Mists of Pandaria: Head enchants … gone! Shoulder enchants …

If you’re looking for some of that absolutely totally awesome reputation grinding to get head and shoulder enchants in Mists of Pandaria, then you’ve got another thing coming to you. Ghostcrawler hit the forums today to let us all know that head enchants are gone and shoulder enchants are provided by scribes (and not by faction vendors).

Hopefully, many players will see this as a good thing, since the repeated grind of rep like Therazane was pretty annoying and absolutely necessary for any max-level alt. This should make things much easier for the playerbase as a whole.

And if you’re worried about there not being enough stuff to do at max level, don’t be.

Head enchants are gone.

We decided that putting head enchants on the various faction vendors wasn’t working well with our design intent for the factions. There is a lot of max-level quest content in MoP, much of it focused around the reputation with the new factions. I think it’s really cool stuff — worlds away from the old Argent Crusade scourge stone days. 🙂

In previous expansions, the head enchants on the faction vendors served to force players into that content. You couldn’t even choose which reputation to pursue — you had to pursue the one with your specific head enchant. Our design intent for MoP is to give players options in how to play, and the head enchant design wasn’t compatible with that.

Once we decided to no longer offer new head enchants, we made the older ones non-functional or else players would feel like they had to go back to older content or be missing out on power. This way, helmets are just no longer enchantable and you’ll have one less required step to get a piece of loot ready to wear.

Shoulder enchants can now be provided by scribes, so those still exist, but they are also not part of the faction reputation system.

It’s open warfare between Alliance and Horde in Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft’s next expansion. Jump into five new levels with new talents and class mechanics, try the new monk class, and create a pandaren character to ally with either Horde or Alliance. Look for expansion basics in our Mists FAQ, or dig into our spring press event coverage for more details!

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