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Garena Premier League Playoffs

18 Nov , 2012,
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GPL – A most awesome experience.

Thanks to nuffnang, we were given a rare opportunity to witness e-sports history in the making at Garena‘s swanky new flagship store, when it played host to some of the best League of Legends teams in Asia at the Garena Premier League play-offs yesterday.

The event saw top teams on the Season 2 ladder РTaipei Assassins (TPA), Saigon Jokers (SAJ), and the home team, our very own Singapore Sentinels (SGS) (you can check out info about them here) battling it out for the Champion title and theChampionship Ring.

True enough, we were riveted to our seats throughout.

SGS cruised into the finals with two decisive victories against SAJ early on, riding on early game advantage, kills, and some exceptional teamwork.

One of the awesome plays in the SGS vs SAJ game.

TPA, the current world champions, demonstrated that they were no pushovers, dominating the first two games against SGS. We also learnt a thing or two about some of our favorite champions (including Elise, Rengar and Kha’zix), which both teams used with great skill and precision. ūüėģ

Match 3 of TPA vs. SGS was probably one of the most exciting. ūüėģ

In the third game, SGS came back from behind, securing a much-needed victory, propelled by crowd favorite Chawy’s use of Karma and some hot Jarvan action.

TPA pulled it off in the fourth match however, securing the margin needed in the best of five games to take home the GPL cup.

TPA takes the coveted Champion title and prize.

Check out the Garena GPL Playoffs on Live Stream (it’s more than 9 hours long) if you want a taste of the action.

Also, if you’re a fan of League of Legends and Garena’s other games, be sure to head down to Bugis+ on 24 and 25 November, because they’ll be holding the Garena Carnival¬†over the weekend.

Even if you’re not big on League of Legends (you just might end up loving it though. After all, Garena’s fairly certain 1-in-4 Singaporean youths are into the game, and that’s gotta count for something, right?) and just love cosplay, there’s a competition (check out the Garena Carnival page for more details), and a chance for fans to catch a glimpse of cosplay celebrity Eki Holic, who has been invited as a guest judge for the activity.

Cosplay friends might wanna take note of the competition.

Of course, our very own part-time warrior Angelus is participating in the competition too as Syndra, the Dark Sovereign from League of Legends, so if you spotted her at Anime Festival Asia (AFA) 2012 last weekend, you might again if you pop on by!

Garena Carnival

Date: 24/25 November (2 day event)

Time: 11 a.m. onwards

Venue: Garena Stadium @ Bugis+

Event Page: http://carnival.garena.com/

TGX and Cos X 2012

11 Sep , 2012,
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The Games Xpo (TGX) 2012 saw gamers and e-sports enthusiasts making the trek to Singapore Expo, where cyber athletes did battle in the Singapore leg of the World Cyber Games (WCG).

The event also played host to the annual Cos X competition organized by Movie Mania, which saw more than 20 participants in costumes inspired by anime and video games competing for cash prizes as high as $2,800 for the Western title, and $1,500 for the Eastern title.

The con was rather sedate compared to the year before, and didn’t feature quite as many games and exhibitors as it did the year before, and we were surprised to discover that big names like Garena and Electronic Arts (EA) weren’t on the scene (Cherry Credits did have a sizeable booth, though).

There was also a smaller offering of computer and consumer products this year, markedly down from last year, and the game competitions (which included games DotA 2, Starcraft II and others) also seemed a little skimpy by comparison.

Of course, while the con didn’t feature quite as much content game-wise, Cos X proved to be the draw of the day with cosplayers and event goers alike flocking to the stage to catch a glimpse of the action.

Crowd favorites in Cos X included Gundam Unicorn and Guan Yu from Romance of the Three Kingdoms (which won the grand prize for the Eastern category), and Mistress of Pain from Diablo III, which took home the Western title.

Other characters that made an appearance included Diablo, Crimson’s very own Tyrael (which we blogged about here), Ironman, and even Power Rangers.

The cosplay component certainly made the con much more entertaining, and we’ll definitely be looking forward to it again next year.

Check out our some of these from the event!

Additional photos are also available in our album on Facebook.


