Will the two tabards (Huojin(horde) + Tushui(alliance) Tabards) be buyable in 5.0.4 or with MoPs launch?
You could buy the Blidgewater and Gilneas tabards pre-cata iirc. People grinded them in the LK 5 mans, I remember seeing those trikes around.
I thought they were done with tabards like that? I wonder, why the change of heart.
They wanted to change how the factions in the new area worked to be more like the BC model with tabards as a reward at the end. As for the pandaren tabards, they *have* to fall under the WOLk/Cata model of tabards *to* level with. As it stands, there's no quests or anything to get rep with either set of pandas. Also, as far as for mounts and everything goes, there's no reason to change the Pandaren factions from the other racial factions.
The Tabards ARE being implemented with the pre-patch, you WILL be able to grind the rep pre-expac, an those ARE the Pandaren factions that align with the Horde (Houjin) and Alliance (Tushui). The only thing they haven't implemented is the ability to PURCHASE the new faction's mounts. I don't know why they are holding off but we'll find out soon enough.
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The 90 factions you can daily grind for.
"I quit WoW."
If I say it's Azshara next enough times, eventually I'll be right. So here we go again. It's got to be Azshara next, so get ready for the Sylvanas expansion we inevitably get instead!
Just adding that even in the Burning Crusade pre-patch, you could work on Silvermoon and Exodar reputation. You could get the new quests from the handful of new blood elf and draenei quest givers they added to the old hubs, or you could complete battlegrounds which would net you reputation to all the Horde/Alliance Forces.
So, yeah, it's pretty safe to assume that you'll be able to start grinding Huojin and Tushui reputation before the expansion is released.