Four Cataclysmic Story Disappointments

Remember the Abyssal Maw? Remember how it was going to be a raid in Cataclysm?

Today Rades revisits the old promises – and the old, promising plot hooks – of Cataclysm, in an interesting look at the expansion that could have been

“Speaking of Deathwing, how about that smooth-talking, clever, sneaky, manipulative villain we all knew and loved from the old games and the novels, huh? I sure did enjoy the way Deathwing used his infamous guile and silver tongue in Cataclysm to twist alliances, turn friend against friend, and trick his enemies into doing his dirty work. And it was a great touch seeing his old fake identity, Lord Daval Prestor, make an appearance.

Oh, wait, that’s right. None of that happened, at all. He just burned things.

This is a CRIME, Blizzard! Deathwing’s personality in the novels was so good! A trickster, a spy, a master orator, and a puppet master, novel-Deathwing was always in control, had his claws in every pot and was playing ALL the sides. Call me crazy, but I LIKE an intelligent villain who’s got plots and schemes! And he had style, too. He might end up betraying you and roasting you with dragonfire, but dammit he’s going to deliver a witty line and dryly have a chuckle at your expense first.

But the Deathwing we saw in Cataclysm was a sad, sad shadow of his former self. We didn’t get ANY of his charm or flair, instead we just got…well, an angry dragon. I was (and am) incredibly disappointed that his character was so drastically gutted. ”

There are no exceptions here – everything that Rades highlights would have been a fantastic addition to an expansion that was somewhat anemic storyline-wise. And as usual, he does a fantastic job of bringing the stories and the characters to life, giving complexity and depth to the world of Azeroth.

It’s a pity that Cataclysm didn’t live up to this post. But on the upside, have a read through it, and you’ll be able to imagine, at least for a moment, the glory that might have been WoW’s third expansion…

What did you think of Cataclysm’s storyline?

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Awesome Posts That Might Get Missed – Saturday Roundup

Afternoon, everyone!

I don’t always do a Saturday post, but today I’ve got a collection of links that, for one reason or another, wouldn’t fit into the week, but were too good and interesting to ignore. So, if you need a bit more MMO in your pre-Christmas madness, enjoy!

Have a great weekend, may the Force be with you, and don’t forget to nominate for the Piggie Awards!

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Quick-Read Tactics for Dragon Soul Raid Finder / LFR difficulty – now with easy copy-paste to raid chat!

Girding your loins and heading into the Raid Finder? Want to put some tactics into chat for the, erm, less clued-up members of the LFR fraternity? We’ve got your back. Here are simplified scan-and-go strategies for every boss in Dragon Soul Looking for Raid difficulty – Morchok, Warlord Zon’ozz, Yor’sajh the Unsleeping, Hagara the Stormbinder, Ultraxion, Warmaster Blackhorn, Spine of Deathwing and Madness of Deathwing – complete with nice chat-length, easy-to-copy messages for pasting into raid chat!

All chat messages have been checked for length – they’re short enough to fit into raid chat without clipping. To paste the tactics for a boss, simply click the first Copy-Pasteable Tactics box, CTRL+C (or Cmd+C on Mac), alt-tab to WoW, open a Raid Chat message, and CTRL+V to paste the first line of tactics, then alt-tab back to these, get the next line of copy-pasteable tactics for that boss, and so on. Most bosses only have 2-3 lines of tactics.

If there are any problems with these tactics – currently they’re from the PTR – please do let us know in the comments, and we’ll fix them promptly.

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Morchok

Phase 1

  • Everyone stand close to him, but tanks closest.
  • Tanks swap on Crush Armor.
  • When he uses Resonating Crystal, three players go stand close to it until it explodes.

[copypasta] Phase 1: Everyone stand close to him, but tanks closest. Tanks swap on Crush Armor. When he uses Resonating Crystal, three players go stand close to it until it explodes.[/copypasta]

Phase 2

  • Hide behind spikes until Stomp.
  • Don’t stand in the Black Blood.