Itou Noizi to grace STGCC

16 Aug , 2012,
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Singapore’s rabid anime fan base has something to be glad about this¬†Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention (STGCC).

Organizers Reed Expo¬†announced yesterday that Itou Noizi, character designer for red-hot otaku titles “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” and “Shakugan no Shana” will be gracing the event!

Noizi-san’s also got illustration credits in “Another”, which aired a couple seasons ago this year, and she’s also worked on numerous in-game art over the years.

Samples of Noizi-san’s artwork – Picture replicated from www.singaporetgcc.com

STGCC also revealed that they will be enhancing this year’s gaming content by bringing in exhibitors like¬†Cherry Credits, the company operating Singapore’s Dragon Nest and SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online servers, our friends from Electronic Arts, Namco Bandai Partners Singapore and SG Finest eSports League, which will be organizing a string of versus game tournaments over the course of two days.

There’s only 2 weeks to go, and STGCC’s definitely the biggest thing to happen after ICDS. We’ve already got our costumes and cameras prepped, and just can’t wait!

10 Reasons Why You Should Check Out STGCC '12

10 Aug , 2012,
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Hey there, pop-culture fans!

We’re back again with another Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention¬†(STGCC)¬†¬†Roundup! It’s less than a month till the big day, so just like last year, we’re giving you more reasons why you should be popping down to the con!

Are you ready? Here we go!


Cosplay friends rejoice, because COSMODE’s back this year and Jacky-san (we interviewed this cool cat¬†last year), as well as his team, will be on the prowl for peeps to be featured in their publication. If you missed your chance last year (there were two full page spreads), be sure to keep an eye out for him. We suspect he might be donning Kotetsu-san’s (from Tiger & Bunny) trademark cap and vest this year, but who’s to say, hmm?

Jacky-san of COSMODE – Picture replicated from www.singaporetgcc.com

2. Cosplay idols Touya Hibiki & Kousaka Yun

We caught up with Kipi at STGCC last year, but this year, you can expect twice the fun!

Both Touya Hibiki and Kousaka Yun are household names in Japan, and we talked a little bit about how awesome they are in a previous post.

If you’re a fan of their work, make sure you don’t give the convention a miss!

Celebrity cosplayers Touya Hibiki & Kousaka Yun –¬†Pictures replicated from www.singaporetgcc.com

3. STGCC Cosplay Runway

If you love dazzling the stage and strutting your stuff on the catwalk, this year’s STGCC gives you the chance to do so on the Runway on Day 2 of the con! (It’s like a cosplay fashion show, so photographers take note too!)

If you’ve already registered, keep your fingers crossed, because the organizers will be announcing the results by Monday, 20 August!


A cool night at the con’s always better with music, and this year’s no different.

Except, you know, this year’s gonna see a spin-off between two of Japan’s hottest EDM masters.

DJ Zanio of ZANEEDS and DJ haLRu of MONOMIND will be playing tunes from Vocaloid and Touhou, and they’ll be battling it out on stage to prove which fandom’s stronger.

It’s a musical showdown the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

ZANEEDS vs. MONOMIND – Can we say dueling DJ decks at dawn? XD

5. UK’s Leading Comic Writer – Andy Diggle

Andy’s one of UK’s leading comic heavyweights, with¬†DC comics titles like Batman, Swamp Thing¬†and¬†Hellblazer¬†under his belt.¬†Fans might also remember him as the creator of The Losers, ¬†a comic book that managed to make the big screen in 2010.

He’s also worked with another one of this years’ guests, Leinil Yu, on the sci-fi thriller¬†Silent Dragon, and this prolific wordsmith’s also churned out titles with DC, Dynamite and Image. If you’re a Doctor Who fan, you’ll also be pleased to know he’s putting out comics based on our favorite Time Lord with IDW!

6. Hot Toys

Hot Toys will be making their presence felt at STGCC this year, and in a big way. In addition to a visit by J.C. Hong, the Production Director and Chief Painter of Hot Toys and his fellows K.A. Kim, Kojun and Yuli, you can also expect exclusive Hot Toys products like Captain America from the Cap A movie, Lt. Jim Gordon from The Dark Knight, and Angelica from Pirates of the Caribbean.

