Firstly, I know I have nothing real to offer in ways of information that you, the readership of forum=21 (yes, all 7 of you) probably do not already know from countless other related website, forum and you tube videos. But I am also creating a topic of discussion on the forums, so be happy. If I accomplish nothing but to sit here and discuss with myself day after day about the MoP beta, then so be it. At least I am trying.
What I've been doing so far.
I jumped in to the beta going straight into monk testing. Started with a low level created Blood Elf Monk. I also created a Pandarian Monk, as well as a level 85 Monk. What I would enjoy doing is instances, but during my play hours, I see very few of them. With the 85 Mistweaver (healer) Monk, I've seen one trip into a dungeon. (I want to say it was the Jade Temple). I have also seen a few of the lower level dungeons as my Panda Mistweaver Monk.
My thoughts on the Mistweaver cannot be accurate as the spec is vastly over powered right now. But the mechanic seems to be a channeled heal (Soothing Mists) while using a few other heals that can be instant casts if you are channeling Soothing Mists, otherwise they will have a cast time. Also using spells such as Expel Harm, which heals you and damages a nearby enemy, and talent point ability Chi wave, which bounces back and forth 5 times between friend or foe alike for either heal or damage. I really WISH I could see more dungeon time right now, but even so, I can say that I am not using the class as it's meant to be used, given that certain healing spells are doing an insane amount of healing.
The Blood Elf Monk is my Brewmaster (tank). I've seen no instances. The stagger damage is intersting, as of right now, you take 70% of the damage up front, and the remaining % is staggered to you over time.
I have not spent a lot of time on the pre-made Monk, as I hate the thought of jumping on a class I know nothing about and trying to learn it backwards. I felt leveling up would be better for me.
On Monday, Blizzard be tested two encounters. Feng the Accursed (Mogu'shan Vaults) - 10 Player Normal & Wind Lord Mel'jarak (Heart of Fear) - 10 Player Normal. It makes me wish I had focused on leveling to 90 so I could have tested them. Unless they had pre-mades for the testing, which I didn't see. The new versions of SM were quite fun. Really well done.
No pet battles yet, looking forward to testing it out.
On a whole, its beta. Buggy and glitchy. I am disappoint that there is no in game feedback option. Perhaps they will add it in a later build. Or they have a method of collecting the data they need without needing direct player feedback.
Also whatever Blizzard said they were going to add that would get players out of the cities and into the world must not be working, because everyone still just stands around Stormwind/Orgrimmar. Dunno why you would want to beta test that.
PvP Battlegrounds are not operational.
Edited, Jul 3rd 2012 8:16am by Magilicotti