World Of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

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Shrouded in fog since the world was sundered more than ten thousand years ago, the ancient realm of Pandaria has remained unspoiled by war. Its lush forests and cloud-ringed mountains are home to a complex ecosystem of indigenous races and exotic creatures. It is the homeland of the enigmatic Pandaren, a race that celebrates life to the fullest even while under siege by an ancient menace. The new continent reveals itself to a broken world just as the Alliance and Horde are spiraling ever closer to a war that will consume all of Azeroth. Will the mists of Pandaria part to reveal the world’s salvation? Or will the battle to control this rich and breathtaking new land push the two mighty factions over the brink of war and into total annihilation? The answers await within Pandaria’s mysterious shores!

Alright now I think it is high time that I give you people a little summary of MoP (Mists of Pandaria).
Basically this game expansion is a mash-up of Pokemon, Kung-fu Panda and Farmville. As mentally insane as this may sound it is actually a very sound strategy, Blizzard has combined the three things that nerds and many people in general like the most. Firstly wasting time on little online Facebook games like Farmville, secondly playing as your favorite childhood anime character in Pokemon and thirdly being in a movie of your liking ie: Kung-fu Panda.
Now as I have stated this is a very smart move of blizzards and regardless of the internet chatter about it being terrible lets all face facts shall we:

  • Blizzard is a multi-billion dollar company
  • They know what you like better than you do
  • They have the most successful MMORPG on the planet
  • They have made 2 of the most loved games eg: Starcraft II and Diablo 3
  • They would not willingly release something they did not know for sure would sell

If you consider the above then you should already know deep inside yourself that you will love MoP and all its additions.

Now for a bit on the Pandarian themselves:

Couched in myth and legend, rarely seen and even more rarely understood, the enigmatic pandaren have long been a mystery to the other races of Azeroth. The noble history of the pandaren people stretches back thousands of years, well before the empires of man and before even the sundering of the world.
Denizens of a wondrous and fertile land, the pandaren once labored under the oppressive thumb of a monstrous race of ancient warlords known as the Mogu. Through tenacity, diplomacy, and a unique form of unarmed combat, the pandaren staged a successful revolution that deposed the Mogu and established a pandaren empire that would prosper for thousands of years.
During the bleak days that preceded the sundering of the world, when demons flooded onto Azeroth and threw the entirety of the mortal realm into jeopardy, the last Emperor of the pandaren discovered a way to protect his land from the devastation. His deal with fate shrouded his land within an impenetrable mist for ten thousand years, but the nature of his transaction has left Pandaria haunted ever since…

So we have a new race of fluffy creatures to play with but that is just aesthetic, what about a new class. Well blizzard has introduced the Monk as the new class for both Horde and Alliance, just like the Death Knight however only more compelling.

 

Pandaren masters have chosen to share their ancient martial arts with young fighters in both the Alliance and Horde. Harnessing their inner strength and potent “chi” energy, Monks are extremely capable in every role: damage, defense, and healing.
Monks are masters of bare-handed combat, choosing to draw their weapons only for devastating finishing moves. Monk healers bring harmony and balance to every group, healing even the most grievous of injuries with ancient remedies and focused spiritual arts. And few can hope to out-last the unquenchable prowess of the Monk Brewmaster, whose empowering beverages and unpredictable combat style allow them to absorb incredible amounts of punishment.

The monk class can wear Cloth and Leather as well as being able to fight with Fist Weapons, One-Handed Axes, One-Handed Maces, One-Handed Swords, Polearms and Staves.

Now all this is starting to sound a bit boring the same-old same-old release of an expansion, “BUT” cry blizzard we also are giving you a new talent system.
Now as interested as I am about the new talent system it will have to wait since I am not willing to review it until all changes are complete.

More to come on the Talent system as well as Pet Battle system and Challenge Mode.