If you are anything like me, farming Sunsong Ranch in World of Warcraft is something pretty special. Sure its not quite as exciting as say taking down that last boss in the raid your guild has been working on for weeks, but there is just something about tilling that soil that appeals to me. Which is also probably why I was more than a little addicted to Farmville for a period of time, but I digress. However, I've always felt that Sunsong Ranch would be so much better, so much more personal, if I could actually call it my own.
Buying the Farm
It appears that in Patch 5.2 this dream will come to life In an effort to play Santa, Blizzard has recently given us a small taste of what is in store for us in the newest World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria patch. While many exciting additions and changes were revealed in the Patch notes for 5.2, including a brand new raid instance, my attention was immediately drawn to the changes coming to the Tillers faction and in turn Sunsong Ranch.
Finally, we will have the ability to purchase Sunsong Ranch from Farmer Yoon and make it our very own. According to the patch notes, once we purchase the ranch it will basically become our own personal inn. Pretty cool right? This means that Sunsong Ranch will be a safe haven where we can log out in relative safety.
As if just owning Sunsong Ranch wasn't enough, it appears that once you have purchased the land work orders will begin to flow in from all over Pandaria. These work orders will come from various factions and will earn us reputation with that faction once they are completed. For those of us who already spend time each day at the ranch, this ability to earn reputation while doing something we enjoy is nothing short of amazing.
Farmer Yoon will be giving up the keys to the castle in Patch 5.2
Here is what Blizzard had to say about buying the farm in their official Patch notes for 5.2:
"Players that have grown attached to working the land at Sunsong Ranch can now purchase the land from Farmer Yoon. Once the farm is owned by a player, it becomes a rest point like an Inn, where the player can bind and instantly log out. Work orders will pour into the farm from factions across Pandaria, and completing a work order will earn a reputation boost with the issuing faction.
Please note: The new Sunsong Ranch features are not available on the PTR, but will be coming soon.”
This hot piece of realty could be all yours in Patch 5.2
Other Patch 5.2 Changes
Besides the news of Sunsong Ranch coming up for sale, Blizzard has other changes and additions in store for the farm. These changes include:
- Seed bags have been added to the game that will allow the planting of crops 4 plots at a time.
- Yoon's Mailbox has had a name change and will now be known as Sunsong Ranch Mailbox.
- Special Crops will now yeild more, making farming them comparable to gathering the same items in the world.
- Running the Master Plow across any underground Virmen will cause them to reveal themselves.
- Wild Crops will now appear less often.
- Players who have the “Friends on the Farm” achievement will no longer find gifts while harvesting. Instead they will have a change to find special seeds such as Magebulb, Enigma Seed, and Songbell.
That about wraps it up for changes to Sunsong Ranch in Patch 5.2. After viewing all the changes coming, it seems like Sunsong Ranch in Patch 5.2 will be a much improved place. In my opinion every change made above is beneficial to the overall enjoyment of the ranch instead of a determent. All I can say is well played Blizzard, keep these kind of updates coming and Sunsong Ranch will continue to be a source of pleasure for players everywhere.
How do you feel about the changes coming to the Tillers and Sunsong Ranch? Will you be purchasing Sunsong Ranch as soon as it becomes available? What changes would you like to see to Sunsong Ranch in future patches? Share your thoughts with us using the comment section below.