Blizzcon 2009: World of Warcraft Cataclysm Announced Today

At the Blizzcon Keynote, rumors have finally been put to rest: World of Warcraft Cataclysm is a reality. The expansion pack will forever change the face of the world of Azeroth, as areas within Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms will be completely destroyed or reconfigured. Deathwing, the black dragon, has returned to Azeroth to threaten the peace of the land. WoW Cataclysm will include two new races, the Goblins from the Lost Isles (for the Horde) and the Worgen from Gilneas (for the Alliance). New race class combinations will be included, as well as a secondary archeology profession, and for the first time, players will gain access to flying mounts. Although the level cap has only been raised to 85, there will be hundreds of new areas and quests to explore, and two new instances to fight through known as Dead Mines and Shadow Keep. Finally, guilds will also gain new achievements, including the ability to level up which should make guild play more engaging.

Apart from the level cap raise to 85, players will be able to acquire a new secondary profession known as archeology to take advantage of the relics and items that have been found thanks to the cataclysmic sundering of the world. The Path of the Titans is also included, which will allow high level characters to further improve their talents and abilities which will not be limited by character class. Coupled with the new mastery system that will allow you to further improve your critical hits, damage or poison attacks, players will be able to augment themselves significantly. Finally, there are new race class combinations, so players that wanted to create a dwarven shaman or tauren priest will now be able to make these characters.

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