MMO-Champion - World of Warcraft Cataclysm Press Tour
Update #3 - Just to make it clear, the NDA on the Alpha isn't lifted, you can still get your ass banned for posting that kind of stuff. Also, Blizzquote layout added now that it's official.

World of Warcraft Cataclysm Press Tour
Earlier this week, general gaming sites and a couple of official fansites were invited to the Blizzard HQ for a press tour of Cataclysm. The NDA (on the press tour, don't get too excited) just lifted and a couple of information have been revealed.

This post will probably be updated multiple times during the night, so far this is what I gathered before the NDA lift:

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Path of the Titans is gone
The whole Path of the Titans idea has been removed from the game. It will no longer rely on Archeology or on any kind of PvE/PvP progression and instead Blizzard will just introduce a new type of glyphs: Medium Glyphs.

Medium Glyphs will add a "fun factor" to abilities, and it wouldn't be surprising to see something similar to the Fortification or Breakthrough glyphs first previewed during Blizzcon 2009. (But probably not these exact glyphs, a lot of stuff happened since last year)

Guild Talents are gone
The guild talents are gone and your guild now gets extra bonuses depending on its level. There are 25 levels and each level will automatically reward with more cool stuff. The leveling process remains unchanged and your guild will gain experience through PvP, Dungeon and Raid progression, questing, etc ...

Guild currency has also been removed and rewards will just be "unlocked" after you reach a specific level or complete a guild achievement. Once a reward is unlocked, members will be able to purchase it with gold. Some of the rewards include guild tabards, mounts, heirlooms, and it looks like you will finally be able to have a guild tabard on your mount. (Just like the Argent Tournament banners)

New members of a guild won't be able to buy everything directly, they will have to contribute to the progression of the guild before they can access the top rewards. Each time a player helps towards the leveling he will gain reputation with the guild, the best rewards will require players to be exalted with their guild before they can buy it.

Archeology will be less important
With the Path of the Titans gone, Archeology will become a "true" secondary profession and you won't really have to level it anymore. However it will still be used to let you get cosmetic/optional items, get more information on the game's lore, and ultimately it looks like we can expect rewards similar to fishing. (Nothing mandatory, but you'll be happy when you actually find something)

Information gathered from other sites:
  • You will find two types of items: Common Artifacts will give you more information on the lore of a race, and might be used in some kind of collection game. Rare items will give you usable items, most of them will be cosmetic but some of them will have actual effects. (Details on Wowhead)

Raids & Dungeons Split
Raid leaders will be able to split an ongoing 25-man raid into up to three 10-man raids. Those 10-man raids will be able to continue from that point on, with bosses already down.

So far it looks like it won't be possible to merge 10-man raids into 25-man raids, for obvious reasons.

Information gathered from other sites:
  • Raid IDs should be much more flexible. You will be able to join any raid as long as it doesn't have any bosses up that you have already killed. (Details on Wowhead)
  • There will be more Algalon-style encounters—ultra-hard optional bosses for hardcore players only. (Details on Wowhead)

Rated Battlegrounds
Rated battlegrounds will be available for pre-mades of 10, 15 and 25-player sizes. The amount of Conquest points rewarded will be capped so that players who enjoy both arenas and rated battlegrounds don't feel they have to prioritize one over the other.

Information gathered from other sites:
  • The classic Honor titles will be coming back and rewarded to the top teams each season. (Details on WoR)
  • The "Gladiator" equivalent teams will also receive epic ground mounts. Ground mounts because they want to reward something you can ride in the battleground and be proud of / show off. (Details on WoR)

Grim Batol Raid
The Grim Batol raid instance will be called the Bastion of Twilight, and you get to fight Cho'gall as the end boss! If you manage to defeat him in Heroic Mode, an "horrific secret will be revealed when he dies".

Information gathered from other sites:
  • This is an entry-level raid, just like Naxxramas in WotLK. (Details on Wowhead)
  • It will feature 5 bosses, and an Algalon-style optional and ultra-hard boss. (The "horrific" secret?) (Details on Wowhead)

Skywall Raid
As expected, Al'akir will be the end boss of the Skywall raid instance.

Information gathered from other sites:

Deepholm
Princess Therazane (yes, that's her) will be a questgiver in Deepholm, in a similar experience to the Sons of Hodir's questline in Storm Peaks.

Information gathered from other sites:
  • The Ogrim's Hammer has crashed in the zone and the Skybreaker is still in the air. One of the questline will require you to find out what happened. (Details on Wowhead)

Heroic Deadmines / Shadowfang Keep
Heroic versions of classic instances might not be ready for the release of Cataclysm and will be shipped in content patch instead.

Old world changes
There are a more details on old world changes, especially capital cities.

Information gathered from other sites:
  • Stormwind has been completely redesigned to accomodate flying mounts. The Park of Stormwind has been destroyed by Deathwing and the Dwarven District now hosts a Bank and an Auction House. (Details on Wowhead)
  • Orgrimmar has been redesigned as well: Garrosh is the new Warchief and is located in the center of Orgrimmar, not in the Valley of Wisdom. Goblins have their own area, the Valley of Wisdom becomes a Tauren district, and there is now a back gate leading directly into Azshara. (Details on Wowhead)

Miscellaneous Changes/Information
  • Wrath of the Lich King had 1000 Quests, Cataclysm has over 3000.
  • The current heirlooms will stop growing after level 80. There will be a whole new crop of heirlooms for Cataclysm. Goblins and Worgen will be able to start using heirlooms immediately at launch. (Details on Wowhead)
Cataclysm Zone Changes
A new video of zone changes in Cataclysm was released. Stole this one from Wowhead.



