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Last night, at FNM, I head some of the players talking about Blizzard announcing the next expansion to World of Warcraft. Some of the things they were saying sounded like crazy-talk, but when I checked the Blizzard site, it all turned out to be true.

I give you World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

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If this picture looks a little ominous to you, that’s because it is. That is Deathwing, the Destroyer perched upon the rubble of civilization. Never heard of Deathwing? He’s the corrupt and immensely powerful black dragon aspect who nearly devoured the rest of the dragonflights despite their combined powers. Driven into the depths of Azeroth, he’s been resting up and nursing a wicked grudge; until now.

The story behind Cataclysm is a bleak one:

and biding his time until he can reforge the world in molten fire.Azeroth has waited, recovering from the wounds of his last battle against Deathwing ect Hidden away in a secluded sanctuary, the corrupted Dragon Asp

Soon, Deathwing the Destroyer will return to Azeroth, and his eruption from Deepholm will sunder the world, leaving a festering wound across the continents. As the Horde and Alliance race to the epicenter of the cataclysm, the kingdoms of Azeroth will witness seismic shifts in power, the kindling of a war of the elements, and the emergence of unlikely heroes who will rise up to protect their scarred and broken world from utter devastation.

 

One of the most interesting aspects of the expansion is the effect of the cataclysm will be visible in every corner of Azeroth. From what I’ve read, some cities will be changed or destroyed and some zones will be radically altered. Blizzard has also confirmed the post-apocalyptic Azeroth will be the only Azeroth: whether players purchase the expansion or not, their game world will reflect the changes as well. The old world will be gone for everybody, forever.

Yikes.

Another exciting change is the additon of two new playable races. As has long been suspected, the next Horde members will be the clever Goblins. Their island home (goblins lived on an island?) is being destroyed by the raging Maelstrom and they have had to flee to the mainland. As for the alliance, it is only natural that they get werewolves.

Yes, werewolves. The ******* Worgen will be a playable alliance race.

I guess it is better than randomly re-creating a race and making them crash land on Azeroth in a frickin’ spaceship. 

Anyway, the cataclysm has sundered the Greymane Wall and the Kingdom of Gilneas beyond happens to be populated by folks with afflicted with the Worgen curse. Under siege by the Forsaken, the Worgens find an ally with the Night Elves, with whom they apparently have some ancient ties.

Right……….

Also, it looks as though Blizzard has decided to make some changes concerning which race can be what class. I saw a Gnome priest, a Human hunter and a Tauren paladin in the trailer.

Good God, I hope they don’t just jump the shark and let anybody be anything, but I’m not holding my breath for  restraint.

Of course, there will  plenty of addend content, including quests, items, added heroics, flying mounts in Azeroth, new battlegrounds, ect, ect…

It sounds pretty neat, but I’m guessing we’ll not see Cataclysm for a good while yet. Hopefully by then, I’ll have a character who is actually useful in a group instead of all my hunters and death knights.

Nobody loves a death knight. Nobody.

For the official Blizzard and more information regarding World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, go here!

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