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WoW Expansion-Watch Series: Pandaria De-mist-ified.
What is so good about Pandaria anyways?
If you don’t know already, Mists of Pandaria is the next expansion in World of Warcraft. Many people have said that the concepts they are coming out with are not good ones; however I disagree. There are a number of great ideas with this expansion and I will cover a few here.
This will be the first part of a series on WoW MoP. As for about myself, I have been playing for 7-8 years now and have taken part in numerous betas, with a constant eye on the Public Test Realms. I have quite a lot of achievements, including Insane in the Membrane, and have been a guild leader for around 5 years now. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section and I will do my best to address them.
Pandas, Not Just For Children
The loudest group of people are screaming that Pandaria is childish. I'm here to tell you that is wrong. Majorly wrong. MoP has some dark material in it. Blood, gore, darkness, hatred itself rising to fight you as the land itself reacts to the hatred between the Horde and Alliance and manifests itself as the Sha.
New Stylistic Artwork
Some people have mentioned that they think the Asian theme is strange for the game. I find it refreshing; it has the essential WoW feel but more of a Chinese feel to it. Furthermore, Night Elf areas are highly Korean inspired from what I have seen of Korean architecture. These Temples, statues, and everything else look just plain amazing. Pandaria is beautiful, I daresay much more than Cataclysm was.
Last But Not Least: Play Styles.
The announcement of Pet Battles really got people going. One side began to riot about it copying Pokemon, and the other side was happy; they realized the truth. No more sitting bored in the main city doing nothing. My end game is not so much raiding, but achievements. That is my end game. Pet Battles gives more achievements, and more things to do when I am tired, other than the same PvP and Raiding that I have been doing for 7 years now. This breathes some life into it and gives new things to do. More pets to get, more battles, more fun. As well, there has been a few comments about possibilities of implementations of farming. I don't care either way, but I find it annoying when people bash it. It doesn't hurt them nor take away their raiding, so what is wrong with it? Play, and have fun!
I will be working on more posts to come in this same series if I get enough people interested. It took me 3-4 hours to gather images due to beta instability.