Warcraft's Cataclysm Begins Today

Warcraft's Cataclysm Begins Today

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The world of Warcraft gets a major shakeup today, as Patch 4.01 heralds the beginning of the Cataclysm.

The release of Cataclysm, the third expansion pack to World of Warcraft, may be a month and a half away, but that's no reason that Blizzard can't start to ring in the end-of-the-world festivities. A Blizzard post on the WoW forums announced that maintenance would begin today for the release of Patch 4.01 - the patch that kicks in the Cataclysm changes before Cataclysm actually comes out.

The full patch notes can be found here, but really, here's all you need to know: Patch 4.01 will add Reforging vendors in all cities who can customize the stats on your armor. (You weren't using any of that Spirit anyway, were you?) It will implement all of the Cataclysm talent tree changes, which means that everybody is going to spend the next month and a half working out which class is now the most overpowered.

Perhaps coolest of all, though, is that Patch 4.01 implements the new Cataclysm Launcher, the new patch system that will actually let you stream and patch data while you're still logged in to Azeroth. True, there's something oddly ironic about needing to take the game offline for a full day in order to patch in a system that will let you patch the game without having to take it offline, but eh, I'm not going to complain.

It's the end of the world as we know it, people - and I'm pretty damn psyched. Why not check out our Cataclysm coverage while the patch is downloading?

(via WarCry)

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So thats why Blizzard was leeching my bandwidth most of the night ...

As much as I'm looking forward to the new mechanics being implemented today (or tomorrow if the servers crap themselves and die) I'm not really that excited for it. New talents and stuff is great and all but beyond that all you really have for another 3 to 4 weeks is just a hand full of quests relating to the upcoming cataclysm and the occasional attack on SW or Org by the elemental plane. I'll be much happier when 4.0.3 comes out and lets you explore the revamped zones and make new class/race combos minus the 2 new races.

WTB Scroll of Rez starting tomorrow...

John Funk:

It's the end of the world as we know it

And I feel fine?

OT; Woohoo. Maybe then it will stop saying it has a patch to download on my little browser when it doesn't.

Curses to my piss poor uni internet connection!
Been looking forward to Cataclysm all summer and then I move into my new place and struggle to watch youtube...
Sad times.

I love the new way to patch the game. I got to see it in action during the Beta and it worked out nicely for me. I am also interested in checking out how people are going to react to the talent tree changes. It not really going to affect me since I've seen/played with it already. :) This is going to be a fun day.

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deth2munkies:
WTB Scroll of Rez starting tomorrow...

I got one for you if you want. =P

Hope yall left enough food and water for the Kids. Probably the last chance if you havent already.

I used to play WoW until around the time Ulduar launched. I admit it is very tempting to get back into it with Cataclysm (I always wanted to make a goblin) but looking back I realize this game had an overall negative impact on my life and I've vowed never to get back into it.

But damn those goblins. Damn them...

Dammit. I had just stopped playing WoW for the sake of my schooling and such, promising to get back in when Cat drops... looks like it's a scroll of rez for me...

Heh, kidding, kind of. Certainly won't stop me from sacrificing ten gigs of space to redownload it tonight :D

I await the new Azeroth with a sharp blade and strong armor. Come with all your fury, Deathwing, and your Old God masters!

Already downloaded and up to date. I should be sleeping. =\

Tomorrow for me, should be good.

some of the new talent changes look really good, others look really meh

is there a list of all of the base skill changes also? I see the talent trees up at wowhead

Am I the only one that feels that a year or so later from now Blizzard will announce Warcraft 4 and just write World of Warcraft's history as some sort of alternate non-canon timeline. Or worse, a dream?

I've updated mine today. Yup, it is very... different.

Cannot wait.

My warrior needs his Heroic Leap!!

rembrandtqeinstein:
some of the new talent changes look really good, others look really meh

is there a list of all of the base skill changes also? I see the talent trees up at wowhead

The front page of MMO-Champion has all there is to know about the patch in a really, really, really huge and detailed post. The website may or may not be overloaded right now.

WTB more dots. Oh warlock how i will miss you so before the wave of QQ hits tomorrow and we are nerf'd to the ground.... again..... and again.... and again.... even in the beta we were QQ'd out of 5 new abilities

Damnit. And my subscription expired 3 days ago. Curse my poor college student lifestyle and unemployment!

Should be interesting to see....in 4 hours.

1 hour left of work...3 hours of class afterward... le sigh

I am really excited to see how elemental/enh shammy, and balance druids play now. cheers.

The first battle for Wintergrasp is certainly going to be interesting.

While I have a lot of fun with the frost spec, arcane is becoming viable for PvP, as well as PvE and I'm psyched to burn people down with Arcane blast.

Farewell talents you shall be missed, same with you tree form, I hardly knew you D:

But yea, time to see if my mate can out DPS me now with Ret Pallies being hilarious to play now and all.

Hooray servers down till 4:00 PDT... That's 5:00 pm my time. Today sucks. First everyone cancels for going to the pub, now I can't even play WoW when I come home instead.

Sturmdolch:
Hooray servers down till 4:00 PDT... That's 5:00 pm my time. Today sucks. First everyone cancels for going to the pub, now I can't even play WoW when I come home instead.

Hey dude you're lucky I had class and work all day and 4:00 PDT is 7:00 PM for me.

I want to play now and use my hunter bloodlust!

Yea that's right, Hunter (along with Shamans and Mages) get a bloodlust.

Well...actually your corehound pet gets bloodlust...but semantics :D

That's good....but my realm still isn't up...well, none of them are....but I wanna play while the Brotherhood beta installs...oh well.

Bah, this patch is taking up whats left of my memory on my laptop >.>

Catalyst6:
D...Certainly won't stop me from sacrificing ten gigs of space to redownload it tonight :D

Current WoW install folder without addons or any other fluff...thirty-four gigabytes...lol

fu3lman:

Catalyst6:
D...Certainly won't stop me from sacrificing ten gigs of space to redownload it tonight :D

Current WoW install folder without addons or any other fluff...thirty-four gigabytes...lol

By the Old Ones. Eh, it's not like that Powerpoint *really* needed those extra slides...

Mackheath:

John Funk:

It's the end of the world as we know it

And I feel fine?

joke ninja'd.

my niece got the patch last night, it meesed up all her hot's and she spend a good 3 hours trying to figure out the new suff (menus and all that other stuff)

I wonder if I should resubscribe now or wait until Cataclysm proper comes out.

I am loving the new UI designs but as of yet I've not been used any of the new spells my Main (a warlock) has been given. Going to take a look at my priest and see what he's got new before seeing if the addons will update

The only thing that bugged me about this patch was its size, over 5gigs! I have to clear out a load of harddrive space just to fit in it

-M

midnightalone:
I am loving the new UI designs but as of yet I've not been used any of the new spells my Main (a warlock) has been given. Going to take a look at my priest and see what he's got new before seeing if the addons will update

The only thing that bugged me about this patch was its size, over 5gigs! I have to clear out a load of harddrive space just to fit in it

-M

Stick with ur priest. Locks are dead.......

After 12 hours and no sleep it's almost done *O_o* I'm seeing stars and little monsters everywhere but it's worth it

 

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