World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

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  1. Deadend
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    bunch of stuff leaked

    New Races and Class Combinations:

    * Goblins
    * Worgens
    * Human Hunter
    * Orc Mage
    * Night Elf Mage
    * Dwarf Mage
    * Blood Elf Warrior
    * Dwarf Shaman
    * Undead Hunter
    * Tauren Paladin
    * Tauren Priest
    * Gnome Priest
    * Troll Druid

    Leveling Experience

    * Level Cap raised to 85
    * Azshara becomes a low level starting zone
    * Barrens split up into two separate zones

    Azeroth will be entirely revamped.

    Flying is allowed in parts of old Azeroth.

    Unreleased zones and dungeons, including Hyjal, Gilneas, and Uldum will become part of WoW.

    Deathwing and Azshara will be playing a major role in the Cataclysm that will happen.

    http://www.wow.com/2009/08/14/world-of-warcraft-cataclysm-leaked-by-mmo-champion/
     
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    * Goblins
    * Worgens
    * Human Hunter
    * Orc Mage
    * Night Elf Mage
    * Dwarf Mage
    * Blood Elf Warrior
    * Dwarf Shaman
    * Undead Hunter
    * Tauren Paladin
    * Tauren Priest
    * Gnome Priest
    * Troll Druid


    what...the...fuck? Dwarf Shaman? Tauren Paladin? Troll Druid??? Are they fucking stupid??? That goes against ALL lore...
     
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    not sure I like some of the new race/class combo's.. seems silly to change that =/
     
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    I think this all might just be a ruse of some sorts... I have the Blizzcon PPV. I will make a thread and update you guys on the info that comes out live as it is happening.
     
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    the 85 level cap strikes me as off too... a 5 level increase basically means that the gear from 80 will last well into any raid content unless they make new gear too powerful for a 5 level gap for BG purposes (as 5 levels is small enough to gain honor on battering the player without them them being "grey" on the level gap)
     
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    Hmm...not sure what strikes me as the most odd: Undead Hunter (undead/plagued pets only?) or Blood Elf Warrior (I guess the Devs watched too much Troy and needed a pretty warrior). Sounds like they might be just out to make a buck? Who knows??? Thought for sure Emerald Dream would be the next expansion with Illidan's brother? Ya'll pulling my leg???
     
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    World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

    World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is the next expansion for World of Warcraft. Dark and forgotten threats that have long stayed out of sight have finally arrived on our shores, unleashing a cataclysmic event upon Azeroth and now preparing more nefarius plans to take it back.

    Level Cap
    The level cap in the next expansion will be slightly lower than expected this time around; 85.

    This suggests Blizzard wants more room for expansions before hitting the level 100 cap. With less leveling to do (along with the revamped leveling listed below likely to increase the speed and ease of leveling), leveling a new race remains appealing for new and existing players alike.

    Leveling from 80-85 should be a much bigger deal, the idea is to make sure that gaining a level really means something and doesn't make you feel like you just have 4 more levels to go.

    New Classes
    Cataclysm doesn't introduce any new classes to the game. Instead, Blizzard have offered more race and classes combinations to players. The Some of these have alreadly been datamined from the 3.2.2 Test Realms. The An Injured Colleague quest and it's new Night Elf counter-part help to introduce the lore for these new race and class combinations, so we can probably expect to see more of these for some of the less traditional ones.

    * Human Hunter
    * Orc Mage
    * Night Elf Mage
    * Dwarf Mage
    * Blood Elf Warrior
    * Dwarf Shaman
    * Undead Hunter
    * Tauren Paladin
    * Tauren Priest
    * Gnome Priest
    * Troll Druid



    New Races
    The events of the cataclysm has caused two new races to seek new allies. The Goblins for the Horde and the Worgen for the Alliance.

