Blizzard’s media machine seems to be in full swing at the moment, what with daily screenshots of Cataclysm, regular blue posts and the emerging previews on the main CAT site, its getting hard to avoid not getting into spoiler territory. If you’re a person who wants to be surprised by Cataclysm, do not click on those links! Don’t even blink at them. Because let’s face it, Cataclysm is going to recombobulate our virtual lives upside down and the devil is in the details. If you truly want to know nothing about what will befall you in the next expansion, you have to either become an internet hermit or be very very careful about what you click on. In fact, given I’m about to discuss the nature of a few spoilerific spoilers in this post about spoilers, maybe if you don’t want anything spoiled you should not continue to read this! 😉
So, uhm, wow! Yeah… Where to begin? I rarely comment on recent news but this really caught my attention. In case you’ve been living in a cave for the last couple of days, there has been two major changes. That we will have “points” much like the honor points we got in PvP instead of PvE emblems. And more controversially 10-mans and 25-mans will drop the same item level gear, but 25-mans will drop more gear, emblems (points) and money per player. You can read the full post on the points conversion here, and the post on equal loot in 10-mans and 25-mans here.
This post contains some very light spoilers about Deathwing. Well, actually they’re not really spoilers they’re more like conjecture based on one piece of artwork, but I am conscious that there are people out there who want Cataclsym to be a total surprise. Therefore, the actual post and said artwork is after the jump. Beware – here be dragons!
There’s been quite some discussion in our blogosphere recently about ‘Epic’ dungeons, meaning large-scale instances that you can literally get lost in. Ercles made a great post on this subject two weeks ago, and Jaedia over on Lazy Sniper made an interesting reply. Thats why I was extra excited when I read the following blue post from Zarhym the other day:
There’s a level 85 five-player dungeon you might just learn about soon which holds seven bosses in a single instance. It’s in a place you may have heard of before… Uldum (source).
Awesome news! 7 bosses would be a grand return to the old vanilla-tasty days when a dungeon represented an engaging trek through hostile territory, rife with challenge and lore. Of course I have considered the possibility that perhaps this instance will be mostly bosses and little trash, but I’m working on the assumption it isn’t because then it would become a massive loot pinata. So this is encouraging stuff for those players who, like myself, like their dungeons with extra helpings of content. Now its just one instance, so I doubt this is a shift we’ll see universally implemented, but hopefully it means that Blizzard have recognised its good to have balance. Perhaps in Cataclysm there will be fast, dirty instances and also a few long, epic instances. That would really make me happy.
So, we have a ton of cool little bits of information from the Developer BlizzChat, see here for the full details. But whilst a lot of people are getting worked up over the changes to their class, I’ve been more struck by those fun little touches they’ve hinted at. Here’s a quick post on the tidbits of flavour that I found most exciting:
– Forget that pony Ghostcrawler promised you, looks like we might get camel mounts in Uldum! Win.
So the class changes are out (well mostly) and we’ve all had our appetites whetted by the juicy goodness that Cataclysm promises to bring. Personally this has simply confirmed my belief that I will roll a Goblin Warrior in Cataclysm. Warriors are getting a really solid tune-up, and with a combination of Heroic Leap and Rocket Jump that little green guy will be leaping around more than Yoda in Star Wars Ep 2 (you know, those 5 mins where it was actually good). I also have to say I’m tempted to play a priest for the first time in my life, if for no other reason than to cast LIFEGRIP (aka Leap of Faith)! It just seems like such a fun ability. The Troll Druid may have to be done as well, as balance sounds like its going to be superfun, even if resto ends up being a bit lamer.
So dear readers, now I ask you to contribute your thoughts. Based on the new changes, which class do you most want to roll once Cataclysm explodes into our world?
So today Blizzard have started giving us their preview of forthcoming changes to classes in Cataclysm and naturally they started with the best class there is: the Shaman. Click here for the full details.
I have to say I’m very excited about most of these changes, as they’re bringing a lot of cool and desireable abilities as well as doing some much-needed balancing acts. It’s enough to make me give Deathwing a big hug! Hurry up and blow up the world already my lava-dragon friend, my Shaman needs to be able to make Earthquakes! Thats right earthquakes; not to mention aoe rain, overloading lava bursts and the return of the mythical spirit link! Read on dear Shamans, we have much to discuss!