Mushan at Mushan, Etc.: Yesterday, Blizzard announced that they will be staggering the releases of raids in Mists of Pandaria. From the blue post, it looks like this is something they intend to do for the entirety of the expansion. For now, we have Tier 14 to work with, and this is what it looks like:
September 25th: Mists launches. No raids available.
October 2nd: Mogu’shan Vaults normal available. Heroic mode becomes available one week after you clear normal modes.
October 9th: Mogu’shan Vaults Raid Finder available.
October 30th: Heart of Fear and Terrace of Endless Spring become available. Heroic modes become available one week after you clear normal modes. Terrace is locked until you clear Heart of Fear.
November 6th: Heart of Fear and Terrace of Endless Spring Raid Finder available. Heart of Fear must be cleared to queue for Terrace of Endless Spring.
Here is the link to MMO-Champion’s collection of blue posts on the subject.
According to a blue response to the accusation that this means the raids are not done, the raids will be included in the MoP final launch patch, meaning that they simply become available according to a schedule (like a holiday), and Blizzard does not expect players to have to download a patch containing the raid content. . . . Read full article