First Impressions of Mists

This morning I woke to find that more people had been given access to the Mists of Pandaria beta. First thing I did was to log into my account to see if I was one of the lucky ones. I was! How exciting to be able to start downloading the setup files so I could finally see what others had been talking/writing about.

My first task was of course to copy my main character over to one of the Beta servers. At the moment you have a choice of four. That didn’t take long at all. Next came the female pandas. I had seen the slide show that WoW Insider had uploaded a while ago but I wanted to be able to see them live so I could see all angles. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make a Panda with a tail or without so I took a few minutes trying to decide on the colour scheme first. I think for the time being I will see if the tail gets on my nerves or not; much like the male Tauren phase I went through early on in WoW :P

Anyway, soon after that I logged into my Priest just to check out the new trees and animations. First thing I noticed was the vendor filter I had read about the day before.

Interesting how you can select spec specific items even though this poor vendor had nothing to offer me.

Another thing I noticed was the new consolidated buff feature. I was naughty and didn’t buff myself. You know the saying so many things to do, not enough time.

When you first log into the Beta, you’ll notice that your primary tree has been reset, in my case Disc. All you need to do is select ‘Disc’ > ‘Learn’ from the Specialization (first) tab.

The second tab lists your Talents so I thought I’d play around with the ones below.

Not sure how long I’ll keep these but since they reset every time you switch specs, it’s a non-issue.

They’ve removed Prime Glyphs now, so either the glyphs we have now will be changed (like they’ve previously done) or new ones will be added which you will need to learn. Although I didn’t notice many of those.

Once I had myself set up with my new spells/bars, I tried out one of my new spells on some poor sap outside. I was excited about the instant Holy Fire so I was eager to try that out. Next was the Void Tendrils.

Can be cast in Shadowform
Limited to 5 target(s), 30sec CD
Summons Shadowy tendrils out of the ground, rooting all targets within 8 yards for 20 sec. Killing the tendril will cancel the effect.

Just look at the size of that thing!

So anyway, that’s it for now.

Since I was still downloading the thing when I logged in, the loading screens were taking forever, especially when I tried to go to Pandaria so I’m going to wait until it’s finished before trying it again.

BTW if you’re having trouble downloading the Beta (mine crashed quite a few times), particularly if you’re stuck at “Updating Setup Files” when restarting the launcher:

  • go into your C: ProgramData and delete the folder. Note that you will only see this directory if you have your hidden files and folders showing.
  • For Macs, go to /Users/Shared/

Then start your WoW Beta launcher again and it should continue :)

Update: Oh and my Beta email invite came a day after I received it in my account so be sure to check there too :P

Author: Cymre

Disc priest and relic hunter who loves collecting achievements, silver dragon shots and all things pets. You may know me as Cymre Brightblade. Catch all the pet battle strategies on my YouTube channel - CymreJones

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