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    Cataclysm Preview - Grim Batol

    Cataclysm Preview - Grim Batol
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

    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?



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    The Patient cacahuete's Avatar
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    nice

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    omnomnom, do want

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    i see vezax with eggs!

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    Rawr! Looks freaking awesome!
    Quote Originally Posted by Negridoom View Post
    Bolvar: Dammit! Kel'Thuzad, its happened again! I need you to go to get me more ice!
    Kel'Thuzad: But my master, the corner store is all the way in Kalimdor!

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    Vezax looking creature

    'You thought to stand before the legions of death(wing) and survive?'

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    Are there any mobs in Grim Batol that are NOT recycled from somewhere?

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    Grim Batol looks like a dark version of Ironforge. Cool.

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    definitely looks cool, but are they really recycling Vezax?

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    this makes me think that Vezax isn't Watcher Tyr then, if he isn't one of a kind. seems like an evolved form of the faceless ones, more then anything

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    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
    OH GREAT, another Oculus. Nothing to see here, move along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izichial View Post
    Are there any mobs in Grim Batol that are NOT recycled from somewhere?
    How many different type of mobs do you want there to be? Space is limited on Azeroth you know :P.

    On topic: it loooks awwweeeesome.

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    Im wondering why the dragon aspects who are "enpowered" wont spank Deathwing into next year as soon as he comes into azeroth. He was powerful with the dragon soul but since it was destroyed and the power returned to the other aspects what will stop, Alextrasz,Kalegos etc from kicking his ass.

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    Sounds epic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mi33 View Post
    OH GREAT, another Oculus. Nothing to see here, move along.
    You know no details other then "you get to bomb from a dragon's back". That could be another occ, or just a spam button-1. From reading a bit futher, it clearly tells you that you are left on your own when things get serious, so i seriously do not expect any bossfight on drakes.

    Please, give them the benefit of the doubt, be awed by the beauty of the place, and shut the negative feedback untill you actually played the dungeon, would you?


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    Looks awesome, IF made dark, shady and we get to fly around and slaughter bad guys in it, can't wait!
    Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker)
    Psshhh. Like I would actually bother reading a thread.

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    WTB Cata now.

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    Looks very cool =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devlin1991 View Post
    Im wondering why the dragon aspects who are "enpowered" wont spank Deathwing into next year as soon as he comes into azeroth. He was powerful with the dragon soul but since it was destroyed and the power returned to the other aspects what will stop, Alextrasz,Kalegos etc from kicking his ass.
    He's gotten more batshit insane and powerful since he was last seen in public, damn them old gods

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