Updated Fri, Dec 27, 2013 by Mem
The new year is almost upon us, in real life and World of Warcraft. As 2013 draws to a close, we realize that not only is a new year incoming, but also, a new expansion is on the way. With this in mind, it seems like the perfect time to look back on the Mists of Pandaria expansion and recall the good and bad we have seen along the way. Today I would like to focus on the positive, so below I have gathered together my top five picks for best of Mists of Pandaria. Read onward and see if my picks match up with yours!
Back in 5.0.4 we saw the first inkling of cross-realm capabilities with cross-realm zones. Before that we had cross-realm battlegrounds and arenas. Now cross-realm technology in game has gone even further and almost every low population realm has found itself totally meshed with at least one other realm. There is no seams between these realms, they function as one. You can talk to, raid with, and troll major cities with these realms. While it seems this meshing of realms has brought about mixed feelings, I am firmly of the opinion that they are good.
These cross-realm mergers have put new life into dead servers and given players hope that once again their servers might be bustling hubs of activity. No longer will be finding a group be an impossible task, filling your guild feel hopeless, or will zones feel totally and utterly abandoned. Sure, there might be some glitches along the way, but overall cross-realm mergers are really some of the best of Mists of Pandaria.
Flexible Raiding is a huge hit with almost every World of Warcraft player. Something that should havebeen done long ago, this style of raiding appeals to almost every player type. In short, Flex Raids allow groups of friends to(finally) raid together, which is something raiders have wanted since day one, while still being able to fill the raid with PUGs if theneed arises. With dynamic difficulty based on raid size and solid consequences for bad behavior in raids, Flexible Raids are without adoubt one of the best things in Mists of Pandaria.
While this may be redundant with Flexible Raiding right above, Mists of Pandaria was an expansion where I felt that raiding finally was able to get back to it's roots. Top guilds are pleased with the challenge fights posed and that is an excellent things. Raiding is supposed to be a challenge and in the last few expansions it has been anything but. Also on the nice list was the almost consent flow of raiding content in this expansion. We almost never had the chance to get bored, which is usually one of the major complaints from raiders. Sure there have been issues along the way, but overall raiding in Mists of Pandaria has felt like some of the best we have seen since Wrath of the Lich King. The best part? Thanks to an awesome start in Mists, Even better raiding is likely to be seen in Warlords of Draenor.
Pleasing everyone is almost never possible. Someone, somewhere, is always going to be unhappy with something in an expansion. The Mists of Pandaria expansion is no different. With that being said, this expansion made a valiant effort at it. Pandaria was awash in content that was aimed towards all kinds of players: casuals, hardcore, and everything in between. The Siege of Orgrimmar, two new battlegrounds, and the Timeless Isle are just a few examples of the great content found in this expansion that appeal to very different crowds. While Blizzard couldn't make every single player happy, the definitely gave it their best shot and it shows.
While still relatively new, the Timeless Isle is without a doubt one of the best parts of this expansion. A great (and easy) place to gear up, the Isle combines the best of WoW into one place. Just the right amount of dailies, great rewards, achievements, and the thrill of seeking out named mobs and various rares all add to the appeal of this in-game island. While the reputation grind is a bit daunting, almost everything else is perfectly right here. I never feel like I am squandering my time when I am on the Timeless Isle. I couldn't be more happy to hear that in Warlords of Draenor we will be seeing more of this type of play throughout the game.
That covers my picks for the best of Mists of Pandaria. Check back tomorrow for the worst of this expansion. In the meantime, what are some of your personal picks for best of this expansion? Be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!