Mists Of Pandaria will be bringing back reputations, but this time you will have a good reason to get them.

Looking back at Wrath Of The Lich King we saw the grind for faction benefits die out; stick on a tabard and working rep in  dungeons was popularized with The Argent Crusade factions. There was no Sons Of Hodir rep to bang your head against; no choice between Oracles or Frenzyheart, just repeatedly joining LFG. Over one week of solid dungeon crawling was plenty to gain your items that would become void in the next content patch.

Mists Of Pandaria is shaking things up.

One of the best implementations is how you work for one of the new mounts. The Pandaren use cloud serpents as their vehicles of choice. You will get to raise a non-combat pet from an egg through daily quests. Eventually you will have your big daddy version of your non-combat serpent — if only they would let me do that with a Zergling.

Another aspect that gives people incentive to grind is how they’re making farming much more literal.

Tillers — a farmer faction — will be in a new area for growing food. These will be the food buffs of Mists, letting raiders use the quests on a daily/weekly basis to create their tasty rations. The lore junkies will also be getting an area designed for just them.

The Lorewalkers’ special items are found all over Azeroth. They come together to complete a set; which give you an in-game cinematic to set your lore nerves tingling. Yes it sounds just like Rift‘s artifact system, but hopefully not as daunting as Archaeology — everyone’s favorite profession — that will keep us lore junkies occupied for hours on end, trying to find the little world items to complete our story.

Blizzard is trying to cater for absolutely everyone. It doesn’t matter what tickles your fancy there will be hours worth of content to keep you engrossed in World Of Warcraft.

Be sure to watch Legendary tonight at 8 p.m. Pacific for a special show all about the news from the Blizzard press tour.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thebradleyhainje Bradley Hainje

    They did the grow-a-mount thing already for the horde in Un’Goro Crater with the venomhide ravasaur mount. I did quite enjoy the 20 day process. I can’t wait!

    • http://twitter.com/zerconi Samuli Rauatmaa

       This.

    • http://twitter.com/Warsongraven Warsongraven

      It is the same Alliance side with the Winterspring Frostsaber. This will be fun, I agree. :D

  • http://gameldar.posterous.com Gameldar

    Was there any discussion to how the new rep systems will work with alts? I guess I wouldn’t mind a more involved rep gain system – except I wouldn’t want to have to do it twice. Therezzane is evil! 

    The Elder rewards and the resulting lucky charm systems again gets you going back there – but again I wouldn’t want to have to do this for all my alts.

    I guess the other side of it is – how mandatory are the reputation rewards (e.g. to getting the required level for LFR or the head/shoulder enchants). Supposedly we’re meant to be able to choose how we play… and outside of doing the grind once – dailies are not what I want to do with my (limited) time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1175613205 Isaac Nicon

    The Pet growing thing into a mount you can do that with the Winterspring Frost Saber, and it does take exactly 20 days, with the cub, doing various tasks.

  • http://www.jimzor.co.za/ James Anderton

    Please stop posting videos to default in HD. Really annoying for anyone with slow/low bandwidth limitations.

    • iamthemikeb

      Click the HD button to turn it off, Mr. Professional Mouse-Clicker ;) <3

      • http://www.jimzor.co.za/ James Anderton

        Im aware of that thanks. Having HD turned off inconveniences no-one. Im more interested in what is being said in the vids, not the perma b-roll.

    • Old Ben

      In fact, please don’t auto-start videos when the page loads. I’m trying to read the article text and the video starts playing (with sound) in the background. It’s even worse when there are 4 or 5 new articles, I open them all in background tabs (to read later), and all the videos start playing at the same time, so I have to alt+tab and pause each of them.

      It’s also a waste of bandwidth for Gamebreaker, since sometimes people are just looking for something in the article text, and the site starts transferring the huge video that they don’t even want to watch.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Maziel Mark Neale

        I agree with Old Ben.

        I’m getting really pissed off with all the Auto-Start videos that Game Breaker TV posts.

        There’s no need for it.

        As with Ben, I often open a few things up to view for later, then they all begin playing at the same flipping time with volume.

        /agree with Old Ben.

        GAMEBREAKER: PLEASE TURN OFF AUTO-PLAY!

  • ChristopherRuscoe

    SO how come no one said “”oh you mean like Rift has”” 

    http://rift.zam.com/en/collectionlist.html?1

    CWR

  • Krzysztof Kotarba

    i hate rep questing, dailies etc… it’s boring, repetitive and when i see blue “!” i want to puke.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T7IZ5CZM37UL74UPBMYOF5475I AustinW

      i also hate dailies with a passion

    • Old Ben

      Instead of dailies, they should just make it a (fairly long) series of quests, possibly tuned to be very hard to solo. That would not only be less boring, but give people a reason to group with local players and restore some of the “social adventuring” aspect of WoW that has been almost completely lost since the introduction of the Dungeon Finder.

      But, of course, that would require the ability to write an interesting story and design 15 or 20 quests instead of just “Go kill 15 giant spiders! (and repeat every day for 2 months)”.

    • RockerDC3

       Repetitive game is repetitive, expansion notwithstanding.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T7IZ5CZM37UL74UPBMYOF5475I AustinW

    was it just me or did Kallum get cut off every time he was supposed to talk, poor guy.

  • Plaguedealer

    Lol at around 6:50 did someone (like a mom or wife) tell Kallum to quite down

  • Kagitaar

    Harvest Moon, not Farmville.