With less than a day to go before the expansion goes live, it’s time to do some spring cleaning. The beta has been purged from my system after five months of testing, blogging and research. Tonight I spent quite a while going through my bank, bags and Guild bank to see how much space I could gain once the levelling starts. The good news is, I gained quite a bit from items I wouldn’t miss too terribly.
There are so many ways to go once that countdown hits zero. I could do the introductory quest in Org to head out to Pandaria, level a Panda though the starting zone, work on my professions or begin pet battling. Blizzard has stated that you won’t even need to log out as you’ve had to previously so wherever you are in the world, you’ll get the introductory quest to start you on your way as well as the XP bar. At least that’s the plan, according to GC *fingers crossed right? For me though, I plan on waiting a bit before I head to Pandaria, at least until things die down a bit.
So with Mists of Pandaria going live in less than 18hrs now, what kind of last minute preparations are you doing for release and what do you plan to do once it’s live?
Whatever you decide, I’ll see you in Pandaria :)
The Anglers is a new faction in Mists of Pandaria that caters to all avid fisherman. Angler’s Wharf can be found off the coast in Krasarang Wilds on an island towards the southern point of the zone. I visited the area about a week ago to see what was there but was disappointed to find that Nat Pagle was nowhere to be found… until now.
Yes folks, it’s true. Your favourite fisherman may now be located in Pandaria.
Hello fellow Angler! Have you been around these parts long? Me and my buddy “Big Hook” here travel far and wide looking for the next big catch!
We ran into this place by accident and the locals were friendly with both their supplies and booze so we decided to stick around!
Dragon Fishing Pole (Fishing +25, 525 skill)
What an awesome looking fishing pole!
I may be tempted to bank my beloved Jeweled fishing pole soon… The goldfish pet I posted a while ago in my Pandaren Critters image gallery is another reward I’m looking forward to owning. It’s another water creature in a bubble and I loved the design so much that I made sure I had a screenshot in every colour :P
The Fishing Raft is an interesting reward. Just read the flavour text – Great for fishing, but takes on water… so don’t stay out too long! With a 1hr CD and cost of 1,000G, don’t be surprised if I buy one just for the novelty value.
The Reins of the Water Strider will be a must have for me as it can walk on water. I first saw this after I had died in an Alliance friendly area in The Jade Forest. It was the perfect opportunity to have a closer look at something while in hostile territory.
Great spot to fish with friends
Old Quartermaster Angler Shen
Previously, Angler Shen was The Angler’s Quartermaster, however since the addition of Nat Pagle to the zone, he has been demoted.
Here is another great fishing spot
It’s hard work being a fisherman
Other notable changes include some child pandas at the wharf. How cute!
Every now and then you will see Rai jumping up and down with excitement
This other aspiring Angler walks the area with pet rat for company
Pandaren Fishing Pole (Fishing +10)
There are several quests associated with The Anglers. Some daily and some normal quests, but all of them will require level 89 or greater.
Chen Stormstout has been described as the jovial and independent Brewmaster of Pandaria who travelled the lands in search of exotic ingredients for his ever-evolving concoctions.
During the introduction of the Pandaren in Warcraft III and then later during The Frozen Throne expansion, Chen’s journeys eventually led him to Durotar, where he met Rexxar the travelling Beastmaster. Chen asked Rexxar to retrieve the ingredients for his latest brew – a barrel of Thunderwater, the egg of a thunder phoenix, and a sprig of thunderbloom.
Chen was overjoyed when Rexxar returned with the ingredients, and then mixed his special brew and offered some to Rexxar who nearly choked on the volatile beverage!
Shortly after that, Chen decided to join Rexxar on a secret mission to Theramore Island to help the Horde find out why the humans were attacking them. Once there, Grand Admiral Daelin Proudmoore wanted to have them arrested due to his hatred of the Horde. Jaina, who didn’t agree with her father’s beliefs and in an attempt to avoid any pointless deaths, helped them escape. When the Grand Admiral instigated his attack on the Horde, it inadvertently resulted in his own death. When Jaina asked her father why he did not listen, Rexxar told her to remember her father as the great warrior he was.
After the battle, Chen spent some time in Durotar teaching the brewmaster ways to the mentor of Brewmaster Drohn before continuing his travels. Since then, several of his empty kegs could be found scattered throughout The Barrens; these have since been removed from the game. It was quite a chore gathering the items for this quest and after handing it in the first time, it turned out to be a repeatable one. Not surprisingly, I didn’t think it was worth doing a second time.
Chen remains neutral, siding with neither the Horde nor the Alliance.
If you purchase the Pandaren Monk pet (from the Blizzard Store), you’ll receive a letter from Chen, which says:
I would like to introduce you to a long-time friend of mine: you will find this kindly pandaren monk is a most wonderful travelling companion.
