Unless you live under a rock, you are
probably already well aware of the release of World of Warcraft:
Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2. This newest patch has been going strong
on live servers for a few weeks now and besides for a few hiccups
along the way (hotfixes incoming!), things seem to be running pretty
smoothly. Now that I've had a chance to check out and experience most
of what this patch has to offer, I am firmly of the opinion that this
In fact I am so smitten with Patch 5.2
that I might even go so far as to say that this is the best patch
World of Warcraft has seen since before Cataclysm. Crazy? Maybe.
Check out five of the reasons Patch 5.2 is so awesome below and see
if you agree:
Top 5 Reasons Patch 5.2 is Awesome
Stormwind and Orgrimmar Rebuilt
One of the biggest appeals for me about
Cataclysm was that the world was changed...in a major way. This was a
totally new in game experience because up until that point the in
game world had actually changed very little. After Cataclysm I had
hoped that the world would continue to change, not including the
introduction of brand new lands/zones.
In Patch 5.2 we see the first inkling
that perhaps the world will continue to evolve around us with the
reconstruction of Stormwind and Orgrimmar. A work in progress since
the beginning of the Cataclysm expansion, these two cities had both
apparently employed some of the worst construction crews possible.
However, despite the long wait the cities are back to their full
glory, and while the work is far from perfect, the front gates to
these two majestic cities have been rebuilt.
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Sunwell Plateau 5.2
If you weren't around to experience the
likes of the rebuilding of Sunwell Plateau or the opening of the
gates of Agn'Qiraj before that, then you have no idea of what is in
store for you as your server works to open the Isle of Thunder. There
is something thrilling and unifying knowing that you and the rest of
your server are all combining their efforts towards a single goal.
Each new section that is unlocked is a tiny victory that comes close
to the feeling of defeating a raid boss. This is one experience no
player should go without and for this reason alone Patch 5.2 could
easily make the list of awesome World of Warcraft patches.
New Content Galore
One of the biggest complaints of
players in World of Warcraft is boredom. If new content is not
released, things just tend to get stale. Tiny content patches with a
few new quests and other small changes just can't quench the thirst
for new content either. With the expansion still so fresh, many WoW
players were anticipating one of the smaller patches for 5.2.
However, the reality of the patch is far from small. In fact Patch
5.2 is packed full of new content goodness.
Patch 5.2 brings us a brand new
mega-raid packed full with 13 raid bosses, a new zone that unlocks in
stages, a single player scenario, and much, much more. This overflow
of content is one great reason why this newest content patch is well
into the realm of awesome.
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Back to Vanilla
Any player who has been playing World
of Warcraft since the beginning has at some point in time experienced
a sense of nostalgia for the good old days. The good old days when
things were harder, better, more fun, etc., etc. According to popular
opinion, the game has been drifting further and further away from
those days with every expansion. However, Mists of Pandaria, and more
specifically Patch 5.2, seems to be heading back to the days of
vanilla WoW. Patch 5.2 has reintroduced world bosses, no fly zones,
big bad bosses, epic quest lines, and beautiful scenery. While we may
never get back to the days of vanilla WoW, Patch 5.2 seems to be a
giant step in the right direction.
They are big, bad, and totally extinct
in the real world. However, Blizzard has brought these beasts from
the ancient past back to life in Patch 5.2. In fact players will now
find an entire island devoted to these beasts in the Isle of Giants.
You can ride them, buy them, and Hunters can even tame them. Let's
face it...dinosaurs are the epitome of awesomeness and Patch 5.2 puts
them up front and center for our gaming enjoyment.
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That concludes my list of reasons why Patch
5.2 is awesome. How do you feel about World of Warcraft
Patch 5.2? Is this the best patch since pre-Cataclysm? What would you
like to see in future game patches? Share your thoughts with us by
using the comment section below!
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