There’s also a pre-sale roadshow, so if you’re big on Hot Toys, here’s how you can check these out.

7. Piko in Singapore

If you’re a regular Nico Nico Douga channel surfer, then you’ll know who Piko is.

The androgynous prodigy shot to fame in 2007 when his video went viral on the live streaming site, and since then he’s amassed a sizeable following and millions of hits, making him one of the Internet’s biggest singing sensations.

His latest single ‚ÄúMakeMyDay‚ÄĚ features as the OP for anime series¬†Binbougami ga!, and you can be sure he’ll be a definite hit at the con!

Piko –¬†Picture replicated from www.singaporetgcc.com

8. Marvel Exclusive Illustrator Mark Brooks & artists galore

Our friends from Invasion! Toys & Collectibles¬†are also hosting a plethora of Marvel illustrators, including the very amazing Mark Brooks, who’s worked on Wolverine, X-Men Legacy and more.

Other names on the list also include TMNT illustrator Mark Torres, Mico Suayan and Stephen Segovia. Comic fans sure have plenty to look forward to this con!

Recognize some of these pieces? – Pictures replicated from www.singaporetgcc.com

9. Exhibitor Booths

Our friends from Harris PLANERDS are back at STGCC this year, and that’s just scratching the surface of all the exhibitors and creators who will be at STGCC this year.

The list also includes the good folks from Collateral Damage Studios, who will be retailing their Superscenic 2 artbook at the con (they’re an exhibitor at ICDS 2012 too!), Imaginary Friends Studios, and other staples.

10. Gong Cha

Nothing beats a cool drink in sweltering Singapore.

Meet the Official Drink of STGCC, a fizzy concoction of Calpis, Lemon Juice and K Jelly enhanced with lemon rind. The drink also comes in other flavors, if lemon’s not your cup of tea.

(Don’t forget to flash your STGCC ticket while making your purchase for an additional free topping with any Calpis drink purchase!)

We know this one’s gonna save us when we’re hot and bothered after a long day in armor! XD


Demon Hunter Studio Shoot

31 May , 2012,
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Since it was Geek Pride Day last Friday, Angelus and I decided to get with the program and geeked out Diablo style in the green screen studio at Camwerkz. XD

I was itching to shoot my¬†Demon Hunter in studio, since I wanted to work on some dynamic poses and to test out the suit’s flexibility and stunt readiness.

Since the Demon Hunter dual wielded crossbows I was also compelled to¬†tote ’em gun kata style because it was the cool thing to do.¬†(If you don’t know what gun kata is, just check this video¬†out).

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Gotta love the amount of space we had to play with.

Here’s another take.

We had a full 20-ft of space (that’s almost 17-m) to play with, and that meant we could do some really fun stuff.

It took us two hours, almost 400 shots, and some solid DI (thanks to our friend Conjurer CJ from Project Zen) to execute our vision, but here’s the end result.

When a Demon Hunter uses Strafe with the Equilibrium rune, this is what happens. Kinda. XD

Also if you’re curious, here’s how we did the lighting and camera placements.

Here’s how we did the light and camera placements.

The secret was to use bulb mode and multiple exposures to snag the action, and to do it as cleanly as possible. Easy enough, yeah?

Achievement Unlocked: Voted in Singapore Blog Awards 2012!

We hit more than 100 votes yesterday, and you know what that means, cosplay friends!

Yes, it’s a new campaign milestone , and that means we’ll be putting out something fun to thank you for your support in the Singapore Blog Awards.

We’ve created a special wallpaper featuring Crimson’s Diablo III Demon Hunter cosplay, and you can grab it right off our servers here [link].¬†

Don’t forget, we’re dedicated to creating more quality cosplay and pop-culture related content, and your continued support will go a long way towards helping us realize this.

Please do keep voting for us in the Singapore Blog Awards.

You can do so simply by clicking on the Vote icon, or on this link now! XD

It's time for SPORE!

20 May , 2012,
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Block off May 26 and 27 on your calendars, especially if you’re of the geeky persuasion.

