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.