MMO-Champion - Pandaren Gameplay Video, Theramore Destroyed, Free Diablo 3 12-Months Offer
Pandaren Blizzcon 2011 Gameplay Video
For those of you who couldn't attend Blizzcon, here is a short gameplay video of the Pandaren starting zone available at Blizzcon 2011. The quality isn't perfect but a few people risked their lives recording it.



Theramore to be destroyed by the Horde in 5.0?
It seems that Theramore will be destroyed by the Horde in the pre-Mists of Pandaria world events, the info was revealed to a couple of taiwanese websites attending a press event with Tom Chilton. Translation from Curll on ScrollsOfLore.
聯盟部落的對立,要如何去強調?
整個戰爭會從潘達利亞的迷霧資料片上市前會啟動世界事件,來強化 聯盟根部落的戰鬥,塞拉摩這城市摧毀讓聯盟 高層非常暴怒,也會以此為契機強化這兩方的戰鬥,未來整個戰鬥會 蔓延在潘達利亞大陸上,部落與聯盟也會在上 面發動許多的戰鬥以及與熊貓人的互動。

Here's the original quote. Let me translate:
The whole war will be ignited during the world event which leading the game into Mist of Pandaria. Theramore will be destroyed and the leaders of Alliance were outrageous at this matter and completely devote themselves into the war, which reach its peak on the continent of Pandaria. The Horde and the Alliance literally fought on the homeland of Pandaria, which pissed the pandarens off.

部落跟聯盟都很喜歡去殺對方的首領,那熊貓人的首領怎麼算?
在潘達利亞大陸上的 npc 多是中立角色,一部分的熊貓人覺得部落跟聯盟帶來厄運,並對它們 帶有敵意,玩家玩的熊貓人是早已脫離潘達利 亞的熊貓人,在等級達到之後選擇加入陣營,所以是沒有首領可以去 扁的。
Most of the pandarens are neutral characters. And some of them thought the Horde and the Alliance only brought doom to their beloved homeland, and have enmity against both factions. The players pandarens are in a different group. They departed Pandaria long ago and choose their own path. They choose their own faction when level 10, so they don't have a faction leader.

Free Diablo 3 and 12-Months WoW Subscription Plan
We covered that a little during the opening ceremony but didn't really have time to clarify because of all the new MoP info raining down on us. A few important points:


  • The Tyrael's Charger mount will be added in Patch 4.3 and is basically going to be available in a few weeks.
  • This is a 12-months commitment, but you can keep paying on a monthly basis.
  • If you decide to purchase the Diablo III Collector's Edition when it's available, and then choose to add your Collector's Edition license key to the Battle.net account associated with your existing World of Warcraft Annual Pass promotion, you will receive all of the benefits associated with the Collector's Edition, plus receive four months of World of Warcraft game time which is eligible towards your 12-month subscription commitment.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With Deathwing’s shadow looming over Azeroth and the mortal realms of Sanctuary steeling for war against the forces of Diablo, the World of Warcraft Annual Pass has arrived to offer WoW subscribers a chance to participate in both apocalyptic conflicts… without breaking the bank.

For a limited time only, players who make a 12-month subscription commitment to World of Warcraft through the WoW Annual Pass will receive the following epic rewards:


  • Diablo III FREE – Download the digital version via Battle.net for free when the game launches early next year. This is the full game, not a trial edition.
  • Tyrael’s Charger WoW Flying Mount – Ride for the Archangel of Justice on all current and future characters on a single World of Warcraft account. Tyrael’s Charger will arrive via in-game mail with the upcoming launch of patch 4.3.
  • Access to the Next WoW Expansion Beta Test – Get a guaranteed spot in the beta test for the next World of Warcraft expansion (at a time to be announced in the future).
    If you buy the Collector's Edition, you will also get the Fetish Shaman's Spear.

You can pay for the WoW Annual Pass on a monthly basis at $14.99 per month or according to the billing plan of your choice. To participate, you must be 18 or older, have a valid credit card, and have registered a full version of World of Warcraft on or before October 18, 2011.

Sign up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass here, and then keep an eye on the World of Warcraft community site or the Diablo III community site for future announcements regarding the launch dates of these bonuses.