    Goblins

    Worgen
    The cataclysm has cracked open the Greymane Wall, finally revealing what has happened to the kingdom of Gilneas and its citizens. With the Worgen curse taken hold, they have found a partial cure, allowing thme to retain their Human minds even when transformed. Venturing forth from Gilneas and seeking help from the Alliance, they have decided to join them, to combat the new threats of Cataclysm.

    Gilneas will make extensive use of the phasing system (much like the Death Knight starting area), to show what happened while the kingdom was cut off from the rest of the world and lead up to present day.

    Worgens will have two forms, a Worgen form and a Human form. Players will be able to customise the look of both forms.

    New Content
    Cataclysm will be the first expansion not to introduce a new continent, instead making use of previously unreleased zones and revamping existing ones.

    Classic Azeroth Revamp
    A cataclysmic event caused by Deathwing and Azshara will change the face of Azeroth as we know it. Most of the new content for Cataclysm will take the form of a revamped Azeroth, taking advantage of newer additions to WoW such as phasing and daily quests. Most of the quests and mobs in the classic zones will also be redesigned to make leveling less painful. With the revamp, a greater narritive and sense progression will be offered to players. Some zones and dungeons will change drastically to fit this, e.g.,

    * The Barrens will be split into two separate zones of two different level bands.
    * Azshara will become a low level (~10-20) zone.
    * Some of the zones like the Thousand Needles will be flooded.
    * Durotar is wrecked and apparently Orgrimmar could be destroyed. A new Orc city is rebuilt over the course of the expansion.
    * Gnomeregan will be part of the expansion as well and gnomes might be able to reclaim their capital. (The last part is still unconfirmed)
    * Wailing Caverns will be become a lush tropical area as a result of the druid's magic.
    * The Blackrock Spire will erupt and a new version of Blackrock Mountains will be available, apparently Ragnaros will be back too.


    In the aftermath of the cataclysm, and the new conflicts on the horizon relief efforts can be found in many zones and new open PvP areas similar to Lake Wintergrasp.

    Flying in Azeroth
    Part of the redesign of the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor is the introduction of flying to the two continents, allowing access to many new areas and quicker travelling across the large continents.

    Classic Dungeon Revamp
    Redesigning Onyxia's Lair in Patch 3.2.2 was just the first step. As most of the leveling will take place in revamped areas of Azeroth, so too will the dungeons, allowing players to use them to level from 80 to 85.

    Unreleased Zones & Dungeons
    With the addition of flying mounts to Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms and the redesign of many zones, most of the previously unreachable or incomplete zones will now be made available to players. This is where most of the new content from 80 to 85 will take place. Some of these are,

    * Hyjal (present)
    * Gilneas - The Worgen starting Zone.
    * Uldum


    It is unclear if the old Goblin locations such as Kezan and Undermine will be included in Cataclyms with the revelation of the goblins' plight, but several new islands have also been risen from the seas by the events of Cataclysm, some on the backs of giant sea turtles and whales, with the addition of several underwater zones.

    Characters and Events

    Deathwing
    Deathwing the Destroyer / Neltharion the Earth-Warder will play a major role in Cataclysm. Having been driven mad by Old God whisperings and turning against his own kind only to be fail in his attempts, Deathwing has sunk into the shadows. While the Horde and the Alliance were busy fighting back the Burning Legion only to then be beset with the Scourge, he has been lurking and moving things into place. After Lady Sinestra's failed attempts to create a Twilight Dragonflight, he again retreated to Grim Batol and succeeded where she failed. With his results seen in the Obsidian Sanctum, he has finally created the supreme Dragonflight he sought and plans to unleash it upon the world. But what of the Old Gods' sway over him?

    Azshara
    Queen Azshara will also play a major part in Cataclysm. Unknown to many mortal races, long forgotten by others, and believe to be dead by her own kind, she has not been dormant in depths of the Maelstrom. Having those around her transformed by the Old Gods into Naga after her failure in the War of the Ancients, she has become far more powerful and a greater threat than she once was. Not content with just Nazjatar and the depths of the sea, Azshara seeks to reclaim power and reign once again. With the true plan behind Lady Vashj's support of Illidan remaining a mystery we do not know what hand Azshara has yet played. The big question remains, is she now serving her "saviors", the Old Gods?