That’s because SPORE Con is back for its fifth year running! Organized by our friends at Paradigm Infinitum,¬†there’s plenty going down for fans of miniature and tabletop and board-gaming like Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer, and Warmachine.

Check out SPORE 2012’s official poster, and don’t forget to pop over to the¬†official website for more details.

SPORE 2012: Official Poster Art.

Our team will be there next Sunday too, so see you at the con! XD

ICDS: A celebration of cosplay and pop-culture diversity

1 May , 2012,
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International Cosplay Day Singapore (ICDS) is less than four months away, and as we¬†promised in a previous post, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s festivities!

1. Event Theme

ICDS 2012 celebrates “Cosplay & Pop-Culture Diversity”.¬†It’s an all-inclusive convention that transcends barriers by immersing convention goers in an eclectic fusion of Eastern and Western pop-culture elements.

2. Event Details & General Ticketing Information

Date: 26 August 2012

Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Venue: Blk 68, Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) Convention Center (check out the NP campus map here)

Tickets: $5 (available from July 2012 via www.gatecrash.com.sg, various event partners, and at the door).

3. Guests-of-Honor

This year’s special guests include U.S. based cosplayers Ms. Yaya Han & Ms. Jerry Polence, who will be visiting Singapore for the very first time, Mr Jay Tablante from the Philippines, and the cast and crew of COSPLAY: The Series from Indonesia.

Ms. Yaya Han is a household name in the global cosplay scene. She has more than a decade of experience as a cosplayer, and her costumes have won awards and acclaim throughout the U.S. She has been invited to appear as a Guest, Panelist, Judge, Performer and Host to over 100 conventions and other events all over the world.

Website: www.yayahan.com

Similarly, Ms. Jerry Polence is a U.S. based Filipina cosplayer, model, and blogger with an impressive international following. She has been in the cosplay scene since 2004, and has been featured extensively in various media.

Website: www.polence.com

Known in pop-culture circles as ‚ÄúThe Geek with the Camera‚ÄĚ, internationally acclaimed cosplay photographer¬†Mr.Jay Tablante has collaborated¬†with D.C. and Marvel to produce some of the most iconic and daring images in comic book¬†cosplay of all time.

Website: www.jaytablantephotography.com

The cast and crew of COSPLAY: The Series will also be at ICDS, where they will be filming COSPLAY: The Series Singapore Special. They will also be performing at the event, and opening Singapore’s 2nd Annual Cosplay Chess.

COSPLAY: The Series started as a web series in 2011 and has since grown into a content and performance franchise. The team behind it calls themselves the Q-Cosushinkai Project, a congregation of unique and talented cosplayers, performers, musicians, artists, writers, designers, and filmmakers. COSPLAY: The Series has since signed on to a professional artist management contract with PT NAGARAJA FMFE NUSANTARA to boost its professionalism in delivering the best possible content to its fans.

Website: www.cosplaytheseries.com

 4. Cosplay Competition & Cosplay Catwalk

Cosplayers of both Eastern and Western pop-culture titles are invited to join the Cosplay Competition at ICDS.

Registration for the Cosplay Competition is open from now till 30th July 2012, and contestants stand to win cash prizes sponsored by our partners Anibee and Paradigm Infinitum. You can view the full details of the competition here.

You could also strut your stuff on stage in our Cosplay Catwalk. Check out how you can dazzle the stage here.

5. Artists’ Alley, Dealers and Sponsor Booths

Adding to the carnival-like atmosphere is the Artists’ Alley, myriad Dealers and Sponsor Booths.

Ms. Yaya Han and Mr. Jay Tablante will be holding signings at their booths at selected time slots, and fans can partake of a wide variety of pop-culture products.

(And if you’re interested in registering for an Artists’s Alley booth, do check out this page for more details!)

6. Singapore’s 2nd Annual Cosplay Chess

This year’s theme for Cosplay Chess is East & West, pitting characters from popular Japanese¬†animation, games and manga against their counterparts from American comic books, games,¬†movies and novels.

Some popular characters that will take to the stage this year include King Tryndamere from League of Legends, Sara Pezzini from Witchblade, Big Sister from Bioshock 2, Joker from The Batman, Gilgamesh and Saber from the Fate series, Vergil from Devil May Cry, and Sol Badguy from Guilty Gear.