[copypasta] Phase 2: Hide behind spikes until Stomp. Don’t stand in the Black Blood. [/copypasta]

Zon’ozz

Phase 1

  • Ranged stand behind the tank. Melee stand behind the boss.
  • Bounce the ball between the tank and the ranged group.
  • When the ball has bounced between 5 and 10 times, tank move out of the way so that it hits the boss.
  • Healers dispel Disrupting Shadows.

[copypasta]Phase 1: Ranged stand behind the tank. Melee stand behind the boss. Bounce the ball between tank and ranged. When ball has bounced between 5 and 10 times, tank move out of the way so that it hits the boss. Healers dispel Disrupting Shadows.[/copypasta]

Phase 2

All stack up on the boss and pop DPS and healing cooldowns.

[copypasta]Phase 2: All stack up on the boss and pop dps and healing cooldowns. [/copypasta]

Yor’Sajh the Unsleeping

  • Tank and spank when oozes are not up.
  • Kill one ooze each time they appear. Priorities: purple > yellow > black > red

[copypasta]Tank and spank when oozes are not up. Kill one ooze each time they appear. Priorities: purple > yellow > black > red [/copypasta]

Oozes

  • If YELLOW is active, spread out unless BLACK is active, in which case stack and heal through damage.
  • If BLACK is active, stack and AOE down the adds.
  • If RED is active, stand as close as possible to the boss.
  • If BLUE is active, DPS down the Mana Void as fast as possible.

[copypasta]Oozes: If Yellow is active, spread out unless Black is active – then stack and heal through damage. If Black is active, stack and aoe down the adds. If Red is active, stand as close as possible to the boss. If Blue is active, dps down Mana Void fast. [/copypasta]

Hagara the Stormbinder

Fight will either be Main -> Ice -> Main -> Lightning -> Main -> Ice and so on, or Main -> Lightning -> Main -> Ice and so on.

[copypasta]Fight will either be Main -> Ice -> Main -> Lightning -> Main -> Ice and so on, or Main -> Lightning -> Main -> Ice and so on. [/copypasta]

Main Phase

  • Tank and spank. Offtank taunt and kite Hagara away from everyone on Focused Assault.
  • When a melee player is targetted by Ice Lance, healer or ranged DPS step in the way of the missiles.

[copypasta]Main Phase: Tank and spank. Offtank taunt and kite Hagara away from everyone on Focused Assault. When a melee player is targetted by Ice Lance, healer or ranged dps step in the way of the missiles. [/copypasta]

Ice Phase

  • Move clockwise with the waves. Attack Frozen Binding Crystals wherever possible.

[copypasta]Ice Phase: Move clockwise with the waves. Attack Frozen Binding Crystals wherever possible. [/copypasta]

Lightning Phase

  • Tank Bound Lightning Elemental next to Crystal Conductor and kill it.
  • Then form a chain of players to the next Crystal Conductor, which will charge it. Chain to the next again, and so on.

[copypasta]Tank Bound Lightning Elemental next to Crystal Conductor and kill it. Then form a chain of players to the next Crystal Conductor, which will charge it. Chain to the next again, and so on. [/copypasta]

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Ultraxion

  • Stack up throughout the fight.
  • When Hour of Twilight is cast, everyone use Heroic Will to leave the Twilight Realm.
  • Use Heroic Will in the last 5 seconds of Fading Light if it is cast on you. Tank-swap on Fading Light.
  • Healers should click the one of the healing buff crystals as they appear. Red does 100% healing increase, Green does huge AOE healing, Blue adds haste and reduces mana costs.

