head head head
Home Contact RSS Feed
News   •   Features   •   Reviews   •   Podcasts   •   Contests   •   Contact Us   •   About Us
Beta Beat: First Look At World Of Warcraft’s ‘Mists Of Pandaria’ Expansion
Tarsonus   |  

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

The best-selling MMORPG ever is at it again. With Deathwing defeated and all of Azeroth seemingly safe for a few months, the eyes of residents of the World of Warcraft shift towards their next big adventure — Mists of Pandaria. The Panda beta, as players are lovingly referring to it, went live this month. And since it is a public beta with no NDA (Non-disclosure Agreement) from Blizzard, a ton of information has already hit the Web. I am here to sift through some of the latest info.

First things first:

Area of Effect Looting

World Of Warcraft: Looting can be a bitch

I know that initially this may not seem like a big deal, but Area of Effect Looting could translate into a huge earning potential for just about anyone who plays Warcraft. Gone will be the days of clicking through a huge pile of bodies one-by-one, over and over again, to ensure that you sifted through every last bit of rubbish and looted every last scrap of silver. One AoE click will now ensure that no treasure, however big or small, can escape your grasp. There are many things to fall in love with in the Mists of Pandaria expansion, but right out of the gate this seemingly small modification will ultimately make a huge difference in gameplay—especially for those who have been playing for a long time.

Class OverhaulWorld Of Warcraft: Class

As I’m sure you’ve guessed, many classes will be getting new abilities, as well as a substantial reworking of established abilities. Couple that fun fact with a complete overhaul of the Talent system, and you can see Blizzard is working very hard to breath some fresh life into its existing class mechanics. I am not going to go over any one of them in detail at this time, but to give you a some quick examples: Mages will have an ability that allows them to rewind time a short amount in order to reset personal spell cool-downs, and Druids will have a spell called Symbiosis, which will potentially give them access to a class spell from say, a mage or a warlock, similar to a Death Knight’s Dark Simulacrum.

Dungeons OverhaulWorld Of Warcraft: Scholomance

As we saw during the release of Cataclysm, Blizzard updated and rebranded a number of preexisting dungeons, like Shadowfang Keep, Deadmines, the two Zuls. This trend continues in Mists of Pandaria. We’ll be seeing heroic versions of Scholomance and the four Scarlet Monastery instances. Also, dungeons such as Ragefire Chasm are being completely overhauled with new mobs, bosses, quests, and an updated look. This is very awesome! These dungeons have a huge history for long-time players, so it is nice to finally see them getting caught up with what’s been happening in the World (of Warcraft) just beyond the doors of these iconic places.

Scholomance Video

Scarlet Monastery Video

Ragefire Chasm Video

Pre-Pandaria Content Patch

World Of Warcraft: Horde Warchief Garrosh Hellscream

A few things have been done in attempt to entice players into reactivating their lapsed Warcraft accounts before Mists of Pandaria is released ‘into the wild,’ such as an upcoming in-game patch which will set into motion a storming of the Horde capital city of Orgrimmar by both Horde and Alliance forces alike, to unseat Garrosh Hellscream from his seat of power as Horde Warchief. If you play a horde character I know what you are thinking right about now: ‘It’s about time!’ and ‘We have to go through new Warchief again?!’. Personally, I’m hoping Thrall is reinstalled as War Chief. His job as the ‘Aspect of Earth’ is done, the Cataclysm is over, and he has his lady, Aggra, by his side. Who better to lead us into Pandaria than Thrall? This will be a content patch leading up to Mists of Pandaria, and I will be sure to go over it in detail as it approaches.

New Ride, New Feel

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Cloud Serpent Mount

In closing I thought I would share a tidbit I know I am going to enjoy, as will some of my fellow GoDs (Geeks of Doom guild members lovingly refer to each other as GoDs). NEW MOUNTS! Asian-style dragons! They’re called the Cloud Serpent, and they just look so awesome. As a matter a fact, all of the new areas of Pandaria look and feel awesome, enriched with a deeply Asian-influenced style. It’s like walking through an old Kung-Fu movie.

Cloud Serpent Video

Well, that’s my info dump for now. So keep your eyes on Geeks of Doom for my next article, and cross your fingers that you get into the Pandaria beta. If you do, stop by and say hi. May your next Dragon Soul raid drop that sweet piece of loot you’ve been looking for.

*There is indeed a Geeks of Doom Warcraft guild. We’re a level 25 Horde guild on Zul’Jin. Come join in on the fun!

