The Escapist Presents: World of Warcraft: Before the Cataclysm

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World of Warcraft: Before the Cataclysm

The Escapist shares a few ideas of things to do before the world of Azeroth is changed.

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i dont think il lbe going back to wow anytime soon but my suggestion to the world: explore Stranglethorn Vale.

this ancient home of the Jungle Trolls is truly a beautiful sight, and offers breathtaking scenery all around. why not take a drink from the island well that was taken over by those horrible Naga? Perhaps explore some Troll ruins!

i don't know what happens to Stranglethorn after cataclysm, but if its anything, be sure to take a walk around stranglethorn before it happens.

Won't be able to race once it's flooded? Pft, now it's just sea cow racing!

Anyway, somewhat amusing little thing there Tito, but I don't see myself doing any of those things.

Heh, I've already done my share of swimming around Theramore bay. Stupid reclusive Nat Pagle...

I have loremaster on my main, so there aren't a lot of quests (horde-side at least) that I haven't done. I guess I might get back to the Sceptre of the Shifting Sands quest chain though, just to see if I can get it done before Cataclysm comes out. I think I have a fair way to go with it though. And if I can muster up the patience, maybe I'll farm up a few old world leatherworking patterns I'm missing before Azshara gets changed forever.

I recently rolled a Nelf (fellow horde, please don't hurt me) to play with my girlfriend, so maybe I'll run through a few of those Alliance friendly areas you mentioned, just to see what's what.

#1 Thing to do before Cata comes: Raid Hogger!!! 40 level 1 characters against the might of the Gnoll warlord :D

I did all these relatively recently as I levelled some new characters as a final farewell. However, I didn't salute Thrall, I ended him (with the help of 39 other people). For the Alliance.

I'm surprised places like Auberdine and Ratchet are not on the list as those places are being obliterated, whereas most other places are just getting a cosmetic makeover.

The Lich is staying in Andorhal right in the middle, but the Alliance and Horde are taking parts of the outskirts of the town.

What I like about Cataclysm is they are mostly changing parts of the game that were the least used, with exception of places like the Barrens(they wanted to break up the monotony of staying in the same zone) or other places in which there is a lot of lore.

It seems you have some unread mail.

Get the mail!

Done all of these things. There are lots of NPCs that I wanted revenge on once my Druid leveled up. It's going to be so cool to see the underwater shimmering flats though. Do you get fatigue for swimming there?

I intend to get the Explorer achievement - Again, but this time actually pay attention and not auto run.

tamerman:
i dont think il lbe going back to wow anytime soon but my suggestion to the world: explore Stranglethorn Vale.

Personally, I hope Stranglethorn gets hit by a dragon-shaped meteor. And it should land directly on top of Nesingwary's expedition camp.

cairne bloodhoof dies and nothing o do with him rly?

AfterAscon:
I did all these relatively recently as I levelled some new characters as a final farewell. However, I didn't salute Thrall, I ended him (with the help of 39 other people). For the Alliance.

I'm surprised places like Auberdine and Ratchet are not on the list as those places are being obliterated, whereas most other places are just getting a cosmetic makeover.

ratchet prolly wont because it lest you get to booty bay

chunkeymonke:
cairne bloodhoof dies and nothing o do with him rly?

Cairne dies!?

Midnight Crossroads:

chunkeymonke:
cairne bloodhoof dies and nothing o do with him rly?

Cairne dies!?

yup he gets poisoned by the grimtotem i think his son baine takes over

chunkeymonke:

yup he gets poisoned by the grimtotem i think his son baine takes over

Or some other shananigans.

List to do before Cataclysm:
1- Get the dust out of my trusted white striped Nightsaber (yes the slow one)
2- Take a walk on my beloved soon to be ex-home (read Ashenvale)
3- Visit the ancient Timbermaw (who knows what'll happen to them)
4- Cleanse Felwood!
5- Stab that stupid stupid stuuupid Anubis at Silithus, also the elemental lords down there
6- Wipe and cry for the loss of much of Ashenvale

This is what I imagine when I hear about Camp Taurajo being laid waste:

[Local Defense]: Camp Taurajo is under attack!
[Local Defense]: Camp Taurajo is under attack!
[1 - General]: WTF...Did they get lost on their way to xroads?

Ohlook, I've already done all of this.

This makes me question how I use my time.

Edit: You should've added get the Scepter of the Shifting sands. I've heard they're taking it out in Cata.

This video had a lot of nice suggestions, some which I've already made sure to do before Cataclysm occurs. Even though I like Nesingwary as a dwarf safari hunter, his quests also make me wish that Deathwing personally brought a flame to his camp in STV. I think I'll miss the park in Stormwind most of all. It was the most relaxing place to be at if you just wanted to take a short break.

