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Mists of Pandaria Cinematic Trailer in Chinese

I’m sure you have all seen the Mists of Pandaria cinematic trailer countless times by now. Do you want to watch it again with a new perspective? I recommend watching it in Mandarin Chinese, whether or not you actually understand the language.

While you’re at it, why not watch the rest of the cinematic trailers in Chinese as well?

These are all from the Taiwan version of World of Warcraft.

My ears are already trained to recognize the sounds of the Chinese language, so these trailers are as epic to me as their English counterparts. One of the reasons I enjoy watching these is because the Chinese language has a way with words that make some statements carry deeper meanings. Tonal accents allow certain parts of statements to have greater emphasis in their message. This is true even for the Mists of Pandaria trailer.

For an expansion that encompasses all cultural aspects of the Sinosphere, it’s only natural that this one must be translated carefully into the Chinese language. Because certain aspects of Pandaren culture (e.g. balance and harmony) may have parallels with Sinic cultures, translations must be accurate so that they convey the appropriate meaning.

Personally, I would love to be able to play this expansion using a Chinese-language client to fully immerse myself in the environment.


Glyph Conversion in Mists of Pandaria

50 days! Are you ready? One of the upcoming changes in the Mists of Pandaria pre-launch patch is the glyph system. These are the general changes from the Public Test Realms (PTR):

  • Prime glyphs no longer exist. All prime glyphs have been converted to major and minor glyphs.
  • Currently, all glyphs require only level 25 to learn. This might only be for testing purposes and can change at launch.

Hunters will have a total of 35 glyphs in Mists of Pandaria, an increase from 31 in Cataclysm.

Cataclysm Type Mists of Pandaria
Glyph of Aimed Shot Prime → Minor Glyph of Aspects
Glyph of Arcane Shot Prime → Major Glyph of Camouflage
Glyph of Chimera Shot Prime → Major Glyph of Chimera Shot
Glyph of Explosive Shot Prime → Major Glyph of Tranquilizing Shot
Glyph of Kill Command Prime → Major Glyph of Mend Pet
Glyph of Kill Shot Prime → Minor Glyph of Aspect of the Cheetah
Glyph of Rapid Fire Prime → Major Glyph of Pathfinding
Glyph of Serpent Sting Prime → Minor Glyph of Tame Beast
Glyph of Steady Shot Prime → Major Glyph of Scattering
Glyph of the Dazzled Prey Prime → Major Glyph of Animal Bond
Glyph of Bestial Wrath Major Glyph of Endless Wrath
Glyph of Concussive Shot Major Glyph of Distracting Shot
Glyph of Deterrence Major Glyph of Deterrence
Glyph of Disengage Major Glyph of Disengage
Glyph of Freezing Trap Major Glyph of Freezing Trap
Glyph of Ice Trap Major Glyph of Ice Trap
Glyph of Immolation Trap Major Glyph of Explosive Trap
Glyph of Master’s Call Major Glyph of Master’s Call
Glyph of Mending Major Glyph of Mending
Glyph of Misdirection Major Glyph of Misdirection
Glyph of Raptor Strike Major Glyph of Mirrored Blades
Glyph of Scatter Shot Major Glyph of Scatter Shot
Glyph of Silencing Shot Major Glyph of No Escape
Glyph of Snake Trap Major Glyph of Snake Trap
Glyph of Trap Launcher Major Glyph of Marked For Death
Glyph of Wyvern Sting Major Glyph of Icy Solace
Glyph of Aspect of the Pack Minor Glyph of Aspect of the Pack
Glyph of Feign Death Minor Glyph of Fireworks
Glyph of Lesser Proportion Minor Glyph of Lesser Proportion
Glyph of Revive Pet Minor Glyph of Revive Pet
Glyph of Scare Beast Minor Glyph of Stampede
None Minor Glyph of Aspect of the Beast
None Minor Glyph of Direction
None Minor Glyph of Fetch
None Minor Glyph of Marking

Four glyphs have new effects while keeping the same name.

