Blizzard has unveiled a broad ranged of new battleground game styles planned for next World of Warcraft expansion Mists of Pandaria.

Although none are final, maps offering WOW spins on Mudreball, Payload and Defense of the Ancients gametypes were discussed at BlizzCon.

Stranglethorn Diamond Mines is the Payload-style map. Here, players will need to escort mine carts to a depot to win. There will be multiple tracks to choose from, and points where players can change the direction of the cart.

Valley of Power is a Murderball variant. Here teams will need to hold onto an ancient artefact of the Mogu - one of the indigenous races of Pandaria - which does damage to the holder, and earns more points per tick the more exposed they are on the simple, open map.

Azshara Crater will be a riff on the the DOTA game type which began life as a mod for Warcraft 3, with teams of heroes attacking and defending autonomous towers. Blizzard is also preparing an official DOTA mod for Starcraft 2.

There will also be a new arena in Mists of Pandaria. Tol'vir Proving Grounds, based in the Cataclysm region of Uldum, will be very closely modelled on the popular Nagrand arena.

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