[copypasta]General: Stack up throughout the fight. When Hour of Twilight is cast, everyone use Heroic Will to leave the Twilight Realm. Use Heroic Will in the last 5 seconds of Fading Light if it is cast on you. Tank-swap on Fading Light. [/copypasta]

[copypasta]Healers: Healers should click the one of the healing buff crystals as they appear. Red does 100% healing increase, Green does huge aoe healing, Blue adds haste and reduces mana costs. [/copypasta]

Warmaster Blackhorn

Phase 1

  • Tanks pick up Twilight Elite Dreadblades and the Twilight Elite Slayers. Alternate which add you pick up in each phase.
  • A few melee DPS use the Harpoon Guns to drag the Twilight Assault Drakes closer to the ship.
  • DPS Twilight Assault Drakes before other mobs.
  • 2 players soak Twilight Barrage by standing in it.
  • When Twilight Assault hits, all the raid stand in it.

[copypasta]Tanks: Tanks pick up Twilight Elite Dreadblades and the Twilight Elite Slayers. Alternate which add you pick up in each phase. [/copypasta]

[copypasta]A few melee dps use Harpoon Guns to drag Twilight Assault Drakes closer to the ship. Dps Twilight Assault Drakes first. 2 players soak Twilight Barrage by standing in it. When Twilight Assault hits, all the raid stand in it. [/copypasta]

Phase 2

  • Tank Blackthorn. Ranged focus on bringing Goriona down, while melee focus on Blackthorn.
  • Get out of the fire and spread out to avoid Shockwave.
  • Tank-swap on 2 stacks of Devastate.
  • Ranged stand at least 10 yards from Blackthorn.

[copypasta]Phase 2: Tank Blackthorn. Ranged focus on bringing Goriona down, while melee focus on Blackthorn. Get out of the fire and spread out to avoid Shockwave. Tank-swap on 2 stacks of Devastate. Ranged stand at least 10 yards from Blackthorn. [/copypasta]

Spine of Deathwing

  • Kill one Corruption.
  • Tank 1 take the Hideous Amalgamation and 2 Corrupted Blood. Tank 2 take the rest of the Blood.
  • Raid stacks next to the Armor Plate, and DPS the Hideous Amalgamation down to 15% or so.
  • Kill Corrupted Bloods with AOE damage.
  • When the Hideous Amalgamation hits 9 stacks of Absorbed Blood, kill it. Everyone move 10 yards away.
  • Quickly then kill the Burning Tendon.
  • Kill the next Corruption.

[copypasta]Kill one Corruption. Tank 1 take the Hideous Amalgamation and 2 Corrupted Blood. Tank 2 take the rest of the Blood. Raid stacks next to the Armor Plate, and dps the Hideous Amalgamation down to 15% or so. [/copypasta]

[copypasta]Kill Corrupted Bloods with aoe damage. When the Hideous Amalgamation hits 9 stacks of Absorbed Blood, kill it. Everyone move 10 yards away. Quickly then kill the Burning Tendon. Kill next Corruption. [/copypasta]

Madness of Deathwing

Phase 1

Clear the platforms in the order: Ysera’s Platform, Alexstrasza’s Platform, Nozdormu’s Platform, Kalecgos’ Platform.

[copypasta]Phase 1 Platform Order: Ysera’s Platform, Alexstrasza’s Platform, Nozdormu’s Platform, Kalecgos’ Platform.[/copypasta]

For each platform:

  • DPS priority: Elementium Bolt, Mutated Corruption, Regenerative Blood (AOE), Tentacle.
  • Tanks pick up Mutated Corruption and face them away from the raid. Blow cooldowns on Impale, incl. the encounter cooldown Dream.
  • Get away from the golden swirl where Elementium Bolt lands.

[copypasta]For each platform: kill Elementium Bolt > Mutated Corruption > Regenerative Blood with aoe > Tentacle. Avoid the golden swirly thing.[/copypasta]

[copypasta]For each platform – tanks: pick up Mutated Corruption and face them away from the raid. Blow cooldowns on Impale, incl. the encounter cooldown “dream”. [/copypasta]

On the third and fourth platform:

  • Don’t bring the Tentacle to 75%, 50% or 25% until both the Mutated Corruption and Elementium Bolt are dealt with.

On the fourth platform:

  • Healers blow CDs on Elementium Bolt, which will now do massive damage.

