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Cataclysm Screenshots of the Day
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Blue posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Grim Batol "Vehicle" combat
Just to clarify, it's not vehicle combat at the beginning of the dungeon. The forces of the Twilight's Hammer within Grim Batol are massive, so you'll start the dungeon with a bombing run through the halls to thin their ranks. It'll be a set flight path and will not involve aerial combat. This is only to get things started. This dungeon is not vehicle-driven at all. (Source)

Lack of class changes in Patch 3.3.5
Our systems team is hard at work tweaking classes, updating talent trees, and restructuring the way in which new spells and abilities are learned during the leveling process (given that spells and abilities will scale with level rather than have multiple ranks). These changes are planned to coincide with a future patch which will implement the framework for Cataclysm. No major tweaking is planned to take place beforehand unless serious class gameplay issues arise. (Source)

Leveling Curve in Cataclysm
As you mentioned, the leveling curve all the way from 1-70 was adjusted in the past. We feel those changes coupled with heirloom experience bonuses make for a reasonable leveling experience up to 70. Since we're making major changes to the 1-60 Azeroth zones in Cataclysm, it isn't likely we'll be making further adjustments to the leveling curve there. The goal is to encourage new and old players alike to try out a new race or class and experience all of the new content and environment changes in the "old world."

As it is, Cataclysm will bring about a much better quest flow, both in terms of the way quests are given in individual zones, as well as the way in which players will be directed from zone to zone. It will be completely reasonable in Cataclysm to level from 1-60 in Azeroth solely on Kalimdor, or solely on Eastern Kingdoms. In general, there will be much less need to jump from continent to continent because you hit dry spots while questing and need to find somewhere else to go in order to find level-appropriate quests. The goal is to make sure players are given the choice to go to the zones they want to while leveling, rather than force them to the other end of the world for a level or two.

Whether or not any changes are going to be made to the leveling curve in Northrend, or additional changes made to leveling in Outland, remains to be seen. We do want to ensure that the leveling experience from 1-85 isn't too daunting. That is a lot of levels after all. Once we have the Cataclysm leveling zones from 1-60 and 78-85 fleshed out, we'll more closely evaluate the full leveling experience during our beta test. (Source)
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Comments 87 Comments
  1. Sulf's Avatar
    Screenshot's seem a bit dull. :/
  1. Scotia's Avatar
    More exp needed 1-60? Yes please.
  1. Ralth's Avatar
    nice
  1. Lathi's Avatar
    Only thing to be said :/
  1. Hoosiermama's Avatar
    I wonder if that means that you'll have more or less trash depending on how good your group is at the bombing run.
  1. shocknawe's Avatar
    once cat comes out I would much rather see the experience needed from 70-78 be shaved off rather than the 1-60 where its all new content
  1. toychristopher's Avatar
    Those screenshots are pretty dull. Also, Cataclysm is never ever gonna come out. I'm going to cry. Every blue post makes it sound less and less finished.
  1. Robbykig's Avatar
    "Grim Batol "Vehicle" combat"

    Cop out.

    OR

    OMG it's going to be an epic scenario.

    Given the current trend, it'll be interesting for all of 5 minutes, till we get shoe horned into farming it.
  1. potfur's Avatar
    They should make everything like in Outland where you are able to clear almost whole leveling content in 1-2 days. 70-80 is waaaaay too long, cut it by 30% like they did in OL -.-
  1. Brittany's Avatar
    Grim Batol is not veichle combat. Think of the Durnholde keep caverns of time, you flew a dragon to the raid instance. It'll be like that but you'll get to drop bombs and take out some enemies to make it easier for you to get through the trash. Thats what it sounds like. Probably an achievement to take out x amount of mobs, and to keep all mobs alive then clear instance.
  1. Vasz's Avatar
    If they start again with that vehical combat shit again, i really wont bother with Cat. EoE and Oculus were such an epic fail instances, i really hope they dont pull anything like that again.
  1. Aerion's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hoosiermama View Post
    I wonder if that means that you'll have more or less trash depending on how good your group is at the bombing run.
    I seriously doubt they will implement a system like that. It will most likely have the same amount of mobs however well you bomb the place.
  1. Nexus2089's Avatar
    How many times are they going to post a picture of the damn boat, we get it! There's a boat in shimmering flats coolstorybros
  1. Aerion's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by shocknawe View Post
    once cat comes out I would much rather see the experience needed from 70-78 be shaved off rather than the 1-60 where its all new content
    ...and if you read the post, they actually mentioned turning their gaze towards the leveling span of 60-78 during the upcoming beta test.
  1. MusikDisaster's Avatar
    I hope they ease the 70-80 grind. It just seems like 1-70 is easy and 70-80 is eternal. Can't imagine 70-85, it'd probably make a lot of new players stop at 70-75.
  1. Pisholina's Avatar
    Last screenshot, left mob. IS that an Ogre or something else? :S
  1. Mackems's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by potfur View Post
    They should make everything like in Outland where you are able to clear almost whole leveling content in 1-2 days. 70-80 is waaaaay too long, cut it by 30% like they did in OL -.-
    Takes about 2 hours per level dude. My mage is level 76 atm and will be 77 before I finish up in Dragonblight - I entered Northrend at level 68 too!

    If they cut Northrend levelling by 30%, with heirlooms, you're going to be hitting 80 as you enter Grizzly Hills and potentially miss out on a lot of cool quests if your goal is to hit 85 asap in Cata.
  1. SilverLynx's Avatar
    I guess I shouldn't whine. but, but...I'm SO BORED AND I WANT SOME FREAKING CATA SPOILERS! I'm DYING. I AM DYING.

    ::shoots up some more heroin:: It's not Cata, but it'll tide me over for now. T.T

    Also, did you just say "soon", Bibi? o.O;; Did Blizzard get to you?
  1. Scotia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SilverLynx View Post
    I guess I shouldn't whine. but, but...I'm SO BORED AND I WANT SOME FREAKING CATA SPOILERS! I'm DYING. I AM DYING.

    ::shoots up some more heroin:: It's not Cata, but it'll tide me over for now. T.T

    Also, did you just say "soon", Bibi? o.O;; Did Blizzard get to you?
    *slaps* Snap out of it, soldier!
  1. vendelin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pisholina View Post
    Last screenshot, left mob. IS that an Ogre or something else? :S
    An armored Dragonspawn.

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