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WOW Cataclysm Destroys Azeroth on December 7

See you in Stormwind!

Your December may be cold, but it’s going to be a hot one in Azeroth. Hot with fire.
 
Blizzard has announced that World of Warcraft: Cataclysm—the third expansion to its so-popular-that-you-don’t-really-need-to-qualify-it MMO—will touch down in stores and digital tubes on December 7th, just in time for you to spend your whole winter break in the newly-sundered Azeroth (or, at the very least, enough time to seriously jeopardize your final exam grades). The latest expansion sees the return of the insane dragon Deathwing, Azeroth’s most dangerous threat that you’ve never heard of, whose very awakening tears apart every landmass in the world. Players will return back to the original continents and try to stop Deathwing before he does any more damage to the already-ravaged Azeroth
 

 Team Jacob, all the way.

Those zone changes brought about by the return of Deathwing are more than just cosmetic changes; Cataclysm seeks to offer new players and current subscribers more reasons to play through the early parts of WoW by adding new content and quests to nearly every zone in the game, making the path to the end game feel fresher and more meaningful than it has in previous expansions.

== TEASER ==To further incentive players to try out the new low-level cataclysm content, Blizzard is introducing two brand new races to the game. The Alliance is joined by the Worgen, a population of humans cursed with lycanthropy, whose starting area is bound to be full of Twilight jokes. The Horde, on the other hand, welcomes the arrival of the Goblins, a formerly neutral, mercantile race that has decided, since the Horde doesn’t have a tiny ally, they might as well fill that quota.
 
That focus on the lower level content hasn’t prevented Blizzard from adding new content as well; Cataclysm adds eight new zones for leveling and two new PVP zones for battling, as well as brand new instances and raids.
 

 Ragnaros! Looking good, buddy. Have you been working out?
 
Here's a list of major features that your Cataclysm expansion will provide you access to:


I know I’m looking forward to once again taking the plunge back into Azeroth. If you’re ever on the Kargath server, hit me up on my soon-to-be-created Worgen Rogue! I’ma call him Wogue.
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Posted by MattBodega

Your December may be cold, but it’s going to be a hot one in Azeroth. Hot with fire.
 
Blizzard has announced that World of Warcraft: Cataclysm—the third expansion to its so-popular-that-you-don’t-really-need-to-qualify-it MMO—will touch down in stores and digital tubes on December 7th, just in time for you to spend your whole winter break in the newly-sundered Azeroth (or, at the very least, enough time to seriously jeopardize your final exam grades). The latest expansion sees the return of the insane dragon Deathwing, Azeroth’s most dangerous threat that you’ve never heard of, whose very awakening tears apart every landmass in the world. Players will return back to the original continents and try to stop Deathwing before he does any more damage to the already-ravaged Azeroth
 

 Team Jacob, all the way.

Those zone changes brought about by the return of Deathwing are more than just cosmetic changes; Cataclysm seeks to offer new players and current subscribers more reasons to play through the early parts of WoW by adding new content and quests to nearly every zone in the game, making the path to the end game feel fresher and more meaningful than it has in previous expansions.

== TEASER ==To further incentive players to try out the new low-level cataclysm content, Blizzard is introducing two brand new races to the game. The Alliance is joined by the Worgen, a population of humans cursed with lycanthropy, whose starting area is bound to be full of Twilight jokes. The Horde, on the other hand, welcomes the arrival of the Goblins, a formerly neutral, mercantile race that has decided, since the Horde doesn’t have a tiny ally, they might as well fill that quota.
 
That focus on the lower level content hasn’t prevented Blizzard from adding new content as well; Cataclysm adds eight new zones for leveling and two new PVP zones for battling, as well as brand new instances and raids.
 

 Ragnaros! Looking good, buddy. Have you been working out?
 
Here's a list of major features that your Cataclysm expansion will provide you access to:


I know I’m looking forward to once again taking the plunge back into Azeroth. If you’re ever on the Kargath server, hit me up on my soon-to-be-created Worgen Rogue! I’ma call him Wogue.
Posted by DaBuddaDa

Finally!

