World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is Blizzards best expansion yet.
Introduction and Questing
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is finally unleashed and it’s beyond fantastic. Blizzard welcomes you to the new continent called Pandaria, Pandaria is located in the south end of Azeroth and it’s a new land with beautiful zones and awesome questing. The peaceful Pandaren are now a playable race and Monk is a new tri-spec class that you can play as. The Sha are the main enemies of this expansion along with the Mogu and the insect humanoid Mantids.
Once you begin your adventure to go to Pandaria the Horde and Alliance are introduced to the mysterious continent in a in-game cinematic and story driven manner. Both of the factions begin their main story quest in a zone called “The Jade Forest”, it’s a gorgeous zone with a lot of Asian influence, lush green land, islands, temples and new monsters to kill. Questing in Mists of Pandaria is quite linear however, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s much more story-driven, fully voiced and a lot more immersive than the previous expansions.
You have your usual fetch quests as always and that’s fine. Few quests actually made me get into control of different characters and play through their story, some quests would ask you to follow a certain lore character and listen to what they have to say. Bombing quests have also returned in the expansion, but they’re much better now because you don’t have to fly multiple times until you have bombed all of the targets. As you continue questing you unlock new quest hubs, access to flight paths, introduction to new zones as the story continues and eventually factions to get reputation with at level 90. After I was done questing The Jade Forest, I was introduced to a new zone called “Valley of the Four Winds”. Valley of the Four Winds is a farmland, with a lot of grass, hills and different kinds of beasts roaming the zone. This zone is a lot different from previous zones in World of Warcraft history, simply because of the fact that this is the zone where you can own you’re very own farm with the Tilers faction and I will get into that a bit later.
After your done questing in Valley of the Four Winds you are a given a choice of either going to Krasarang Wilds or Kun-Lai Summit. This is the only part where questing breaks up a bit, however both of the zones are important for character progression. Kun Lai Summit is one of my favorite zones, fantastic flow of the quests and zone design that consists of mountains, snow, fall and even summer in some areas.
Krasarang Wilds is more of a dark jungle type zone with a lot of rivers and ponds. Questing in Krasarang Wilds is fun, a lot of interesting lore and a ton of presence of the Sha. They’re a source of negative energy that has been called into existence by the Horde and Alliance because of their conflicts. Whether you choose too quest in Krasarang Wilds or Kun-Lai Summit the player will still have a ton of fun exploring both areas due to the fact that each zone is filled with rich lore, fun quests and just a pleasure to adventure in.
Once your character has finished the main quest line in Kun-Lai Summit you will be introduced to a new high level zone called “Townlong Steppes”. Townlong Steppes was a ton of fun to quest in because this place felt like a war-zone majority of the time. The Pandaren, Mantid and Yangol are at war with each and a lot of the quests involve you taking them out and trying to win for the Pandaren side. Once your completely finished in this zone you will be introduced to a new faction called the “Shado-Pan” and get a quest to go to Dread Wastes to get to know the Mantid faction that go by the name of “Klaxxi”. Klaxxi are the none-evil Mantid that are having issues with their own Mantid race that has been corrupted by Sha.
Dread Waste is what I’d like to call the “Halloween” zone of Mists of Pandaria. You got your gloominess turned up to 11, a lot of Sha, spiders and the corrupted Mantids themselves. This zone’s main story quest asks you to go and rescue each of the Klaxxi’s Paragons. Every time you free a Klaxxi Paragon you have the right to ask them too buff you with their special abilities. These passive bonuses can only be used in Dread Wastes and they help you out when you’re doing your daily quests for the Klaxxi. Overall my only issues with quests is that some of them were bugged and I wasn’t able to complete them until a week later after the weekly maintenance. I couldn’t attain some of the achievements because of that and was forced to wait.
Beautiful art style, fantastic gameplay, great raiding content, pvp is awesome, pet battles are a great addition, scenarios are interesting, plenty of content to consume, Monk is fun and balanced
Quests were buggy at release, dailies are not for everyone, heroic dungeons are way too easy
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is Blizzards best expansion yet. New Reputation Factions, Dungeons, Raids, Battlegrounds, World Bosses Pet Battles, Monk Class, Pandaren, Scenarios are more than enough to keep you busy for months and years to come until the next expansion.