Blizzcon News! Playable Pandas!

Coming soon to Azeroth. 

Co-worker just texted me that coming in the next expansion, Mists of Panderia, we'll be able to play a panda monk. I had hoped that they'd bring out a new class that would be cross spec, like a druid. You can be a tank, you can dps, and you can heal.

I can't help, watching this video, pulling comparisons to Dreamworks Kung Fu Panda series. Especially with this list of racial perks:
  • Bouncy: reduces fall damage by half.
  • Inner peace: double rested XP.
  • Gourmond: +15 to cooking.
  • Epicurean: double stats to food buffs.
One element that has me thinking. Panderans will be both factions. At 10, you chose Alliance or Horde. So, this will be the first time we will fight in PVP against the same class. You could potentially have 30 people in a BG, all playing pandas. How will you tell them apart?? 

Annual Pass:
In addition, they are creating an 'annual pass'. Starting today, you can signup for a 1 year contract for WoW. This commitment comes with perks, like a special mount (winged pally mount!), access to the Panderia beta and access to Diabo III. As a contract, you cannot cancel your subscription for 12 months. To get the perks, you need to have an active account as of 10/18 and signup before 11/18 (which I guess is about when 4.3 will drop). (from faq). You use your current payment method (Elk's on a 6-month recurring plan) of payment.

Review of WoW Monks:
Melee, cloth class, that has some magic abilities.Uses staffs,

  • Crimson Monk - Stratholme - cloth melee, abilities: kick, thrash
  • Auchenai Monk - Crypts - immune to CC, summons ghosts to assist. Uses staff
  • Condemned Monk - 
  • Scarlet Monk - Scarlet Monastery - cloth melee, abilities: kick, thrash
  • Argent Monk - ToC - melee - flurry of blows, mediation, pummel, shield ability 


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