WoW 5.0 - Mists of Pandaria

Make your own panda.

I have to admit to being a little weirded out.

Then again, WoW gives you the option of playing a cow, a space goat or (shudder) a gnome. So I guess it works in context.

You know a gnome monk is going to be a pretty badass combination!

It is too bad that goblins can't be monks.

Enix wrote:

Make your own panda.

I have to admit to being a little weirded out.

Then again, WoW gives you the option of playing a cow, a space goat or (shudder) a gnome. So I guess it works in context.

Says the dwarf.

They announced the 5.0.4 patch date as 28 August. Who didn't see that coming?

Pex-Corrh wrote:

They announced the 5.0.4 patch date as 28 August. Who didn't see that coming?

Makes sense. The patch usually drops about a month out.

Relatedly: The PvP/arena season ends that day, too. Arenas and rated BGs will be closed till Mists come out. Most Conquest gear will be available for honor points. Gear with ratings will no longer be available. If you're looking for something to do for a month, you could do worse than to kill heaps o' horde.

Can't remember if this is news or not, but I had forgotten about it.

What it is: Motes of Harmony, the basis for a lot of craftables in Mists, will be BoP.

Cue the QQing. At the least this will be inconvenient.

Yea, that's been an open gripe in beta since Spirits of Harmony went in. I expect Blizzard to make them BoE or BoA first content patch.

Enix wrote:

Can't remember if this is news or not, but I had forgotten about it.

What it is: Motes of Harmony, the basis for a lot of craftables in Mists, will be BoP.

Cue the QQing. At the least this will be inconvenient.

At first I was all ARRRGH! because I hated raid-based bind on pickup crafting materials, but then I was all YAAAYY! when I read the post and it said these things drop all over the place. Still, another thing to farm. :-/

They do drop all over, but at least for now, they don't drop in any great quantity. I think I might have 10 or 15 across all my characters in the beta at current.

Hmm, my warrior has 21 or 22 SoH, my priest has gone through 6 or 9. Once I started running dailies and closer to end questing content (i.e. Townlong Steppes and Dead Wastes), it felt like they picked up some. Of course, I did more earlier with my warrior, so it's possible they've been tweaking the drop rates later on. I've also been running more dungeons on my warrior, not sure if drop rates vary that way. On the other hand, think most days my warrior gets 6-8 motes, and that's been mainly dailies, and not anywhere near all of them on any day (just not going to do that in the beta). You can also farm up at least 16 motes per day if you want to go the farming route once your farm is fully up and running. At least, the one time I planted that seed I harvested one mote the next day, and you eventually get 16 plots.

That's good to know. Even so though, you'll burn through a lot of em in higher end crafting. I'm working on checking some of my crafters, might take a bit since the launcher needs to optimize something or other.

Anyone have a scroll of resurrection they can throw my way?

thanks!

Propagandalf wrote:

Anyone have a scroll of resurrection they can throw my way?

thanks!

PM me and I can send you one.

AnimeJ wrote:

That's good to know. Even so though, you'll burn through a lot of em in higher end crafting. I'm working on checking some of my crafters, might take a bit since the launcher needs to optimize something or other.

It varies. Tailoring and JC use three at a time to bypass the "once per day" restrictions. I think the Inscription crafting patterns used either 5 or 10 (rare vs. epic). Don't know the others offhand, though I believe Alchemy is also three at a time to bypass the "once per day" stuff. Meant to hit the vendor with my warrior (since I have spent no time levelling BS or Eng, I have no use for them and I now have 22) to verify if anyone can get the mats for them or only if you have the corresponding profession. I'm assuming it will likely be like they did with Frozen Orbs late in WotLK, but wanted to verify.

Cinematic

I like how they've got the style on this one. It's not realistic, it fits the style of WoW, but they've taken it to the best quality their cinematics team can do.

I've said it before, and I will more than likely say it again. Blizzard really know how to make cinematics - every time I see one I get excited for whatever they are releasing, despite my general WoW fatigue.

I got some serious Warcraft II nerd chills from the first half. Awesome!

Love the bit where the human hands the pointy stick to the orc.

Tanglebones wrote:

Love the bit where the human hands the pointy stick to the orc.

The expression on both their faces at that point is priceless.

robkid wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:

That's good to know. Even so though, you'll burn through a lot of em in higher end crafting. I'm working on checking some of my crafters, might take a bit since the launcher needs to optimize something or other.