    The Cataclysm
    I'm still not sure who is the true end boss of Cataclysm is, but the cataclysm appears to have been caused by attempts to incantation to summon extremely powerful beings using an ancient incantation by Deathwing and Azshara. They're both very powerful, but the cataclysm itself suggests something more powerful is behind it, perhaps their shared past of Old God influence?

    The Guardian of Tirisfal
    Malfurion Stormrage will be returning to Azeroth to aid in the creation of the new Guardian of Tirisfal - Thrall! Med'an's role in these events is currently unknown.

    The New (New) Horde
    Thrall will hand over the leadership of the Horde to Garrosh Hellscream, while he serves as a coordinator for both the Horde and Alliance forces in and effort to combat the new threat of the Naga and Black Dragonflight. Without Thrall to keep Garrosh in check, he declares open war on the Alliance. In the political upheaval Cairne Bloodhoof is implicated as a traitor to the Horde and murdered by Garrosh. Cairne's son Baine takes over as the new Tauren chieftan. This could explain why Baine was removed from the game in Patch 3.2.2, you can find more information about this in Ahmo Thunderhorn - replacement for Baine Bloodhoof?
     
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    Yeah Pdog.. its not real.. theres no way..
     
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    Actually, I could see that happening. It's not that unrealistic. Thrall's been doing dick all lately, and Garrosh has been doing most things lately (heading things in Northrend etc.)
     
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    yeah but I meant more about the classes.. I.e troll druid, undead hunter... etc..etc..
     
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    i think this will piss off a lot of folks when it comes to racial abilities for these class combos. of course, it will remain the same in that there will be better racials for allys still.

    i just love watching them break cc over and over
     
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    If it's really level 85 maybe they realized that just adding 10 levels each year is silly and a waste of time... no one cares about the in between levels for the most part, and it's just a race to level cap...
    What they need to do is make those in between levels matter... so gear either scales with ya somewhat, or there are important things your doing along the way that shape your character or something... of course that is the problem with item/level based games... people fall into the trap of the never ending gear upgrade which is just as boring as running MC or whatever for the billionth time.

    A few issues though, NE's stopped using magic due to the addiction the BEs (HE's at teh time) got and the damage to the world... so that makes no sense...
    Dwarf mages were in beta, so fine... humans should have had hunter class... but dwarfs as shaman feels wrong...
     
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    In all honesty, they need some flexability, especially with druids. I have a druid, and I hate tauren. I REALLY hate tauren, but enjoy druids. It sort of sucks leveling a race you really dont like because its the only option without going alliance, and a lot of people dont like night elves, so its the same deal for alliance.

    Undead hunter seems a little weird, but meh. The rest are reasonable.
     
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    No what I mean, is where in the LORE is there a troll druid.. I don't think I have ever seen anything official about a Troll Druid before.. makes no sense..
     
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    Well I imagine they will explain it there is going to be a big event that sinks Thousand Needles and splits Barrens in half.
    Keep in mind this is just a leak and a very early leak at that for all we know its going to advance the storyline fifty or a hundred years or something. These kind of so called leaks (and I don't believe for one second this wasn't planned by blizzard) usually happen just so they can see the reaction from the community before they get too far in to the devlopment to be able to change any thing major.

    WOW needs a shake up and a big one. Its really starting to show its age at this point. There are also several classes that really need a complete overhaul and this may give them a chance to do that as well.

    What I can say is, is that this leak has gotten my interest in WOW up a bit again, not a lot mind but enough that I am thinking about playing for a bit again.
     
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    sink 1k needles?? Where did you read this?
     
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    In Pdog's post
     
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    yeah... i dunno about all of that...
     
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    We'll find out in 5 days.
     
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    Even if these rumors have some truth, chances are any expansion will be much different since it will be a year or more before it's released.
     

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