Posted by FritzDude

no
Posted by shoddyrobot

do i get this ... ughghgh

Posted by NoXious

Team Jacob? Really Matt? Really? I am disappoint.
And more Rorcraft!

Posted by Chris2KLee

Time to find my MMO vein and get ready to mainline some serious life destroying Blizzard goodness.

Posted by skadbob

Everyone I know has quit playing.

Posted by Gaff

FFFFUUUU... 
 
It was nice knowing you guys.

Posted by Meteora

I think I'm going to have to stay away from WoW and wait for Guild Wars 2 as my primary MMO.

Posted by Vinchenzo

Twilight jokes? No. Shut up.

Posted by Oni

YEAHHHH
 
Can't wait! Gonna eff up VanCleef with my level 85 pally tank!

Posted by MjHealy

Yeah... I love that World of Warcraft... *cough*.

Posted by gakon

This is about a month later than I expected, but at least it means I can start up again closer to my winter break.

Posted by PhatSeeJay

Oh good. Finally I can plan my vacation days. Oh wait.. I'm unemployed.

Posted by Hockeymask27

Remember RorCraft?

Posted by smcn

Cataclysm sets the bar ridiculously high for future expansions in terms of quest design, visuals, and story-telling. Even the entire storyline of Wrath seems as disjointed and repetitive as vanilla WoW compared to what I've seen in just the first three zones. Blizzard is getting closer and closer to what a lot of people say they want from an MMO.

Posted by Kotetsu

Just when i actually quit, they bring me back!

Posted by Jayzz

whoever gets dragged back into WoW because of this has 0 dignity.

Posted by Solskugga

gees. thats the day before my birthday

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Posted by Vorbis

WotLK ruined too much of what I loved, can't go back now.

Posted by Jeffsekai

I laugh at how weak minded people are who get dragged back into WoW like its hard to quit.

Posted by rentfn

Must stay strong. I don't need wow wow needs me. I can be....PRE-ORDERED!

Edited by CL60
@Jeffsekai said:

" I laugh at how weak minded people are who get dragged back into WoW like its hard to quit. "

I'm sorry for enjoying a game, then playing it...?
Posted by Dustpan

"Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in."

Posted by Jeffsekai
@CL60 said:
" @Jeffsekai said:

" I laugh at how weak minded people are who get dragged back into WoW like its hard to quit. "

I'm sorry for enjoying a game, then playing it...? "
Im not talking about people who actually enjoy the game.  
 
im talking about people like this: 
 
@rentfn said:
" Must stay strong. I don't need wow wow needs me. I can be....PRE-ORDERED! "
Posted by LordCmdrStryker
@Jeffsekai: Pretty sure he's joking, dude.
Posted by Hamz

I'll pray for your soul Matt. FIGHT THE URGE!

Posted by Jeffsekai
@LordCmdrStryker said:
" @Jeffsekai: Pretty sure he's joking, dude. "
He's not the only one who talks like that. People have legit problems with this game and I think its funny.
Posted by fishmicmuffin

This is the last thing I need....

Posted by LordCmdrStryker
@Jeffsekai: Those people who have "legit" problems have just that - a problem.  Do you laugh at alcoholics and gambling addicts as well?
Posted by Blair

Somebody call Rich in to do some advising!

Posted by gakon
@Hockeymask27 said:
" Remember RorCraft? "
YES :(
Posted by Kyreo
@Jeffsekai said:
" I laugh at how weak minded people are who get dragged back into WoW like its hard to quit. "
As do I.
Posted by Wes899
@LordCmdrStryker said:
" @Jeffsekai: Those people who have "legit" problems have just that - a problem.  Do you laugh at alcoholics and gambling addicts as well? "
Actually, it's not exactly Laugh out Loud funny but it's still their own fault and is humorous.
Posted by Jeffsekai
@LordCmdrStryker said:
" @Jeffsekai: Those people who have "legit" problems have just that - a problem.  Do you laugh at alcoholics and gambling addicts as well? "
Nope, just this. 
 
