Just caught this on MMO-Champion, it seems very likely that the next WoW expansion is going to be titled “Mists of Pandaria.” And yes, you read that right. The drunker brew master that only existed slightly in Warcraft 3 and as a mini-pet in Wrath of the Lich King, is getting its own expansion.
Curious, this is. Will they be a playable race? If so, I’d assume the Horde gets them, as they helped during the ‘horde’ campaign in WCIII and the Alliance got an animal in Cata. In a way, Pandarian are a hybrid of tauren and worgen. Just take a worgen, add cow spots and that totem they carry around and there ya go.
But if that is true, what will the Alliance get? Something new from the Misty continent? Perhaps something already in-game, like centaur or something? At this point I have no idea. Worgen and Goblins were both in-game to a degree, but both starting zones have been blocked off for years. If the bulk of gameplay is really taking place in the Mists of Pandaria, it is sounding like another Wrath of the Lich King sort of continent being tacked onto the world. Maybe south, this time? I mean we got Eastern Kingdoms in the east (of course), Kalimdor to the west, Northrend is in the north (noticing a pattern…) and most of Cataclysm was involved with stuff going on in or near the Maelstrom right in the middle. Kezan *kinda* was southish, but it is very small. If it will be a full-blown xpack, I can easily see a ‘Southrend’ of sorts popping up below everything.
Will they be a neutral race as they were in Warcraft 3? Will both sides be able to play as them if that is the case? Will a ‘brewmaster’ be the new hero class? (Pandaren are primarily melee based, and I could have sworn Blizz said they wanted a ranged or healing style to be the next Hero class. Will Pandas really go horde, or will they pull a Burning Crusade-like switcheroo? Time will tell!