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    Default *Spoiler* New WoW Expansion Information

    I'd like to bring up a few points before I reveal this link.

    - WoW has a completely DIFFERENT development team than SC2. The development of this information is NOT detrementing the battle.net team or the SC2 progress.
    - The following link contains confirmed spoilers (as they say) about the new WoW expansion. By unhiding the link you can not blame me for spoiling it for you.
    - I am sharing this information to allow people who play wow to have fun with what I've found if they haven't seen it yet.
    - The origin of this information comes from a website that produces very credible information. They claim that this is a leak from a credible source close to the project. The claims they've provided in the past (such as WOTLK) have also been confirmed true after they provided leaked information.
    - I hope we're all adult enough to keep the "THIS IZ Y SC2 IZ DELAID!" crap out of this thread That is incorrect if you feel that way.

    THIS IS A MASSIVE SET OF SPOILERS AND TO BE RELEASED AT BLIZZCON. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
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    Hidden Content:
    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
    Deathwing once again sought the services of the goblins, as slaves. Unable to refuse such an offer, the goblins were enslaved by him. A large group have resisted however. With their previous homes devastated by the cataclysm, they escaping to an island off the coast of The Barrens. As they strive to recover, they come across an Orc captured on an Alliance ship and rescue him. The Orc turns out to be none other than Thrall himself, and in return offers the Goblins a place within the Horde. These events are carried out in a quest line, allowing players to experience first-hand the reasons behind the Goblins' shift from neutrality.

    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?

    Source: http://www.mmo-champion.com/index.php?topic=92919.0
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    Actually got me kinda excited. I never play WoW for long due to either being unable to afford it or just burning out. I'd be up for rolling a Worgen though. Death Knight Werewolves.

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    I agree, the fact they incorporated shape shifting with a race is kinda nice. Overall, the revamp of the old world is going to be great for new players as well.

    When you play the newest expansion, the world changes around you, the stories are visually shown in front of you, and when you destroy a castle in a quest, you see it actually destroyed and eventually modified in the future. The world is "alive" and "interactive".

    When you try leveling in Azeroth afterwards... you see storylines as walls of text, describing thoughts... Changing that to their new mentality would be fantastic. If this is true, then I would greatly advise the game to try out then. In fact, I might rejoin with you and level up with you guys.
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    It's still a massive time sink, and only rewards those who put in hours and hours. No skill required. Though I might give it a try.

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    While I can agree that WoW can be a large time sink, any fun activity can be classified as such. The ability for it to be a time sink or not relies on the person who plays the game, and not the game itself. While I can see people with 3 max level characters, I also see people in SC that have 7000 game records on battle.net.

    I will say that I feel the game gives excellent experience as a social environment (if you find people likeminded in the instances) and in terms of enjoyable content. It's also become INSANELY casual friendly recently. (Recent patch moved mounts down to lvl 20 for example)

    I own a lvl 80 myself, but ultimately, I probably play the game 1-2 hours a week now when I play with my wife. I spend more time on this forum *chuckles*
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    Shouldn't people discover stuff like that when playing the game, instead of the developers telling the players what's going to happend?

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    That's why this is a leak and not an announcement. Also note the spoiler tag in the beginning and my use of the hide functionality for those who wish not to be spoiled. It will be an announcement next week at blizzcon
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    All sounds very cool, even with my mild dislike for WoW I appreciate that they truly try to push it forward with each expansion and make the storytelling work as much as possible (which is no easy task).

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    Troll druids... how awesome
    Tauren was great for the +5% hp when tanking, but all the hardcore boomkins are going to be rerolling as troll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gifted View Post
    That's why this is a leak and not an announcement. Also note the spoiler tag in the beginning and my use of the hide functionality for those who wish not to be spoiled. It will be an announcement next week at blizzcon
    But they're going to announce the details anyways, right?

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