[copypasta]3rd + 4th platform: Don’t bring the Tentacle to 75%, 50% or 25% until both the Mutated Corruption and Elementium Bolt are dealt with. 4th platform – healers blow cooldowns on Elementium Bolt, which will now do massive damage.[/copypasta]

Phase 2

  • Dps Priority: Elementium Fragments, Elementium Terrors, Deathwing’s Head.
  • Tank the Elementium Terrors.
  • Blow CDs to kill Deathwing before the stacking damage becomes overwhelming.

[copypasta] Phase 2: dps Priority: Elementium Fragments, Elementium Terrors, Deathwing’s Head. Tank the Elementium Terrors. Blow all damage cooldownss at this point. [/copypasta]

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Predicting the 4.3 future

We’re still riding the wave of post-4.3 news blogging here at the Melting Pot, and there’s some extremely interesting stuff coming out from the blogosphere, with a variety of fascinating, detailed predictions hitting us over the weekend. So, join me as I take a wander through what our collective crystal balls are showing us.

First up, Dwarven Battle Medic has a detailed 4.3 post, but the part that really interested me was his phase-by-phase suggestions for how the Deathwing fight could work:

The Battle Mages manage to ground him, but as he’s just too powerful they cannot hold him for long. The Raid would fight a partially subdued Deathwing on the ground and have to deal with all the tricks that a very pissed off dragon in command of the element of Earth can possibly think up. Giant Earth Elemental adds that need to be tanked, insta-kill pits opening up beneath people’s feet and giant impaling spikes are some of the possibilities, in addition to having to deal with random, devastating flame breath attacks, claws and tail swipes.

Secondly, the Dead Good Tanking Guide has been thinking about the threat changes, and has a super-detailed runthrough of how, compared to DKs, Protection Warriors (and tanks in general) might change to the new model:

As far as I’m concerned, the biggest stand outs for change are Disarm, Spell Reflect and Shield Block. The former need more common use so are prime candidates for a change, while the latter is the ideal choice to make our mastery (blocking with a shield… Who knew?) more active. I also consider the implications that any sweeping changes would have on PvP, so I’d imagine that deep Protection talents would be the place where these changes are implemented.

And finally, Shintar, the Priest With A Cause, has been imagining the fun we’ll all have with the new Raid Finder:

Just like in the dungeon finder, I expect most people to zone in and not say a word. I can already picture tanks charging in with no consideration for the rest of the raid, just like they often do in five-mans… except that in a raid they’ll end up dying that way, and then maybe drop group. Most people will probably just stand around and wait for someone to tell them what to do, with maybe one or two going nuts with excitement about being in a raid with so many people, spamming chat, changing appearance and bouncing off the walls until they pull something – basically similar to what you see in the starting cave in Alterac Valley.

Frankly, I’ve been trying not to imagine LFR – but it’s still an interesting read.

**So, your turn! Do you have ideas on how the tanking mechanics will work? Or how Deathwing’s raid will come about? (Fee, free to comment on the Melting Pot’s own Deathwing raid speculation post too). Or just how good or bad the LFR tool will be?

Also, I’d love to get some feedback on this style of multiple-link post, as opposed to my usual lists. Do you like it or hate it? I like having the space to showcase each article a bit more, but it does make it longer as a post. What do you think?

All quotes taken directly from their respective articles.

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How To Find Deathwing, kill Deathwing, and take his/her/its stuff

So, you’re wanting to face the ultimate boss of Cataclysm? You want to find the Aspect of Death himself, smash your fist into his iron jaw, watch him drop, and take his stuff? You want to know how to find Deathwing?

Well, here’s our simple, straightforward guide to everything you need to know about downing the Dragon With The Iron Mask.

You can’t.

You what now?

You can’t kill Deathwing. Not because he’s Death Itself or anything similar (we’re pretty sure that won’t stop Paragon from turning him into Dragonburgers within about 35 seconds of his first raid boss appearance), but because he ain’t in the game as a killable NPC yet.

