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New Details about World of Warcraft Cataclysm from BlizzCon

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 by: Jason Zimmerman
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News and Announcements from BlizzCon 2009

From the BlizzCon 2009 World of Warcraft Cataclysm panel, here are some new details:

Deathwing – He has been driven mad by the whispers of the Old Gods from within the Earth. The power of the Old Gods has magnified his power and he has awoken from his slumber and has exploded into the physical plane of existence in Azeroth and has erupted the Cataclysm.

The 4 planes of elementals will be brought into the world. Now that the elementals are all loose they are at war with everyone .

Worgen – Blizzard felt that the Alliance needed a monstrous race. The worgens were summoned to right the scourge. Their curse made its way into Gilneas. We will see how the curse spread when we play their starting zone.

Goblins – The Goblins that we play are a specific group of Goblins and not the neutral ones we are used to. Their starting area is where they are shipwrecked near Azshara and Durotar. They start out neutral and then join the Horde. Goblins provide comic relief for the Horde.

Surprises in store for levels 1-5 for Goblins and Worgen. The new starting zones are promised to be amazing.

When we return from fighting the Lich King in Northrend, the world will be changed.

New Features

Level Cap raised only to 85 so they can put a lot of work into the new content in the old world and the new dungeons.

7 new zones – Mount Hyjal, Uldum, The Lost Isles, Gilneas, Deepholm (Where Deathwing came from), The Sunken City of Vashj’ir (under water), The Twighlight Highlands

All old world zones are getting a revamp with updated quests and, art and items.

Guild advancement system. Everything players do will help level their guild. Daily quest, raids, BG’s etc. Gives access to new perks: Guild Talent Tree for things like less durability loss, cheaper repairs, mass resurrection, and more.

Phased Terrain – The world will change as you play your questlines.

Secondary Profession Archeology: Artifacts that you obtain will lead to the Path of the Titans.

Path of the Titans is a new way to customize your characters. The Talent trees will not expand in the new expansion but The Path of the Titans will give you more customization.

Mastery System – As you spend points in a talent tree you will become more powerful in different ways.

Many new dungeons, creatures, quests and items.

The World
Five adventure zones for leveling from 78-85

Two new starting zones for new races from 1-15

Fly Everywhere – no restrictions

Some zones will change a lot. Barrens will be split in half. The level flow will change. Some zones that may have been level 40 zones might be a level 20 zone now.

Descolace has had regrowth from water rushing into the zone off the coast.

Darkshore has new quest hubs with a better flow of quests.

Azshara is the new goblin 10-20 zone. There is a giant quarry where the big mountain was.

Undercity is revamped so it can be flyable.

Sunken City of Vashj’ir and Mount Hyjal will be level 78 starting areas.

New underwater gameplay that will feel like land combat. There will be underwater flying speed mounts.

Deepholm is the hub of all the new zones and will be the largest. This is Deathwing’s domain and the Temple of Earth. There will be portals to other places in Cataclysm.

Uldum will have 2 dungeons inside. It will have an Egypt desert feel to it. There are temples created by the titans. It has been hidden until now with the Cataclysm revealing it. There are rumors of a secret weapon in this zone. There is a race of people called Tol’vir in this zone.

Mount Hyjal is under siege from Ragnaros. He has sent his army there to burn the World Tree. Ragnaros has returned from the plane of fire from where be banished him after killing him in Molten Core. Malfurion Stormrage has returned and has come to this zone. There will be a battle taking place.

Twilight Highlands will be where Grim Batol is now. This is the headquarters of the Twilight’s Hammer.
There will be two port towns for Horde and Alliance. Red dragons will have a base here. Twilight Dragonflight is a new flight that will be here.

New dungeons and raids
The Firelands (raid) Sulfurion Keep
Uldum – 2 level up dungeons.
Blackrock Caverns – New level up dungeon in Blackrock Spire
Grim Batal
Skywall
Heroic Deadmines and Shadowfang Keep (Level 85)

PvP
Tol Barad PvP zone – Island off the coast of Eastern Kingdoms. Horde and Alliance want control of this zone. Melding of Wintergrasp and Isle of Quel’danas. Daily quests available when you have control. Then a battle takes place at certain times like in Wintergrasp

Battle for Gilneas Battleground – Fight through the city and take control of different districts

New Arena Maps

Rated Battlegrounds – do rated BG’s to get better geer like in the Arena system.

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