3 Days, 2 Hours, and 48 minutes until Mists of Pandaria goes live. Unfortunately I'm working night shift on the 24th so I wont be able to get my copy until after Game Stop opens at 9 AM on the 25th. I'll probably sleep until 1 PM and then go pick it up, so I'll be getting a late start. On a positive note, I'll be off until the 28th so I'll have a few days to play before going back to work.
Although it will be cool to role a Pandaren Monk, I am more interested in questing in the new zones and leveling my 85s to 90. I look forward to doing the new scenarios, dungeons and raids, and leveling professions again. It will be strange to see a level bar at the top of my screen again to be sure.
For the last couple of weeks, while waiting for MoP, I've been working on Zenul's Quest Achievements for the different zones; it's a grind but not too bad for an 85 in the low level areas. I can do them pretty quickly. Had to go back to Vashj'ir which is, hands down, the most fantastic zone in the game. I know a lot of people don't like Vashj'ir due to the difficultly of operating in it's 3 dimensional environment, and I was one of them. However, now that I've returned and gotten past that I am able to appreciate the beauty of this underwater world and all the detail put into the buildings, plants and sea life. Its truly an amazing place. If you haven't been there in a while go back, take the time to look around you, and enjoy its beauty.
Screen shot by Mark Kaelin http://www.techrepublic.com/photos/desktop-wallpaper-my-personal-stash-of-world-of-warcraft-screenshots/6338963?seq=34
We survived Issac without any major damage, however some houses across the road from us and the whole street east of us flooded. We were lucky. Tonight is my first night back at work after the storm and I will try to make an entry every night shift I work provided I have the time.
Thanks to my 5,000 Watt generator I was able to get online during the days the power was out so I didn't miss the 5.0.4 patch launch. I was amazed by how many people had no clue what was going on and spammed trade chat with questions they should have already known the answers to if they just would have read the patch notes on the loading screen.
I like the change to the talent system. The old system was way over complicated, and everyone was using the same builds anyway except for a few points you could spend however you wanted. The new system makes things much easier because all the "must have talents" for your class and spec are already built in so all you have to do is choose now are the talents that best suit your play style.
I also like the changes they made to Glyphs. Instead of having 9 Glyphs per toon, we only need 6 now, and of those 6 only the 3 Major Glyphs effect our performance. The 3 Minor ones are mostly "For Fun" Glyphs, which add some type of special effects or animation to our actions.
Account wide achievements, mounts, and pets was another great idea especially for people like me who "had to" play toon A instead of toon B because because toon A needed the pet, mount, or was the toon with the most achievement points.
Haven't had a chance to do any dungeons or raids to see the new spells and talents yet; been too busy redoing talents and glyphs and dealing with broken addons and all that. My internet has also been extremely slow as a result of the hurricane and my provider promises me they are working as quickly as possible resolve the problem.
Retired Army NCO, Logistics Manager, and Habitual World of Warcraft Player.