For more information on this offer, including eligibility requirements and details on how the World of Warcraft Annual Pass applies to players who plan to purchase the Diablo III: Collector’s Edition, please read the full FAQ.
This is a pretty good deal for anyone playing WoW, especially since the time between the last patch of Cataclysm and the beginning of Mists of Pandaria will probably much shorter than it was for WotLK/Cataclysm.





Probably not in the final version of the game
You have to admit, those are pretty good cupcakes. (Source Mike Schramm)

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Comments 252 Comments
  1. Shadowfax's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by micho View Post
    she wont on the lore q and a metzen said they had big plans for her
    Jaina will probably end up in SW and they will move her ( in relations) closer to Varian and Anduin, she will probably end up being the new Queen of SW. She lost Arthas and he lost Tiffin, it just fits. Shes already a mother figure to the prince anyways.
  1. JSStryker's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ohshizz View Post
    i wont be playing this the entire time this kung fu panda pokemon expansion is out. good luck have fun!
    Nobody cares if you play or not.
  1. garion55's Avatar
    "To avoid the loss of subscribers , blizzard is trying to win the heart of asian poeple ... kids won ! casual won ! money won ! R.I.P WoW , was fun up to 2008 !"yeah im not a big fan of kung fu panda so ill be skipping this expac. looking like the game died when the Lich King did.
  1. VincentWolf's Avatar
    Erm... They giving fucking horde one more victory over alliance without any compensation?? That's beyond pathetic.
  1. Reparator's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by garion55 View Post
    "To avoid the loss of subscribers , blizzard is trying to win the heart of asian poeple ... kids won ! casual won ! money won ! R.I.P WoW , was fun up to 2008 !"yeah im not a big fan of kung fu panda so ill be skipping this expac. looking like the game died when the Lich King did.
    That's it ... Arthas not only did he kept scourge in check, he also kept Blizzard game designers in check ... with his death the designers are going crazy.
  1. teek37's Avatar
    "So, at BlizzCon we provided a few details about a new expansion and how it's going to have an ever-growing focus on the fight between the Horde and the Alliance in the wake of dispelling many very powerful threats to all of Azeroth. Then we find out a vague detail that some sort of unrelenting attack by the Horde on Theramore is to come.

    The Horde, to remind you, is currently a faction with an overzealous ruler and significant turmoil among their faction leaders; while the Alliance has almost never been quite so unified and far removed from the days of imprisoning orcs.The first pawn on the chess board of what is to be the story for Mists of Pandaria is being moved, and you're angry at whose turn is first? I only offer that maybe there's a little more to the Horde and Alliance story lines in Mists than an Alliance town being leveled... like the entire expansion story you don't know about yet.

    If you wanna make an omelette..."

    Quoted from Zarhym on the official WoW forums. Seems to confirm that something big will be happening at Theramore. But I also like that Zarhym basically tells people to chill out, because you don't even know the slightest bit about the rest of the story. It's hard to call Blizzard on Horde bias because this is not just an on-the-spot decision by Blizzard saying "Oh, let's just make Horde win today." It's an overarching narrative, and you can count on the Alliance getting shots back.Now what I'm wondering is how this plays into Varian's progression as a leader, Jaina's role in the alliance war effort, and maybe even how players reach Pandaria.

    Would it be crazy to think that maybe the naval battle that puts us on Pandaria is fought not far from Theramore? I think the coolest thing would not just be to flat out destroy Theramore before the players finish installing MoP, but rather to have the siege of that city be interactive and let Alliance players try to save it before it finally falls. It would really make the whole thing personal and would be fantastic for the story.
  1. Thuran's Avatar
    Based on how the story has been going so far. I wouldn't be suprised if the horde (sorry, i mean the orcs&goblins, as they are pretty much the only races left in the horde) will basically kick the alliance all the way back to the gates of stormwind, and then have Vol'jin finally assasinate Garrosh there like he promised he would, thereby putting an end to his rule and the war, or something along those lines.We already know that Garrosh will likely be killed in this expansion or the next, when you make a big scene about one leader promising to kill another one, you gotta make something of it, right? Come to think of it, that opens up the option of having a "siege of stormwind" raid instance. Alliance want to go in and kill Garrosh to end the war, and Horde wants to go in and kill Garrosh in order to end the war and save the horde from him, and it would also give both sides a chance to kill off Sylvanas, who was hinted at working to reforge frostmourne.
  1. Requiem4aDr3am's Avatar
    That gameplay video was pretty bad, but thanks for posting it anyways. At least let me see why I won't be getting the expac. The movement on the panda when walking/running was driving me nuts. Looked like a fat kid playing hopscotch. As for theramore being destroyed I never really liked the place anyways.
  1. Palcica's Avatar
    @Reqiem4aDr3am: You base your money spending on video you see of a game wich will be released in about a year?What is wrong with you dude?
  1. Balbarei's Avatar
    Do i need to pay for all 12 months right away or will the charge me per month for 12 month deal?
  1. Azrile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bombkirby View Post
    If Jaina got hurt or even worse, DIED....how do you guys think Thrall would respond?
    That is exactly what happens, she actually dies in the attack. There is nothing Thrall can do to stop the Alliance from attacking. Garrosh purposefully targeted her, because with her dead, Thrall´s ability to stop the war is gone. With Garrosh having so many victories in Cataclysm and destroying Theramore AND now having the Alliance attacking.. very little ability for Thrall to reclaim warchief.

