New Pandaria continent on “South side” of World of Warcraft map

With all the talk of sailing to the mystical land of Pandaria, World of Warcraft fans have been wondering: Where exactly is this long-lost continent?

Blizzard put on their cartographer hats and pointed to the only cardinal direction with no big land mass yet: The South.

“Pandaria is located on the south side of Azeroth,” confirmed lead content designer Cory Stockton during the Mists of Pandaria live developer Q&A during BlizzCon 2011, the full transcript of which was posted over the weekend.

“Think the exact opposite of Northrend. Come to think of it, we should have named it Southrend.”

The Northrend continent was added to the game during the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, to the north of the existing western Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms, and became the leveling destination from 68 to 80.

In the same way, the Pandaria continent will draw in high-level players, hosting Horde and Alliance players eager to complete WoW Gold quests and hit the new cap of 90. Blizzard has also unveiled a working map of Pandaria, consisting of five major zones and smattering of Mists of Pandaria dungeons.

Look it over and tell us which one you’re most excited to explore. (Ours is the scenic-sounding Vale of Eternal Blossoms.)