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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm events begin

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm events begin

The Shattering has begun in Azeroth as part of the run up to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm's launch.

Blizzard will begun the first major in-game event in the run-up to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm's launch tomorrow, introducing new race-class combos so that players can level up new characters in time for the official launch.

The first event that Blizzard has unleashed is also one of the most dramatic - The Shattering. Rolled out as part of Patch 4.0.3.a, The Shattering will transform the face of Azeroth as a prelude to the return of Deathwing, a mighty dragon.

The changes wrought by The Shattering will include major geographical changes, as well as the removal of portals from capital cities. Most Cataclysm content, excluding new zones, races and Level 80+ content, will be unlocked and players will be able to watch the Cataclysm opening cinematic when they log in.

It's also been revealed that a Blackwing Lair boss, Chromaggus, can now be tamed by Beastmastery hunters as of today, according to WOWInsider.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will launch fully on December 7th, 2010 and we'll have a full review around that time. Until then, check out our hands-on preview of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm for more information and let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Ph4ZeD 23rd November 2010, 12:01 Quote
This article isn't very accurate. The Shattering occurs after server downtime tomorrow, not today. And the series of in-game events have been rumbling on for a few weeks now. Try to get your basic facts right, I'm sure you knew before writing the article that the changes are being rolled out today in the US, but tomorrow for EU?
Mattmc91 23rd November 2010, 12:02 Quote
As stated, the update comes tomorrow.

Cataclysm Events have been happening the last 5-6 weeks.
WarrenJ 23rd November 2010, 12:21 Quote
was just thinking of Warcraft, what a coincidence, however, i dont get enough time, to play at the moment. Shame i'd really like to be apart of this.
Mattmc91 23rd November 2010, 12:23 Quote
My self and a big group of friends recently came back to wow, been enjoying it loads ;)
CardJoe 23rd November 2010, 12:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ph4ZeD
This article isn't very accurate. The Shattering occurs after server downtime tomorrow, not today. And the series of in-game events have been rumbling on for a few weeks now. Try to get your basic facts right, I'm sure you knew before writing the article that the changes are being rolled out today in the US, but tomorrow for EU?

Actually, it is today in the States - tomorrow in Europe. I've adjusted the text of the article to meet the European date though, as that's where many of our readers are. I've also updated the text to indicate that The Shattering is the first major in-game event in the run-up to launch, which I believe stands true.
Krazeh 23rd November 2010, 12:33 Quote
Actually the Shattering is pretty much the end of the in-game events in the run-up to launch. The past 3 weeks of elemental invasions has been the run-up event. As far as I know all that remains after the Shattering is 2 weeks of Deathwing flying around and setting fire to random zones.
sixfootsideburns 23rd November 2010, 12:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mattmc91
My self and a big group of friends recently came back to wow, been enjoying it loads ;)

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impar 23rd November 2010, 12:47 Quote
Greetings!

Is it because of this WoW event that Battle.net is so screwed up in Starcraft 2?
Reaching 4-5pm and the entire thing gets extremely slow.
Mattmc91 23rd November 2010, 15:08 Quote
yeah more than likely is, servers are VERY crowded atm, it's fun!
BentAnat 23rd November 2010, 15:25 Quote
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Blizzard will begun the first major in-game event in the run-up to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm's launch tomorrow,
*begin

/hides
Draksis 23rd November 2010, 15:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by BentAnat
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Blizzard will begun the first major in-game event in the run-up to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm's launch tomorrow,
*begin

/hides

ICE-CREAM!!
FelixTech 23rd November 2010, 16:19 Quote
"Blizzard will begun the first major in-game event"

That should be 'begin' right? I know you've had to change the day :P

Might end up signing up again at some point, but starcraft is enough to keep me busy for the moment!
BRAWL 23rd November 2010, 17:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by sixfootsideburns
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Originally Posted by Mattmc91
My self and a big group of friends recently came back to wow, been enjoying it loads ;)

relapse...

+loads rifle+ There is but one true cure...
Krazeh 23rd November 2010, 17:22 Quote
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The Shattering will transform the face of Azeroth as a prelude to the return of Deathwing, a mighty dragon.

