MMO-Champion - Mists of Pandaria Internal Alpha, NAO Invitational, Method vs Dragon Soul
Update: Our friends over at GuildWars2Guru were able to take part in the press event for Guild Wars 2 and get PvE, PvP, cities, character creation, and other videos. If you are interested in the game be sure to have a look!

Mists of Pandaria Internal Alpha Started
A lot of people have been asking me when we should expect a MoP beta or more updates on the game, and the answer to that question is simple: soon. All the recent events indicate that the internal alpha testing already started:


  • The old WoW2 Battle.net accounts used for the Cataclysm Beta have finally been removed from some players Battle.net pages.
  • The recent update of the official talent calculator had multiple spells tagged as "NYI" (Not Yet Implemented). This is what we see in Alpha/Beta stages of the game to indicate that a spell doesn't work in-game yet.
  • Community Managers have posted actual screenshots of new spells tooltips in-game. It means they have a server they can easily connect to for that, and it's most likely the biggest proof.


Now what does it mean for players? First, let's be clear, this is the internal alpha and it is different from the Friend & Family Alpha where non-Blizzard employees can play as long as they know someone in the company. This one would be restricted to employees only and Blizzard executives are probably watching anything happening there very closely.

However, it definitely means that if everything goes well we should see a Friend & Family Alpha or a Beta within one or two month, and the Mists of Pandaria press tour on March 19 is most likely a way to prepare fansites to that. For Cataclysm, the press tour happened about 2 weeks before the start of the closed beta.


NAO Invitational Tournament
Curse, Skill-Capped, and Logitech are sponsoring a player run Arena tournament with over $4000 in prizes. You can find the list of prizes on ArenaJunkies. See the structure and rules for more information about how the teams are selected.

This tournament did not allow 4.3 PvE gear and had the final matches this afternoon.



Method vs Dragon Soul
Method made a nice video overview of their journey through Dragon Soul that is different from the normal boss kill videos.



Trading Card Game Art Gallery Update
The Trading Card game art gallery has been updated with ten new pieces.



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  1. Lord Swizzlington's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Draxz View Post
    LoL we won't see beta till april then "BIG" maybe release at nov/December of MoP. Remember they want to capitalize the corporate greed of Annual Pass subscribers.
    That doesn't make any sense, even from a corporate greed spin. If they were greedy, they would want to retain as many of those players as possible. Seeing how those players will be subscribed either way, Blizzard's "greed" would dictate that they retain those players AFTER the pass is up. Do they do this by delaying content from players, making them bored and more likely to quit the game? Or do they give them a new expansion fill with more content to keep the subscribing long after the annual pass is up?

    Your argument comes down to, "it's a super smart move to have your players sit in year old content in order to get them to come back for another year harp a larp".
  1. calmsea's Avatar
    Method made a nice video. Such a shame that that it's for a raid no one really cares about or likes.
  1. Lee_01's Avatar
    BEST VIDEO EVER!!NOTHING ELSE TO SAYand...sry for the caps ^^
  1. Sixpac's Avatar
    Yeah Boub, dream on. The Beta will *never* start before Diablo 3 is out.
  1. darkhorz's Avatar
    Very well done, Method. That video is quite impressive. I really enjoyed watching it. I can't imagine how much work went into making it. Thank you for making it.
  1. Chevelle's Avatar
    The method movie seriously sent the shivers down my spine. I loved it!
  1. Kzilla's Avatar
    15,000 mana for dps cooldown. I guess we now know what their decision on stat inflation is so far. Obviously it's alpha and can change.
  1. tilgare's Avatar
    Finished watching the video and it was amazing! I wonder how many weeks it took to get the shots they wanted or how many people were running around taking video instead of killing stuff. =) I also have to wonder how they got a few of the aerial shots... some of them were way more than a zoomed out camera it looked like.Anyhow, loved it!
  1. Aekero's Avatar
    Wow, that video was awesome!
  1. Kaleredar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bombkirby View Post
    Le sigh....

    The typical mmochamp comment...that saps all joy from the game....
    Do you wish for me to explicate my comment?

