Mists of Pandaria is finally coming to a close. Come Thursday, we will rush from her mist-shrouded shores to the savage new lands of Draenor. But what legacy will Pandaria leave behind? What went well, what missed the mark, what will be remembered forever?
Fussypants: Mists has been my favorite expansion thus far. In this expansion, I discovered raiding, really got to know the awesome people in my guild, started a blog and met all you amazing folks, and really experienced everything in the expansion for the first time. This was the first expansion where WoW became a social game for me, and now that’s one of the biggest reasons for me to log in. I also absolutely loved the stories and the feels of the zones, and the music and aesthetic. I will definitely be remembering this expansion for yeas to come.
For me, the most successful elements of this expansion were flex raiding (and its’ increased access), the lore, and the state of healing. This was my first expansion raiding and healing and I have to say, I couldn’t have asked for a better one to start in. I feel I have a pretty good grasp on how to raid, how to heal, and how to heal raids. And with the increased accessibility, I got the experience I needed to call myself a raider.
While some people weren’t so keen on the lore, I absolutely loved the story. It was light and happy at times, and appropriately dark at others. Jade Forest is one of my favorite zones in the game, all due to it’s beauty and fantastic storytelling. The sha was very well done and the faction war was believable and intense.
The least successful elements of this expansion were PvP and professions. PvP was entirely too gear and CC based, so unless you started at the beginning of the expansion, you had little chance. I leveled a character for the strict purpose of trying PvP for the first time, but it was so intimidating and difficult that I quickly stopped participating. PvP was pretty much stunstunstunstunstunstunyoudied. Not my definition of fun.
And professions, they were just boring. You got it to 600, and then made one daily cooldown and that was pretty much it. Or, you could grind out rep for forever and get more recipes, many of which required more daily cooldowns. I was thoroughly unimpressed. Professions should be a fun mini game into themselves, not a boring grindfest.
All in all, taking the good with the bad, I absolutely loved MoP. I will even go as far as to say that it was my favorite expansion to date. All the same, bring on WoD!
Yotaan: What would the legacy of Pandaria be? In my opinion, it will be the sights and sounds. The visuals were amazing and beautiful. Many times I would pause and just look around. My favorites were the bridges, particularly in the Jade Forest. The music was great and always set the mood. I always have the challenge of setting the music sliders, I tend to make them too loud and I miss the other sounds!
The less positive legacy will be the daily quests. They did put me off. Blizzard started with way too many and then overcompensated and removed all of them by the time the Timeless Isle appeared. I have to say, though, the patch in which we were in the Barrens was very good, and I think they should expand upon that notion.
Overall, Mists was a very good expansion. Of course, the best part was playing with my daughter.
But enough reminiscing on the past! What are you looking forward to in WoD?
Fussypants: HOLD UP! Before I start to get all excited about WoD, I need to decide my main. Yup, one day out and I still don’t know who I’m going to play!! I’m totally split on this too!
Just to recap, I have a gnome frost mage, a draenei holy paladin, a night elf resto druid, a blood elf disc/shadow priest, and an undead fury/prot warrior. This is the order I’ve gotten thus far for leveling.
3) Undead Warrior
4) Belf Priest
5) Nelf Druid
It’s between my draenei paladin (Fussypants) and my gnome mage (my ‘main’). Here’s my conundrum. I want to level Fussypants because she’s a draenei and this is the draenei expansion. On the other hand she is holy, so leveling will be a long and at times painful process. I would have to change her to ret, and I’m not sure I’d want to do that. However, my mage is already a dps class, which makes leveling easier. But, she’s not a draenei, and I would be missing that unique experience first time round. So should I level my mage or my pally? Help!
As for what I look forward in WoD, leveling? Raiding? Pretty much just new content. I’m not super interested in garrisons right now, but I’m sure I’ll find something I love. I honestly just want the expansion to drop.
Oh, and I’m also going to log out all my characters at my five favorite spots in Pandaria. It seems like an appropriate good bye to the continent!
I miss PvP, so Ashran looks awesome. I leveled a rogue just in case its as fun as I want it to be. The changes they made, such as the scaling back of CC, will be a motivator for more folks to try PvP, always a good thing.
I also fully expect some great lore and surprises. I do remember Outland well, so the contrast with that as well will be exciting. I loved the Warlords videos and I studiously avoided lore spoilers, so here we go!
What did you think of MoP? What are you looking forwards in WoD? What are your last minute preparations?