I haven’t had a chance to really play Mists of Pandaria yet, so here’s another photo op! After infiltrating Theramore, I claimed the city for myself! On my right is Mooglegem, and on my left is the warrior Vylane of Draka (from a random group).
With the destruction of Theramore coming soon,I wanted to get a nice screenshot with Jaina. This is Petros, my very first WoW character. He’s a night elf warrior on a PVE server, and I haven’t touched him in a very long time. When I logged into him, he was in Ironforge. This was just before the 5.0.4 patch, so although I was over level 20, I didn’t own a mount. Keep in mind I hadn’t played this character since Vanilla – he didn’t even have two gold on him!
I ran to the tram so I could get to Stormwind. Stormwind must be connected to Theramore, right? I double-checked on my way, and Theramore is connected to Menethil Harbor. That must be in Stormwind! Well, it wasn’t. And when I realized that it was in the Wetlands, I didn’t even try to get there. Instead I started running up to mages and asking if they’d port me to Theramore. A few of them didn’t respond. One said he getting ready to raid and couldn’t. Then one guy said sure. He created the portal, and I tried to tip him my 1 gold. He didn’t accept. That made me happy. I know I don’t really need the gold on this character, but the 1 gold was pretty worthless to him, I’m sure. If I ever decide to play this character later, I’d rather have the one gold than no gold!
After bowing to Jaina, I got this great picture. I really like Jaina.
I’ve been a bit late getting this out, so there’s more than usual.
Theramore Tourist Information Guide, Bravetank, 7/26/12.
This hilarious tourist information guide for Theramore will explain why it’s a great place to vacation and totally safe.
The Hidden Sting of a Personal Spaceship, Rohan, Blessing of Kings, 7/18/12.
Rohan explains how personal spaceships sound cool and work well while leveling; At endgame when players are traveling often, they just slow players with a abundance of loading screens.
Operations in The Old Republic, Rohan, Blessing of Kings, 7/29/12.
A nice stroll through “operations,” which are to TOR what raids are to WoW.
‘Guild Wars 2’ and the death rattle of the subscription game, Emily Gera, Polygon, 8/1/12.
Polygon interviews ArenaNet’s Chris Lye about subscriptionless MMOs and Guild Wars 2.
The Old Republic Goes Free-To-Play, Rohan, Blessing of Kings, 7/31/12.
When TOR goes free-to-play, leveling and questing will be unrestricted. Flashpoints and warzones will be limited per week, and operations will only be for subscribers. Rohan’s going to continue playing through class stories but will turn to Mists of Pandaria for a raiding fix.
FarnVille in World of Warcraft? WoW Insider’s first look at The Tillers, Dawn Moore, WoW Insider, 7/30/12.
Dawn examines The Tillers, the new faction responsible for your personal farm. I’m excited.
The OverAchiever: FAQ on pet battles and early achievements, Allison Robert, WoW Insider, 8/2/12.
You might want to check this out before jumping into pet battles.
Tactical Graveyard Control at Arathi Basin Nodes, Cynwise, Cynwise’s Warcraft Manual, 7/19/12.
If you want to perform well in Arathi Basin, you have to control graveyards. Cyn’s articles are always wonderfully informative.
Resurrection Vectors in Strand of the Ancients and the Problem of South Graveyard, Cynwise, Cynwise’s Warcraft Manual, 7/25/12.
This is a lot like the previous entry I mentioned except that it’s about one the worst battlegrounds rather than one of the best (my opinions).
New Mists of Pandaria Battlegrounds: Silvershard Mine, Olivia Grace, WoW Insider, 7/31/12.
If you’re as excited about this new battleground as I am, check out this guide.
WoW Archivist: Strat 45 — the original challenge mode, Scott Andrews, WoW Insider, 7/27/12.
A nice look at Strat 45 (especially for those who didn’t run it when it was current).
Lonesome George immortalized in Mists of Pandaria, Robin Torres, WoW Insider, 7/26/12.
When the turtle Lonesome George died, so did his sub-species. In his memory, he’s been added to WoW as Lon’li Guju.
Mists of Pandaria raids will have staggered release, none available at launch, Dawn Moore, WoW Insider, 8/1/12.
The first raid of the tier will release one week after Mists launches, and the final two of the tier will release four weeks later. I think this is a good change that puts people on more equal footing. (Of course, I’m too slow to be helped by this.)
Mists of Pandaria Beta: Druids get new default travel form, Matthew Rossi, WoW Insider, 7/20/12.
This news is a couple weeks old now, but I love the new stag travel form!