Deathwing has fallen and the heroes of Azeroth unite once again in the glory of victory!

However, we are now bracing ourselves for the return of another Warcraft villain that will lay down death and destruction upon us all — you know, that old cliche.

Or are we?

Mists Of Pandaria will be returning to its vanilla roots, moving away from the main antagonist that pushes the expansion’s story forward. Pandaria is a whole new area of the world, that has just emerged onto the maps of the Horde and Alliance who want a piece of it for themselves.

Vanilla never had the “posterboy villain,” Kel’thuzad wasn’t the climax of the story that drove us to The Burning Crusade. MoP will be moving back to WoW‘s original template for story progression.

Lore nerds — myself included — will rejoice in happiness that can finally see new story on the horizon. Our story became very familiar in the previous expansions. The Lich King rains death, take the fight to him! Deathwing crashes open the world and his old allies arise, take the fight to them! We all had a sense that we knew what was coming, we knew the final raid would be at Icecrown Citadel for Wrath  — and the expansion worked towards that.

With MoP, times have changed.world of warcraft mmorpg mmorpg     Vanilla Reborn

Blizzard are taking us on an adventure. Pandaria itself is brand new to all of us, we have no idea what may be on the horizon; we may face an old enemy of the legion, a old god may be imprisoned under Pandaria flexing its influence, or it could be the old favorite: Horde verses Alliance.

Some content is set out like Cataclysm. We will be graced with three raids comprising fourteen bosses for launch along with nine heroics. A similar style to what we are accustomed to — nobody likes too much change — and a new raid with each patch seems to be the most likely way forward, keeping it close to the previous success of content releases.

All of this content has no clear outline yet; which makes it so amazing, a land of peace and harmony and we have three raids and nine heroics to sharpen our newly acquired gear right off the bat.

However, this begs the question of how many of these raids/heroics will be actually on Pandaria? If we are truly entering the land of peace and harmony we wont be seeing bastions of evil and faction controlled lands. So will there be multiple areas on the old world that will play host to our heroics or raids — cough rehashed content cough?

Pandaria is set to be “EPIC” — it’s been decreed by Chris Metzen, after all. The expansion will have a sprawling, but driven story and not a “Hey lets go hang with the Pandas” feel. The size of the map has already increased since Blizzcon, as they have added two new zones.

Hopefully the originality of the writing team will bring us something truly astounding.  As we dive into the unknown of Pandaria, finding more out about ourselves as war hungry protagonists what happens to harmony and peace as we find our own personal ways to destroy it?

Tune into Legendary at 8 p.m. Pacific tonight to get a sense of just how epic Mists of Pandaria will be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/EDL123 Evan Lewellen

    We can only hope

  • http://www.facebook.com/EDL123 Evan Lewellen

    It’s going to enable them to have a much larger xpac w multiple patches, as we have nothing we expect after several content releases. 

  • scottsummer

    There’s no such thing call “New” Vanilla.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robbert-de-Wilde/1806039882 Robbert de Wilde

    This is all nice and dandy, but let’s not forget that open world PvP and thus things to do in the world haven’t really worked since TBC because of PvP gear. Also PvE scenarios are gonna be queue up. The world looks nice, but WHY do I want to go out in the world?! Blizzard is totally missing the point with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1040766471 Belinda Smith

    I like this direction for the expansion. I was never a fan of the ‘one boss’. As for Garrosh, we always knew he was going to get the flick. My money’s on Theramore being the tipping point. Poor ol’ Jaina. And Thrall will be the only one who can heal the rift. 

  • http://twitter.com/JayShaddix Jei Shadikkusu

    I don’t know about not having a main antagonist thing.   I mean, if people are worried about waiting a year to take out the big bad, then why aren’t they annoyed about taking out opposing factions?  That’s been happening since day one.  I kind of like the whole idea of leveling up, going through the lore, gearing up, and then finally going at the big bad in his house with everything available to me.  But I’m not a PVPer, so that might explain my dislike for the whole Ally Vs Horde duke out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Feyd-Darkholme/100000194391744 Feyd Darkholme

    For me there is something to be said for not knowing exactly what is coming in an expansions patch cycle. I mean think about it for a second. How ass backwards is it that they tell us the ENDING of the story they are telling for an expansion right up front? I’d rather just have hints and be surprised every patch…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=822839515 Anders Justin Damlund

    I think its a very good move not to have i big bad guy in an exspansion. At the same time i think its a little wierd to tell us the ending of the story up front (even thou it will slip at some point).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Stachowiak/100002003286628 Adam Stachowiak

    I bet Gamon is going to be a Raid boss.