Video games are srs business
Posted by rentfn
@Jeffsekai said:
" @CL60 said:
" @Jeffsekai said:

" I laugh at how weak minded people are who get dragged back into WoW like its hard to quit. "

I'm sorry for enjoying a game, then playing it...? "
Im not talking about people who actually enjoy the game.  
 
im talking about people like this: 
 
@rentfn said:
" Must stay strong. I don't need wow wow needs me. I can be....PRE-ORDERED! "
"
I never knew I was weak minded until Giant Bomb told me I was. THANKS GIANT BOMB!
Posted by LordCmdrStryker
@Wes899: If they have an addictive personality, it's not entirely their fault.  And it's not funny. 
 
@Jeffsekai:
 Addiction is not funny.  Laughing at people with a problem makes you a prick.
Posted by Jeffsekai
@rentfn said:
" @Jeffsekai said:
" @CL60 said:
" @Jeffsekai said:

" I laugh at how weak minded people are who get dragged back into WoW like its hard to quit. "

I'm sorry for enjoying a game, then playing it...? "
Im not talking about people who actually enjoy the game.  
 
im talking about people like this: 
 
@rentfn said:
" Must stay strong. I don't need wow wow needs me. I can be....PRE-ORDERED! "
"
I never knew I was weak minded until Giant Bomb told me I was. THANKS GIANT BOMB! "
Np bro.
Posted by Cybexx

Surprised they didn't save this announcement for Blizzcon considering that is only a couple weeks away, must be some mandate to give retail a few months to sell pre-orders now that they have a firm release date.

Posted by Jeffsekai
@LordCmdrStryker said:
" @Wes899: If they have an addictive personality, it's not entirely their fault.  And it's not funny. 
 
@Jeffsekai:
 Addiction is not funny.  Laughing at people with a problem makes you a prick. "
lmao k bro.
Posted by BulletproofMonk
@LordCmdrStryker: Being addicted to WoW is pretty funny, actually.
Edited by wolf_blitzer85

Who want's to bet this will sell lots of copies?

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Posted by rentfn
@Cybexx:  I was thinking the same thing. Maybe they learned from last year nothing can be kept quite so they put it out themselves. Wouldn't stop pre-orders. Best buy and Gamestop have been accepting pre-orders for months.
Posted by dooo

 
whats Rag up to in that screenshot?
didn't we kill that guy already?

Posted by LordCmdrStryker
@BulletproofMonk: It's not fucking funny, actually.  Being addicted to anything is a fucking tragedy, and the fact that you don't understand that leads me to believe that you're either an unconscionable douchebag or just ignorant. 
 
How the fuck did we get started on this?  Oh yeah, the WoW trolls.  If you don't like WoW, just shut the fuck up and don't post.  Jesus Christ.
Posted by Kowalczyk

Good by social life we had fun these last couple months.

This is great though I'm kinda glad it's not coming out in November like mmochamp was hinting at a while back, it gives me more time to level and get another 80.

Posted by Kyle

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes...

Posted by Asrahn

Oooh yeah, finally. All problems that arose with Burning Crusade and Wrath will be revamped and returned to their original, non-cocked-up state, and instances will once again be a friggin challenge.
 
Please Blizzard, don't fuck this up. Especially since I have pre-ordered a damn collectors since long ago.

Posted by TatsurouXIII

yawn

Posted by Jeffsekai
@LordCmdrStryker said:
" @BulletproofMonk: It's not fucking funny, actually.  Being addicted to anything is a fucking tragedy, and the fact that you don't understand that leads me to believe that you're either an unconscionable douchebag or just ignorant.  How the fuck did we get started on this?  Oh yeah, the WoW trolls.  If you don't like WoW, just shut the fuck up and don't post.  Jesus Christ. "
Who said WoW sucks? 
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