While I really enjoyed Leeloo’s post on migrating the forums over to a new kick-ass forum application (thanks again Lee to the Loo), this post to kick off Mists of Pandaria is, again, egregiously tardy. So, let’s get to it. . .
Well, as you all you, Blizzard has released it’s latest expansion called Mists of Pandaria and it’s based on the continuing escalation of Horde and Alliance hostilities. The majority of the expac will be played on the Island of Pandaria where each faction will be helped by a new Pandastic race. My initial thoughts about the expansion are 1) it’s absolutely gorgeous — Blizzard has done a great job to make it look and feel like something we haven’t seen before; 2) I like the gating aspect of the expansion — dailies, valor point caps, etc. . . all allow you to experience the game as intended rather than just sit in a city spamming dungeons; 3) while i love dailies and no matter how much Blizzard mixes them up, they do tend to get tedious and are a enormous time suck; 4) i don’t know how people with other things going on in their lives (i.e. sleeping & breathing) will be able to level & gear up a competent alt for raiding; 5) the initial raid encounters are nicely tuned — current blues give it a razor thin margin for error while purples will allow you to somewhat ignore some daunting mechanics; and finally 6) the guild seems to be be busy and boisterous at all hours — it’s nice to see an active populace in guild once again.
It looks like just about everyone is still busy leveling up and grinding through dailies for additional gear. The one thing I do ask you to remember is that if you are looking for a particular piece of gear, the guild is willing to chip in gold (up to a certain extent). We will tend to prioritize healers and tanks for this and if you’re thinking of asking for anything north of 10-12K gold for one piece of gear then you should think again. We’ve amassed quite a war chest from the Cataclysm and it’s time to use it. We have been spending the gold on some crafted mats, enchants, enhancements, gems and golden lotus mainly but there’s still plenty of it left over. However, there is a set amount of gold that I’d like to maintain in the guild bank so this “ask” will essentially be first come, first serve.
With all that you can do in Mists, we have managed to accomplish some minor raiding. We successfully downed both world bosses (Sha of Anger & Galleon) in the first week with several guild members receiving nice epic loot. We ran LFR in it’s first week with 19 people in the guild (which gives me good hopes for 25s) and cleared all the LFR bosses with hardly any difficulty (I’ve heard and continue to hear LFR horror stories). We’ve sent in our first 10 man into Mogu’Shan Vaults and managed to kill 2 bosses with one night left to try more. It’s still early but this puts us 2nd on the server in terms of progression right behind Guardians of Innocence. Nefarious and Knights or Crusade are breathing down our necks though and there are several really good guilds who have yet to start raiding so it should be competitive and interesting. Our 2nd 10 man is less than one week away from launching and hopefully our 25 mans will not be far behind. We’re continuing to recruit slowly since the talent base is still quite low on the server. But, we’re still growing and we’re still adding quality players.
Overall, it seems like this expansion is turning out to be a great improvement over the Cataclysm. The guild seems to be meshing together quite nicely and there’s nothing quite like a really active guild. I’d love to hear how the expansion has been treating everyone so please comment here or on our forums. Otherwise, happy grinding and let’s go kill some bosses.