Cataclysm Screenshots
A few high resolution screenshots have been released. Courtesy of World of Raids.



This article was originally published in forum thread: World of Warcraft Cataclysm Press Tour started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 418 Comments
  1. gagarin's Avatar
    @Raid IDs should be much more flexible. You will be able to join any raid as long as it doesn't have any bosses up that you have already killed.@

    i really don't think that it will work. thise kind of a system have been used in WAR Online and it was horrible. just imagine, you've killed 5|12 bosses, next time 1 or 2 didnt show up and now you've got to find other ppl with 5 bosses killed, and further more, you can't even invite new ppl without any bosses down.
  1. Fool's Avatar
    i r dissapoint
  1. Ikkatsu's Avatar
    Innovative features being completely removed?

    Who would have thought it...
  1. emoroan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gagarin View Post
    @Raid IDs should be much more flexible. You will be able to join any raid as long as it doesn't have any bosses up that you have already killed.@

    i really don't think that it will work. thise kind of a system have been used in WAR Online and it was horrible. just imagine, you've killed 5|12 bosses, next time 1 or 2 didnt show up and now you've got to find other ppl with 5 bosses killed, and further more, you can't even invite new ppl without any bosses down.
    Technically a raid with 5 bosses does doesn't have any up that a fresh person has killed, therefore fresh people are fine.
  1. Many's Avatar
    They removed Path of Titans. Becouse If some will make some progress in this. He will have some advantages. And what about others? They will start whinig "I dont have time to progress in Path ot Titans but i really want this advantages!" Hate Blizz for this... Why you always do everything for casuals...?
  1. gagarin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by emoroan View Post
    Technically a raid with 5 bosses does doesn't have any up that a fresh person has killed, therefore fresh people are fine.
    you've got to check wowhead "Rather than being locked into a particular raid ID, you can now join any raid, as long as it doesn't have any bosses up that you have already killed."

    so, fresh person haven't killed any bosses in instance and you've killed 5, so freah person cant join you, couse yiou are already in 5 bosses up to that person.
  1. Huntingbear_grimbatol's Avatar
    so now when path of the titans removed, which was going to feel like another way to "level" your character is gone? that means we ONLY get 5 levels.

    and whoa, 3000 quests.. i feel the grind on, well, i assume there's gonna go 1500 quests just to the new goblin and worgen storyline + new quests for other low level areas.
  1. Sez's Avatar
    first i got dissapointed
    then excited
    then dissapointed again
    then i scrolled down and skipped the rest of the post cause i didn't wanna get dissapointed again and posted this CUZ WE GETZ TO FIGHT AL'AKIR
  1. Fafnersbane's Avatar
    The 3000 "new quests" will prolly include all the low lvl ones aswell... Would like to know why blizzard suddenly quit so many of the changes such as archeology, guild achievements and so on... did they see the drop in subs and decided to push Cata through for an earlier release date ?
  1. Revolver86's Avatar
    I'm really disappointed about:

    So far it looks like it won't be possible to merge 10-man raids into 25-man raids, for obvious reasons.

    :-( I was so excited to play with 9 very good players instead with 15 very good and 9 who sux.
  1. emoroan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gagarin View Post
    you've got to check wowhead "Rather than being locked into a particular raid ID, you can now join any raid, as long as it doesn't have any bosses up that you have already killed."

    so, fresh person haven't killed any bosses in instance and you've killed 5, so freah person cant join you, couse yiou are already in 5 bosses up to that person.
    you're still reading it wrong.

    You can't join the fresh person, but they can join you.

    I do wonder how it will work with limited attempts, i'm hoping this is the death of them.
  1. Sinea's Avatar
    Cho'Gall???? Glad we get to fight him, but I can guarantee you that he will Be featured again later as a boss either in Deathwing's raid, or a tier close to it... Too important of a character to just give him a spot in a newbie tier raid, Just Like Anub'Arak....
    At least he won't say "merely a setback"...
  1. sarethen's Avatar
    I love the new barrens (The war bit) The video really doesn't do it justice, you've gotta go see it ! (If you're in alpha)
  1. Frozenbeef's Avatar
    http://static.mmo-champion.com/mmoc/...atapress_2.jpg = /console groundeffectdensity 256 lol :P
  1. Myzrael's Avatar
    So beside old content, old (+few new) bosses, only 5 levels , no new classes, talent tiers and no new professions is actually new after removing path of titans?
  1. Sinea's Avatar
    Rofl... from WoWhead: "Garrosh is hanging out in the Center of orgrimar, Not the valley of wisdom; A metaphor?" So true
  1. furydeath's Avatar
    Guess Heroic Deadmines/Shadowfang Keep will be the dance studio of Cataclysm.
  1. Lumocolor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fiberi View Post
    Oh wow, they just scrapped everything interesting they've presented us with so far off the the table.
    I completely agree, everything i was looking forward to after last years blizzcon has been scraped already!!!
    And they're even putting back limited attempts after saying they were done with that, wtf (And yes Algalon type timer fights are the same as limited attempts)
  1. Doctor Professor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lumocolor View Post
    I completely agree, everything i was looking forward to after last years blizzcon has been scraped already!!!
    And they're even putting back limited attempts after saying they were done with that, wtf (And yes Algalon type timer fights are the same as limited attempts)
    Where do you get that? They only said there will be ultra hard OPTIONAL bosses. Noone said anything about having limited time / attempts on them. Jesus Christ people.
  1. Sjerusalem's Avatar
    All over im disapointed with everything.

    I wanted to pvp in cata, mainly for fun in bg-s but now i have to find 14 other ppl to be able to do rated bg, or premade pug, which even more of a Fail than premade itself.

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