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. glosoli's Avatar
    The alpha NDA is still in effect.
    The NDA that was lifted was the one for the press tour.

    Also, for the ones looking for immediate info, wowhead seems to have a good bit more detail currently.
  1. Gak32's Avatar
    The song Disco Inferno came up on my music player just as I started watching that video of the zone changes. Took me about a minute and a half to realize the irony of it ... *Burn, baby, burn!*

    Kinda too bad about Archeology and Path of the Titans. I was looking forward to that, but this is why you shouldn't get your hopes too high before you actually buy and install the final product

    Overall, liking the news, and can't wait for more! (Paladin talents plz? )
  1. Rusher's Avatar
    What.... no guild talents , no path of the titans, no HC DM or SK for the release of Cataclysm.
    Son, i am disappoint.
  1. Worgoblin's Avatar
    I was kinda looking forward to the Path of the Titans system. But if they scrapped it, I know it was for good reason... so oh wells. The new zones look great
  1. djsjr's Avatar
    I think this sums up the Path of the titian's/Guild talent's removal.
  1. Baygon's Avatar
    wow blizzard has made cataclysm not awesome. WotLK 2.0
  1. Nirron's Avatar
    Pretty sad that they removed the stuff I was looking forward to
  1. Kitsuni's Avatar
    "Oh we're sorry, we put so much time and effort into it, in the end we decided it would be best to make all of that time spent worthless."
  1. drsjohnny's Avatar
    was looking forward to the path of the titans along with guild talents as well but video was nice atleast
  1. Honkeymagoo's Avatar
    It sounds like they bit off a lot more than they can chew. I hope this won't apply to the hunter changes. It'll suck if they do a half-ass job and just plan to fix it in patches.
  1. the1seth's Avatar
    wow i no longer have any ambition to play cata anymore thanks blizz for making the expansion about as exciting as going to work.
  1. Rivehn's Avatar
    I'm pretty sure there going to introduce something atleast to replace what they have removed don't get so bummed out just yet guys/girls.
  1. wadark's Avatar
    "An horrific secret will be revealed after he dies."?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!




    So anyway. I'm a little bummed that Path is gone, but I can see where it could've gotten a bit to complicated to manage, particularly with PvE AND PvP.

    I think that the guild talents change is good. It would be kinda lame if the talent system didn't let you pick up all of the talents, and if it did let you pick them all up, then what's the point of letting the players choose the order.

    I'm a little concerned about the "reputation", though. What if you join a guild that's already level 25? Will the standard methods of contribution still advance your reputation? I would imagine so, but I'm still concerned.
  1. Sixpac's Avatar
    Well, if there would be no Kotick, then they'd probably have the time and resources to develop PotT/archaeology.
  1. Shorteh's Avatar
    I'm quite sad - these scrapped featured truely looked like something worth "fighting" for as a player once you hit 85.
    Yay another secondairy profession (Archeology) that does fuck all.
  1. JabJack's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by the1seth View Post
    wow i no longer have any ambition to play cata anymore thanks blizz for making the expansion about as exciting as going to work.
  1. Knuffelbert's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gray View Post
    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!
    Jeez, you are so superficial
  1. wych's Avatar
    I am gutted about PotT going, seemed a really unique and interesting feature which would add some much needed customisation to a game where at times seems to be very "cookie cutter" (lots of people going round in the same looking gear, with the same spec, same glyphs, same pets etc) although if it was going to delay the game immensely to balance this feature I can see why they did it, and everybody scouring the world for relics for the first 2 months to try and be ready for raiding would not be great...

    I am happy about Guild Talents though, especially when levelling (well with all my characters right now) they are in random guilds and I wouldn't particularly trust the leader to spec the guild properly so the levelling thing sounds better.

    Dissapointed in the delay of SFK and DM delays, I wanted to see how something played out which I won't discuss or even mention until it's confirmed the FULL NDA is lifted. Surely they wouldn't take too much work?

    Cho'gall thing has me really interested and i can see a major twist in the lore hopefully, although I hope it's not just (I FUSED WITH C'THUN LOLZ/C'THUN IS STILL ALIVE GETTING STRONGER YOU KILLED AN IMAGINATION OF HIM HE MADE U CRAZYYY IN NEXT CONTENT PATCH YOU FIGHT HIM).

    All in all I see it as quite interesting, it seems like they are trying to push the game forward as much as possible, maybe with PotT etc they would be struggling for a release before Blizzcon (or even Christmas) which they hinted at last year ("You will be complaining about Goblin Rogues by the time blizzcon comes round again).
  1. Chaoyll's Avatar
    All that cool stuff gone.

    But Orgrimmar looks hawt. <3
  1. Fojos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kc102 View Post
    >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".
    It's not a typo. The traditional (british) way uses an. Silly American.

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