May he lead you to new adventures across the face of Azeroth and beyond!
— Chen Stormstout
You can also purchase the awesome looking action figure of Chen Stormstout in 3D. The Pandaren Brewmaster Deluxe Action Figure is a limited edition, one-of-a-kind Blizzard online store exclusive! The premium-sculpted piece stands at a colossal 8″, features Chen’s signature bamboo Bo staff and Brewmaster’s keg and comes packaged in a 4-colour, spot UV collectors window box.
Before the launch of The Burning Crusade, players were speculating what the new Alliance race would be. An artist by the name of Ian McConville, created the above 3D model of a Pandaren female as a prank. The screenshot was so convincing that it had a large number of the player population fooled. In World of Warcraft, the Pandarens did not have much of a presence in early expansions. Mainly due to how Pandas, who are a national treasure in China, were originally portrayed in traditional Japanese Samurai armour during Warcraft III. This has since been rectified as you can see in more recent media.
During the first Blizzcast episode in 2008, Samwise Didier, the Art Director and concept artist for Blizzard, tells how he came up with the Pandaren race.
Samwise: Well, it started off, you know, a bunch of years back when I had a daughter, right. And, when she was born, for Christmas I usually draw a picture for my family. Like a personal one. And so I did, for that picture, for some reason, I decided to do like a panda guy because, actually, also like “Samwise,” “Panda” is my nickname because I’m kind of a big hairy bear dude, but I’m not very fearsome. So I got the nickname “Panda.” So I drew a picture of a panda with a little panda cub on the shoulder and that was the picture for Christmas, that I gave to all my family. And “Oh, it’s because he had a little kid. He’s getting soft!” You know? Whatever. It’s for the family. I had to do something that Grandma would like.
But so we put that up in there and everyone was like “Oh my God! A PANDA RACE? That’s kind of cool!” And I’m like “Are you kidding me, really? You want to see pandas in Warcraft III or whatever?” So, we made like a whole fake April Fools page with different units and all that and people, you know – we thought people would be like “NO WAY!” – and everyone actually liked it and when they found out it was an April Fools joke they were like “Aw, that sucks.” So we’ve kind of just dropped little bits of panda stuff. Like I do that all the time in my pictures. I’ll hide a picture of a panda face. Like it was on Illidan’s blades, back in the day, just put it on there. See if anyone noticed. And they did. Good job, guys. Two points. And ever since then it’s just been kind of a thing. We’re like “Oh, you’re the panda guy.”
During April Fools Day in 2010, another Machinima video was going around that again revived the notion of the Pandaren as a playable race. With Kung Fu Panda being one of the highest grossing animated movies in China’s history, it’s not a surprise to see that the next expansion will be devoted entirely to them. However, there was also some new controversy stemming from the Mists of Pandaria trailer due to the mixture of Japanese influences seen in the video.
At BlizzCon 2011, it was revealed that players would be able to meet Chen in the upcoming expansion Mists of Pandaria. He will appear in the Stormstout Brewery dungeon, helping players by reclaiming his family heritage, and also his beer. I almost wish I still had one of his empty kegs…
Enjoy this fan made trailer while we wait for the Mists release.
When this became one of the April Fool’s Jokes for 2011, I had added the trailer to the Guild News hoping to catch a few out. Never-the-less I though it was a very entertaining piece of video.
Forward through to October and we’re told that Pandarens will indeed be the new playable race in 5.0. Not only that but you’ll be able to play them as either Horde or Alliance. Now I admit this is one of the things that peeved me when Cata came out since I was quite excited to play a Worgen – at least out of the starting zone. However, having to play an Alliance race just doesn’t sit right with me.
So here’s what you’ll see when the time comes to make a choice: (unless they change the text before now and then)
CHOOSE YOUR DESTINY
Choose to join the Horde and you will be blessed with companions uglier than you.
As a growing Pandaren you will be fighting alongside other races that also struggle passing though doorways.
If you like smack talk, raging in Barrens chat, and yelling catchy slogans you should become a member of the Horde.
Choose to join the Alliance and you will be blessed with many bake sales.
As a growing Pandaren you will be fighting alongside the shortest races in Azeroth.
If you like baking cupcakes and exchanging recipes along with long walks on the beach you should become a member of the Alliance.
We’ll Keep Trying!
The other big thing with the next x-pac is the pet battle system. Now I know you’re all thinking Pokemon battles since that’s what I hear from various sources. We’ll even look at hosting Pokemon Battles as a regular event with the elusive ‘Pokemon Master’ Medal to win.
Find out more about [url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/mists-of-pandaria/ target=_blank]Mists of Pandaria[/url] from the Official website.
So who’s going to have a Pandaren come next x-pac?