Today is my first day back in Wisconsin post-BlizzCon, and I have just one word to describe how it feels to be back home: cold.
Alex, you've been saying for years how much you hate pandas. Are you going to quit in MoP?
Over pandas? No. I still think Pandaren are silly, but quitting the game just because of that is dumb. Quit when you're not having fun anymore. Maybe Pandaren contribute to your lack of fun, I don't know, but don't write off the rest of the expansion because of panda people.
While we know nothing of Mists of Pandaria's raiding yet, what we were shown at BlizzCon is an expansion that offers more variety in gameplay then we've ever seen in WoW before. PVE scenarios, challenge mode, pet battles ... those seem a lot more interesting than what either Wrath of the Lich King or Cataclysm brought to the table. I'll take PokeWoW over the current state of archaeology, that's for sure.
Play Pandaria. If you have fun, keep playing it. If you don't have fun, don't play it. Don't quit in a huff over one little thing. If you're quitting because of what you saw at BlizzCon, you probably haven't been having fun with the game for a long time and need to take a break, anyway. In that situation, there's very little Blizzard could actually do to excite you.
Some of you asked ...
With Alex becoming Editor-in-Chief, does that mean he'll stop writing and be working behind the scenes all of the time?
Ideally, no. While I have no doubt I'll have busy days (or weeks) and will need to pass my writing assignments off to my minions from time to time, I'm going to try to continue to regularly write everything I do now ... if not a little more. That's just how I roll.
Are Monks being classified as a "Hero" class like Death Knights? and if they are, will they start at level 1 or some higher level?
No, monks are not a hero class. They will start at level 1.
Are the devs really serious about removing flying until max level? I should imagine areas like Icecrown & Storm Peaks are going to require a little tweaking in order to make them playable. Right?
The developers were specifically referring to the Pandaria zones. You will continue to be able to fly in Outland, Northrend, and the regions opened up by Cataclysm. However, when you step on Pandaria, you will be unable to fly until the level cap.
Foggy Weather Flying?
Since Pandarens are now a playable race, does that make the Pandaren Monk pet a slave or a pygmy species?
It's just a kid. Your student/squire!
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