Yep, I'll jump on the bandwagon here and give my thoughts. Why not? I will offer one disclaimer: since I neither attended Blizzcon nor have access to the official sites at work (where I'm writing this), I'm depending on secondhand sources for my information. If it's wrong, feel free to tell me about it in email. I'll likely be delighted to know better. That being said, here we go.
On the Annual Pass
As I understand it, you get perks for paying for a full year of WoW. One of those perks is a free Diablo 3 copy. I've heard some call this "desperation." I don't agree. I see it as rewarding loyal customers. I didn't plan to play Diablo 3 (I've never been into the Diablo series), but I probably will now. And maybe I'll fall in love with the series and play future/past iterations. Sounds like a win-win. Plus it gives you more value for your money. Always a good decision.
On PvE Arenas
I'm sorry. I mean challenge dungeons and scenarios. I already wished for this here. My big desire is to have something that can be completed in a half hour to progress bit by bit. Dungeon length is to variable to be enjoyable. I want to be able to sit down with a half hour of play time and accomplish something that can help me in my casual raiding. It seems Blizz has heard this cry. Awesome. Maybe they read me. :-P
On the Talent Re-revamp
Didn't we just do this? Oh, you want a do-over, Blizz. I get it. Ah, hell. Go for it. I hear you're going to do some funny shit to warlocks. Like making soul shards interesting (where have we heard that before). Best of luck. I won't say I'm overly excited. What's to say you don't botch it again? Still, if you get it right, it should be pretty cool. I'm willing to give you the benefit of the doubt here, Blizz. Just don't hang yourself with the rope.
Want a good look at the proposed Warlock changes? Check out Poneria here. I'll reserve judgement until we actually get closer. Also, there's apparently a talent calculator already. I'm somewhat impressed that they have this much of the next expansions already developed.
I wonder how silly they'll look. If done well... could be fun. I love the idea of a race where you get to choose which faction to join. People are sort of throwing the baby out with the bathwater here when it comes to Pandaria. There are a lot of good ideas tied up in this cute and cuddly proposal. Monk class? Yes, please. I don't see how pandas are any worse/better than space goats, and we got used to those. Or at least I did.
On Pokemon, WoW Edition
The Pokemon games remain insanely popular among some circles. This is just another example of Blizz taking the good parts of other games and making it their own. It's not really for me, and I'll probably never get into it... but why not? I'm sure there will be some hardcore collectors out there. The only issue I see: what happens during orphan week? Orphan Thunderdome? Or if you have two chickens? Are we really talking Blizz sanctioned cock fights? There's some awkwardness here, though I don't have an issue with the idea.
In something completely unrelated (and non-WoW), but I feel I want to pass on, here is a pretty controversial subject that John Patricelli (BBB) wrote about recently. Incidentally, I'm in exactly the same position as he is. I'm a church-going Catholic Christian. That's my label. But that label does not adequately reflect my beliefs. John does a better job of that. Just sayin'. View at your own peril, but I thought it worth passing on. Sometimes we all need to take a deep breath and look at the bigger picture, which is what John has always been great at doing; putting it in perspective.
But enough about that. Enjoy your Panda Party. I'll hold my e-tongue until some more of these details get solidified. For now, these are my thoughts.
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