I'm not too sure what I need to do, but I suppose some things I need to do before Cataclysm comes out are:
1: Finish gearing up my Hunter so she's ready for the new raids
2: Defeat the Lich King
3: Respec and level up my Druid
4: Respec and level up my Warlock
5: Gear my Druid and Warlock for the new raids

Actually, Araj is still around. He's just not quite as epically powerful anymore. I know it are fact, I are beta tester.

chunkeymonke:

Midnight Crossroads:

chunkeymonke:
cairne bloodhoof dies and nothing o do with him rly?

Cairne dies!?

yup he gets poisoned by the grimtotem i think his son baine takes over

Disregard, I was wrong.

Midnight Crossroads:

Cairne dies!?

It's cool, he has an Ankh.

Cairne ? SERIOUSLY? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ...*cough* Ooooooooo...

How could they kill him? :(

Is it sad that everything they have listed i have already done?...

I wouldn't have shed a tear if the Cataclysm dragon dropped a bunker-busting tactical nuke on Gnomeragan. I freakin' hate that place.

... and you didn't even mention Hogger?

well looks like need to do some exploring of the old world before the whole thing goes down though orgimmar looks sweet in cata

Hehe. I never was around since year 1. I only came right after Burning Crusade. So I'm doing the loremaster achievements to learn all of the quests that everyone else experienced. I actually recommend doing so. If only because it lets people who weren't around for that long, explore each wonderful area.

I was able to complete the stuff for Eastern Kingdoms and the 60+ quests for STV.

Oh yeah and hop around in my old Merciful Gladiator gear. :)

Virgil:

tamerman:
i dont think il lbe going back to wow anytime soon but my suggestion to the world: explore Stranglethorn Vale.

Personally, I hope Stranglethorn gets hit by a dragon-shaped meteor. And it should land directly on top of Nesingwary's expedition camp.

Oh wow, yes. I despised Stranglethorn Vale with every fibre of my being. The thick jungle scenery that was guaruanteed to cause anxiety, the enormous size that made it take forever to get anywhere (especially back when there was no flight master on the northern side of the zone), the sheer amount of hostile creatures and NPC's that you were guaruanteed to accidentally aggro at some point or another and the constantly ganking Alliance/Horde players. I don't know what Blizzard was thinking when they originally made STV, but everything about it was designed in order to infuriate the player in every way imaginable. If there was one zone I would wish for Cataclysm to eradicate from the face of Azeroth, this would be it. Stranglethorn Vale indeed...it both strangled you and served as a thorn in your side.

Anyway, while I have long quit WoW and have no intentions of going back (not beacuse I regret playing it, but beacuse I want to spend my money on other games), this video did touch upon my nostalgic feelings. I remember the countless times I payed a visit to the Druid Master in Stormwind, the first time I went to the abomination of an instance that was Gnomeregan, the countless of times I had to swim across the bay seperating Theramore Isle from the Quagmire in order to reach Onyxia's lair, the time I spent questing in Redridge Mountains....Ah, memories.

Ultimately, though, I think most the changes are definitely for the better. Even back when I was still playing, players were clamouring for changes to the old world (and it certainly needs many of them) and hoping that the primary focus would come back to it. I especially like the fact that Blizzard is giving primary focus to zones that were either underutilised or just outright annoying in some (or all) aspects. That said, it is a shame that the changes to Darnassus are going to be kept to a minimum.

Anyway, I wish all of those still playing a lot of fun. While WoW is behind me, you guys are in for a treat.

My suggestion, get Dartol's Rod of Transformation if you're an alliance player, since I doubt that quest line will still exist. I also went and got the explorer title to see all the zones as they are one last time.

Wow, guys... I'm only a level 39 Paladin but I get the feeling the Cataclysm is bigger than I thought. I'm getting kinda sad that I won't be able to see everything before it's getting destroyed.

Hope some guild or YouTube nerds will release 'before the destruction' videos in which they document what's been lost and changed.

No mention of visiting the dancing troll village? No idea whether it's being changed or not, but it's still worth a visit.

Virgil:

tamerman:
i dont think il lbe going back to wow anytime soon but my suggestion to the world: explore Stranglethorn Vale.

Personally, I hope Stranglethorn gets hit by a dragon-shaped meteor. And it should land directly on top of Nesingwary's expedition camp.

got a problem with Stranglethorn vale? o.0

I've paid my respects to Mankrik's wife... maybe people will ask where she was buried.

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