Group up with two buddies and get ready for four new Scenarios heading straight for World of Warcraft in Patch 5.3.
Scenarios were only added to World of Warcraft right before the release of Mists of Pandaria and since then, small groups of players have been running through the mini-instances practically non-stop. Scenarios are basically 3-man short instances players can queue for that offer rewards a bit better than standard quest rewards. In WoW's upcoming patch 5.3, four new Scenarios and Heroic modes for six Scenarios are being added to Azeroth.
The new Scenarios are called Blood in the Snow, Dark Heart of Pandaria, Secrets of Ragefire, and Battle on the High Seas. Regardless of whether players are Horde or Alliance, both factions are able to participate in all of the new scenarios.
Blood in the Snow is the first new story-driven scenario. Adventurers will follow King Varian Wrynn to Dun Morogh, near where Ironforge is, to aid a dwarf named Moira Thaurissan and some Dark Irons Dwarves in the defense of their new home against some Frostman Trolls. The scenario features six stages and ultimately players will have to slay the Zandalari leader and capture the Frostmane village in order to achieve victory.
The next Scenario, Dark Heart of Pandaria, is set in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. When Goblin engineers screw up an excavation effort trying to uncover a mysterious artifact, Garrosh Hellscream sends you and your companions to go aid them in their time of need. This scenario has five stages.
Secrets of Ragefire is the next new Scenario and it features tons of explosive action. The Scenario has five stages and revolves around you and your friends assisting the Gob Squad in their investigation of disappearing scouts. Considering this is a Goblin-centric Scenario, it's bound to be a bit more humorous than the others.
Enter the world of Azeroth and battle against the Alliance of humans, dwarves and night elves or the brutish orcs, trolls and undead of the Horde. World of Warcraft has a very large community of players with hundreds of servers and a myriad of endgame pursuits from raiding dungeons, questing, achievement hunting, PVP arenas, and now pet battles.
The final new Scenario is Battle on the High Seas and as you probably guessed, it's a naval battle between the Horde and the Alliance. In the battle, you'll go between Alliance and Horde ships fighting pirates and detonating explosives in order to blow up enemy ships. It's a shorter Scenario with only three stages, but definitely an epic experience.
Blizzard will also add a Heroic difficulty option to Scenarios in Patch 5.3, allowing for much more difficult encounters for those who are prepared (you need at least item level 480 to even queue up for them). Heroic Mode is available for the four new Scenarios and two previously released Scenarios called Crypt of Forgotten Kings and A Brewing Storm.
Heroic Scenarios award players with Valor Points plus a chance to find Raid Finder-quality items. The Heroics will also have a bonus objective your team can complete that will award additional Valor Points. If you choose to participate in a Random Heroic Scenario, your reward will be a Heroic Cache of Treasure and 120 Valor Points.
I've always found Scenarios to be the perfect thing to do in World of Warcraft if you want to kill fifteen minutes. The new Scenarios all seem like a lot of time and work went in to them, and you'll be able to enjoy them very soon when Patch 5.3 hits live servers.