BlizzCon 2011: Mists of Pandaria Announced; Diablo III Collector’s Edition Contents

Blizzard fans were treated to a few big announcements during the opening of the first day of BlizzCon 2011.

We’ll start with the basics and move on to more specifics to come. First, we got our first look at the next World of Warcraft expansion, Mists of Pandaria.

  • New Continent: Pandaria
  • New playable race: Pandaren
  • New class: Monk
  • Challenge Modes
  • PvE scenarios
  • Pet Battle System
  • New Talent System

Take a look at the preview video:

In related news, a newly available World of Warcraft annual pass has been revealed, and it will grant access to both Diablo III when it goes live and to Mists of Pandaria. The annual pass also will give subscribers guaranteed access into the Mists of Pandaria beta, as well as a new flying mount, Tyrael’s Charger.

And now onward to some tidbits on Diablo III. The Collector’s edition will have some interesting contents that many fans will be interested in getting their hands on:

  • Art Book
  • Game Soundtrack
  • Behind the scenes blu-ray
  • Diablo skull
  • Asthetic artifacts
  • Soulstone shaped USB containing Diablo II with its expansion Lord of Destruction
  • World of Warcraft pet: Fetish Shaman
  • Starcraft II portaits

So what does everything think of what we’ve seen from BlizzCon 2011 so far? What are you most excited for?

Now that we’ve laid out the basics, keep watch of for more detailed news as it comes out at BlizzCon 2011.


  1. In all honesty, I’m not too thrilled about this announcement. The Pandaren Brewmaster in Warcraft 3 was a pretty nice addition to your team, but I just don’t see these peaceful monks in a game like World of Warcraft. This makes me glad I quit playing awhile ago.

    Freebie games are slightly less reliable, but can be just as fun as a P2P…. now, if only November/December would hurry up and get here so I can pick up my copies of Skyrim, Mass Effect 3 and SW:TOR…


  2. I may or may not be doing a “rant” post against Blizzard for the sheer poor design they’ve done in the last two expansions. I may just want it to die.

    Who knows? Maybe the community will convince me otherwise to share my thoughts & feelings :P

  3. I don’t see why people gotta hate so much on WoW, sure you quit and are done with it but that doesn’t mean you have to be mean (towards the game, and P2P models, as I find).

  4. It’s not that I’m so much as mean towards the game or P2P models, it’s the fact that I’m unhappy to see a game that I used to enjoy so much take a different turn that, in my opinion, is for the worse.

    Specifically speaking, it’s not against the game, it’s more against Blizzard’s design team behind the game deciding to make the changes.

    If it was the game it would be a lot less unfounded unhappiness and disappointment.

  5. Pretty much what Mordil said. I used to love WoW, and cataclysm was exciting for awhile, but then it just got boring fast. This pandaria thing.. to me it just screams that WoW’s rating is going to be only borderline T because of the violence and alcohol content. Beyond that, it seems to be becoming more and more tuned towards the younger audiences.

    That’s just my opinion though, no need to go spreading it around. (+2 interwebz if you know where this line is from)

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