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#5831415 Mar 21, 2012 at 05:31 AM · Edited over 10 years ago
Lieutenant
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They announced it last night. Invites will be going out in waves based on the Annual Pass thing and how long your account has been active. Make sure you battlenet account beta invite page is propely filled out. And remember, there will more than likely be scams being e-mailed out as well. If you're not sure it's a real invite, check your battlenet account.

~ Brix

Ps - be sure to update your system specs
Make a sincere complement on a really nice mustache, and all of a sudden, she's not your friend anymore. - Marty Feldman.
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#5831875 Mar 21, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Ensign
426 Posts
There's a beta page on battle.net? How do I get to that? I bought the annual pass and my account has been active for at least a year and a half now (ever since I started playing).
"You win again gravity!" -Futurama
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#5832709 Mar 21, 2012 at 09:50 AM
Commanding O...
2103 Posts
Just follow these steps...

1. Log in to your Battle.net account on Battle.net (not in WoW)

2. Up at the top-right corner of your browser window you should see the word "ACCOUNT". Click on that.

3. On the right you should see a column in green labeled "ADD A GAME". The fourth option in that column should be "BETA PROFILE SETTINGS". Click on that, and follow the on-screen prompts and you should be good.

4. You will download an app, give it permission to run. It will gather all the pertinent info on your computer including hardware like CPU and RAM and HD Space, as well as software like video card drivers etc, and upload the info to your battle.net account.

The info is normally used to see if your PC can handle running the beta version of the game Blizzard is considering inviting you to test. Bearing in mind that "Beta" is a Greek word for "Still Doesnt Work." So normally people with beefy machines get picked for beta invites because it drives developers insane to read forum posts from beta testers running six year old machines that say "OMG TERRIBLE frame rate! Fix this $#@%!"

- Forbs
"For Gnomeregan!"

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#5837309 Mar 22, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Lieutenant
955 Posts
Well, for anyone who's been totally out of the loop for the past 24 hrs, Beta invites have been going out. They will, as was previously mentioned, be going out in waves. So, if you haven't got one yet, be patient. I know there's already people who are p*ssed of because they're speshul flowers and Blizz hasn't pulled them exclusively into the Beta. I haven't seen anyone in our guild having a major panic attack about it, so that's a good thing.

~ Brix
Make a sincere complement on a really nice mustache, and all of a sudden, she's not your friend anymore. - Marty Feldman.
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#5838454 Mar 22, 2012 at 09:23 AM
Commanding O...
2103 Posts
Well it would appear that the gods of RNG are pleased with my sacrifices. Last night about 9pm I received a MoP Beta invite.

(Please Note: NO DOWNLOAD LINKS in the Blizzard Email! Simply instructions on how to download the beta client from my Battle Net account page! There are bound to be a flood of BOGUS Beta Invite emails going around trying to get you to log into some fake site to steal your account info so BEWARE!)

Coincidentally at about the same time I had Brighty fly to Ferales to try and farm up a Sprite Darter Hatchling. While I struck out on the Hatchling last night, I did score another Ravasaur Hatchling pet and a couple of Treasure chests on my way to Ferales.

Now if only my RL luck would take an upswing like this. Sigh...

- Forbs
"For Gnomeregan!"
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#5838549 Mar 22, 2012 at 09:45 AM
Lieutenant
955 Posts
Woot! One of us is in!

~ Brix
Make a sincere complement on a really nice mustache, and all of a sudden, she's not your friend anymore. - Marty Feldman.
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#5840511 Mar 22, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Ensign
426 Posts
I should get one at some point...I paid for the annual pass. And, they said everyone from the annual pass would get into the beta. But, they also said that they were "prioritizing" who got in. So, while just having the annual pass will eventually get you in, they are also looking at how long/active your account has been, probably your beta settings, etc. If I was home, on my mac, I think I might get it sooner as there are probably less mac players out there.
"You win again gravity!" -Futurama
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#5841614 Mar 22, 2012 at 09:32 PM
980 Posts
I would like that since I am one of those few mac players.
"What is this world twisted?" ~LVG
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#5843560 Mar 23, 2012 at 08:34 AM
Commanding O...
2103 Posts
MACS!! AIIEE!! *Makes sign of Warding*

Sigh... WTB an internet connection. Day Two of Beta download has begun with only 5.5GB downloaded so far. The wait is maddening. I was in the first wave of invites but I cant get in yet.

