Mists of Pandaria is, as we all know by now, is the brand new World of Warcraft expansion. This new WoW expansion and its panda filled goodness has managed to evoke some strong feelings in the gaming community, drawing a line cleaning between those that love the concept and those that hate it. However, regardless of if you love or hate the idea of the newest WoW expansion, one thing holds true for almost every loyal Blizzard fan; we all have our own personal wish lists for what we hope Mists of Pandaria will bring to our beloved game.
From more PvP features to epic new raids the contents of these lists of hopes and dreams for the new WoW expansion are as varied as the players themselves. Some of these wishes will be fulfilled, but most will likely never come to fruition, but we are all allowed to dream. Below you will find a slice of my own personal new expansion wish list filled with the things that would make my Mists of Pandaria expansion experience truly epic:
New WoW Expansion Wish #1 - Public Quests/Outdoor Bosses
Taken straight from the pages of games such as Warhammer Online and Rift public quests and outdoor bosses would not only provide reason for players to once again head out into the wilds of Azeroth, but would also add some extra spice to the game. While public quests have never been seen before in WoW, outdoor bosses have. If you are a long time player you probably have gotten a group together to head out and take down an outdoor boss. Sometimes you were successful, while other times your kill would be stolen or perhaps you would engage in some epic world PvP.
Public quests are much the same idea, players would head off into the unknown and come across a huge battle. You jump in, have fun, and collect the rewards. Perhaps player could even earn achievements for the bosses giving extra incentive to take them down. Outdoor bosses and public quests a like should, in my opinion, be a must have for the next WoW expansion. Will Blizzard see things the way I do? We will have to wait and see.
New WoW Expansion Wish #2 - Blood Elf and Draenei Love
The man (in this case the “man” in question referrers to Blizzard) has kept Blood Elves and Draenei down for much too long and its time we rise up and riot against the shackles of unfairness that have thus far held both races down. Well…maybe we can skip the rioting, but if you’re a fan of the Blood Elves or Draenei then, like me, you are hoping that in the newest WoW expansion Blizzard will finally get around to fixing up the starting zones for both races.
If you are wondering what is wrong with these two zones then you obviously have never had the displeasure of making your way through them as a brand new Blood Elf or Draenei. In short, these two zones suck and by suck I mean terrible, awful, horrid, and repulsive. While all other starting zones have seen vast improvements these two starting zones have been literally left to rot and have not seen changes since they were first implemented. Sure the Burning Crusade expansion was kind of terrible, but I think its time we stopped punishing the Blood Elves and Draenei for it! So since I believe that no one should be turned off of a race simply because its starting zone is full of fail, lets hope that both starting zones will see a total revamp in the next WoW expansion.
New WoW Expansion Wish #3 - Guild Perks
Besides their obvious uses, guild perks also made being in a guild worthwhile, which is very important in an age where maintaining a guild has become harder than ever. This is why the addition of more guild perks has it’s own special spot on my WoW expansion wish list. With that being said we can’t go adding guild perks all willy nilly like either. New guild perks in the next WoW expansion need to be well thought out and worth working for but not so overpowered that they will cause Qqing all over the interwebs. Find the perfect combination of the two and those will be the guild perks of tomorrow.
New WoW Expansion Wish #4 - Phased Zones
The next WoW expansion needs more phased zones. I know many of you are inwardly moaning and maybe even cursing my name for even mentioning such a thing, but hear me out. While there were a few (and by few I mean many) problems with the phased zones, the overall concept was a good one. So for a second forget the annoyance of trying to mine nodes that would vanish before you could gather the ore, or attempting to search out a player only to discover they weren’t in the same phase as you and try to see the beauty of the phased zone
A great example of the beauty of phased zones lies on the Isle of Quel’Danas. Here as players completed quests they could see a visible change on the island. Enemies retreated, buildings were restored, and portals opened. As a result of these changes the player was totally immersed in the game world, empowered by their ability to actually see the fruits of their labors come to life before their very eyes. This is why I say bring on the phased zones in the next WoW expansion, because lets face it, unphased zones are just plain boring in comparison
New WoW Expansion Wish #5 - Faction Swapping
If you’re thinking “faction swapping…we can already do that!“ you would be partially correct. Every player currently has the option to change factions for a small fee. The catch is that in order to change factions you must also change your race. This is a real bummer for those of us who are partial to one particular race or another. However, things may be about to change, or at least I'd like to hope they are.
As we all know Mists of Pandaria, the next WoW expansion, will for the first time in the history of Azeroth introduce players to a race that can be played by both Horde and Alliance. If this new race is successful perhaps in the future we will be able to change factions without changing our beloved race. Why can’t a Blood Elf decide to work for the Alliance, or a Human for the Horde, similar situations happen in real life all the time. To achieve this the player could simply complete quests to gain reputation with the other faction, much like one would do with the Bloodsail Buccaneers. Allowing this would give a whole new dimension to the game. So as unlikely as it may be I’m crossing my fingers for faction changes (preferably without a fee) that don’t require a change of race in the next WoW expansion.
Every WoW player is different and as such each of our wish lists will contain vastly different items. Can you see the items on my personal wish list finding themselves into the next WoW expansion? Share your thoughts on my list and share your own in the comments section below!