It varies. Tailoring and JC use three at a time to bypass the "once per day" restrictions. I think the Inscription crafting patterns used either 5 or 10 (rare vs. epic). Don't know the others offhand, though I believe Alchemy is also three at a time to bypass the "once per day" stuff. Meant to hit the vendor with my warrior (since I have spent no time levelling BS or Eng, I have no use for them and I now have 22) to verify if anyone can get the mats for them or only if you have the corresponding profession. I'm assuming it will likely be like they did with Frozen Orbs late in WotLK, but wanted to verify.

I believe the alchemy transmute is 1 at a time to bypass it, but three would make more sense given the other trades. As for epic crafting, 10 is quite a bit in my eyes, but I haven't spent a great deal of time running dailies at 90 to see what accumulation there is like. If it's a decent rate, say 8-10 a day that's not so bad in my mind, even with them being BoP. I think my preference would definitely be to make them BoA so you can shuffle them around in the event that one of your crafting alts isn't a class you particularly enjoy any more, which is a boat I'm definitely in.

edit - After the (IMO) lackluster Cataclysm cinematic, that is fantastic. Easily as good as BC or Wrath's.

So are personal ships and ship combat a hidden feature in MoP? ;P

fangblackbone wrote:

So are personal ships and ship combat a hidden feature in MoP? ;P

OMG that would be so fantastic.

Blizzard should break into the CGI movie business. Their cut scenes/trailers have always been awesome.

Heretk wrote:

Blizzard should break into the CGI movie business. Their cut scenes/trailers have always been awesome.

Or break the department out as it's own company like Blur. I'm sure they've got enough work though with 4 games to deal with.

AnimeJ wrote:

I believe the alchemy transmute is 1 at a time to bypass it, but three would make more sense given the other trades. As for epic crafting, 10 is quite a bit in my eyes, but I haven't spent a great deal of time running dailies at 90 to see what accumulation there is like. If it's a decent rate, say 8-10 a day that's not so bad in my mind, even with them being BoP. I think my preference would definitely be to make them BoA so you can shuffle them around in the event that one of your crafting alts isn't a class you particularly enjoy any more, which is a boat I'm definitely in.

BoA would be fantastic. After early on, or even early on, I'd much rather focus on Alchemy transmute and JC research than making more gear that is the same quality as LFR (crafted purples are LFR level from what I've seen). Later on, focusing on Imperial Silk to make bags for everyone would be nice as well. BoA still rewards the player for exploring and playing as opposed to unbound which just focuses on the money game.

I haven't played WoW since Cataclysm but saw the trailer today and my first reactions were:
1) Is there no big bad to fight anymore?
2) gnomes still get no love in the cinematics
and 3) man oh man I wish their cinematic team just went ahead and made a movie for the theaters

What's the story hook for this one?

Rahmen wrote:

I haven't played WoW since Cataclysm but saw the trailer today and my first reactions were:
1) Is there no big bad to fight anymore?
2) gnomes still get no love in the cinematics
and 3) man oh man I wish their cinematic team just went ahead and made a movie for the theaters

What's the story hook for this one?

Well, there is Sargeras, but I guess they are saving him for the final expansion. They can always pull out another Old God as needed and Pandaria's last boss is supposed to be

Spoiler:

Garrosh Hellscream

Slacker1913 wrote:
Rahmen wrote:

I haven't played WoW since Cataclysm but saw the trailer today and my first reactions were:
1) Is there no big bad to fight anymore?
2) gnomes still get no love in the cinematics
and 3) man oh man I wish their cinematic team just went ahead and made a movie for the theaters

What's the story hook for this one?

Well, there is Sargeras, but I guess they are saving him for the final expansion. They can always pull out another Old God as needed and Pandaria's last boss is supposed to be

Spoiler:

Garrosh Hellscream

Not really a spoiler, it's been openly discussed that Garrosh is heading this one up. As for 'big bads' most of the really known ones, save Sargeras have been offed at this point. Arthas is gone, Illidan's gone, Deathwing's gone. We're kind of off into uncharted lore at this point.

Rallick wrote:

I've said it before, and I will more than likely say it again. Blizzard really know how to make cinematics - every time I see one I get excited for whatever they are releasing, despite my general WoW fatigue.

Yep. Makes me want to get back in the game, after my long hiatus. So the cinematic did it's job.

Damn them!

Agreed on all the above posts regarding the cinematic; damn they know how to get hooks in ya!

I haven't played in over a year, and it's been worth it because I've been able to play a lot of other cool games, which I was really missing out on when WoW had its claws in me. I think I'll probably pick this up and dust off my toons for a spin this fall.