Theramore and its ruler, Lady Jaina Proudmoore, have long been symbols of the uneasy peace between the Horde and the Alliance, but yesterday, that changed. Theramore’s Fall is World of Warcraft’s pre-expansion event for Mists of Pandaria, heralding the changes that are going to have consequences throughout Azeroth during the expansion, eventually leading up to even the Horde rebelling against Warchief Garrosh Hellscream at the end. For one week only, leading up to the expansion’s release on the 25th, this scenario will be available to players level 85 who have an item level of 353 (the same as the Hour of Twilight heroics). If you miss the scenario this week, you’ll have the opportunity to play it at level 90 once you have a 425 item level. (That’s the most recent number and subject to change.)
Scenarios have a few differences from dungeons. A scenario only requires three people, and there are no role requirements. It’s probably a good idea though to bring a hybrid healer for the boss battles since the in-scenario spirit healer is stingy with battle resurrections. There will be several scenarios, and guilds will gain experience for the first 15 they complete each week. Besides guildmates, you can also group with anyone from your realm or group cross-realm just like with dungeons. If you choose to use the “looking for group” feature, be aware that at the time of writing, there is no way to replace a player who quits, so friends and guildmates are your best bet until Blizzard gets that worked out.
Also unlike a dungeon, this scenario is different for Horde and Alliance. Completing the scenario gives all players an achievement with the same name, and the stages of gameplay are nearly identical, but the Horde scenario takes place first, destroying Theramore’s fleet and rescuing Thalen Songweaver before the Alliance players come to assist Jaina. In addition to the loot at the end of the scenario, upon each character’s first completion, they will receive a faction specific memento: Theramore Tabard for the Alliance and Mini Mana Bomb for the Horde.
The Theramore in the world will remain as it is for the beginning of the expansion. Zarhym, a spokesperson for Blizzard in the forums, has stated:
Similar to the way Molten Front works, the destruction of Theramore will be phased. So the city will remain in-tact when patch 5.0.4 is released. Once the scenario is unlocked you’ll play through it and, upon receiving the achievement, you’ll see the aftermath of the attack whenever visiting Theramore.
In a future patch, the city will be destroyed in-game.
For a more in-depth look at Jaina and the events surrounding Theramore’s fall, read Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War by Christie Golden. (Here’s a spoilery interview with her.) To keep up with Warcraft and other geek happenings, follow @GirlGeekAllie on Twitter.