When the Burning Crusade expanasion was released, we had the opening of the Dark Portal event and we fought back the demons for a week. When Wrath of the Lich King was release we had the Scourge Invasion for two weeks marked by the zombie plague and Scourge attacks on Stormwind and Ogrimmar. With the release of Cataclysm, we had three weeks of tremors, cultists and elementals invading.
For each expansion, the pre-release events have been lasting longer and are more elaborate. It is going to really interesting to see what they come up with time. Rumor has it that there will be an increase in tension between the Horde and Alliance forces. The results in the attack or possible destruction of Theramore. I can there might be possibilities for Open World PVP in contested zones such as Ashenvale, Arathi Highlands, Northern and Southern Barrrens to name a few.
With the previous expansions, there has always been an external force, demons, scourge or elementals attacking both sides. This time around I think we will be attacking each other in escalating battles all up and down Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms. I can’t think of any other way for an event to be staged at this point.
With Mists of Pandaria on the list of soon to be released games, it is time to start planning ahead. There are a few things I usually do to get ready for a midnight release.
1) Book the next day or 3, off work.
2) Clear out bank space for new shinies.
3) Create a couple of new toons to reserve the name of my new character(s).
4) Stock up on bags for the new character.
5) Stock up on mats to level a new profession.
The best way to prepare for an expansion or major patch is to get together with a bunch of people, friends or guildies, and pool your resources. Each of you picks something such as bags, mats, gear, pots and potions. Everyone builds up a stockpile and shortly before release, you trade with each other. You may want to even for a small guild with alts and us the guild bank as temporary storage for all the goodies you are hoarding.
In regards to your current toons, now is the time to get in all though last minute achievements you have been meaning to do. A few people around the blogoshere have even created bucket lists they want to complete before the end of the expansion.
Aralosseien of Achievements Ahoy – http://achievementsahoy.blogspot.ca/p/bucket-list.html
Cynwise of Cynwise’s Field Note – http://cynwise.posterous.com/on-making-a-bucket-list-for-mists-of-pandaria
Angela of Revive & Rejuvenate – http://reviveandrejuvenate.blogspot.ca/2012/01/wows-bucket-list.html