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Cataclysm Preview - Grim Batol
[blizzquote author=Blizzard source=http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/cataclysm/features/grimbatol.html]
During a bloody civil war among the three dwarven factions of Ironforge, the Bronzebeards ousted the Wildhammer and the Dark Iron clans from the ancient corridors of the mountain city. In the wake of the defeat, the Wildhammers ventured north and forged a new home, Grim Batol, in the mountains of what is now the Twilight Highlands. However, although they worked tirelessly to create a better future for themselves, the Dark Irons, who established the city of Thaurissan in the Redridge Mountains, could not move beyond the memory of their defeat. Consumed by the desire for revenge and desperate to control the entire dwarven region of Khaz Modan, the Dark Irons led a two-pronged assault on the Bronzebeards in Ironforge and the Wildhammers in Grim Batol. Despite their past differences, these two embattled rivals joined forces and drove the Dark Irons out of Khaz Modan, decimating the armies of the treacherous clan's sorcerer-thane, Thaurissan. Yet victory carried grave consequences. Although Thaurissan's wife and queen, Modgud, was slain during the attack on Grim Batol, her death tainted the mountain fortress. While the Bronzebeards rebuilt their glorious city of Ironforge, the Wildhammers felt forever changed by the horrors they witnessed at Grim Batol. They fled their cursed home and never returned.

The abandoned city's defiled corridors later became home to a number of nefarious plots. When the Demon Soul was discovered by the Dragonmaw clan and used to force Alexstrasza's drakes to serve the Horde, Grim Batol acted as the red Dragon Aspect's torturous prison. The Dragonmaw held Grim Batol through the Second War, before they were driven out by Deathwing, who planned to steal Alexstrasza's eggs. Yet as Deathwing carried out his plan, the Demon Soul was destroyed, and the powers locked within were returned to Alexstrasza, Ysera, Nozdormu, and Malygos. Deathwing narrowly escaped an assault by the four re-empowered Dragon Aspects, although he did not leave empty-handed; in his grasp were the eggs of Alexstrasza. For their vile transgressions, the fleeing Dragonmaw were shown no mercy, and the struggle came to a quick end. Members of the red dragonflight were left behind to keep watch over Grim Batol, and for years they successfully guarded its desolate halls from further intrusion... until the arrival of the Twilight's Hammer, a sinister cult who worshipped Azeroth's malefic Old Gods.

The cult, seduced by Deathwing's thirst for absolute domination over Azeroth, has claimed the Twilight Highlands as its base of operations. The black dragonflight has driven off the agents of the red dragonflight who guarded Grim Batol so that it may be used as a fortress for training Deathwing's minions. The halls of Grim Batol run so deep into the highlands that it is unknown to what twisted end the Twilight's Hammer is using this doomed dwarven marvel.

Called to action by the red dragonflight in the Twilight Highlands, players will be charged with putting a decisive end to the foul machinations developing within the level-85, 5-player dungeon of Grim Batol. The ferocity of the enemies within should not be underestimated, and with the assistance of brave Red Drakes and a handful of explosives, players can thin the ranks of Grim Batol's occupiers through bombing flights into the ruined city's corridors. Regardless of how successful these attacks might be, General Umbris will not allow his army to fall so quickly. In the end, adventurers will be left to their own devices, venturing into the darkest recesses of the dwarven fortress, where a nightmarish enemy is taking shape. Will you be able to uncover Grim Batol's secrets and emerge unscathed, or will your destiny be sealed within this tortured city, like so many brave heroes before you?[/blizzquote]



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  1. sulfuric's Avatar
    great general vezax gruul and the drakes from BWL. Thanks for charging for them again blizzard
  1. DodgeOwner's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mofi View Post
    that´s the dumbest excuse someone brought up to protect blizzard, seriously.
    also i guess they are just placeholders and if not it´s ok aswell, since the boss mechanics are what makes the fight interesting
    Its not dumb at all ~_~ the game is allready at what? 16G? now to thos that have a T or more of space thats not a very big number, But Blizzard likes to make sure people can run this game with sub par systems, That includes slow small hard drives.

