So you just came back to Warcraft after a year or two. What did you miss? Well, that’s what I am about to help you with!
*mailing heirlooms, pets and mounts are account wide* Little things that mean a lot to people who play more than one toon. I’ll take more about these in detail but I thought I would hit you with that before we get started!
First thing is first, as soon as you hit 90, there is a wonderful place called Timless Isle, where the epics flow like water. Well, not really, but close. They can drop from any mob on the island and can be looted from most chests. There are 2 kinds of chests and you can check out where they are here. Olivia Grace with WoW Insider put out a great map of them. You might feel overwhelmed at first, keep in mind that all the “big rares” are “open tap”, simply put: hit it once and you can loot it when it’s dead. Most of them go down quickly, depending on your server population.
It all depends on how long you have been gone. I have a guildy who just came back after leaving shortly after Mists dropped. In that short time, the game has changed so much.
Patch notes, you might not want to hit them all, but if you are at work or have some down time, but not enough to play the game, brush up on some changes.
Account-wide gear can now be mailed to any server. That’s right, this long-awaited feature is now alive and kicking. You simply put the gear (any gear or weapons that is Battle.net bound) in your email and type Charactername-servername, just like that, including the -dash. So that heirloom PvP dagger you got all those years ago can now be mailed to that baby rogue you stopped leveling. Nice, right?
Pets, mounts and achievements are now account-wide. This is a pretty huge change too. You can now use that Recruit-a-Friend Zhevra you got back in BC and was stuck on that mage you abandoned! Na, who would abandon a mage, it was a smelly warlock! At any rate, they are all yours. There are a few restrictions such as PvP or class mounts. Companion pets work the same too.
Pet Battling- is a thing. WarcraftPets.com has a lot of great info, so does @Liopleurodon on twitter. Check out her website! Basically, all those little pets you collected can now be used in a Pokemon-style fighting system. Terribly addictive!
You may or may not have seen the acronym, CRZ in game or on a WoW site. You might have thought, “What the heck is that?”. It stands for
pain in the ass Cross Realm Zone and is “new technology” that was rolled out with Mists of Pandaria patch 5.0. It’s got plus and minuses like most features. One of the pluses is that you can now hook up with any friend on any server and quest with them. Just select them from your Battletag or RealID list.
BattleTag/Real ID– These might be new to you, depending on when you left. They are basically Battle.net account wide lists. I never used Real ID because I am not giving out my Battle.net email address out to anyone. Sorry. So there is BattleTags. It’s basically a made up name (many use their favorite character) with a #1234 random number added to it. You get this simply by going onto your Battle.net account and clicking on it. You can change it once and only once, so think about it for a few seconds before you decide to use “FartyMcFart” as your BattleTag 😉
Connected Realms– This is a feature that is still in progress. Many servers have been “buddied up” with another to help better populate the servers. Like CRZ, it has it’s plus and minuses. One of the pluses is 11 more characters on your “main server”. You can mail them stuff (same faction) and and them to existing guilds.
So that’s kind of a brief rundown of what has gone on since Mists of Pandaria launched. If you need more info or more in-depth stuff, check out this list complied by Elizabeth Harper at WoW Insider!