  • Glyph of Chimera Shot
  • Glyph of Deterrence
  • Gylph of Disengage
  • Glyph of Snake Trap

Nine glyphs have not changed in their effects.

  • Glyph of Aspect of the Pack
  • Glyph of Freezing Trap
  • Glyph of Ice Trap
  • Glyph of Lesser Proportion
  • Glyph of Master’s Call
  • Glyph of Mending
  • Glyph of Misdirection
  • Glyph of Revive Pet
  • Glyph of Scatter Shot

The ten prime glyphs have been converted to seven major glyphs and three minor glyphs. With the addition of four new minor glyphs, Mists of Pandaria will have a total of 23 major glyphs and 12 minor glyphs.

Because the IDs of all old glyphs are being re-used, you will not have to re-learn the equivalent new glyph if you have learned the old version prior to the patch. You will, however, need to acquire the four new glyphs yourself.

For a similar chart of glyphs for other classes, check them out at The Stoppable Force.

The Week After

A week has gone by since the surprise announcement of Mists of Pandaria‘s release date. Momentum is slowly building toward the release, and one can definitely see the increasing urgency to wrap things up in Cataclysm.

On Friday, two days after the announcement, I finally achieved something I have never done before: complete an entire expansion’s worth of content while it is still current. Our 10-man raid defeated Heroic Madness of Deathwing for the first time, resulting in a spree of cheers and congratulations all-around. Coincidentally, our victory came exactly six months after we first defeated Madness of Deathwing in normal mode.

Although I started Cataclysm a month late, I worked through all of its raid contents while they were still relevant. Somehow I was entering newer content earlier and earlier, and by the time Dragon Soul hit, I was raiding regularly from the first weekend. I think last week’s announcement gave our raid team a real sense of urgency now that the end is in sight. We needed to finish this expansion after breaking our backs over Heroic Spine of Deathwing for three months.

It really is a strange feeling when I realize I have completed the Cataclysm expansion. A few elusive achievements remain, but this is the first time I can truly say that I’ve beaten World of Warcraft, at least for now. I can finally move on to the next chapter in the story. Thrall’s words in the original Mists of Pandaria preview really spoke to me because I have been there for all the previous events in Azeroth’s history and because I was also facing the Destroyer himself when the preview was released.

It’s nearly impossible to avoid all information from the beta, but I think I’ve read enough to interest me in the next expansion and yet haven’t spoiled myself too much to feel like I am stepping into content that I am already familiar with. I wanted my experience to be fresh and awe-inspiring, just like the moment I entered the portal into Outland, and just like the moment my ship entered the canyons of Howling Fjord.

Mists of Pandaria is personally exciting for me because it is based on a culture that is familiar to me. I can’t wait to see how Blizzard will be tying elements of Oriental cultures into the Warcraft universe. I am already impressed at the artistic elements which have been added into the beta. I anticipate I will be devouring as much of the new content as I can. Many people in the Western world only think of dragons, knights, and princesses when thinking of the fantasy genre. They do not realize that fantasy is also a vibrant genre in the East, filled with mysticism and legends. As a professional working in cultural competency and awareness, I am excited that World of Warcraft can become a platform for introducing new cultures to people.

If you told me two years ago that I would be able to reach the pinnacle of end-game content in this expansion, I would not have believed you. If you ask me now what I will have done at the end of Mists of Pandaria, I do not know. But I do want to know, thus when I set foot on Pandaria, I will open my eyes and ears to any opportunity that will allow me to immerse myself further in the contents of the game. I don’t know where the blog will go in the two years to come, but I hope you will let me take us on this new adventure together.

We interrupt this broadcast…


…to show you the coolest non-hunter thing to drop on the PTR! It looks more gorgeous in person than in videos and screenshots. Trust me. This makes me want to finish leveling my druid for Mists.

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