    As for the mechanics, totaly agree. as long as they can add some really cool stuff to the encounters like they have been ill be Uber happy.
  1. Harthmut's Avatar
    Gruul's lair and Ulduar were merely setbacks.
  1. MrApple's Avatar
    Why does the mobs always use warlock armor? wtb more imagination blizz...
  1. Wezzi's Avatar
    guys do u see the height of Grim Batol?! Ironforge is nothing compared to it :P .. even the dragons look like flying ants!
  1. DodgeOwner's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wezzi View Post
    guys do u see the height of Grim Batol?! Ironforge is nothing compared to it :P .. even the dragons look like flying ants!
    Some people just have issues =P

    I think it looks freekin awesome!!!
  1. Taftvalue's Avatar
    No Raid? What a waste for a 5 player dungeon oO
  1. DodgeOwner's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Taftvalue View Post
    No Raid? What a waste for a 5 player dungeon oO
    I would recomend you take the time to read the comments...

    it has been said by multiple people that it will indeed have a raid.
  1. Doombringer's Avatar
    You know, GC can say "omg Cata is the biggest expansion yet!" but when I see recycled model after recycled model, I lose interest. Fast.
  1. Scotia's Avatar
    Looking great.
  1. DodgeOwner's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doombringer View Post
    You know, GC can say "omg Cata is the biggest expansion yet!" but when I see recycled model after recycled model, I lose interest. Fast.
    Yea, cuz reshapeing two huge continents and re doing most of the quests and all the other stuff that gose with it is super easy Amiright?

    Thank god work is over so i can stop getting trolled over and over again...
  1. Izichial's Avatar
    Thanks for the response Necrotan, guess I'm just annoyed in general about these things cause I'm missing out on story cause I'm not interested in the comics.
  1. restoftw's Avatar
    Looks awesome cant understand why people are crying so much over old models in that case cry over EVERYTHING in almost everygame and also isnt this the instance/Raid where Cho´gall is?
  1. Scotia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by restoftw View Post
    Looks awesome cant understand why people are crying so much over old models in that case cry over EVERYTHING in almost everygame
    They do cry over everything. These guys are the same people you see in Wsg who sit and rage.
  1. Vajarra's Avatar
    Looks really cool, I can't wait. And I actually like Oculus, so riding drakes doesn't bother me!
  1. Aberration's Avatar
    To all you QQing about the models.. How do you know that those are the only models we will see in this instance? That's like seeing a model of Saurfrang and saying "OMG WTF THEY ARE JUST USING A MALE ORC MODEL!" when in the end you have some awesome models in the instance.
  1. Baikalsan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aastarius View Post
    Makes me laugh every time I see all the Q_Q about a [possible] new combat that might involve a vehicle mechanic. Not as if they've ever been hard and as clarified by Blizz, this isn't one of them ...
    difficulty /= fun, just because something is easy doesn't make it fun

    Good for you that you like vehicle fights, but afaik Blizzard stated themselves that they kinda over did it with vehicles in WotLK. So I hope they will be more careful when to implement them in Cata.

    I love the vehicle quests honestly, but in dungeons......meh..

    @Models

    Blizzard is lazy and greedy, that is why we still have the same ol character and pet (warlock anyone) models since release. Third expansion and still no overhaul of the old races kinda makes me wonder.
  1. Scotia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Baikalsan View Post

    I love the vehicle quests honestly, but in dungeons......meh..
    Even worse in raids, Flame levi has to be my most hated raid boss ever.
  1. Mallus's Avatar
    Same models....gee in between this and the complete culling of all 'non-grinding to 85' related features, this expansion looks like it will contain about 2 months of entertainment at the most.
  1. Scotia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mallus View Post
    Same models....gee in between this and the complete culling of all 'non-grinding to 85' related features, this expansion looks like it will contain about 2 months of entertainment at the most.
    Dunno about you, but Im up for making like 5-6 different alts come cata.

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