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World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm

The central plot of the expansion is the return of the evil dragon aspect Deathwing the Destroyer (originally Neltharion the Earth Warder). Last seen in Warcraft II, which took place more than two decades earlier, Deathwing has spent that time healing himself, and plotting his fiery return from the elemental plane of Deepholm.[5] His return tears through the dimensional barrier within Azeroth, causing a sweeping cataclysm that reshapes much of the world's surface. In the midst of the worldwide disaster comes renewed conflict between the Alliance and the Horde, which is now under the rule of Garrosh Hellscream. With the elemental realms now open to the world, chaotic elemental spirits and their tyrannical lords emerged to help the Destroyer and the nihilistic Twilight's Hammer cult bring about the Hour of Twilight: the end of all life on Azeroth.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

The Cataclysm is responsible for a number of political changes within the Horde and Alliance. With the wake of the cataclysm, the Horde's leader, the orc shaman Thrall, stepped down from his duty as Warchief of the Horde to better help the world of Azeroth as a whole. This duty was relinquished to the former overlord of the Warsong Offensive, the Mag'har orc warrior Garrosh Hellscream. Looking for ways to gather more resources and new territory for his people, Hellscream has initiated several brutal strikes against the Alliance, using the cataclysm to the Horde's advantage. The human king Varian Wrynn deployed many of his forces to fight against Garrosh's aggression, storming the Southern Barrens and Stonetalon Mountains, while Garrosh, unlike Thrall, embraced war with the Alliance.

Alarmed by the terrible losses of life among all trolls, the Zandalari tribe traveled around the world to reunite their race and rebuild their once-powerful empire. The Zandalari restored the fallen cities of Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman, and begun to conduct bloody raids on territories that had once been "theirs." The burgeoning troll force hoped to lead a great war against the other races of Azeroth, but the honorable Vol'jin of the Darkspear tribe stood against their murderous agenda, and recruited champions from both the Horde and the Alliance to invade the ancient cities and stop the onslaught.

One of the primary features of Cataclysm is the redesign of the continents of Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor introduced with the launch of World of Warcraft in 2004. While the initial game design did not allow for the use of flying mounts in 'old-world' zones, those zones have been completely redesigned with flight in mind for Cataclysm. Flight is still unavailable for Burning Crusade starting zones for the blood elves and the draenei.[6]

While some players may be excited to revisit Cataclysm, this re-release seems to miss the point of World of Warcraft Classic entirely. The three versions of WoW that have launched under the Classic banner all allow players to explore the original Azeroth before it was revamped through Cataclysm. This is a version of the world that no longer exists in the main game, and that is a major part of what makes World of Warcraft Classic so appealing. Cataclysm does not offer that nostalgia trip, which makes the entire idea of having a Classic version seem pointless.

The Azeroth that players could explore when World of Warcraft launched in 2004 is a very different world than can be found in 2022. It was made up of two different continents filled with quests to complete and stories to uncover. The Burning Crusade increased the amount of areas that could be explored by introducing Outland and a couple of new zones on Azeroth. Wrath of the Lich King further expanded Azeroth with the brand-new continent of Northrend, but Azeroth remained relatively the same as when it first launched.

The release of Cataclysm brought with it a whole new version of Azeroth that was devastated by the black dragon aspect Deathwing. Whole zones changed, and the entire world was revamped. The version of Azeroth that released in 2004 was no longer able to be explored, and some zones definitely benefited from the revamp, but many players had been clamoring for a way to explore classic Azeroth for years to come.

One of the biggest changes that came with Cataclysm was the giant world revamp that saw the entirety of old Azeroth replaced. There has not been a large world revamp since, and the Cataclysm version of Azeroth is still what players explore in World of Warcraft to this day. There have been a couple of additions since, and some zones have been changed by details like giant Titan swords. However, the main continents are still pretty much the same as they were when Cataclysm launched in 2010.

