When Patch 5.4 drops, will Taran Zhu be able to resist a nigh overwhelming desire to say I TOLD YOU SO!!!! to some of the other factions in Pandaria?
On the one hand, I feel like I’ve already been spoiled more than I wanted to be about what’s coming in Patch 5.4. Even without reading posts that warn HERE THERE BE SPOILERS, the header images on various WoW Insider posts, newsbutton images at Wowhead, and post titles that I’ve seen in other blogs’ newsfeeds have spoiled some of the major environment changes.
On the other hand, knowing at least a little bit about what’s coming, as betrayed and sorrowful as it makes me feel, gives me time to run around screencapping the location that is going to be dramatically changed. I collected screenshots of the southern beaches of Krasarang Wilds in their pristine state shortly before Patch 5.1 dropped. I wish, now, that I’d paid just a little more attention to the news from the Patch 5.3 PTR, because I don’t have any screenshots of what the area that is now the Big Blossom Excavation site used to look like.
On a somewhat related note, as I rode past a couple of the yaungol fire-camps that now dot Kun-Lai Summit, I thought about the blatant hypocrisy of the Horde, as represented by General Nazgrim. Nazgrim pretends to help the pandaren, agreeing that the yaungol, who have been disposessed and want new and better lands to provide for their people, should be pushed back — when Hellscream and his Kor’kron want to do exactly the same thing to the very same lands. Why is it wrong for the yaungol to take Kun-Lai Summit from the pandaren, but not wrong for the orcs to take all of Pandaria from the pandaren? Playing through the storylines of the Horde invasion of Pandaria has made me feel rather uncomfortable about my own country’s history of colonization and Manifest Destiny….