At midnight tonight, I will be playing Mass Effect 3. Midnight cannot possibly come soon enough. If they announce a new editor-in-chief for WoW Insider next week, it's because I've died due to trying to inject Mountain Dew intravenously.
Why are so many people afraid of MoP?
The first reason is the pandaren. Pandaren have always been this extremely goofy race that has been included in the game universe as either gags or Easter eggs for Warcraft III players. I have been pretty solidly against pandaren being included in the game since way back when. I still think they're a really bizarre choice. However, I'm willing to stay optimistic about them -- good game design can make the weirdest things work. Many people are not willing to be so optimistic.
The second is that Mists of Pandaria's formula is very different from previous expansions. In The Burning Crusade, we knew we were going to Outland to deal with the Burning Legion and face off with Illidan. In Wrath of the Lich King, we knew we were marching off to Northrend to killify the Lich King. In Cataclysm, we knew Deathwing wrecked up our stuff and we needed to wreck up his face. In Mists of Pandaria ... we don't really know what's going on.
Do we have a focused drive in this new land? What's the story there? We don't know. We have no idea what we're getting ourselves into. Sure, at BlizzCon Blizzard mentioned the Sha and the renewed war between the Alliance and the Horde, but right now it's selling us a game without telling us what it's all about. "You'll fight stuff!" Well, yeah. Obviously.
You shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but books are published with that little summary on the back for a reason. You want to know what you're going to read. You want to know what you're going to play. Right now, we don't. Hopefully the Mists of Pandaria press tour coming up later this month will clear some of that up.
I'm looking for a nice shield for transmog for my level 81 draenei paladin. Any suggestions?
Absolutely. Draenei paladin is easy. Go grab a buddy or three and kill Gruul over in Outland. The Aldori Legacy Defender is made for draenei paladins. It's the best. Especially if you combine it with paladin tier 5 and Netherbane.
I just returned to WoW from a 7-month hiatus. Where do I even begin with the new patch?
Assuming you have the appropriate item level, queue for the new 5-mans! Patch 4.3 isn't too complicated. Open your Dungeon Finder and queue for the 5-mans, and once you've received some solid gear from those, go queue for Dragon Soul in the Raid Finder. Easy!
can we expect weapons with procs instead of secondary stats to be the norm for MoP?
Probably not. The developers tend to save those sorts of items for the final raid tier of an expansion. There are exceptions to the rule, but generally the first raid tier of an expansion is just boring ol' stats, and then when you get into the final tier of the expansion you see things like Bryntroll and Gurthalak.
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