    While the setting in Dragonblight is tied closely to dragon lore, it's position in Northrend, coupled with the fact that its covered in ice and snow, and not excluding that it was already quite a dull zone, makes it starkly different from where I think the final battle between the heroes and the crazed, molten, lava-spewing final boss raid should occur. Combine this with bosses that have no previous stake in lore, nor any real established relevance. In contrast, examine ICC- professor putricide may have had no previous mention in WotLK, but he is easily identifiable as the scourge mastermind behind developing the plague and creating the Lich King's more horrific abominations (which also helps establish festergut and rotface.) Lady Deathwhisper is established as the leader of the cult of the damned. Now, back to dragon soul... look at Stormbinder Hagara. What, exactly, does she do? What positions her as a more "powerful" shaman above the others? Why is she qualified to be a boss? Warmaster Blackhorn could have been nicely tied in if the forces he leads, the elite dragonriders, had been seen once prior to DS. Even without specific mention of his name, he would have had some "authority" as a raid boss, so to speak.
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tric619 View Post
    Knowing how bad is blizz to sticking to deadlines , my guess is MoP will be out around December
    I hope not. The last thing Blizzard needs is a repeat of Icecrown Citadel.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Risin View Post
    Either Blizz carry out speedy testing this time round, or they'll fail to deliver the 'yearly expansions' that were promised.
    They failed the day after 12/7/2011.
  1. roahn the warlock's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dokhidamo View Post
    There are no leaks, there's no alpha, there's no beta.This is internal, it'll last at least a month before they open it up to friends and family. Then a few months later it'll go beta.Don't you get it? We've been had. Alpha'll start at the press event and Beta over the summer. Annual pass was a scam to get us to pay for a year and Blizz wouldn't need to release any content. Pushing my release date back a month, November launch for MoP. My subscription is as good as done.
    I'm gonna go ahead and say bad potatoes. Why? because only 1 million people signed up for the pass, there's like 10 million left who did not. Blizzard isn't that stupid. I'm calling beta at the end of march, and a release late june. right when school lets out and every kid needs something to occupy them. outside? never heard of it

    ---------- Post added 2012-02-19 at 11:05 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Alayea View Post
    I hope not. The last thing Blizzard needs is a repeat of Icecrown Citadel.
    At least ICC was fun, and the achievements were fun, and raiding was fun, and you tried to get the achievement mount because it was cool, and wasn't out shined by some store mount, and it had 12 bosses, and heroic mode bosses actually features different mechanics, instead of a new healthpool, and there was enough bosses for there to be easy bosses and hard bosses, and the legendary took at least some time to get, and ulduar was still worth going back to. Hell, alts were still fun to make.
  1. Twotonsteak's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dokhidamo View Post
    There are no leaks, there's no alpha, there's no beta.This is internal, it'll last at least a month before they open it up to friends and family. Then a few months later it'll go beta.Don't you get it? We've been had. Alpha'll start at the press event and Beta over the summer. Annual pass was a scam to get us to pay for a year and Blizz wouldn't need to release any content. Pushing my release date back a month, November launch for MoP. My subscription is as good as done.
    I'd agree, but the numbers say the "Annual Pass" only softened continued losses. And while it may only be anecdotal, I can say that only two people in my fairly large guild only bothered with it...and that was for Diablo 3. They haven't actually played WoW in months.

    If Boub's powers of deduction and Spock-like logic are correct, then "Internal Alpha" has been going on. If that is the case, then the expansion is on track to follow previous patterns of starting Beta a month or two after the Press Tour.
  1. La's Avatar
    when I saw Divine Star all I could think about was Ahri
  1. Mafic's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MysticalOS View Post
    Better not be, considering what they sacrificed from cataclysm to speed up MoP development. No later then June IMO. They scrapped 6 months worth of content for MoP to come out 6 month sooner, it better come out 6 month sooner.
    Surprise? Let this be a learning lesson.
  1. Truesky's Avatar
    (imo) The Paragon Lich King kill video was so much better than this video by Method. Nothing is thought out in this video. Its a random compilation of shots with music that doesn't really fit it. Lets use all music that sounds 'epic' does not work! Try again please.
  1. turskanaattori's Avatar
    I am a sucker for these kinds of videos.I don't cry that often, but today I got some salt on my tongue.
  1. Ibbi's Avatar
    And why is there this rumor going around that MoP is coming in March? What a load of BS!
  1. trinzel's Avatar
    Meh nice intro the Methods vid, but after Morchok lost interest.... "same candy, different store"
  1. McFrotton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alayea View Post
    I hope not. The last thing Blizzard needs is a repeat of Icecrown Citadel.


    They failed the day after 12/7/2011.
    NO they said year and half in between xpac not yearly.

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