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Cataclysm Prologue - Elemental Invasions Started
The elemental invasions just started, new quests NPCs are available in capital cities and elementals will randomly spawn in zones!




Tripping the Rifts achievement
  • Rifts appears everywhere, including Northrend and Outland. You can get your achievement by destroying rifts anywhere but you won't be able to loot lower levels Mysterious Objects.
  • Rifts seems to spawn at the beginning of each hour (01:00AM, 02:00AM, etc) pretty much everywhere in the zone, however there are confusing reports about this and some people reported them spawning in the middle of the hour. If you arrive in a zone and can't find rifts, you probably just have to wait for a respawn.
  • Rifts are destroyed by killing elementals, each elemental death lowers the health of the rift.
  • The Mysterious Object looted from rifts gives a daily quest with gold/XP reward.

Rifts zones by Type (Source)

Fire
1. Westfall
2. The Barrens (Between Razorfen Downs and Razorfen Kraul)
3. Dustwallow Marsh (Inside Theramore near Armory; North of Witch Hill)
4. The Hinterlands
5. Searing Gorge
6. Blasted Lands
7. Winterspring
8. Hellfire Peninsula
9. Zul'Drak (South of Zeramas; East of the Reliquary of Pain; In the middle of Zeb'Hakkar)
Water
1. Silverpine Forest (East of Shadowfang Keep; South of the fork in the road east of Sepulcher; West of Dead Field towards the shore)
2. Ghostlands
3. Wetlands (On the shore near the Bluegill Murlocs and the two ruined ships; Between the Greenwarden and Dark Iron Dwarf Camps)
4. Thousand Needles (Darkcloud Pinnacle)
5. Stranglethorn Vale
6. Swamp of Sorrows (Stonard)
7. Un'goro Crater
8. Zangarmarsh
9. Shadowmoon Valley
10. Dragonblight (Agmar's Hammer; Wintergarde Keep)
11. Icecrown

Wind
1. Darkshore
2. Hillsbrad Foothills (Southshore; Tarren Mill)
3. Duskwood
4. Arathi Highlands (South of Circle of West Binding; Hammerfall)
5. Eastern Plaguelands
6. Terokkar Forest
7. Netherstorm
8. Borean Tundra (Magmoth)
9. Sholazar Basin
Earth
1. Loch Modan
2. Redridge Mountains
3. Desolace
4. Western Plaguelands
5. Burning Steppes
6. Silithus
7. Nagrand (Laughing Skull Ruins)
8. Blade's Edge Mountains
9. Howling Fjord (Wyrmskull Village near the hut Alliance players witness the visions of the past)
10. Grizzly Hills
11. Storm Peaks (Gnoll Camps west of K3; Maker's Library)













Cataclysm Direct Download and Game Cinematics
There, Blizzard still loves you, and you will have all the cinematics if you buy the digital version of the expansion!
Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker)
We’d like to take a moment to clarify how we’ll be delivering World of Warcraft: Cataclysm cinematics to players who purchase the expansion digitally through Battle.net or download the installer from the web in the future.

Prior to the December 7 launch of Cataclysm, all current World of Warcraft players will receive the Cataclysm intro cinematic as part of an upcoming patch. In addition, all other in-game cinematics (including previous ones such as the Wrathgate movie) will be available for download to players who have not previously installed them. These cinematics will be automatically downloaded in the background while you play the game, after other critical game data has been received.

Cataclysm Realm Launch Time Information
Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker)
Wondering exactly what time you’ll be able to begin playing your goblin or worgen or making your way to level 85? On all North American realms, World of Warcraft players who upgrade to Cataclysm will be able to begin experiencing the new content at 12 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) on December 7, whether they purchase the digital download through Battle.net or buy a physical retail boxed version in stores. Players will not be able to access Cataclysm expansion content prior to 12 a.m. PST, regardless of how they upgrade or what time zone they’re located in.

Cataclysm Raids available for testing!
Almost all bosses are now available for testing!
Originally Posted by Daelo (Blue Tracker)
All raids are currently available for testing, except for Magmaw in Blackwing Descent.

Note that to reach some of the final bosses you must currently kill the previous bosses in the zone. So be careful what you skip for now.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

Elemental Invasions
There are four stages of the event. We're on the first. This is only the beginning. (Source)

Hunting for Elementals to get the achievement
I know. And I'm saying the elementals are merely leaking out at this point. It's but a small sign of a larger, more malevolent presence threatening to tear apart the land.