    • http://twitter.com/Luke_Malcolm Luke Malcolm

       Siege of Orgrimmar, i think so

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joao-Vicente/100000881627920 João Vicente

    While i loved wrath, because I CREATED THE LICH KING in warcraft 3. I
    started as a human, i became undead, I got frostmourne and all that, so
    an expansion dedicated to that? was awesome. Loved it.

    But I think no expansion boss is cool. Now we can focus on other things.
    Like destroying those allience/horde n00bs. Exploration and lore. I
    think its good to have these types of expansion once in a while.

    Kinda like.. RAID PATCH!!! ok rag is the boss of this patch… but what
    about a all over the place patch? with just random 5mans, more pokemons,
    erm.. i
    mean,  pets, and dailys and stuff.. I also like that. Instead of 5mans +
    dailys + raid in every single patch..  give us something crazy and
    unexpected.

    As for Garrosh… Voljin said he was gonna kill him.. taurens.. do I
    need to say anything? goblins don’t care unless garosh gives them gold,
    and maybe undead like his bloodthirst? Still… everyone hates him…

    When thrall comes back, and he will be back, garrosh is not gonna step
    down.. and voljin is not gonna be happy about that.. nor anyone else…
    so bye bye garrosh the imbecile.

    Oh and i guess the allience dont like him either for some unknown reason… who cares though.

  • http://twitter.com/WadeDMcGinnis Wade D McGinnis

    I can show you the world
    Shining, shimmering, splendid
    Tell me, princess, now when did
    You last let your heart decide?

    I can open your eyes
    Take you wonder by wonder
    Over, sideways and under
    On a magic carpet ride

    A whole new world
    A new fantastic point of view
    No one to tell us no
    Or where to go
    Or say we’re only dreaming

    A whole new world
    A dazzling place I never knew
    But when I’m way up here
    It’s crystal clear
    That now I’m in a whole new world with you
    Now I’m in a whole new world with you

  • Shaidy Advice

    How was it that none of you remembered TBC correctly with Illidan being the intended final boss after Kara, Gruul, Mag, SSC +TK, Hyjal and finally BT…

  • Olikin

    Well so much for fixing the big story imbalance between Horde and Alliance, it sounds like this is gonna be yet another expansion where the Horde get a fuckton of interesting lore and character development concerning their leaders and Alliance sit around wondering what cool stuff is happening on the other side of the fence.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anton-Oleson/100002106099448 Anton Oleson

      You heard 14 minutes of speculation before MoP is even in open beta and now “doh alliance is fcked over again, ahh man this sucks so much!”

      • Olikin

        I heard the meat of the plot is based around Garrosh (well outside the panda adventures anyway) that’s a pretty big indicator that the Alliance are not going to be taking the spotlight on this one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/isidro.ramirez1 Isidro Ramirez

    i really dislike this british dude his opinions are dumb

  • EetTheMeak

    Here’s my prediction

    • Ben Ritter

      I bet Lady Sylvanas steps in at some point too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.forrester1 Jeffrey Forrester

    I’m kinda curious since the build up of this expansion is to really bring the War back in warcraft yet the final thing is alliance and horde laying siege to Ogrimmar. How many people think at some point in this expansion there will be faction specific bosses? Or even a whole raid in MoP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Muncy/100000286998331 John Muncy

    If this is how they are going to go about it I think it will probably be one of the best things Blizzard could ever do. I started in BC and it took me a year and a half to get to lvl 70. With Wrath of the Lich King and Cata. I got bored sooo easy with it I liked them but the story just ends soo quick and you get bored with it. I got to the point where I would play then quit for 6 months until the new Patch came out. Ive heard a lot of people complain about theres too much storyline theres too much Role Play, but thats what I think makes this game better. The way I look at it is whats the point of a game or movie if you already know how its going to end. There needs to be things leading up to every event to make you want to stay around and find out whats going to happen next.