    ---------- Post added 2011-10-24 at 04:56 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by VincentWolf View Post
    Erm... They giving fucking horde one more victory over alliance without any compensation?? That's beyond pathetic.
    Last time I checked this was an RPG, not a dps meter. The devs in no way have to keep things éxactly´ even for RP purposes. You get the same number of mounts, same classes and races, and racials are mostly balanced. It is stupid to think that the storytellers have to balance the number of rp victories each side has. ´omg, you took our lvl 20 quest hub.. now.. er.. we must destroy one of their lvl 20 quest hubs.´ Really? that is how you want the people telling the story to think? For gameplay matters, I am sure the number of quests for those zones will remain the same, your leveling experience won´t change.
  1. sluggs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Balbarei View Post
    Do i need to pay for all 12 months right away or will the charge me per month for 12 month deal?
    If you read what was posted then you would have your answer.

    Yes you can py in 1,3, or 6 month increments or with time cards just like before.

    you are obligated to pay for one year though once you accept it.
  1. Balbarei's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sluggs View Post
    If you read what was posted then you would have your answer.

    Yes you can py in 1,3, or 6 month increments or with time cards just like before.

    you are obligated to pay for one year though once you accept it.
    Since english is not my main language, i still dont understand, If i commit to 12 month, do they charge me for 12 months right away or they charge me every month for the 12 month commitment?
  1. OriginZero's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nyxxi View Post
    We don't want stonard, We'll take somehing along the same size as Theramore, Hammerfall or Tarren Mill thanks
    You can have Hammerfall. Good luck fixing that roof.
  1. Renobeguh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Balbarei View Post
    Since english is not my main language, i still dont understand, If i commit to 12 month, do they charge me for 12 months right away or they charge me every month for the 12 month commitment?
    It's a commitment to pay for 12 months. However you want to pay for it is up to you. Monthly, every 6 months, 1 time annual payment...
  1. Rolly's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Balbarei View Post
    Since english is not my main language, i still dont understand, If i commit to 12 month, do they charge me for 12 months right away or they charge me every month for the 12 month commitment?
    You are charged monthly not all at once. But you are commited for 12 months.
  1. Killmaim Deathbringer's Avatar
    Im quitting because blizzard clearly favors the horde. Yup, this is trolls, this whole thread is dildos.
  1. McFrotton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wries View Post
    Guaranteed place in the Pandaren Beta sold it for me. I loved being a part of Cataclysm beta testing and I also have no plans on quitting WoW even though I play way less than what I once did.I clicked confirm on the 12 month commitment so fast that I didn't even read through the part where it said that I now get Diablo III for free, lols
    They said they plan to keep the 50 character cap but remove the 10 cap per realm(aka 50 on the same realm yay)
  1. Chudah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Balbarei View Post
    Since english is not my main language, i still dont understand, If i commit to 12 month, do they charge me for 12 months right away or they charge me every month for the 12 month commitment?
    Basically, you can continue paying for your subscription the same way you have, except you cannot cancel your account for 12 months. So, you can change payment plans, change credit cards, etc., just like you have done up to this point, but they will not give you the option to cancel your subscription until AFTER the 12 months have passed.
  1. bbr's Avatar
    Choose your destiny was clearly written by an alliance dev.

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