With an early start this year, as well as better logistics support thanks to Ngee Ann Polytechnic and our sponsors, we expect higher production value, and greater quality overall.

We’re really excited about ICDS, and we hope you are too!

Don’t forget to keep tabs on our site and Facebook page for more exciting updates and details in the weeks to come!

Here’s to seeing you folks at the con!

Cheerio! ^_^

Announcing International Cosplay Day Singapore!

20 Apr , 2012,
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Yes, you heard that right.

The Neo Tokyo Project is proud to be the organizers of International Cosplay Day Singapore (ICDS), in conjunction with Cosplay Chess 2012!

Supported by Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Film and Media Studies, partners and stake-holders in the local pop-culture scene, this celebration of cosplay and pop-culture will take place at Ngee Ann Polytechnic Convention Center¬†on 26 August this year.

In addition to an artist’s alley, a cosplay competition, a cosplay runway where you can strut your stuff and Singapore’s second annual Cosplay Chess, we’ll also be featuring guest stars from internationally acclaimed web TV drama¬†Cosplay: ¬†The Series, who will be filming two exclusive episodes of the hit show at our con!

Don’t forget to check back with us for more updates and details, and be sure to look out for our official press release after May 1st!

Diablo III Preview

15 Apr , 2012,

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Mark May 15 down on your calendars, people, because that’s when the Lord of Terror walks the earth once more. Yes, I’m talking about the launch of Diablo III (D3), and it’s been a long time coming.

12 years have passed since we last saw the big D’s second incarnation, and like many a fan, I’ve been dying to give the game a spin.

Thanks to the good folks at Asiasoft, we got to do just that.

Diablo III takes place some 20 years after the events of Diablo II, with your hero hot on the heels of a mythical fallen star. The star’s landed somewhere in Tristram, and with the town being the undead magnet that it is, you just know it’s all going to pot from there.

The games top-down view and point-click-kill gameplay is a real trip through memory lane.¬†It’s a style fans will find familiar, though Blizzard’s also manged to beef things up a bit.

You’ll discover that there’s a whole lot more you can do to the environment now, including, including nifty things like dropping walls and chandeliers on the approaching zombie hordes. Naturally, scaling difficulty levels make a return, as does the punishing Hardcore mode, which ups the ante a fair bit by giving your hero only ONE chance to survive.

Artisans and advanced followers are new features in D3.

Artisans are craftsmen who can forge equipment for you in your quest, if you’re willing to donate part of your take to helping them brush up their crafting skills.¬†They’re also an easy way for you to dispose of redundant magic items clogging up your inventory, by deconstructing them into magical reagents that they can use to create new weapon and armor pieces.

Followers, too, now come with an inventory and skill interface, allowing you to take better charge of the way they assist you in solo play. The¬†Templar, for example, can be taught either to Heal, or Taunt an enemy, giving you new¬†strategy options. You can also beef up their damage, health and other parameters by passing them your hand-me-downs, or loot you don’t particularly need.

Classes in D3 have undergone a massive revamp, and the five archetypes you can choose from include the melee oriented barbarian, the crossbow-toting demon hunter, the kungfu-fighting monk, the spell-slinging wizard, and the witch doctor, which utilizes a variety of damage-over-time (DoT) effects and summons.

Unlike it’s predecessors, D3’s taken the bulk of the number crunching out of your hands, and character creation’s now a breeze. You don’t have to worry about stat growth and allocation anymore, and the skill system, which unlocks new powers as you level up, is a breeze.

Each class gains a plethora of active skills, as well as passive boons that you can switch out at any time using the interface, as well as glyphs that modify your skills in a variety of ways, such as increasing the damage inflicted, the number of targets affected, or converting the damage type from one to another.

Map features and monsters are, of course, randomly generated, as is the bulk of in-game items. No single playthrough (whether on Battle.net or otherwise) is quite like another, which makes the game something of a new experience every time (though if you’ve played through story mode at least once, the plot wears a little thin).

Part of the fun though has always been the leveling and treasure-hunting, and the cute snippets of in-game trivia that you discover as you go along. It’s exactly what makes the game so addictive, and D3 reprises that.

