Will Monk class sets be incorporated into the non-90 game much like DK's got (PvP) armor sets at 60 and 70?
No, monks will only have armor sets in MoP endgame content and beyond.
I have two 85 mages on my server. At what point will I be able to race change one of 'em into a panda? Has Blizzard mentioned anything about race changes to Pandaren?
Blizzard hasn't mentioned anything, but it's safe to assume that it'll work the same way as it did with worgen. If you purchase a race change ahead of time and just don't use it, you'll most likely be able to race-change to a pandaren immediately upon launch.
Has anyone used the Avatar ability yet? Is it awesome?
Not yet, because it's a level 90 talent and no one has access to Pandaria on the beta yet. Hopefully soon!
Do you think Blizz will launch the talent revamp ahead of the launch for MoP, much in the way they did prior to Cata? I remember it was much easier to get going in Cata after having reworked and set up my talents in the weeks prior to the launch. Do you think we'll see any other MoP changes added to the game early, like mass loot, removal of min range for hunters, etc.?
Blizzard's done this for every expansion so far, so there's no reason to assume it'll be different for MoP. We'll be able to enjoy new talents, features, etc. a few weeks before launch.
has anyone seen the panda shaman totems? ive been looking all over the internet, at first I thought they were those little big headed spirits, but i guess thats what they are... spirits, not totems, all I could catch was a screen shot of a female pandaren shaman with a dwarf totem (probably a placeholder)
The graphics for pandaren shaman totems aren't implemented yet. The spirits you saw are part of the quests on the Wandering Isle.
So what is Chi like in actual practice? More like combo points, holy power, shadow orbs, none of the above?
Chi doesn't really work like combo points or holy power in that your moves aren't amplified based on the amount of chi you spend. Each move costs a (usually low) set amount of Chi, and will only ever use that much. It's possible that, like rage, you might accidentally build up a little more than you need, but it's not really a problem; it just means you can get some more attacks in.
I've seen pictures of the new cloud serpents and they look amazing! Are we thinking these will be faction mounts that you get from grinding rep with someone? And and if so, what are the racial mounts for the Pandaren? I saw some adorable yaks and heard something about an awesome turtle. Although, I know that Pandaren hunters have a dragon turtle as their starter pet, so maybe that's where the turtle fits in, I'm not sure.
Also, I saw a picture of a kite type mount; what's that all about? I'm giddy at the prospect of my Pandaren handgliding through azeroth on their adorable kite mount.
Cloud serpents are a faction mount anyone can get with enough time invested, à la netherdrakes. The pandaren racial mount is the dragon turtle. Pandaren kites are the flight point mounts in Pandaria.
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