December 8, 2011
Blizzard updated the Mists of Pandaria talent calculators today with a number of significant changes. Because I am now tracking multiple layers of change, all abilities will display their full descriptions. Red text will indicate Cataclysm stats that have changed, Blue text will indicate ability changes made in the first talent calculator, while green text will indicate changes […]
November 23, 2011
Last night, Blizzard released the first rough version of the Mists of Pandaria talent calculator, complete with ability progression, for each class and spec. While the information released is far from what will ship with 5.0, it is an incredibly valuable insight into how things will be changing in the new expansion and, of course, […]
November 13, 2011
This past week, Blizzard held a Developer Q&A session regarding class design in Mists of Pandaria. A lot of questions I had in my previous post, Mage Ability Flow in MoP, were addressed. This article observes the answers and goes on to predict a leveling bonus distribution.
November 4, 2011
As seasoned roleplayers and PvP veterans can tell you, faction conflict can be an even greater source of motivation than rallying against the end of the world. The upcoming return of focus to Horde-Alliance warfare in Mists of Pandaria could see this fervor spread throughout the general population, most of whom have lived their end-game experience based out of Shattrath, Dalaran, and the LFD. Will this in-game surge of war be powerful enough to reach into other areas of players' lives?
October 29, 2011
During Blizzcon's Talent panel, mages were cited as the class whose current design best fits the new talent system. The proposed talents for mages were almost entirely familiar abilities which sorted themselves nicely into Blizzard's new tier design, backing up their official statement. At the same time, with many of our familiar abilities simply transitioned into the new system, we'll have more gaps than other classes in terms of spells learned through the leveling process.
October 22, 2011
My primary concern with Mists of Pandaria is that a return to faction conflict as a substitute for an iconic enemy and an overall lighter design theme indicates that Cataclysm's open-ended plotlines will remain unresolved. As opposed to other long-standing mysteries, many of Cataclysm's stories are extremely pressing.