you were one of the elite
few who completed the Culling of Stratholme timed run (before it was
easy) or who later took on the challenge of Zul’Aman and
earned themselves the privilege of riding their very own Armani War
Bear, you may have found yourself hankering for a new challenge ever
since. The rush of pulling mob after mob in a mad dash to the end of
the instance, all the while knowing that at any time your group could
fail and all would be lost is something that many of us long to
replace. The newest World of Warcraft expansion; Mists of Pandaria, has
the potential to provide just what we are looking for.

Challenge Modes are where it is
at in Mists of Pandaria and they have the potential to fulfill our urge
for greater challenges in instances and offer up some great rewards as
well. Want more details on Challenge Modes in WoW? Read onward to get
all the details on these exciting new challenges set to debut in Mists
of Pandaria and decide for yourself if they will fulfill your need for
additional glory.

Guide to Challenge Mode Basics
in Mists of Pandaria

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may view their best scores in various Challenge Modes in the Challenges

If you are tired of running
instances over and over again in Mists of Pandaria and are looking for
a little extra excitement Challenge Modes are just what you are looking
for. Designed to reward those players who go the extra mile and make
completing dungeons something of an art, the idea behind this new
feature is simple; you and your group must race against the clock to
complete a dungeon as quickly as possible. The faster you can complete
the dungeon, the better your reward will be.

Challenge Mode can be selected
before entering a dungeon using the Challenge Mode tab which has been
added to the Dungeon Finder tool. Challenge Modes will be enabled for
all 9 of the anticipated Mists of Pandaria dungeons. Once Challenge
Mode has been selected for a particular dungeon, players need only to
enter to start the timer and begin the challenge. Bronze, Silver, and
Gold medals, as well as other more interesting rewards, will be given
out based on the amount of time taken to complete the dungeon.

If you are wondering if
eventually Challenge Modes will become to easy, the answer is a
resounding no. To ensure that all players are put to the test gear
levels will be normalized by reducing the overall item level to a set
level so that all players are basically equal. This means that there is
literally no way to ever out gear or overpower a challenge. If gear
normalization wasn’t enough players will also find that every
time they complete a dungeon and receive a gold medal they will incur a
stacking debuff on all future attempts. This stacking debuff begins at
5% and increases each time you complete the dungeon and earn a gold

Love what you have heard thus
far about Challenge modes? Then it will be music to your ears to learn
that it has been rumored that Challenge Modes may also be added to raid
instances sometime in the future. If Challenge Modes are implemented in
raid instances will likely depend on the success or failure of this new

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group earning a gold medal at the end of a Challenge Mode dungeon.
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If personal glory from
Challenge Modes in Mist of Pandaria isn’t enough for you, the
leader board should help to remedy your longing for world renown. Those
who participate in Challenge Modes can compare their performance,
ranks, times, and medals using the leader board feature. The leader
board can be accessed inside the Challenge Mode panel and will allow
players to easily see what kind of competition they face on their
journey to becoming the best on their realm.

Challenge Mode Rewards

At the end of every complete
challenge, rewards will be given out to the triumphant group based on
the type of medal they have managed to achieve. While little is known
for sure about what exactly these rewards will ultimately be, it has
been said that things like armor, titles, mounts, and even pets are
some of the spoils players who participate in Challenge Modes have to
look forward to. The better the medal (with gold being the best), the
better the reward.

Will you be taking part in the
exciting new Challenge Modes in Mists of Pandaria? Do you think players
will ultimately find a way to “overpower” them?
Share you thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016

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