Friday Top 5: Mists of Pandaria

*property of WoWInsider*

I’ll openly admit the upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft hasn’t done a whole heck of a lot to draw in my interest.  I can recognize the appeal for the general player base in regard to a number of things, it just hasn’t been for me.  But, that doesn’t mean it’s all bad in my eyes.  There are a few things I’m looking forward to and today’s Top 5 looks at what I look forward to the most about Mists of Pandaria:

5. Daily Quests No Longer Capped
News of this only came out a short time ago (or at least I didn’t hear about it until yesterday). You’re no longer limited to 25 daily quests. Part of the reason is the vast number of dailies that is apparently going to be available at level 90. Choice is good. At the same time, I like being able to do profession dailies, Molten Front for certain toons, Isle of Quel’Danas, and more…to say nothing of any world event that might be going on, or reputation based ones. That’s for someone who’s particular in what they want to do. Achievement folks must be loving this news as it gives them a chance to do more, faster.

4. The Monk
This is the one class I felt was missing from the game when folks brought up the question. We’ve seen them in a number of locations (Scarlet Monastery and Trial of the Champion, for example) and it makes sense that at some point the Horde and Alliance would have a few. Not sure that I agree with having them for all the pre-Cataclysm races but c’est la vie.

3. The Jewelcrafting Mount(s)
No, I wasn’t a huge Voltron fan and I don’t plan to get them all. However, there were a couple of skins that I very much went gaga over (no Bad Romance). I’m sure they’ll be right up there with the Chopper in terms of cost and effort to make, and we’ll no doubt have to have Exalted with a certain faction first. Even still, them is some sexy cats.

2. Black Market Auction House
My God how people have lamented over this (at least in the posts and discussions I have been involved with). Some have gone so far as to say this is Blizzard encouraging you to buy gold instead of going out and getting it. Let me just say that’s silly. Look at the ridiculous amount of money people have right now. Quest rewards and mob drops alone make it easy to make gold without even trying. The amount increases every expansion, so you do the math. This is going to be a great opportunity to snag some incredibly rare stuff -for a price. Old Naxx gear and some of the rare mounts seem to be the key items thus far. Personally, I hope it’s limited release of each and a great touch would be either BoP or making certain you can only buy one item per day, otherwise you’ll have people like myself who will flip it on the standard auction house for a ridiculous amount of profit.

1. The Lore
While I’m sure I will enjoy the details of the new continent, it’s the existing Azeroth we know about that I’m giddy for. Garrosh being a boss and Theramore getting sacked are pretty common knowledge at this point. But it’s the details that I can’t wait to see and hear. Blizzard is putting more emphasis on war between the two factions these days and from that come some really great stories. As much as I like Thrall, this expansion was honestly too much of the Shaman for me and I’m looking forward to someone else getting the spotlight. Blizzard does lore incredibly well and as such I can’t wait for what’s next.

See?  Mists isn’t all bad to me.  There’s other things that appeal to me (Hunter Stampede!) as well, despite the fact I’ve not been excited about Farmville, Pokemon, or even Pandas.  I’d like to think the difference between myself and other negative folk is that I’m not against any of the decisions Blizzard has made, save for perhaps the Talent Trees but I will discuss that at a later time (and again, I do understand the basis for it).  The things I’ve listed, I’m definitely happy about.  What about yourself?  What elements are you most excited about?

11 thoughts on “Friday Top 5: Mists of Pandaria

  1. mataokashaman May 25, 2012 / 8:27 am

    You’ve managed to sum up my sentiments, as well. The only addition I would add is are the new landscapes–I have managed not to go to spoiler posts, but out of the corner of my eye some of the new scenary looks amazing.

  2. Erinys May 25, 2012 / 9:31 am

    The scenery and the new multi person Yak (going to be the first thing I buy!).

    • JD Kenada May 25, 2012 / 10:20 am

      Has the means of obtaining it been announced? I just haven’t seen much regarding the yaks thus far.

  3. tomeoftheancient May 25, 2012 / 9:35 am

    I don’t think I can pick just one thing. I love the no limit on dailies, new lore, new beautiful places to explore, I can’t wait. I hope those people guessing August release are correct.

    • JD Kenada May 25, 2012 / 10:19 am

      August seems about right at this point. At least, far more likely than July.

      That said, I can see Blizzard holding off to see when the release date for GW2 is announced. Blizzard has a track record of trying to cut the thunder from other MMO companies (not that I blame them).

  4. khizzara May 25, 2012 / 9:44 am

    The return of permanent tree form. 😀

    • JD Kenada May 25, 2012 / 10:20 am

      I should’ve just put Druid glyphs as a whole there…so many good ones.

  5. Navimie May 25, 2012 / 10:03 am

    I almost didn’t come because I was afraid of spoilers, but it’s not spoilers really. So I’m happy JD.
    Hmm, in terms of what I’m looking foward to… OMG can I say everything?? And this sounds crazy (but that is rather normal for me as you know) but I want to see these 100,000 waterfalls achievement and am dying of curiosity how you count or keep track of them or however many waterfalls it is.

    • JD Kenada May 25, 2012 / 10:21 am

      Yeah, any time I post something I consider a spoiler then I mention it off the hop and include a cut. I didn’t feel anything I posted fell under that.

      Waterfalls? I wonder if the ones in Nagrand and Elwynn forest will count…

  6. Carla Doak May 25, 2012 / 12:26 pm

    “… otherwise you’ll have people like myself who will flip it on the standard auction house for a ridiculous amount of profit.”

    I love that you FULLY ADMIT TO IT.

    • JD Kenada May 25, 2012 / 12:43 pm

      I admit to stuff like that all the time. I also even showcase some of the ways I do it (ok, most, just not recently). Not my fault some folks still don’t catch on.

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