Blizzcon review: Part three

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As previously mentioned, today is Worgen day, so without further ado, let’s get on with it.

Keeping to the same format as the Goblins, I’m going to look at the lore behind the newest Alliance race first. Now, I will admit I was a little disappointed to see that the Cataclysm Worgen were from Gilneas, and not original Worgen from their home world, because the lore would frankly have been much more interesting, not least because I really want to know who or what the Lords of the Emerald Flame are that they’re fighting.

However, the way Blizzard have gone with it does make more sense with regard to the Worgen joining the Alliance. To summarize the plot, Archmage Arugal’s werewolf curse spread past the Greymane Wall and infected the Gilneans, who sort of descended into civil war – the infected versus the uninfected. In the end though, all the citizens were affected, but not before they managed to create a potion which allows them to control their shapeshifting and presumable bloodlust. Now that Arthas has been defeated and the Cataclysm has torn the Wall apart, the Forsaken have decided to claim Lordaeron for their own, and are marching on Gilneas. The Gilneans, needing both a cure and protection from the undead, have joined back with the Alliance they gave up on after the Second War.

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Blizzcon review: Part two

Continuing to look at the news from Blizzcon ’09, I’m today going to examine all the news about the first new playable race, the Goblins.

Now as you probably know, the Goblins are going to be affiliated with the Horde. While the Steemwheedle Cartel in particular has always been friendlier towards the Horde, these Goblins have really just joined the Horde for protection from Alliance troops; I’m not going to go into detail about the lore behind the race, but up until the Cataclysm they were mainly living on the Isle of Kezan in the South Seas. When Deathwing broke through from Deepholm, the volcano underneath Kezan became active. The Goblins fled for their lives, and a cunning Trade Prince saw opportunity for profit. Promising the Goblins safe passage away from the island on his ship, he took their life savings in exchange for transport, with the plan to sell them into slavery later.¬†However, the ship got caught in a crossfire between an Alliance and Horde ship, and after the shipwreck the Goblins found themselves washed up among the Lost Isles, which are just off the coasts of Durotar and Azshara, and which are where the Goblin race will start in WoW.

So having seen their backstory and introduction, let’s take a look (literally and figuratively) at the in-game race itself.

Time is money, friend!

Time is money, friend!

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Thoughts about Cataclysm

In light of the newest Cataclysm speculation / news that WoW.com has reported on (see their posts here and here for the original sources), and because I didn’t have a particular post planned for today, I’m going to dissect the recent ‘findings’ by going through the notes they’ve made, and get more and more excitable as we go on.

At this time I would like to note that these ‘patch notes’ have NOT been confirmed and are based upon the original post at MMO-Champion, but for the purposes of this post I’m going to take them as granted. Also, when this was written I had only read the summary at WoW.com, and not the original post, which goes into more detail. The following is a summation of my thoughts based upon WoW.com’s summary.

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Breaking News: The next expansion

This post will contain spoilers about the next expansion’s name, as well as some of its features.

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