Updated Fri, Dec 14, 2012 by Mem
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.1 is a few weeks out and most of us have had ample time to get out and experience most of what this new patch has to offer. As with most patches, the content found in Patch 5.1 is a combination of things that players either seem to love or hate. However, often times the bad stuff gets focused on more than the good. This article strictly focuses on the good and reflects on some of the best things found in Patch 5.1.
If you have read any of my past articles you are well aware that I love Pet Battles. Even though I cannot dedicate as much time as I wish to them, I still think Pet Battles are one of the best additions ever to be introduced into the game. So imagine my excitement to see all the cool changes coming to this niche of the game in Patch 5.1. While I love all the changes and additions that 5.1 brought to Pet Battles, one stood out above the rest; Battle-stones.
Battle-stones are nifty little objects that can be used to upgrade the quality of Battle Pets and are the answer to many a player's prayer. Finally players have the ability to upgrade their favorite pets using a fairly easy method. The best part of the deal? Battle-stones are not soulbound, which means after you have upgraded all your pets, you are free to sell Battle-stones on the Auction House to make a cool profit.
Nothing is more frustrating than having a really great piece of gear, only to notice that the item level of the piece leaves a lot to be desired. Patch 5.1 has remedied that problem with the addition of several new Ethereal NPCs located in the Pandarian faction capitals. These upgrades won't even cost you any of your hard earned gold, instead players can use any leftover Valor, Honor, or Justice Points they have sitting around collecting dust. The only drawback of this is that items that have had their item level improved can no longer be placed into Void Storage. However, I think this is a small price to pay in the grand scheme of things and the ability to upgrade the item level of your gear sits firmly on my list of good things introduced in Patch 5.1.
The whole idea behind the Mists of Pandaira expansion is this ultimate conflict between the Alliance and the Horde. While the initial release gave us a taste of things to come, it left us wanting more. Patch 5.1 allows us to delve a bit more into the storyline with the introduction of a brand new quest line taking place in the Krasarang Wilds. These quests spearhead the effort to summon massive war fleets from both factions to the shores of Pandaria and really gives players the feel that war is coming and coming quickly putting this new campaign firmly on my list.
The Stranglethorn Vale Fishing
Extravaganza was an epic fishing tournament where once a week players
could pit their Fishing skill against other players to win prizes.
Sadly, this contest, along with the Kalu'ak Fishing Derby, was
removed from the game and it was anyone's guess if they would ever
return. While it appears that the Kalu'ak Fishing Derby may be gone
for good, Patch 5.1 has reintroduced the Stranglethorn Vale Fishing
Extravaganza. Available every Sunday, this competition makes an
otherwise rather mundane profession, exciting.
While breaking the don't talk about it rule of the Brawler's Guild may have severe consequences, it is to great an idea not to talk about. A haven for PvE enthusiasts, the Brawler's Guild allows players to pit themselves up against some of the most challenging monsters in game all in the presence of a live audience. While tickets seem to still be pretty exclusive, the Brawler's Guild is a great alternative to raiding or other PvE activities and could even potentially appeal to those who generally prefer PvP.
What parts of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.1 are you enamored with? Share your thoughts with us using the comments section below!