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11-07-2011 @ 11:53PM
You may want to wait on more information; we barely know anything about the expansion. The trailer was, admittedly, not the best showcase about what the expansion is about, but the hints as to the greater plot revealed in interviews sound interesting, IMO. And the features, along with the new 4.3 features (Darkmoon 2.0 is amazing) seem to indicate that Blizzard is trying to make the game fun again. This is in contrast to the tedious grind of archaeology, and the Cataclysm endgame, which seemed very unforgiving-- even overtuned for a true pug before we outgeared things. It forced the player base to become uncomfortably elitist, unable to tolerate even minor mistakes, because in the new system minor mistakes wipe raids. Sure it was fun, if you were a high end raider playing with your guild, you loved challenge, and you had good latency. If not, it was like mmo boot camp; I saw a lot of people get frustrated.Even if the storyline does fall flat, I probably will be playing Pandaria for the features if they're as nice as they sound. (Archaeology sounded great until I did it, so it's possible that they could just... not work.) I love that Blizzard is trying to add features that appeal to everyone, not just the high-end hard mode raiders. New battleground styles (not just AB/WSG on new maps,) speed running competitions for the gogogogo crowd, pet collecting minigame for the people who like to collect pets, turn-based fighting... and you can sell the pets you train, in many cases, so it's almost a new profession.
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