The Big Bear Butt just gave me a heart attack. For the first time, I am forced to stop and think about what I will actually do in Mists of Pandaria once the expansion is unlocked and available for play. What’s the first thing I will do? What is my main goal? In what direction will I head first? These are not decisions I feel comfortable with making just yet.
Admittedly, I’ve gone pretty much spoiler-free thus far. I don’t really know that much about MoP other than it has an unfortunate acronym. The bullet points of features on the box are about where my knowledge will begin and end: there will be 5 more levels, a new Pandaren race, the ability to battle pets in the wild, new scenario things that can be completed without a full group, farming, and some pretty major class changes. I don’t know the details. I haven’t prepared for the expansion by farming for gold. I don’t know what my new talent spec will look like or what the druid healing changes are. I don’t know any optimal paths for leveling quickly and I haven’t even maxed out my Inscription yet in preparation for the cap to lift again. I feel woefully underprepared for this expansion.
On the other hand, I’m excited to explore a world that will be mostly new to everyone. I’m so far behind in Cataclysm that it never felt ‘worth it’ to experience it all. People keep talking about legendary weapons and I have no idea what they’re referring to. I got to beat Deathwing, and that is kind of all that matters now. I’m slightly annoyed with the Loremaster achievement. I was working on it in Wrath of the Lich King and then Cataclysm came out and added a huge list of quests to complete before I can get the achievement. And now, it’s about to happen to me again with Mists of Pandaria. But that’s okay, I’m excited for all the new quests and content.
But I never finished Cata. I never did Twilight Highlands, or Uldum. I never got past the first round of Molten Front dailies. I haven’t stepped in a battleground since pre-WotLK. What’s a Tol Barad anyway? I live in this weird world where everyone has been bored with Cataclysm for months and I feel like I didn’t get a chance to complete it. But that’s okay – I know I can always go back as a level 90 and see all the content.
I’m digressing because I’m avoiding the question at hand. I don’t think I’ll make a panda right away because the starter zones will be so packed. I’m also really bad at alts (that mage I started a few posts ago? haven’t played her since that day) and I know I’ll miss my druid if I play anything else. So I think the first thing I’ll do is start checking out the new 85 zones and leveling Treetopsy. I don’t want to miss out on the first time doing dungeons with my guildies. I do expect to be distracted by pet battling along the way though, and also farming. But my initial plan is to start leveling, and I don’t even know where that will be right now. I literally know nothing about the zones in the expansion.
Alas, I’m excited. I preordered Guild Wars 2 as well but it’s not my main squeeze. I am just too excited for MoP!