My first weeks in Pandaria

We were already online at 00:00 and created our monks and were ready to start leveling when suddenly….

Not surprised as Kazzak is a high populated server and with everyone logging in at the same time and begin on the same place it would be a miracle if the server didn’t go down once, twice or maybe ten times, how many was it again?

But we finally got to level our monks.

It was a lot of fun cause all you need is…

Spinning Crane Kick!

At 85 I switched to my druid and we did some quests in Pandaria, some of them were weird like when we had to throw monkey poop on jinyus

Others were exciting like this one

and some led us to monsters who maybe were a bit too excited to see me

I got to travel by boat through a cave up in the mountains

I got a new mount, this is actually a yak in a quest, but I bought the yak mount later

I learned surfing

I managed to get a target board on my head

and I got a new nick name: Syrco Poppins

I’ve seen a lot of skeletons

But also a few dead bosses

I’ve also waited for hopeless bosses

Ridden a shark

Got a new friend who’s growing

Got trapped behind a wall in Guo-Lai Halls

and beaten up by a plant

But it has pretty much been some very exciting and fun first weeks in Pandaria.

 

Balance druid gear list – MoP

Updated list here

So I got inspired by Saz who made a list of enhancement shaman gear and decided to spend some time in the beta and then create my own list of balance druid gear.

This is a list of pre-raid gear for level 90 balance druids but it might also work well for restoration druids and mistweaver monks as they use the same gear.

It’s still work in progress, so I will update it if anything changes or if there is more to add.

Factions

The August Celestials

Honored

Revered

Shado-Pan

Honored

Revered

The Klaxxi

Honored

Revered

Exalted

Golden Lotus

Honored

Revered

Dungeons

Gate of the Setting Sun

Mogu’shan Palace

Scarlet Halls

Scarlet Monastery

Scholomance

Shado-Pan Monastery

Siege of Niuzao Temple

Stormstout Brewery

Temple of the Jade Serpent

Professions

Leatherworking

Time for MoP beta testing

I got into the beta in the third wave, I think, I don’t really remember. I downloaded the client, copied over a character and started leveling a monk. But that was weeks ago. I haven’t had much time to play anything at all. There has been so much going on in real life, and when I had time to sit down and play, I got WoW errors all the time, but hopefully it’s a bit more stable by now.

I think I’ll have more time to test this weekend. But don’t think I’ll write that much about the druid changes as most of you have read about it on other blogs and websites, unless there is something I want to give my opinion on etc. If you’re looking for bloggers who are more into theorycrafting and testing like that, you should check out Restokin and Sunfyre’s Nest.

How to be a good beta tester

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I’ve seen and heard a lot of people talking about how excited they are about the Mists of Pandaria beta and what they are going to do. But some people are also questioning what’s expected of them as a beta tester and what they should do to become a good beta tester. First I think you should ask yourself these two questions: Why do you want to be a beta tester? What do you think makes you a good beta tester?
I participated in the Wrath of the Lich King beta and Cataclysm alpha. At first I saw it as a chance to get a sneak peek and play the game before everyone else, but then I learned that there is so much more you should do and I felt important and happy to be one of those who got to test it and give feedback to polish and improve the game before it went live.
I’ve now read through some websites and forums, gathered and written down what I think are the most important things to keep in mind if you are going to participate in the beta test.
  • Blizzard wants a wide variety of testers: varied computer systems, locations, play experience, and game interest
  • A veteran player isn’t necessary a better beta tester than a new player. Introducing previously uninvolved testers with fresh perspective may help identify new bugs.
  • The beta is not a demo to complete content before anyone else.
  • Keep in mind that it’s a beta and nothing is final before it’s live.
  • You are responsible for checking that the game works, is easy to use, has actions that make sense, and contains fun gameplay
  • Being a beta tester is more like a job than something you do just cause it’s fun
  • The beta test is designed to find bugs, issues that have made it past internal testing.
  • There will be frequent disconnects, and the realm may be up for a few minutes at a time as new content is added. Do not expect the entire expansion to be available.
  • Expect things to be broken, graphics to be missing, or placeholders.
  • Instead of complaining out loud or in the chat, report your problem by using the feedback survey or the official beta testing forums, and be constructive!
  • You can still give feedback on the quests, zones, dungeons etc even if you don’t find any bugs.
  • The more bugs that get reported in the beta, the less there will be when it goes live.
  • Bugs may range from art glitches, animation errors, logic errors, level bugs to quest items not working, random dismounts, falling through the world, getting stuck, damage and class/mob balance bugs, lore error and much more. Testing requires creative gameplay to discover often subtle bugs. Some bugs are easy to document, but many require a detailed description so a developer can replicate or find the bug.
  • Detail when the bug occurred and how it occurred. The more detail the better. Go back and see if you can cause the bug to occur again.
  • Do stuff Blizzard never intended for players to do. Because a player will do so by accident and cause an issue. Players also have ways of doing stuff the developers never thought of doing. It is better that it happens in beta than on live.
  • Use the feedback survey, visit and read the official beta forums, follow Blizzard’s updates on what they want you to focus testing on.
  • What is your reward? A sense of accomplishment. You helped to polish a game you enjoy. And a sneak peek at the game is the reward for most. But previous beta invites and good feedback can increase your chances of getting picked again.
  • Remember that all characters in Blizzard beta tests are wiped from the servers before the final game. Carrying characters over from the beta to the final game would give beta testers an unfair advantage and there are numerous technical issues as the beta client is not the same as the final game version.
A good and fun video about beta testing, made for Cataclysm but it’s still useful
If you can remember and do all or some of the points above, you’re on the right way to become a good beta tester! Good luck and enjoy!

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