As they have done with previous patches, Blizzard are holding the ultimate boss of Cataclysm back, probably for the final patch. In the meantime, we’re getting to fight his lieutenants (Nefarion and Cho’gall), his minions (let’s face it, Ragneros is basically Deathwing’s bitch at this point) and sundry people who shout about having been granted “ULTIMATE POWER by DEEEEAAAATHWINNNG!” shortly before you chib them.

(Of course, if you’re reading this in 2014, this information no longer applies. In which case, I’m happy to inform you that a Level 95 Life Knight can easily solo Deathwing by using their ability to appear to be a rotten tooth, hiding inside his massive jaw, and waiting for him to freak out, rip his own face off, and then sulk off in a huff because he’s no longer pretty. Or something.)

However, if you don’t want to bash his skull in, but just want to do the friendlier thing of taking a few screenshots with him, or possibly Stand in his Fire (which is less dodgy than it sounds), that’s considerably more doable.

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How To Find A Dragon With A Jaw The Size Of Belgium

Deathwing makes an appearance in 4 places in Cataclysm, not counting the title screen (which we figure you’ve seen):

Stood In The Fire

The first, and probably best-known, of his appearances, Deathwing will randomly overfly any Cataclysm zone from time to time, and burn a large portion of it to the ground.

The good news is that you’ll get an achievement for seeing this rather too close and personal – the achievement Stood In The Fire.

The bad news is that it’s totally random – there’s no way to “force” Deathwing to show, and even if he does show, no-one’s mapped the paths he burns through the zones. (That I know of – please comment below if they have).

So, unfortunately, your only real chance here is to play a lot, outside cities, and hope one day he fries you.

The Hyjal Appearance

The Deathwing appearance most people have already seen is at the very start of the Mount Hyjal chain. The dragon flying you to the quest zone, not being the brightest of critters, nearly runs you into Deathy as he looms over the Sulfuron Spire in Hyjal, presumably engaged in giving all his hoarded Refer A Friend levels to Ragneros below him. (At least, that’s how I explain how a level 60 raid boss is suddenly capable of causing Paragon no less than 500 wipes).

You can’t really miss this one. Just start the Hyjal chain from your captial city, and remember not to jump off your dragon when he does a flyby on two Level 88 Raid bosses. (Just kidding – you can’t.)

The Day That Deathwing Came

Inspiring a number of lore enthusiasts to a frothing frenzy, Deathwing makes an appearance in human form in the quests “The Day That Deathwing Came” and “The Day That Deathwing Came – What Really Happened”. Yes, he’s still got a massive, massive jaw.

You can find these quests in the South-East of the Badlands at Level 47 – they’re not part of a huge chain, so almost anyone is heartily encouraged to go and do them. Various commenters on WoWHead call them “the best quest ever”.

Battle of Life and Death

And for Deathwing’s most epic appearance – and this one’s really pretty darn good – he turns up at the end of the Twilight Highlands chains to fight Alexstrasa, the Dragon Aspect of Life. This actually happens in-game, not just in a cutscene.

Unfortunately, getting there involves hacking through all of the Twilight Highlands quests, which precious few people bother to do. It’s a pity – the cutscenes at the end are actually really good, and worth watching.

If you really can’t be bothered, and are OK with watching them on a much smaller screen than your gaming PC, here’s the ending cutscene in 100% pure YouTube form:

Other Cutscene Appearances

Deathwing makes a couple of cameo appearances in other cutscenes, too, but neither are actually in-game:

In Rheastrasa’s Gift, Deathwing turns up and does some stuff (I don’t want to spoiler) – here’s the Youtube vid.

And in The Worldbreaker (in Twilight Highlands, again, sigh), Deathwing turns up – sorta. See the spoiler vid on YouTube.

And that’s it! Do you know of any Deathie appearances we’re not aware of? Post them below!

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Editorial: Did I Fall Asleep?

Contains some minor spoilers for recent events.

