Beta Coverage: The Jade Forest – Part 1

I haven’t done much in the Mists of Pandaria Beta until now, mostly because of the frustratingly frequent crashes. However, I have been keeping track of news on MMO-Champion and yesterday I decided to give the Beta another try. I quested through about half of a level so far and just wanted to share some of the cool new features.

UI Changes

So far I have seen a few cool UI changes in the Beta. There is a new book you can open to view your mounts and pets, rather than seeing them in your regular Spell Book. This display seems a little bit nicer and shows your mounts in a larger window than in the current version. The Companions tab is also set up to allow for the Pet Battles, but I haven’t explored this feature at all yet.

The other really nice UI change that I’ve noticed is a symbol that will show up on your mini map when you have a quest objective to talk to a specific person or investigate specific clues. On top of the symbol appearing on your mini map, it also appears above the person you’re supposed to talk to or the item you’re supposed to investigate. I really like this feature as opposed to walking around to every NPC in an area until I find the right one. Blizzard is really trying to eliminate the stress of figuring out what your supposed to do and get you back on the path of just having fun doing the quests.

AOE Looting

I know AOE Looting was already formally announced and covered by several official WoW sites, but I just want to say that this feature is AWESOME! It is so nice to gather up a bunch of mobs and kill them in one spot, then only have to loot once to get everything. This should make quests with drop objectives go much quicker. Also, this may not make looting a waste of time for those who will be trying for a Realm First Level 90 achievement when the expansion is released.

Multi-Objective Achievements

Another nice change that is visible in the Beta is the flash of achieving one objective to a larger achievement. Many achievements require multiple objectives in order to be completed, Loremaster is one of the most well-known examples of this. With the changes to Loremaster in Mists being based on completing specific story lines rather than just a certain number of quests, you will now see an achievement-like flash whenever you complete one of those story lines. This is not technically an achievement and so is not worth any points but I like the flash to signify completing a milestone in a larger achievement.

Reputations

Halfway through level 85 I have already started interacting with and gaining reputation with one of the new Pandaria factions. Alliance players will gain reputation with the Pearlfin (fish people) and Horde players will gain reputation with the Hozen (monkey people). If the reputation gain rates stay the same as they currently are in the Beta, you should be able to get Exalted with your faction simply by following the quest chains in The Jade Forest.

For Alliance players, you will also have a pretty entertaining quest chain, SI:7 Report, to look forward to in the Pearlfin Village. I wanted to upload a video of the full quest chain but it was too long. Other people have the full quest chain up though, so check it out. Particularly pay attention to what Sully (the Dwarf) says. I hope you find it as entertaining as I did.

I will be casually leveling to 90 in the Beta over the next few weeks and reporting any interesting new finds.

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Scale of the Sands Reputation Guide

If you are interested in gaining reputation with the Scale of the Sands, please see my newly published Scale of the Sands reputation guide.

In this guide, I discuss how Rage Winterchill and Archimonde in Battle for Mount Hyjal can be soloed by many classes. I also explain the fights for Lady Vashj in Serpentshrine Caverns and Kael’thas in Tempest Keep: The Eye for the The Vials of Eternity quest.

Ashtongue Deathsworn Reputation Guide

If you are interested in gaining reputation with the Ashtongue Deathsworn or attaining the legendary swords Warglaive of Azzinoth, please see my newly published Ashtongue Deathsworn reputation guide.

In this guide, I discuss how many of the bosses in Black Temple can be soloed, including Illidan Stormrage! And of course how you get go from Neutral to Exalted with this faction in about 4 weeks.

Hydraxian Waterlords and Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker!!!

If you are interested in gaining reputation with the Hydraxian Waterlords or attaining the legendary sword Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker, please see my newly published Hydraxian Waterlords reputation guide.

I just started on the Thunderfury legendary questline this week, so I will probably be updating the guide as I go. However, I can verify that Highlord Demitrian is still in Silithus and will start you on the quest chain if you have one of the halves of the Bindings of the Windseeker from Molten Core.

Exalted with the Brood of Nozdormu

Envii earned Exalted status with the Brood of Nozdormu today after 5 full runs of the Temple of Ahn’Qiraj. This achievement counts towards the United Nations guild achievement and your own 50 Exalted Reputations achievement.

If this is a faction you would like to get Exalted with yourself, please see how I did it in my Brood of Nozdormu reputation guide.