I expect that I’ll be rolling at least four new toons come the Mists of Pandaria: Horde-Pandaren Mage (because I have 6 Alliance Mages but only 5 Horde Mages), Alliance-Pandaren Shaman (because I have 4 Horde Shaman but only 2 Alliance Shaman), Tauren Monk, and Blood Elf Monk. My Tauren Monk will be a Mistweaver, possibly with a Brewmaster offspec, and she may very well be a reroll of Katebeka (currently a level 20 Prot Warrior). I’m imagining a barefoot Blood Elf Monk Windwalker with the stern face and the long braid hairstyle.
I’m excited about Pandaren/Pandaria. I’m also excited about the new Monk class. I’m a bit worried about the new talent trees; will I still recognize my Resto Shaman after the 5.0 talent trees go live? I have mixed feelings about the removal of the ranged slot. On the one hand, Ketura the Hunter’s pirate costumes won’t be quite the same without the cutlasses & scimitars, and I’d finally identified the rifle carried by the Bluffwatchers on the TB-to-Org zeppelin to complete Keija the Warrior’s Bluffwatcher RP set (it’s the Flawless Arcanite Rifle/Tribute Gun). On the other hand, I think having wands be a main-hand weapon for casters is a fabulous idea. The PVE Scenarios and Dungeon Challenges sound intriguing. I might rename a few of my best-liked companion pets, but the Pet Battles are a minigame I don’t see myself getting into in the slightest.