Let’s get something out of the way before I start here: Orgrimmar is really very pretty indeed right now. I took the flight from Orgrimmar to Thunder Bluff this morning, and it was stunning. I love the new stuff. The Blizzard Art and Design teams have hit it out of the park as far as I’m concerned.

I should also emphasise that I’ve only played for about an hour or so since The Big Patch Of Ultimate Changes, so I’ll acknowledge that there’s plenty of stuff I haven’t seen yet.

Nevertheless, I’m very unhappy. I went to bed last night and woke up to find that the world had been entirely destroyed, burnt to ashes – shattered, in fact – and then totally rebuilt. All of this in the few hours I was asleep.

It’s really thrown me. It’s not that I didn’t know it was going to happen – of course I did – it’s just that I (perhaps foolishly) thought that I might get a chance to see it happen.

Remember when details of the proposed changes for Cataclysm first started to leak out? Remember how exciting it all was? Orgrimmar is going to be destroyed! Thousand Needles will be flooded! The Barrens will be split in two, with a huge volcanic chasm running down the middle! Thrall will get a new outfit! Some people were upset, some people were excited … but everyone agreed: this was going to be awesome. Personally, I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. The most tumultuous and (literally and figuratively) world-changing event in Warcraft’s history: I couldn’t wait to experience it.

Unfortunately, I can’t. It’s already happened, and I missed it.

Do you have a favourite TV series? One that you watch faithfully week after week? One that has you literally bouncing on your seat with excitement at every brilliant plot twist? What if your friends were having an all-night marathon during which they planned to watch the whole of Season Three, one episode after another? It sounds great, but the problem is you’ve only just finished watching Season One. You don’t know what happens in Season Two, but you do know that there are major plot changes. It’s set in a different country, a few of the major characters actually die, and the whole feel of the show shifts into something much more epic. Much as you do want to watch Season Three, you’re probably going to turn down the invitation until you’ve caught up on Season Two.

Well, that’s how I feel. I’ve been looking forward to the shattering for months. I wanted to see Deathwing drop from the skies to rain destruction down on my old familiar haunts. I wanted to wander through the smoking ruins of Orgrimmar marveling at the destruction. I wanted to see the world being gradually rebuilt. In short, I wanted to play the game, rather than watch Blizzard play it for me.

I feel like there’s a whole bit of the game that everybody else has played and that I missed out on. I feel like I’ve been away from the game for months, not days. I’m reliably informed that “it all happened in the book”, but that’s not good enough. I don’t mind Blizzard sidelining more and more of their lore into the various spin-off media. This isn’t lore, though: this is a massive upheaval. It’s a change that is absolutely guaranteed to fundamentally affect every single character in the game, player and NPC alike. More to the point, I was looking forward to it as one of the most exciting things ever to happen in the game. I played through the Elemental invasion, and enjoyed it, but only because it felt like an ominous precursor of things to come.

Now, I just feel cheated. We’ve gone straight from “The Cataclysm will happen” to “The Cataclysm has happened”, without passing through “The Cataclysm is happening” on the way. I feel distanced from the game, in a way that I never have before. My suspension of disbelief just isn’t strong enough to allow me to accept that the grunts built New Orgrimmar in just a few short hours. The Barrens have indeed been split in two by a rift of molten destruction, but it’s no problem. It just gave the Alliance a chance to built a big stone keep at the edge and stand around looking smug. It’s all fine now. Crisis over! As usual, the NPCs have sorted everything out, and as usual they didn’t need you. When Deathwing finally does die, I fully expect to be stood in the doorway holding the coats while Hogger has a ten-minute monologue and then deus-ex-machinas the dragon to death.

Don’t even get me started on Cairne and King Magni. This is how you do an off-stage death.

All I can really say is: Blizzard, can I have a turn now?