Sadly, the Beta only takes you through Act 1 up to the fall of the Skeleton King, but from the looks of it, that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. There’s an overarching¬†meta-plot¬†out there waiting to be uncovered, and my crossbow trigger finger’s itching for some real demon hunter action.

Now, it’s just a simple matter of waiting another month or so for Hell to be officially unleashed.

Check out some of our Beta screenies:

Oh! To be a Panda(ren)!

1 Apr , 2012,
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As a long time World of Warcraft player, I was curious when I got wind that Mists of Pandaria was in the works.

It was slated to be WOW’s fourth expansion (following The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King and last year’s Cataclysm), and that begged the question – what else can the MMORPG that’s captured the world’s biggest market share do to up the ante?

From the looks of it, a fair bit. Mists introduces a new continent (like duh!) with clearly oriental themes, and implements a good number of changes including better customization at character creation, a more streamlined interface, a less clunky talent system, and the ability to loot multiple targets with a single click (what a godsend!).

Of course, one of the biggest draws has got to be the fact that you get to roll a fuzzy, wushu savvy critter, and that was exactly what I did when I got my hands on a Beta Invite. I decided to unleash my paws of fury on an unsuspecting Azeroth by rolling a Pandaren Monk.

Check out the new character creation screen.

Customization's so much easier now.

The Pandaren starter zone is called The Wandering Isle, and it’s a beautiful, expansive place replete with breathtaking autumn hues, Asian architecture, and a soothing ambient track that resonated inner peace.

Just look at that scenery.

From the get-go, you get to jump right to kungfu fighting.

The introductory quest has you picking up hand wraps and punching target dummies into oblivion, before embarking on a journey that’s rife with ancient Chinese secrets, mythological and pop culture references galore (coughcoughAvatarTheLastAirbendercoughcough).

Meet Huo, the spirit of fire.

Training pools that change you into cute critters when you hit water. Kinda like in Ranma 1/2.

Eventually, you’ll also get to meet (and beat up) plenty of new creatures indigenous to The Wandering Isle, including the monkey-like Hozen, Virmen rodents, and sentient plants called Scamps.

It's like whack a mole. Except with rabbits.

And since we’re on the topic of beating on things, I’m going to talk a little bit about the Monk.

The Monk is the second “hero” class to be released (the first being the Death Knight), and it’s a class that’s incredibly versatile.

Naturally, you start out with plenty of ways to dish out punishment. You use Energy as your core mechanic, and rack up Chi points when you perform basic attack moves.

Chi points lets you deliver stronger attacks with additional effects while you’re in specific stances, such as the Tiger Palm, which strikes for extra damage on tough foes, and the Blackout Kick, which is kinda like an execute ability, dealing massive damage and refunding a Chi point if you kill the opponent.

What’s more, specializing unlocks a plethora of abilities that lets you fulfill either tank, healer or damage roles.

The Brewmaster specialization.

Players of the Warcraft 3 will probably remember the Brewmaster Chen Stormstout, who’s the inspiration behind the tanky Monk spec. Familiar abilities include Dizzying Haze and Breath of Fire, and its damage mitigation mechanic is an ability called Stagger, which lets you reduce the damage you take by delaying it and converting it into a Damage Over Time effect.

The Windwalker specialization.

The Windwalker, on the other hand, plays a little bit like a ninja. It’s a specialization that focuses on building Chi points, and dishing out rapid fire martial arts attacks. The baseline ability for the Windwalker is Fists of Fury, which combines a potent stun with multiple hits in a frontal cone. How cool is that?

The Mistweaver specialization.

Perhaps the most unique of all is the Mistweaver spec, which uses Mana as a resource and encourages you to get up close and personal while healing your allies. Much of the Mistweaver’s powers deal damage, or require that you deal damage to heal your allies, and that’s a play style that’s going to take a bit of work to adapt to.

I’ve been having fun with the Mistweaver spec, and likely as not, it’s going to be the spec I’ll be sticking to when the new expansion hits stores later in the year.

And now, it’s back to Pandaria for me.

Until next time, cheerio!