[Videos courtesy of MMO Champion, WowInsider, and Wowhead]

  • Wowdude

    Isnt The Seige of Org announced to be the final patch of Mists of Pandaria, not a precursor patch to set the stage for pandas? Ive done a lot of research

Previous Article
Next Article
Around the Web
Geeks of Doom on Instagram Follow Geeks of Doom on Tumblr
Geeks of Doom on YouTube Geeks of Doom on Pinterest
Geeks of Doom Email Digest Geeks of Doom RSS Feed
Check out all of our current contests listings
Check out all of our current contests listings
The Drill Down Podcast TARDISblend Podcast Skull-Face Island Movie Podcast
Get Geeks of Doom Gear on CafePress
BlendoveR   ·   Cinema Blend   ·   Collider   ·   Film School Rejects   ·   First Showing   ·   io9   ·   Latino Review   ·   Screen Rant   ·   Slashfilm   ·   The Mary Sue
2520 Clothing Company
Animated  ·  Apps  ·  Art  ·  Best-Sellers  ·  Bits of Doom  ·  Blog  ·  Blu-ray  ·  Book of Geek  ·  Books  ·  Cartoons  ·  Celebrity  ·  Charity  ·  Collectibles  ·  Comics  ·  Computers  ·  Contests  ·  Conventions  ·  Deals  ·  DIY  ·  Documentary  ·  Doom Deliveries  ·  DVDs  ·  Electronics  ·  Environment  ·  Fanatic  ·  Features  ·  Gadgets  ·  Games  ·  Gear  ·  Geek Finds  ·  Geek Girls  ·  Gift Guide  ·  Holidays  ·  Humor  ·  Interviews  ·  Movies  ·  Music  ·  News  ·  News Bytes  ·  Obit  ·  Photos  ·  Podcasts  ·  Politics  ·  Poll  ·  Press Releases  ·  Recaps  ·  Reviews  ·  Rumors  ·  Science  ·  Software  ·  Sports  ·  Technology  ·  Television  ·  Theater  ·  Theme Parks  ·  Trailers  ·  Travel  ·  Video Games  ·  Videos  ·  Web Games  ·  Week of Geek  ·  Zombie Round-Up
January 2014  ·   December 2013  ·   November 2013  ·   October 2013  ·   September 2013  ·   August 2013  ·   July 2013  ·   June 2013  ·   May 2013  ·   April 2013  ·   March 2013  ·   February 2013  ·   January 2013  ·   December 2012  ·   November 2012  ·   October 2012  ·   September 2012  ·   August 2012  ·   July 2012  ·   June 2012  ·   May 2012  ·   April 2012  ·   March 2012  ·   February 2012  ·   January 2012  ·   December 2011  ·   November 2011  ·   October 2011  ·   September 2011  ·   August 2011  ·   July 2011  ·   June 2011  ·   May 2011  ·   April 2011  ·   March 2011  ·   February 2011  ·   January 2011  ·   December 2010  ·   November 2010  ·   Octber 2010  ·   September 2010  ·   August 2010  ·   July 2010  ·   June 2010  ·   May 2010  ·   April 2010  ·   March 2010  ·   February 2010  ·   January 2010  ·   December 2009  ·   November 2009  ·   Octber 2009  ·   September 2009  ·   August 2009  ·   July 2009  ·   June 2009  ·   May 2009  ·   April 2009  ·   March 2009  ·   February 2009  ·   January 2009  ·   December 2008  ·   November 2008  ·   Octber 2008  ·   September 2008  ·   August 2008  ·   July 2008  ·   June 2008  ·   May 2008  ·   April 2008  ·   March 2008  ·   February 2008  ·   January 2008  ·   December 2007  ·   November 2007  ·   Octber 2007  ·   September 2007  ·   August 2007  ·   July 2007  ·   June 2007  ·   May 2007  ·   April 2007  ·   March 2007  ·   February 2007  ·   January 2007  ·   December 2006  ·   November 2006  ·   Octber 2006  ·   September 2006  ·   August 2006  ·   July 2006  ·   June 2006  ·   May 2006  ·   April 2006  ·   March 2006
Creative Commons License
This website is licensed under
a Creative Commons License.
Geeks of Doom is proudly powered by WordPress.

Students of the Unusual™ comic cover used with permission of 3BoysProductions
The Mercuri Bros.™ comic cover used with permission of Prodigal Son Press

Geeks of Doom is designed and maintained by our geeky webmaster
All original content copyright ©2005-2014 Geeks of Doom
All external content copyright of its respective owner, except where noted

Privacy Policy | Contact