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Mists of Pandaria - Blizzcon 2011 Recap
Blizzcon has been really exciting this year and Blizzard definitely had a lot of things to show us! It's time for a giant recap of all the panels, we will probably have a lot more content over the next few days but this should keep you busy for the moment!

We also added details from the interview appearing on the web, we'll probably see a lot more of those soon.

Official Website

Blizzcon 2011 - Day 1 Panels

Blizzcon 2011 - Day 2 Panels

Blizzcon 2011 - Day 1 Panels (Official Blue Posts)

Videos

Blizzcon Interview Details
A few interviews of Blizzard staff have popped up so far, the interesting parts are below. We are likely to see more early next week. (via venturebeat, gaming-insight)


  • You might be able to use Valor Points to increase the item level of your items slightly.
  • Blizzard might move your Resource bars closer to the center of the screen, similar to how many custom UIs are set up. It will start with Monks, then maybe Paladins and Death Knights.
  • The game will almost always be sold with Burning Crusade in the future to cut down on the number of games you have to buy.
  • If WoW was ever on the decline to where subscriptions were not high enough to support the game, they would consider the freemium model.


Monk Abilities Preview
I completely forgot to post those yesterday, but here is a small preview of the Monk abilities from the playable demo at Blizzcon.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Level 1 Abilities
Jab
40 Chi - Melee Range, Instant
Requires Stance of the Drunken Ox, Stance of the Fierce Tiger.
You jab the target, dealing 5 damage and generating 1 light force and 1 dark force.

Tiger Palm
1 Light Force - Melee range, instant
Requires Stance of the Drunken Ox, Stance of the Fierce Tiger.
Deals 10 Physical damage, deals 5 additional damage if the target is above 50% health.

Level 2 Abilities
Roll
50 Chi - Instant
Roll a short distance.

Level 3 Abilities
Blackout Kick
2 Dark Force - Melee range, Instant
Kick with a blast of energy, causing 28 physical damage to an enemy target. If the target is killed by blackout kick, you are returned 1 Dark Force.

Level 5 Abilities
Flying Serpent Kick
8-40 Yards range, 25 Seconds Cooldown, Instant.
Soar through the air towards a targeted enemy, knocking them down and stunning them for 2 seconds.

Spinning Crane Kick
Instant, 2 Lights and Dark Forces
Requires Stance of the Drunken Ox, Stance of the Fierce Tiger.
You spin while kicking in the air, dealing 23 damage every 1 second to all nearby enemies within 8 yards. Movement speed is reduced by 30%, last 6 seconds.

Level ?? Abilities
Statue of the Jade Serpent
5 Sec Cast
Summon a statue at the target location. Anytime you deal damage, a nearby friendly target within 20 yards of the statue will be healed. You can have up to 3 Jade Dragon Statues active at a time.
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  1. Maerad's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Robby2475 View Post
    You all have to be kidding me. If you actually like this garbage you are so blind with fanoi-ism its not even funny. The class is an obvious "fuck you Bioware" I mean come on their "Jab" ability generates "light force" and "dark force". AND the class has no auto attack. This entire expansion is just Blizzard stealing other games ideas, because they can't come up with anything anymore. I mean how the hell are they going to have an expansion with no main villain ? plus the animations look retarded as hell.
    The mainvillian will be the horde vs. alliance fight - guess there will be a bit more pvp over the board. The new class ... well, I wouldn't say they STOLE something, it's just the OTHER companies "stole" their ideas from chinese/japanese tradion/fights, and there, blizzard gets it's inspiration too.

    Light and Dark represtens the Yin and Yang, the fighting without autoattack makes sense too, if you want the class to be something like a street fighter system.

    If you really break it down, every company stole from the other one - no differences. And if blizzard implents some fighting styles from other games into their - np with that.

    I mean, capture the flag (warsong), hold the point etc. games came from 1st person shooters. But nobody cried back then, that blizzard copied that stuff

    And btw. what would YOUR idea for a new class be? Just asking because of the "can't come up with something new" - that is really hard, because theres already every kind of fightingaspect on the market. If not in a blizzard game, then in another mmo. Hard to come up with something new then.
  1. alexsabou's Avatar
    I don't mind that it has no main storyline, it is a filler expac after all. It has a neutral feel to it unlike all the other expansions with a main enemy who's out to destroy the world. We are getting 5 levels to recover from the Lich King and Deathwing until the next 10 level expansion. I think blizz will also use it to redeem itself for the lackluster PvP of Cata. And for those complaining about the asian theme, to me it looks like it's more based on asian art and mangas than on actual chinese tradition, which suits WoW well because it's a cartoonish game in the first place.
  1. jmp's Avatar
    I think this class could be really cool, but it looks like they're going really strong on stereotypes... If you look at druids, they're wiccan inspired but you wouldn't really know it. Monks are too asian inspired, just way over the top. I hope they don't blend different asian cultures together and instead take inspiration from just one. It'll make it less cliche. I dunno. I know they are basing this of asian culture, but I'm pretty sure martial arts don't teach you to pirouette.