World of Warcraft Classic and all the versions of Classic released since have given players the ability to experience a version of Azeroth that does not exist anymore. Offering World of Warcraft Cataclysm Classic would bring the game's content back to how it was during Cataclysm, and as a result the game world would match what can be seen in 2022. This version of Classic would not feel as different or special as the prior versions, so it does not seem needed right now.

World of Warcraft is the world's most successful subscription MMO. Orcs and humans, fighting dragons. It's four games welded into one vast whole: a multiplayer cooperative RPG in which you quest. A competitive fantasy team battleground game. A three-versus-three arena competitive ladder. And a 10- or 25-man dragon bashing cooperative raiding thing.

Cataclysm does have some dead patches. Often, the size of the old zones isn't compatible with WoW's new designs. New WoW puts the questgivers and monsters right next to each other. Old WoW would spread them about. New WoW favours tight, compact zones. Old WoW rambles. There's still too much flat open space in zones such as Durotar (Orc starting area) and the Barrens (the clue is in the name). And something has been lost with the new quest approach: one of the thrills of old WoW was exploring, discovering the world at your own pace. New WoW is a conveyor belt in which you input time, and output a level 85 Goblin mage.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is the third expansion pack for the MMORPG World of Warcraft. The evil dragon Deathwing the Destroyer has risen once again, destroying parts of the old world of Azeroth and reshaping most of its surface.

With this expansion, players can now use flying mounts in Azeroth. The level cap has been raised from 80 in Wrath of the Lich King to 85. This expansion also introduces two new races: the Worgen and Goblins. Several other systems have been overhauled, such as new talents, glyphs and changes to existing spells and items. Changes to these systems, as well as the reshaping of the world, apply to all players, whether or not they have upgraded to the new expansion.

Parents need to know that World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is an expansion to the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft, and requires previous expansions as well as the original game to play. There is a monthly subscription fee for the game as well. The game is about an ancient evil tainting and corrupting a fantasy land in an attempt to rule the world. Violence is very much a part of the gameplay, and while there are some quests that involving traveling and talking to non-playable characters, most of the action involves developing skill sets and killing. The world can be a dark and brutal place. Characters can get drunk and there is some mild cussing in the game.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm infuses a bit of new life into World of Warcraft. The new races have strong backstories, and the game has done a good job of making some elements (like explaining spells and what they do) to newer players. The face of the world has changed, offering a new dynamic that could challenge players. The game is not hard to pick up and play, but it can be a bit hard to put down and walk away from. The community is solid and the story arcs are well done. Cataclysm offers new challenges and does what a solid expansion should do -- build on the existing world and challenge established players but also give new entertainment and challenges to newcomers.

Cataclysm will return players to the two continents of Azeroth for most of their campaigning, after years away in Outland and Northrend, opening new zones such as Mount Hyjal, the sunken world of Vashj'ir, Deepholm, Uldum and the Twilight Highlands. It will include two new playable races: the worgen from the legendary kingdom of Gilneas for the Alliance, and the goblins of the Bilgewater Cartel from the isle of Kezan for the Horde. Flying mounts will finally be usable in Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms, while the new secondary profession Archaeology will be introduced. Reforging will make its debut in game, while player classes will be fully updated, including new race-class combinations.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm was officially announced on August 21, 2009 at BlizzCon 2009. The "friends & family" phase of the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm alpha began on May 3rd, 2010[2], while closed beta began June 30th, 2010.[3]. Patch 4.0.1 on October 12, 2010 updated the game to new system architectures (as well as the new talent trees) for the expansion, Patch 4.0.3, released on November 16, 2010, updated the final pre-expansion core files ("The Shattering" itself, with the classic world changes). The game's official cinematic debuted October 17, 2010.

Unlike in the previous two expansions, The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King, there is no new continent/world for additional content; instead, Cataclysm returns players primarily to Azeroth itself, with seven new high-level (80-85) zones. Each of the five leveling zones features its own unique breadcrumb (introductory) quest and cutscene; afterwards, each is accessible quickly through portals in Stormwind City and Orgrimmar. Tol Barad is also available at level 85 via these portals; Molten Front is only accessible via Mount Hyjal. 041b061a72


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