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Mists of Pandaria: 'What has changed?' makes class changes more palatable

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One of the sharpest double-edged swords in Blizzard's arsenal is the constant iteration to class and play design that comes with each World of Warcraft expansion. On the one hand, players like innovation and new mechanics and spells to keep their favorite class fresh. On the other hand, players could reject the changes as too severe or too different from the class they originally set out to play, as was the case with Alex Ziebart and myself with paladins in Cataclysm. It's a risky move to change up the core mechanics of a class, and the introduction of the "What's New" window helps streamline this occasionally daunting issue.

New and old players alike will benefit greatly from the "What has changed?" tab. Simply open up your spellbook and click on the last tab at the bottom. You'll be greeted with a new screen giving you the run down on some of the biggest changes to your class coming in Mists of Pandaria.

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Filed under: Mists of Pandaria

Reading between the lines: are more PvE to PvP transfers possible?

The announcement earlier in the week that Blizzard was allowing free transfers from a couple Oceanic PvE realms to the Oceanic PvP realm Thaurissan lead to a storm of speculation that Blizzard could be considering opening up PvE to PvP transfers on a wide scale.

Blizzard has recently said that they won't be allowing large scale transfers from PvE to PvP servers. This rule was supposedly in place for a number of reasons, the main one of which has always been the relative ease of leveling a character on a PvE server compared to that of a PvP server. Having done both, I can say that it wasn't too different – a few more tricks had to be used when leveling on the PvP server, but in no way was my leveling prolonged on the PvP server because of the PvP elements.

Drysc chimed in on this very topic yesterday.

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Filed under: Realm News, Analysis / Opinion, News items, PvP

"Secret vote" changes one of the worst NPC names


Xella found an extremely fascinating change in 2.3 over on LJ-- Warden Iolol is no longer known by that name. Instead, he is known as Warden Moi'bff Jill. He claims that a "secret vote" was passed around, and that his name was changed.

Secret vote? The only place I know of where Iolol's name got mentioned negatively was in our own "Forum Post of the Day" about worst NPC names, and the forum post that accompanied it. Of course, there could have also been a "secret vote" somewhere else, and I don't remember Iolol drawing all that much ire-- the most hated names, if I recall, were Nutral the flight master and Haris Pilton.

And of course "Moi'bff Jill" ("my best friend forever, Jill") isn't that great a name either. Although I guess going the way of Corki (who got shipped off to live with the Night Elves) wouldn't have been that much fun, either.

Filed under: Patches, Analysis / Opinion, Odds and ends, Blizzard, Humor, NPCs

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