Just noticed this bit. The return of Deathwing is what causes the Shattering. Him blasting his way out from deep underground upto the surface shatters the world leading to earthquakes, tidal waves and the reshaping of Azeroth.
jimmyjj 23rd November 2010, 20:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ph4ZeD
This article isn't very accurate. The Shattering occurs after server downtime tomorrow, not today. And the series of in-game events have been rumbling on for a few weeks now. Try to get your basic facts right, I'm sure you knew before writing the article that the changes are being rolled out today in the US, but tomorrow for EU?

I wish my life was so simple this was all I had to get my knickers in a twist about.
AshT 23rd November 2010, 20:17 Quote
Maybe the article was written after a press release from Blizzard?

Anyway, WoW was ruined for me when the last big patch dumbed down the game and its mechanics. Enjoy, those that get into Cat, but I won't be going back to it.
Krazeh 23rd November 2010, 20:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by AshT
Anyway, WoW was ruined for me when the last big patch dumbed down the game and its mechanics.

Which patch was this? I must've missed that one.
Volund 23rd November 2010, 20:57 Quote
I was just thinking about this yesterday, how will blizzard be handling people buying or not buying the expansion if they are re-shaping all of the continents on Azeroth? Does everyone get the re-worked zones but no other new content?
Krazeh 23rd November 2010, 21:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Volund
I was just thinking about this yesterday, how will blizzard be handling people buying or not buying the expansion if they are re-shaping all of the continents on Azeroth? Does everyone get the re-worked zones but no other new content?

Yes. The world changes apply to everyone but if you don't buy Cataclysm you don't get access to any of the new 80-85 stuff, archaeology, goblins and worgens, and flying in Azeroth.
hyperion 24th November 2010, 01:03 Quote
I'm thinking of starting wow for the first time and I've been holding out since I heard a new expansion is on the way. Does anyone know if I will have to buy the original and all previous expansions, or do I just need the latest expansion to get everything?
omgdec 24th November 2010, 01:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by hyperion
I'm thinking of starting wow for the first time and I've been holding out since I heard a new expansion is on the way. Does anyone know if I will have to buy the original and all previous expansions, or do I just need the latest expansion to get everything?

You will unfortunately have to buy all of the expansions and the original game. I think Blizzard have realised what a ballache this might be and are running this promotion at the moment - http://eu.battle.net/en/promotion/ and then come December 7th you will have to buy the Cataclysm expansion which will be around £24.99
Isitari 25th November 2010, 10:34 Quote
One Word:

EVE
Star*Dagger 25th November 2010, 18:06 Quote
I'll be playing STO, and be thankful that there is a place for 9 million WOWheads to expend their time.
themax 26th November 2010, 17:43 Quote
The update hits, and I have yet to see any of the new stuff. My account was hacked the night after the update went live. Just in-time for the gold rush when the expansion releases on Dec, 7!
Mattmc91 26th November 2010, 17:44 Quote
If I tell you that it's awesome Max, will you hate me?
kinghong1970 26th November 2010, 18:11 Quote
they should find a way to incorporate the X-Box live motion thing to these mmorpgs so next blizzcon will not be a bunch of overweight, quick reflexed folks in funny costumes... and maybe the Nelf and Belf costumes would look cute... hahaha....

and of course, ikea would be doing better because of all the wow players would be buying new lamps and coffee tables and desks they've knocked over...
Zoon 26th November 2010, 18:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by hyperion
I'm thinking of starting wow for the first time and I've been holding out since I heard a new expansion is on the way. Does anyone know if I will have to buy the original and all previous expansions, or do I just need the latest expansion to get everything?
Yeah as the guy who first replied to you says, you'll need to buy the lot, but its dead cheap at the mo. Buying the game itself gives you 1 month of access, and buying the addons gives you access to the content in the addons that is not on the mainland; the whole of outland, northrend, flying mounts, and the playable races draenei and blood elf, and the class death knight are what you're essentially missing out on, but stuff like archaeology and inscription professions everyone gets regardless.

If you want a trial key first, please feel free to PM me your email address and I'll send you one. Can't remember if its 7 or 10 days, but I think its 7.
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