Mists of Pandaria Beta Recap

Discover what is new, whats hot, and which of your favorite features have been moved to the back burner, in this recap of the Mists of Pandaira beta.

Keeping up with the changes happening in any beta is difficult and the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria beta is no exception. The beta is in a near constant state of disarray with things being added and removed almost daily. To say the least, it is quite the task to keep up with things and can become rather frustrating.

In order to alleviate some of this frustration, we here at Ten Ton Hammer have pulled together a listing of everything we feel is important to know about the Mists of Pandaria beta. .Below you will find where the beta currently stands, what changes and additions are particularly exciting, and what has been tossed on the backburner for the time being. So read onward and say goodbye to those beta changes blues, at least for the moment.

Mists of Pandaria Beta Overview

The Mists of Pandaria beta probably resembles what the finsihed product will look like.

Currently players entering into the Mists of Pandaria beta will find a vastly different product from the one experienced by those who experienced it in its infancy. The beta today feels like a mostly done product. Having a near constant stream of feedback over the course of several months apparently has paid off. While there are still many features, raids, and arenas unavailable players will find that the beta will offer a rich experience that is a good indicator of the finished product.

With that being said, this is still a beta and things are far perfect. For example in any given day there is a good chance quest items won’t spawn no matter how many mobs you kill, abilities will only function half the time or not at all, and sometimes the entire thing will crash and burn in a fiery ball of glory that will make even the most calm WoW player contemplate /face palming.

Don’t let the problems deter you from experiencing the Mists of Pandaira beta while it is still available. This is the perfect time to not only test out the cool new features, zones, and other goodies coming in the newest expansion, but also provides you with a chance to have your voice heard about what changes need to be made to make this expansion great. Sure the beta is unpolished, but it is exactly this lack of refinement that can make it so appealing. Wondering what you should be checking out once you log into the beta? Read onward to find out!

Mists of Pandaria Beta New Additions

As mentioned above, the beta is already pretty well developed and many of the most exciting features have already been implemented. However, the most recent addition to the Mists of Pandaria family is sure to turn more than a few WoW player’s heads.

Cross-Realm Zones

Cross-Realm Zones are exactly what they sound like; zones that are literally shared between realms. This new feature is designed to help populate typically under populated areas such as low level zones or other areas that most players have already “grown” out of. Never again will you be the only level 5 player questing your way diligently through Durotar.

Much like battlegrounds, Cross-Realm Zones will allow players to form a group with players from select realms. When in a Cross-Realm Zone, nothing will change except that the zone will contain extra players from other realms. You may group and interact with these additional players freely with only a few trade restrictions in place. For more information on this exacting new feature check out Blizzards official page on Cross-Realm Zones or simply log into the beta to experience it for yourself!

Mists of Pandaria Beta Must Sees

The new talent system is one of the biggest changes coming to the Mists of Pandaria beta and is a must see for beta testers. 

With so many new things to see inside the Mists of Pandaria beta, one can easily become overwhelmed with trying ot decide what they should make a priority. Below you will find a list of things that we here at Ten Ton Hammer are a must-see for every player in the beta. So if you haven’t seen these features yet, get out there and experience them for yourself because the beta won’t last forever. 

Revamped Dungeons

No matter if you have been playing WoW from the start, or if you have jumped on the bandwagon more recently, you have probably been asking yourself when some of the old dungeons would be getting a facelift. The answer to this question is now. Ragefire Chasm, Scarlet Monastery, and Scholomance have been totally revamped in the Mists of Pandaria beta and are better than ever before. Fans of these instances should not miss out on the chance to get an early look at these old dungeon favorites.

Cross-Realm Zones

Cross-Realm Zones, as detailed above, are the newest addition to the Mists of Pandaria beta and thus should be at the top of every players must see list. Cross-Realm Zones available for testing in the beta include: Northern Barrens, Ashenvale, Azshara, Darkshore, Westfall, and Silithus. Not only will you be one of the first to try out this exciting new feature, but you will have the chance to give important feedback on it as well.

Talent System

While the addition of a brand new race and class is pretty exciting stuff, one of the other major changes coming to WoW in the not so distant future is a totally new talent system. Everything you think you know about talents gets blown out the window in Mists of Pandaria and the beta is the perfect place to check it out. Try out new specs, learn about new spells, or just get a feel for how this new talent system will work so you are prepared for when it goes live.

Pandaria and the Monk

While it probably doesn’t need to be said, every player should be taking at least a glimpse into Pandaria. Wild and beautiful, Pandaria is truly something special. Going hand in hand with this new land is a brand new class; the Monk. Promising to offer up a play style that we haven’t experienced before inside WoW, trying out the Monk is a must in the Mists of Pandaria beta.

Mists of Pandaria Backburner Items

It is true that the Mists of Pandaria beta is a pretty polished product, however, in order to fine tune the current material, Blizzard has put a few things on the backburner. The list below includes many (but not all) of the items that are currently being left to simmer until a later date:

  • Level 90
  • PVE Scenarios
  • Dungeon Challenge Modes
  • Pandaren Mounts
  • Dreadwastes
  • Vale of Eternal Blossoms
Dungeons and Raids
  • Gate of the Setting Sun
  • Heroic Stormstout Brewery
  • Heroic Temple of the Jade Serpent
  • Heroic Shado-Pan Monastery
  • Heroic Mogu-Shan’s Palace
  • Heroic Gate of the Setting Sun
  • Heroic Siege of Niuzao Temple
  • Heroic Revamped Scholomance
  • Mogu-Shan Vaults
  • Terrace of the Endless Spring
  • Heart of the Fear
Battlegrounds and Arena
  • Tol'vir Arena
  • Silvershard Mine
  • Temple of Kotmogu

What would you suggest other players check out in the Mists of Pandaria beta? Which of the backburner features are you most looking forward to? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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