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#5848372 Mar 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Commanding O...
2103 Posts
Ok as I mentioned, my beta install has finally reached Playable status. I'll post some stuff here in case people are interested. However I want some things in MoP to be a surprise so I'm intentionally limiting what I'm doing primarily to the Monk class and Pet Battles.

If youre the type who sticks their fingers in their ears and hums loudly for fear of spoilers, you might want to avoid this thread going forward. And so without further ado, some screenies and personal opinions from the Beta for what they are worth.

PANDAREN FEMALE MODEL, MONK, PANDAREN STARTING EXPERIENCE


I wanted to roll a Gnome Monk first but it froze up on me, so I decided to try a Pandaren Monk, and get a look at the new female model in action. Females appear to have two basic color schemes: Red & Black. You can see I picked the Red this time. Note that the Red females have the ringed fox-like tail which you can see here, whereas the Black females have a stubby bear-like tail. The same is true of the males, however there is no Red color variant on the male model at this time.



As you can see, pretty much everyone living on the Turtle Island could stand to lose a few pounds. =)

As a Monk you start out with Fist Weapons, and you eventually gain access to maces and staves as you quest. The vibe is sorta Rogue like without stealth. You have an energy bar which fills rapidly and is used to power your basic abilities like your Jab, and your Roll. Your Jab builds up combo-points known as "Chi" and your more advanced damage moves cost you Chi points to use. However unlike a Rogue your Chi points are not tied to a target. Once youve racked them up, they do not go away until you spend them, so you can carry the "left-over" points from one fight to the next.



Obligatory scenic shot. The Pandaren starting island is visually stunning, with a heavy mythical Chinese vibe. The atmosphere is very serene and this is underscored by a beautiful musical score. In the Beta however the area is positively overrun with new Pandaren (primarily Monks) popping in every second to start their adventures. So you may have to wait your turn to kill quest mobs in places.



To my left here is a Yak cart. Yaks have been confirmed as a mount in MoP but Blizzard has not confirmed whether they will be the Pandaren racial mount. The Starting zone is very large. I would estimate about twice as large all of Dun Morogh or more. Naturally this presents some problems to players without mounts. There are no flight points on the Turtle Island, but there are context sensitive Yak carts like these. They sense when youre ready to travel to the next area, and an NPC calls out to you asking you if you'd like a ride. Simply board the cart as you would a vehicle, and it will transport you much faster than you can run (but not so fast you cant do a bit of sight-seeing) to where you need to go for your next quest. These would make nifty Passenger Mounts!



This is probably a good spot to mention that the Pandaren female has a very...ponderous posterior. This is exacerbated by her run animation. She has a -serious- waddle. She could do with a bit less junk in her trunk. Also all the Pandaren seem to have a much slower run than I'm used to, but this could just be my perception. However the Pandaren Roll speeds this up considerably. The Roll is powered by your Energy bar which as I've mentioned fills rapidly. When you Roll you burst forward at fairly high speed similar to a Warriors Charge ability for a short distance (perhaps 5 yards?). Because of the rapid energy regeneration you can spam your Roll ability every 3-4 seconds to travel more quickly than you can run.



**Spoiler Alert** The Starter zone quests center around the Turtle Island, the Turtle is in distress and if you dont find out why and fast, the turtle will die taking you and everyone else with it! It seems an Alliance airship similar to the Skybreaker which was carrying a load of Horde prisoners of war has crashed into the turtle's side opening a grievous wound. To make matters worse, the Horde and Alliance survivors are preparing to fight each other causing dark monsters to swarm up out of the ocean.

During your adventures you are introduced to two Pandaren Monks: Aysa Cloudsinger, and Ji Firepaw. Aysa wears blue, and is the wiser of the two. Ji wears red and is impulsive and always eager to fight. These two will become our Pandaren faction leaders eventually, and its not hard to figure out which will be which. After you save the Turtle Island you are told to go out and similarly save the Cataclysm rocked world. You must then choose whether to side with the Horde or Alliance and you are transported to either Orgrimmar or Stormwind accordingly.

Overall the starting experience is interesting, humorous in places, but very very easy. But then its a starting zone so thats kinda to be expected.

End of this Report

- Forbs
"For Gnomeregan!"
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