If you don't want to camp elementals for one achievement, wait until they're camping you. (Source)

"Low" DPS specs in WotLK
When there are multiple specs that fill the same role, as is the case for Fire vs. Frost mage or Arms vs. Fury warrior, we have found that some players will play their favored spec because they like the theme or mechanics, as long as the damage difference isn't too significant. Sadly, those players also seem to be in the minority. Many others will respec, regem, etc. for even a slight *theoretical* (very important word there) gain in dps.

If you recall earlier in the LK patch cycle, we attempted to bring Marks and Survival hunters up to the Beastmaster level. We didn't get the numbers quite right though, so what happened is that many hunters felt like they had to switch out of BM and into Survival. (Let's please not turn the rest of this thread into a lecture about how if we had only listened to *your* idea for tweaking hunter damage, everything would have turned out fine.) We heard from many players how frustrating that was -- to wake up one day and have to learn to replay their class because the anointed highest dps spec was now a different tree completely. Players are much more tolerant of huge, sweeping changes between expansions than they are in between patches.

If you look at the patch history of the rest of LK, there were many tweaks to Subtlety, Arms, Frost and BM. We were cautious though, because we were trying to avoid driving everyone who played those classes to have to switch class to class. We were trying to get the dps elevated without going over, and that's just a very small target to hit.

We learned from this mistake though, and part of the overhaul of the talent trees was specifically to make tweaking a lot easier for us. The passive talent tree bonuses are just one example, but we also did things like break our old rules for how spell coefficients relate to things like cast times, and the budget of a talent point in general. We wanted to develop a system that gave us more knobs to adjust and more fine-tuning we could deploy in between expansions to adjust specs that are low without going over.

Here's hoping it works. (Source)
This article was originally published in forum thread: Cataclysm Prologue - Elemental Invasions Started started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 348 Comments
  1. Seppun's Avatar
    Water Elementals out in the Wetlands, there were about 5 sets that I saw all together.

  1. stians's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pizbit View Post
    Several strange rotating objects in the mage quarter in SW, anyone know what they are?
    They're on ground level - one on the entrance/exit nearest the trade district. Another on a shop outside, another shop inside, probably more.
    I think you burst them open for a quest. When you open them, a fire elemental spawns. Seen some people doing it in Orgrimmar.
  1. Seppun's Avatar


    Found about 5 sets of Water Elementals out in Wetlands.
  1. Letva's Avatar
    http : //img59 .imageshack.us/f/endn. jpg/

    can't post full link yet :<
  1. foofymoonkin's Avatar


  1. Maethor's Avatar
    anyone know if OG/SW Cloaks are available with the chain? On PTR they were, but not on live :/.
    *is a bit miffled because his orcs rp gear was waiting on the cloak and the quartermaster one is too short.*
  1. Noomz's Avatar
    Currently struggling with all the people griefing the quest items and questgivers.
  1. Denlore's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pizbit View Post
    Several strange rotating objects in the mage quarter in SW, anyone know what they are?
    They're on ground level - one on the entrance/exit nearest the trade district. Another on a shop outside, another shop inside, probably more.
    Do the quests and you'll find out
  1. Longview's Avatar
    http://imgur.com/a/bDGWd
  1. Ylera's Avatar
    http://imgur.com/w5bZD.jpg
  1. Sparkymisslecat's Avatar
    Oh what a day - Cataclysm events starting, and my daughter just took her first steps at home. Why do I have to be stuck in the office?

    Wait - maybe these two events are related...
  1. emsidoodles's Avatar
    Recieved a buff from killing the water elementals in Tanaris:

    http://www.wowhead.com/spell=76148
  1. heidar's Avatar
    I took a few screenshots as I did the currently available quests, see here: hel.su/cataclysm/
  1. Thetramp's Avatar


    Can't wait until this gets more serious!
  1. towelliee's Avatar
    Here is my screenshot video coming soon

  1. rages's Avatar
    One of the screen shots showed experiance gained for a level 80. Are we begining the leveling process as of now?
  1. Synt's Avatar
    Can't post as link or pic since not posted enough yet, Cho'Gall at alliance cultist camp
    img828.imageshack.us/img828/9838/wowscrnshot110110181712.jpg
  1. Phaelia's Avatar
    It ends rather abruptly, I feel like there should be more....
  1. Trixzy's Avatar
    http://img716.imageshack.us/i/wowscr...110202208.jpg/

    Garrosh Hellscream in Orgrimmar
  1. stians's Avatar
    Doomsayers in Orgrimmar:




    "Flyers" the doomsayers hand out (used for the first quest in the chain):




    The rotating objects people have been talking about:

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