How about that Blizzcon? Holy freakin’ cow. Just… holy cow. We had my brother Log and three Wow-playing friends over for most of the con. It rocked. Rocked hard. Opening ceremonies… well, they made that announcement about the WoW yearly subscription thing and I thought my one friend was going to pass out. She’d been wanting to play Diablo 3 and Star Wars The Old Republic but didn’t see her budget supporting both; now she can play D3 for free just by maintaining her WoW account. Rev’s pysched about a new mount – and D3; I’m psyched that they’re still making it worth my while to buy the collector’s edition D3 for the pet.
Pandaren! And done right. I was worried, but the more visuals of the lushly Asian Pandaria I saw, the more I’m hooked. It looks like Warcraft and Asia at the same time. I’ve been to Japan, not China, but there’s definitely elements of Japan in Pandaria as well. Very cool, looking forward to a smaller, gentler expansion.
Talent changes: wow. Just… interesting. We were immediately reminded of the Tech Tree from the SC2 storyline game; you could at any level chose between two options, both cool. I still have faith that the community will find a way to min/max, but this does look for.
Pet battles? Pokemon in WoW…. but that doesn’t mean it might not be fun. I’ve got a pretty decent pet collection – at 115 on my mage right now – and I could see trying it. PVE scenarios might be the best thing since sliced bread, or might suck, depending on how healer-friendly they are. Challenge mode dungeons? I think Rev is going to have a new hobby. He’ll be speed running those things the day they’re released. I was impressed in all three of these, by how much work they’ve already put into the systems. This expansion is coming a lot sooner than Cataclysm did. How soon, I wouldn’t say, but I would not be surprised to be playing it come next Blizzcon.
Anyway. Yeah. Wow. I’ll roll a monk, check out their healer tree. Good news is Rev is going to make a monk tank so we will be partners for leveling again. He’s joking that this will make him a triple bear tank; two druids and a panda! I haven’t decided yet, gnome or pandaren monk, and I don’t know how we’ll I’ll like the playstyle but I’m gonna give it a try. I doubt Analogue is in danger of being replaced… now I need a name for my monk…. Pandalogue?