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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 417 Comments
  1. Hinalover's Avatar
    Archaeologists will be able to assemble a skeletal raptor mount, and grant raid buffs by deciphering runes in dungeons, lead system designer Greg Street told Eurogamer.
  1. Meebo's Avatar
    Disappointed about the removal of PoT and Guild Talents/Currency. I just hope they work Guild Rep/Exp so it makes being in a Guild just that bit more important. I'm hoping that they work it so there are fewer pug raids asking for ridiculous GS numbers and people actually form or join Guilds so they can progress in raids more.
    One of the things I hated most about WotLK was being able to purchase Tier items with badges, imo it diminished the need for a guild and is what helped make pugs get so out of control to this date.
  1. togun's Avatar
    im glad the ogrim hammer went down. my hope is the alliance shot that poorly made blimp outta the sky what a disgusting horde machine
  1. VoidraysPwn's Avatar
    Seems to me more of the new Activision at work than blizzard. Scrubbing lots of good ideas when the old blizzard would have taken there time and got them right. But now they have to many people breathing down there necks and forcing them to make deadlines. R.I.P blizzard
  1. Samdalf's Avatar
    Is this some kind of joke?
    Please tell me it's some kind of joke?
  1. Tntdruid's Avatar
    cool stuff
  1. golbez's Avatar
    wow... that's bad... very bad... It might not even be worthed going back at cata... no Path of titans... no archeology... no guild talents...
  1. Adys's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by golbez View Post
    wow... that's bad... very bad... It might not even be worthed going back at cata... no Path of titans... no archeology... no guild talents...
    They're not removing archeology, do you even read?
  1. Toast515's Avatar
    People seem surprised? New dances anyone?
  1. Saberoy's Avatar
    I am excited to see this video of zones that we at the mmo-champion community have never seen before.

    *coughs blood*

    sorry, I'm still a bit sick from my time traveling.
  1. Lionhearte0's Avatar

    [edit]: nevermind, f'ing comcast.
  1. Tauror's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by VoidraysPwn View Post
    Seems to me more of the new Activision at work than blizzard. Scrubbing lots of good ideas when the old blizzard would have taken there time and got them right. But now they have to many people breathing down there necks and forcing them to make deadlines. R.I.P blizzard
    Warcraft Adventures and Starcraft: Ghost (along several other Blizz's IPs that never saw the daylight) says hi.

    It has nothing to do with Activision, Blizz has a long tradition of scrapping half-good and somewhat-finished projects when they think it's not good enough. They have HUGE high standards. And for the looks of it, Path of Titans was getting complicated to figure out and guild talents would bring nothing but guild drama.
  1. Melanie's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rossmcsauce View Post
    Path of the Titans and Guild Talents were two of the things I was looking forward to most in Cataclysm... I'm very disappointed. =(

    Same here ...
  1. asphyx5's Avatar
    hehe yeah that is a bummer about the path of titans & guild talents taken out... Top of that Heroic Deadmines & Shadowfang Keep won't be ready in time... yikes... Don't get me started with New Dances no mention of it .. This expansion is shaping up to be alot like Burning Crusade was at Launch... "Wait for Content Patch" "gasp"
  1. CenVan's Avatar
    a small question.... can we stand on the bank roof or its not possible any more :< ? with new Org style.
  1. Maleficious's Avatar
    Barrens no-more, it looks seriously like Icecrown to me.Looks like Azerothians took a greater look at technologies, and it looks darn good.
  1. Dalinth's Avatar
    the delay of SFK and DM delays
    Um... what?
    I look forward to playing my character the exact same way I do now
    Because new spells and talents are unlikely to change the way you play your class.
    5man random bg
    What's a 5 man random battleground? Never heard of it.
  1. Tauror's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by CenVan View Post
    a small question.... can we stand on the bank roof or its not possible any more :< ? with new Org style.
    The bank is not at the same place.
  1. Azalu's Avatar
    Oh look, whiners already. People who couldn't be arsed reading the guild levels and unlockable guild content. The delay on SFK and DM suggests they're changing the dungeon quite dramatically and it's only a side project really compared to the main content of Deepholm, Skywall, Grim Batol, etc.

    Then again, whiners only ever read half a post before they spam MMO with their tears

    I'm liking the idea of Algalon-style bosses on timers hopefully to make it a real challenge, though this "horrific secret" reeks of C'thun
  1. Olderonous's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Agarash View Post
    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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