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 417 Comments
  1. zebramints's Avatar
    thanks blizz, you dangle cool shit in front of us and take it away...
  1. Katana Angel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fiberi View Post
    Oh wow, they just scrapped everything interesting they've presented us with so far off the the table.
    I agree. Maybe they just realized that, with trying to fit all of this new stuff in, it would take them far too long to implement it all.
    I'm still pretty disappointed by it, Path of the Titans sounded interesting (if not a bit confusing at first), and the Guild Leveling system, I hope, is still mostly intact, just reworked.
  1. Alymae's Avatar
    Aww c'mon, I was so interested in the progression of path of the titans

    Well, at least the NDA is gone, woot for info!
  1. Fréyr's Avatar
    Meh, so far the updates have disappointed me
    Also this is my first time checking MMO-Champ looks since transfer and tbh I'd prefer the old look, however this isnt bad either :3
  1. Retrovirus's Avatar
    I was really intrigued by the idea of spec'ing your guild and the Path of the Titans was cool too, I'm kind of disappointed by them being removed.
  1. Zero44556's Avatar
    Wonder if this is the general NDA or just the NDA on the press tour
  1. Shyardik's Avatar
    all but 3 of these announcements are full of disappointment.
  1. Cernunnos's Avatar
    I guess removing the tree aspect of guild leveling isnt so bad if the talents you would spec into are just given to you each level. Which it sort of sounds like they are going to be now.

    Instead of pointing points into "Reduced repair bills" at level 2, we just get "Reduced repair bills" at level 2. makes it less complicated I guess.

    Reputation with guild. sounds fun.

    Path of the titans while cool, kinda did seem like it was just an extra page of glyphs. combining the two and having minor medium and major glyphs seems the easier thing to do as well.
  1. Wulver's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zero44556 View Post
    Wonder if this is the general NDA or just the NDA on the press tour
    It's just the NDA for the press tour, the Alpha NDA is still in full effect.
  1. Solidusbr's Avatar
    Did somebody said... C'thun?
  1. Huntaer's Avatar
    nice, NDA Lifted, feed me with screenshots :O
    Too bad all those things like path of the titans and guild talents will disappear -.-
  1. Nightsorrow's Avatar
    give path of titans and guild talents back
  1. Pokchop's Avatar
    Cool. Path of the Titans sounded lame in the first place. Not surprised it got cut.
  1. jacce's Avatar
    Disappointed to see Path of the titans gone and not happy about archeology either. Everything else sounds good tho
  1. Felicia's Avatar
    Looks bad ass to me! <3
  1. kc102's Avatar
    >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".

    Typo, should be...

    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, a "horrific secret will be revealed when he dies".
  1. Karnige's Avatar
    good adding useless features was pointless and they realized that
  1. JabJack's Avatar
    Looks like updated horde guards around 2:10 on the video
  1. one_entity's Avatar
    Just read it at curse - WHAT THE HELL?

    Path of the Titans, a really cool idea - gone.
    Guild Talents - gone. Now every guild will be the same, no way to "specialize".
    Guild currency - gone.
    But now we can grind reputation with our own guild.... uhm.... wtf? Do we really need yet another faction grind? I really hope you get reputation for basically doing anything while in the guild, levelling, raiding, dungeons etc.

    Uhm.... Deathwing enters through the Maelstrom now? what the ... Ok, if they do it well I might buy it, still... doing a retcon, sort of, already?! Seriously, make up your minds before announcing one thing to the world and then doing another thing.
    Now that DW enters through the Maelstrom we better be able to go there to seal it or something. Being able to go to, to see the Maelstrom would be a major, major bonus for me and would make me overlook the Path of the Titans thing etc.

    What I like:

    The emphasis on "acting" warchief. ^^ The story leak at Spooncraft already convinced me that there's a good chance that Garrosh won't stay Warchief, or if he really changes might stay Warchief (a better person then though) or after Cataclysm go back to being Thrall's number one, having earned the right to be his heir (which doesn't seem to be true right now, what we've seen of what he does in Cataclysm).

    Really like the "joining other IDs" thing. We're doing a 10man in our guild and couple other guys from the 25man also a 10man. Often, on the second day of raiding where everyone already has an ID, either they or we have not enough players to continue while the other raid often has a surplus of players. This way we could simply switch players to fill up both. Very nice.

    New music - major bonus imo. I really, really liked the Wotlk music, much, much more than the Vanilla or BC stuff. If they add Wotlk-quality music to the new Vanilla content - hell yeah!
  1. Halicia's Avatar
    So what IS in the expansion at this point ? =/

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