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The major pre-Mists of Pandaria patch for World of Warcraft was released to live servers today and introduced a host of new options and massive changes to the game. Following a thrice-extended maintenance period, players were finally able to return to Azeroth and sink their teeth into a whole new game. Some of the changes include:
- New Talent System: The most significant talent redesign in WoW’s history reduces the point-based tree system down to six choices of three talents per tier, earned every 15 levels. We’ve taken a closer look at this new talent system already.
- Class Changes: A plethora of new spell changes, class changes, new abilities and skill redesigns have been implemented.
- Glyphs: A newly redesigned glyph system now only offers 3 Major and 3 Minor glyphs, but adds a bit more fun to the minor glyphs with a variety of cosmetic options.
- Account-wide Mounts, Pets, and Acheivements: Now, nearly every pet, mount and achievement in the game is bound to the entire account, and in most cases cross-faction as well. There are a few limitations, namely for class or faction-specific ones.
- Area of Effect Looting: With this highly anticipated feature, looting from multiple enemies has never been easier. With just one click, you can view a single inventory window with all of the gold and items shown.
- Theramore’s Fall Scenario: Starting one week prior to the release of Mists of Pandaria, players will be able to experience the first 3-person Scenario, featuring special content designed around Horde and Alliance players with ramifications that will carry forward even when the scenario is over.
- Cross-Realm Zones: This new technology will allow players to meet up and play with others in some of the lesser-populated zones across Azeroth.
- BattleTag Support: A feature rolled out with Diablo III is now extended to World of Warcraft. Instead of offering up your email, you can now share your BattleTag with players of any realm and stay connected to them.
This, and much more, is already in place. Many of the other features of Mists of Pandaria will be available starting September 25th when the expansion officially releases. For more details, visit www.worldofwarcraft.com.