A preview of the Quest Log in Warlords of Draenor states the following:

In Patch 6.0.2, we’ve made a brand-new UI to bring together the Map and the Quest Log with everything you need to manage multiple ongoing adventures. Now when you browse by zone in the Map & Quest Log, you’ll find all of the associated quests you’re on, your progress, and relevant cartography.

In addition to intelligently ordering your quests, the new window (default hotkeys: M or L) gives you more information about your objectives right on the map. It also features scroll-wheel zooming, click-and-hold panning, and a handy View All Quests button—plus, if you leave it open while you’re moving, it fades so that you can see both the map and the landscape you’re venturing into.

In Mists of Pandaria, I can choose to order quests by proximity, and then if I've selected the top quest (which has the closest objective), once I've completed it, my active objective automatically moves to the next closest quest—and as I move around, if a particular quest is now closer, it moves to the top of my quest tracker, and and I can change my active quest to that one.

Here's a screenshot of the quest log from the beta, though:

The Warlords of Draenor quest log in action

As you can see, the top quest in my quest tracker on the right is close to my current location, but the map shows that I have a completed quest ready for turn-in considerably closer. While the tracker has definitely changed the order of displayed quests, I can't tell why it's ordering quests in the way that it is, and I no longer have the option of changing the order of displayed quests.

So: how does the sorting algorithm decide how to order my currently displayed quests?

  • Isn't WoD in closed beta? – RandomDisplayName Sep 15 '14 at 7:01
  • @RandomDisplayName Warlords of Draenor is, yes, but patch 6.0.2 is not. This (Patch 6.0.2) is currently in PTR and very much playable. – EternalWulf Sep 15 '14 at 13:35
  • Patch 6.0.2 is the Pre-Expansion patch. This will start the development of the world/events into the new Expansion. – EternalWulf Sep 15 '14 at 13:35
  • @HowlinWulf True but the way that it's worded implies that the screenshot is from the beta itself, which if true would constitute a breach of the NDA (and also be off-topic). – JonK Sep 15 '14 at 17:44
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    @JonK There is no NDA on the Warlords of Draenor beta. Blizzard has explicitly stated that beta testers are free to share whatever they like. – Raimondas the Insane Sep 19 '14 at 17:33

According to the 6.0.2 PTR patch notes,

Quest tracker now orders quests based on proximity to the character by default.

From playing on the beta, I suspect that quests which are "ready for turn-in" either do not count, or perhaps there is still a bug.

In general, though, I find it preferable to stay out in the world, complete a bunch of quests, and then turn them in all at once, when it's possible to do so. So this ordering really doesn't bother me.

You should also note that:

  • By default you only see quests which are in your current zone (in Draenor; doesn't seem to apply consistently in Azeroth). You can click the View All button to see the entire list.
  • Some quests are not offered at quest hubs, but at random points out in the world. Check your map frequently for these. Usually you'll have to pass by them while doing other quests, but I saw a few exceptions.

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