The Calm Before the Storm
It seems to me that many people are looking at the next expansion, Mist of Pandaria, as a nice little piece of fluff that signals that Blizzard has lost its edge and catering to the “casual” player. That the Pandaren storyline is not relevent to the overall theme of World of Warcraft.
Many view the Pandarans like this:
While I choose to want/view Pandarans as this:
Truth is, this is SUPPOSED TO BE the CALM before the storm of WAR.
Think about it. You can’t fire a weapon forever. It has to cool down sometime. Maybe even get some maintenance. So those of you out there that think Mist of Pandaria is just some fluff should look at it as sort of a cool down before jumping back into action. Sure, the landscape is majestic and pretty, but keep playing and you will eventually zone into some action. Not to mention that the Monk Panda has some pretty nice animated moves so far!
With the exception of Vanilla WoW, Horde and Alliance HAD to work together. The villans were so powerful, it required cooperation of both opposing factions.
In some ways, it seemed kinda stupid though. I mean Horde and Alliance needed to work together to stop the Evil Threat but they still continued to fight with each other. How do you join forces against a common enemy when you continue to create casualties on both sides?
My point is this – You can’t constantly be in a state of Conflict.
EVENTUALLY there is a time of PEACE or at least recovery before the next big Battle or War.
The world did not go DIRECTLY into World War II the day after World War I.
A Heavyweight Champion does not schedule another Title Fight the day after he wins his current title.
Mist of Pandaria is supposed to provide that needed break to get ready for the next big conflict. Not for the Horde or Alliance, but for the subscribers.
As a veteran player you had to gear up to fight the Burning Legion and Illidan or try to get to Sunwell. Then there was the constant gearing up for ICC and eventually the Lich King. Deathwing throws a tantrum and messes up everything – now we have to kick his arse! From a linear point of view, it seems never-ending. No humanoid species can endure that constant barrage of conflict and threat. (well, except the undead)
In Mist of Pandaria, we get back to the time when there was no supervillan to take care of. In fact, the cause of the problems on Pandaria is due to the conflict between the Horde and Alliance. The only real bad guy is the one you’ve been dying to take care of once and for all!
As a veteran WoW player, wouldn’t it be more epic to REALLY FIGHT the opposing faction as the MAIN point of this game??? I think so!
So you get a chance to see some Pandas. Learn how to be a Monk and then sway some of those Pandas to your factions agenda .
Everyone picks sides and then we go at it! Yes! Finally!
Only problem, there are several other native races out there to deal with at the same time and THEN you have to deal with some misty manifestation of Evil (the Sha) causing problems while you’re trying to get all that done! Fantastic! Hope you all had your Orange Juice!!
The Sha which turns out to be the manifestation of negative energy. Initial concept drawings give the impression that they are like Void Walkers. I haven’t seen any additional pictures of them outside of BlizzCon, so it will be interesting seeing what the final animation will look like in the Beta and Live games.
But take heart! You get to make some native friends to help you out!
If you are Alliance, you have partnered up with the Hozu.
If you are Horde, you have hooked up with the Jinyu.
Along the way you have the nuisance of the Verming. (Who I would already like to kill by the thousands)
The Mantid, which is a sentient insect like creature, doesn’t look like their on the list of friendlies.
And the Mogu look like they have a bad attitude to start with!
There you have it! You get all involved in your faction’s war against the other and you have little mutant rabbits and insectoids and people with bad attitudes to deal with IN ADDITION to some Evil Manifestation sneaking up on you when you’re not looking …Great!
So that is WHY you need to have Pandas! A little calm and comic relief to enjoy before the next War!
I, for one, can’t wait!