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Nils: Danger, Danger, Dragon Approaching While You Pick Flowers/Quest

Dragons are enormous harbingers of flamey death, deceit and cruelty, right? Right. That’s why I rejoiced when I read Nils’ latest post and agreed wholeheartedly with him. After Cataclysm’s hit Deathwing is going to be a Real Dragon, flaming zones at random and turning us all into foil-packed lunch bites as often as he wants.

As Nils says: this is great news. Right, I know being flamed to death isn’t fun. But Nils points out you’ll believe in a boss that wants you dead, compared to Arthas the loot piñata. You’ll have a reason to want to kill Deathwing after he’s brought death on wings (there’s more where that came from) numerous times while you’re questing.

3) From a pure gameplay point of view that doesn’t make any sense! Why should you be killed at random without having a chance? But from a virtual world / immersion / story point of view it makes a hell of a lot of sense! Deathwing is not only the thing that awaits you at the end of Cataclysm to give you looot. No – he is a danger for the world as we know it!

Nils also points out that as well as having a proactive boss it also means great things for the open world. It makes it interactive: things will happen, rather than you just questing or herbing. And, according to the blue quote she’s posted, you’ll also get a feat of strength for being grilled.

**What about you – looking forward to a proactive, dangerous boss, or already thinking to work out Deathwing’s flight patterns and be where he’s not?

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Quote taken directly from Nils’ post

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Roundup: Reactions To The Cataclysm Cinematic

The cat’s out the bag. Well, more the dragon’s out the mountain. The newly released Cataclysm cinematic is visual proof of just how the world’s going to go boom. And why. Sort of. It seems like Deathwing’s woken up a tad upset, although the cinematic leaves some interesting questions.

There are a variety of reactions to the cinematic, ranging from thought provoking questions to downright ready to get the pitchforks. Here’s the best of posts on the cinematic, but be warned – if you haven’t seen it yet, these posts might spoiler you (as might the rest of this post!):

  • To Rhii over at Oh My, Kurenai, Deathwing’s tearing the world – her world – apart is a personal injury. She’s got so much pleasure out of Azeroth that it under threat of molten fire and torn earth is a nasty prospect. Yup, she’s taking it personally all right, and I think it safe to say she wants to put that dragon’s head on a spike.
  • The pink Pigtailed one Larisa says that sure, Cataclysm’s exciting and the cinematic’s a good teaser, but that’s all it is. It’s not special, it doesn’t “floor” her. Why? She gives good reasons, and she’s spot on with the key factor that the cinematic’s missing. And – why release it now?
  • Traxy’s looking at the cinematic and raising a big “wut?” sign over at I Like Pancakes. She’s pointing out some of the ways it doesn’t make sense and the quibbles she has over the cinematic, like why on earth Deathwing would fly the route he does in the trailer, and bigger quibbles still. Good points all.
  • Leafshine’s reposted the cinematic along with a couple of thoughts on it. He’s comparing it to the Wrath cinematic and the human face of the antagonist there. His post’s leaving us with an interesting question – do you care as much about a dragon tearing the world apart as you do a human?
  • Rank 4 Healing Touch is stepping back and looking at how well the cinematic gets you to suspend disbelief and buy into the idea that Deathwing’s threatening, no really, even though he’s only perched on the wall like an ornament. The post looks at past tradition in Japenese RPGs and whether there’s a bit of that missing from WoW storytelling, or that we just don’t see.

Personally I hope Deathwing doesn’t go back after the cinematic to sit in his lair for two years with slippers and pipe just waiting for some adventurers to visit. Y’know, like the last one. It’s a big, angry dragon, and I hope we get to see continual proof of why we should care about him and go a’dragon slayin.

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What about you – what are your thoughts on the cinematic?

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You can find…

  • _Cataclysm’s cinematic in high definition here_
  • _Wrath of the Lich King’s cinematic in high definition here_

  • _Oh My, Kurenai’s homepage here_

  • _The Pink Pigtail Inn’s homepage here_

  • _I Like Pancakes’ homepage here_

  • _Leafshine: Lust for Flower’s homepage here_

  • _Rank 4 Healing Touch’s homepage here_

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