulls will be more complex than on Heroic mode.
All nine Mists of Pandaria dungeons will come with Challenge Modes.
Durability will not be affected by running Challenge Modes, since you won't be getting items/gold fro
Mists of Pandaria Rare Spawns: Lost and Found Preview
2012/09/11 at 11:06 AM
We covered the
rare spawns of Pandaria
a few weeks ago, and thought it was cool how they dropped a bunch of unique vanity items like
Mr. Smite's Brass Compass
. We thought Blizzard really outdid themselves by returning to some of the detailed insanity of vanilla with quirky rare spawns.
Well, there's more.
Lost and Found
Exploration achievement series, you'll loot rare items that are just
Pandaria--pulling them out of trees, opening boxes, exploring caves. It's like hunting for a rare spawns' loot, except the NPC step has been cut out! As for what you'll find:
BoA rare weapons--some with unique models for transmog.
Fun recipes including
Four Senses Brew
that gives the illusion that your character is wearing a red
Cursed Vision of Sargeras
Vendor trash like
Ancient Pandaren Woodcutter
with joking flavor text.
Useful profession perks like
Ancient Pandaren Fishing Lure
BoP rares, usually looted from a chest.
Items are still being added--there were several in the most recent patch--so right now not every object listed
Mists of Pandaria: Warrior Class Preview
2012/09/07 at 2:26 PM
Today's Mists of Pandaria class feature covers
s. We have previews of all the new armor sets as well as screenshots of vanity glyphs and a list of ability changes! New abilities include
, and level 90 talents are
Also, if you like reading up on class changes,
Ghostcrawler joined twitter yesterday
. So far, nothing new, but his feed is quickly turning into another Beta Class Analysis thread with clarifications on achievements and abilities.
Mists of Pandaria: Raid Weapon Models Preview
2012/09/01 at 12:54 PM
We're finishing up our Mists of Pandaria weapon previews with a look at 3D models from raids. In addition to the Sha-Touched weapons we previewed recently, all other weapons from LFR, Normal, and Heroic difficulty have unique colors and intricate models. There's also an unexpected bonus--we found that some Tier 9 raid models made their way to Pandaria, even some that are unobtainable since the removal of attempt-based Tribute Chests.
For past model previews, check out our weapons posts on
Questing and Dungeons
Tier 14 Raid Weapons
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Mists of Pandaria: Shaman Class Preview
2012/08/23 at 2:30 PM
With Mists of Pandaria a month a way, we'll be previewing each class: their armor sets, changed abilities, cool spell graphics, and new talents. Today we'll take a look at
. Most notably, there's been many changes to totems, level 90 talents are
, and the new level 87 ability is
Mists of Pandaria: Quest and Dungeon Weapons Preview
2012/08/18 at 1:08 PM
We're continuing our visual previews of Mists of Pandaria weapons today with a look at 3D models of quest and dungeon weapons! Check out our PvP post for a look at all the
PvP weapon models
and click on the images to view them in our Flash 3D Modelviewer.
Models are still being assigned to beta weapons and some color variations may not make it to live, but you can use the View 3D option on all
Mists of Pandaria weapon pages
to see what a particular weapon looks like in the latest beta build. Right now, there aren't any parallels between weapon stats and model colors, like there are with some armor sets.
Quest and Dungeon Weapons
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Mists of Pandaria: Legendary Weapons Preview
2012/08/15 at 2:57 PM
The updated version of the guide for 5.1 can be found
Mists of Pandaria introduced a legendary that all classes can complete, a drastic change from the rogue-only weapon of Tier 13. Players acquire one of nine "Sha-Touched" weapons from Tier 14 raids, completing a series of quests with
to acquire special +500 stat gems. We don't know the whole quest chain yet, but the first part will let you put a legendary gem in an epic weapon, which isn't a bad start. Datamined icons with legendary names and
Breath of the Black Prince
imply that the final result will be a legendary weapon.
Right now, all of these base weapons have versions and unique colors from LFR, Normal, and Heroic difficulty. You can complete this
initial quest series on any difficulty including LFR
and put the legendary gem (can be purchased from Wrathion multiple times) into Sha-Touched weapons on any tier.
The goal is for players to be rewarded with something really special that stick with the legendary questline through multiple content patches.
Newest Inscription Items, News Round Up
2012/08/01 at 11:13 AM
Along with today's news round up, we have a peek at some of the cool things Scribes can craft! Vanity pets, origami objects, and weapons with unique models were recently added to beta.
Some highlights from today's blue posts:
We now know where "Heroic Elite" items are from: defeating
last on the
Protectors of the Endless
Encounter. These items are ilvl 516 (
Asani's Uncleansed Sandals
), while regular heroic items are ilvl 509 (
Asani's Uncleansed Sandals
Ghostcrawler confirmed that it's a deliberate move to have secondary-stat gems like
Deadly Vermilion Onyx
have beefed up stats in comparison to primary-stat gems like
Delicate Primordial Ruby
. In Cata, players stacked primary stat gems and they want socketing to be more interesting in Mists.
Cutting Edge: Will of the Emperor
and similar Feats of Strength can only be obtained in their current tier, so players can't go back later with better gear to get it.
More infomation on the staggered raid release schedule in Mists:
Heart of Fear
Terrace of Endless Spring
are scheduled to be released on normal difficulty four weeks after
Toys and Pets
In recent patches,
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
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.
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