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:

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 410 Comments
  1. mmocc05a98d6b0's Avatar
    Heroic versions of classic instances might not be ready for the release of Cataclysm and will be shipped in content patch instead.
    Just like WotLK dances!
  1. Boubouille's Avatar
    Oh well, it looks like I still need to practice with the new site when I post a news.
  1. Malorajan's Avatar
    Oh man that's insane!
    I can't wait to fight Al'akir and see what the secret from Chogall fight is.
  1. JabJack's Avatar
    Path of the titans thing was confusing any ways! As for the guild talents that's kinda of a bummer
  1. Fiberi's Avatar
    Oh wow, they just scrapped everything interesting they've presented us with so far off the the table.
  1. mmocd047dac95b's Avatar
    Absolutly fantastic. I really like everything they've said in there.

    Nice Job on posting at 10 AM sharp :P
  1. Offspring's Avatar
    It's kind of sad seeing that they totally destroyed all of the guild leveling talents, but I'm sure it was something like "won't happen, why bother wasting time."

    Oh well.
  1. dennisd's Avatar
    So finally the NDA is lifted!
  1. Kaneiac's Avatar
    They killed guild talents? Damn it.
  1. Malorajan's Avatar
    I'm really disappointed about losing Path of the Titans.
    The guild talent change sounds for the better though since you won't have to worry about HOW to spec the guild.
  1. Kawwah's Avatar
    I think it all sounds pretty good.

    Not so pleased with the hrc Deadmines and SFK delay though. But oh well.

    The guild rep is a good idea. Then maybe people will bother signing up for raids.
  1. Rossmcsauce's Avatar
    Path of the Titans and Guild Talents were two of the things I was looking forward to most in Cataclysm... I'm very disappointed. =(
  1. Cernunnos's Avatar
    Damn. The guild stuff looked and sounded really fun.
  1. SilverLynx's Avatar

    Interesting stuff with Path of the Titans gone and Guild Talents gone. I was a bit worried about the "over-required" nature of Archeology, so I'm glad it's taking a back seat, though I'll be indulging in it VERY frequently!
  1. cannibalghoul's Avatar
    this is disappointing, path of the titans looked cool
  1. Hanammi's Avatar
    I'm bummed that Path of the Titans is gone. That sounded really interesting to me. I'm sure, however, that Blizz realized that it was going to end up being way more trouble than it was worth (to both them and the players.)
  1. Gray's Avatar
    If i recall Therazane looks exactly like her daughter Princess Theradas, from Mauradon...

    ...She was a sight for sore eyes, i hope they better looking on the eyes!
  1. fxcw's Avatar
    A bit disappointed that they removed the path of the titans but I can see why they did it. Removing guild talents makes good sense too as they have much better control over the bonuses a guild gets by just giving straight bonuses per level.
  1. mmoca322092fb4's Avatar
    PotT has been praised as the big feature for advancing characters after you've hit 85. The accompanying archaelogy is now just a "fun" profession. That sounds like some of the best features have been dumped, and we're back to good ol' instance grinding. Too complex? I dunno. Maybe the true answer is: Sorry, but we're running out of time.
  1. Agarash's Avatar
    Right, they start removing things...
    Path of the Titans was one of the most interesting things about Cataclysm and they remove it...and replace it with medium glyphs, oh the fun!
    Guild talents too, would have been interesting to be able to personalize the guild but no, now what we've got? Just another faction to mindlessly grind...oh the fun!
    Also now Archaeology will be for cosmetic stuff...again oh the fun!
    At least we still have heroic Deadmines and SFK...oh wait...
    This is evolving into another "more of the same" expansion, won't be surprised by other cuts along the way till release...

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