World of Warcraft's
final pre-Mists of Pandaria content patch has gone live,
introducing a new World Event (Attack on Theramore Isle) and a host of
fairly significant changes to existing systems. Some noteworthy examples:
- the majority of earnable Achievements, pets and mounts will be made
account-wide instead of per-character.
- area-effect looting, which has been around for a while in other games,
makes its debut.
- the slot for relics, ranged and thrown weapons has been removed. Ranged
weapons have had their damage output increased and their minimum range
removed to compensate.
- a new talent tree system
- all characters now take 40% less damage from other players
A number of players have been experiencing difficulties downloading the patch
and difficulties logging into the game after patching due to server
congestion. Reception to the patch has been mixed.
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