    ---------- Post added 2011-10-23 at 01:50 PM ----------

    I also hope they study martial arts and make each stance similar to a specific martial art... off the top of my head I know the racial is based off dim mak, but I dunno if that was intended or not. I hope the stances are based off distinct forms though. I would hate if they keep going for this martial art movie type direction instead of actually studying asian culture.
  1. sandini's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lcarnegie View Post
    god I hope they remodel the pandas. make them look badass
    why should they look badass? pandarian are themed after pandas, some of the laziest animals alive
    that would just be wrong

    and to all the MoP haters out there:
    und why not a expansion with more fun parts? cata, too, had these, in form of the goblin lvl 1-20 regions and some other parts.
    u don´t have to play a pandarian, u can. und if u see them? does that really matter to anyone if they kill a panda but don´t like the lore about them?
    these people didn´t scream, when bloodelfs joined the horde, they rerolled a horde b11 after they played allianz till then. and when they could choose between worgen and goblin, they rerolled a worgen on allianz side. and now they cannot choose because there is only one new class and they start whining about it....

    and for the monk class, sure there will be some who like this class, and some, who don´t. if u don´t like it, don´t play it. u have the choice. has allways been so and will allways be so.


    and if that isn´t compromiss enough, quit this game, so many people would be happy about that...
  1. La's Avatar
    most people who haven`t played WC3 or don`t understand the lore behind them, are going to come here and whine and complain, and say "wtf kids game PG13" and how it makes no sense, you just have to get used to that, it doesn`t make them dumb or stupid, but it is kind of ignorant even if it is your opinion, just saying.
  1. breath's Avatar
    Pandas have been in WC since ever so I dont understand the problem.I just dont like the fact they are so lazy they couldnt make one race for horde n one for alliance. Same race for booth factions can be really a problem in PvP.Monk's resource system seems a copy of dk's.
  1. anelson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Ogdru Jahad View Post
    Honestly, the names of the stances "Drunken ox" and abilities "spinning crane kick" all sound way to stupid. This class looks like a joke. Like a silly "fun" class. It seems like the engineering of classes. The animations on a pandaren look equally as retarded and silly. Honestly, it's a fat pandabear spinning around and killing things. I would laugh if I died in pvp by a Panda. Blizzard needs to make this race look fierce, and reconsider the stupid ass names they gave the abilities.
    You realize the drunken style is an actual martial arts style right? You should check out Jackie Chan's film, Drunken Master sometime. These aren't all just names that Blizz dreams up, they are based on actual history. Personally I can't wait to play a drunk panda who punches his way through enemies, It sounds awesome.

    Also, Why the hate on the kick animation? I think it's awesome, just like Ryu's hurricane kick from Street fighter. I hope we get a Shoryuken also
  1. skyclops's Avatar
    Seems to me blizz are going for a jackie chan style
  1. Allerik's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lcarnegie View Post
    god I hope they remodel the pandas. make them look badass

    im curious to see what they look like in plate...
    cant wait for the model viewer to be released!
    Plate panda warrior with 100% food buff.. TITS!

    everyone stuck on this panda monk thing, leather, table top hat... Ever wonder what the tier set will look like on them? how about we wait and see other models that come up besides the LvL 1 model, and then base ur opinions then.... Because I can imagine what the servers are doing now on the MMO-Chmp server. its screaming "make them stop"!

    its annoying, so people hate it, others like it. Why fight about it... Kinda silly; Dont ya think?


    as for PVP, I can see it now
    DK "haha (pointing) look at the funny looking panda", "wait, why the panda kill me"???
  1. Weiland's Avatar
    Blizzard might move your Resource bars closer to the center of the screen, similar to how many custom UIs are set up. It will start with Monks, then maybe Paladins and Death Knights.~~~ Total suckage right there if you are unable to move them.~~~If WoW was ever on the decline to where subscriptions were not high enough to support the game, they would consider the freemium mode~~~Sooon
  1. Badma's Avatar
    The monk playstyle video looks awesome to me. I can't wait to deliver the beat down with my new Pandaren. Run haters RUN!
  1. Taan's Avatar
    why nobody sees the spining crane thing is the street fighter move?
  1. greyghost's Avatar
    Bake sales, cupcakes and a large supply of puntable gnomes! Hell yeah, I'll keep trying!
  1. dondumpster's Avatar
    this is early work so almost nothing its for sure so lets just wait and see altho a gnome monk would be interesting to watch fighting
  1. James9653's Avatar
    So with the addition of Pandarens and the new Monk Class, is Blizzard going to increase the number of character that you can have on a single server? I have one of each class on my main server and would hate to be forced to role a Pandaren on a different server then I currently use. Besides the fact that amost all my gold, mats and gear is on my main server, so is my guild and friends. Please tell me Blizzard is raising the character cap too!!
  1. excelli's Avatar
    Hi,

    i bought a live stream ticket and must say: Thumbs Up. The quality was really amazing, i loved all panels and the LiveRaid...Great Stuff to see Greg Street and the other cool folks on Q&A..Will def. attend next year as well. Cheers
  1. Zargs's Avatar
    The more I see this fat panda the more I hate it. ToR here I come. And I still look if I may like it but nope.
  1. vision33r's Avatar
    WTB Panda Mage Video doing Hadoken Fireballs.
  1. Vmp's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zargs View Post
    The more I see this fat panda the more I hate it. ToR here I come. And I still look if I may like it but nope.
    i completely agree
  1. Sethai's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Ogdru Jahad View Post
    Honestly, the names of the stances "Drunken ox" and abilities "spinning crane kick" all sound way to stupid. This class looks like a joke. Like a silly "fun" class. It seems like the engineering of classes. The animations on a pandaren look equally as retarded and silly. Honestly, it's a fat pandabear spinning around and killing things. I would laugh if I died in pvp by a Panda. Blizzard needs to make this race look fierce, and reconsider the stupid ass names they gave the abilities.
    If people would know a bit about the thing it's originated from, you'll find its not that weird at all. Kung Fu is inspired by animal behavior among other things.
    Drunken style is a way within the path of the monkey. So yeah it is not an ox, but the combination aint that weird at all. Animal + a way. Same goes for spinning crane kick. Just google before making comments about how silly something is, before your starting to sound silly yourself.

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