Blizzard has seen a small decline in subscribers in recent years, mainly due to the fact that many WoW players were disappointed in expansions – especially Cataclysm. Those who have been playing since the very beginning didn’t like some of the changes to their favorite zones and dungeons. However, that sentiment changed after the release of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. It’s been dubbed by some as the best expansion yet.
There were those who were skeptical about it. They groaned over the thought of the Pandaren race and didn’t understand what the Padarens had to do with Warcraft lore. What the naysayers didn’t realize was that Pandarens HAVE been mentioned in the lore before. Their continent, Pandaria, is even home to an evil race of trolls, the Zandalari.
The graphics and character animation is the best that Blizzard is offered yet. The new zones in Pandaria are stunning – particularly The Jade Forest. Some of the classic dungeons like Scholomance and Scarlet Monastery are now available in heroic mode for level 90s.
Those who don’t like the idea of the level cap being raised to 90 will be happy to know that the questing on the new continent is an enjoyable experience. The new dungeons and raids also offer a lot of fun. The Looking for Raid (LFR) and cross realms systems give people on low populated servers the chance to join in raid groups – something that they might not otherwise get the chance to do.
While there are critics of the new LFR and cross realms systems, most players seem to be happy with it. In fact, many former players who canceled their subscriptions after Cataclysm are coming back to give MoP another shot since raid groups are easier to get into now. Serious players who still prefer the old way of raiding can still do so.
The Pandaren is a playable race now. Monk is the newest class. It’s a hybrid class that offers a tanking spec, DPS spec, AND healing spec. Players who want to make a Panda character get to choose whether they want to be Horde or Alliance. Blizzard did a good job at designing the appearances and combat animations of male and female pandas. Monk is a playable class for any race – not just Pandaren.
Speaking of Horde and Alliance, the PVP system has gone through a few changes. It’s now easier for casual players to get decent PVP gear and weapons. While serious PVP players don’t like this, the fact is that most Blizzard subscribers are casual.
The patches are mostly Horde-centric, as the Warchief himself, Garrosh Hellscream, is set to be the final boss in this expansion. Even other Horde leaders are turning against him due to his tyranny.
Is World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria really the best expansion yet? A lot of people seem to think so. It is just as good as Burning Crusade, if nothing else. Unlike Cataclysm, there really aren’t many changes to the zones that players have come to love. The layout of the two main continents hasn’t been altered. Where the new expansion really shines is its end game content. It’s a lot more fun to be a level 90 now than it was to be a level 85 before MoP came out.
If you’re a returning player, get your new copy of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria at GameStop. Go ahead and give it a shot – you’ll be surprised at how good it actually is. If you’re a new player, you’ll need the original World of Warcraft game as well as this expansion. Keep in mind that you’ll need new copies since the pass code that each copy comes with can only be used once. GameStop offers the best deals by far.
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