The end is coming….

Well, the end to Azeroth as we know it. I really am a fan of the “phasing” that was introduced with the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. The changing world is going to be taken to an entirely new level in the game as events leading up to the launch of the newly announced expansion World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will change the face of Azeroth as we know it.

Despite gear, despite class balance issues that we will probably all argue about for years to come….I think we’re seeing Blizzard take this 5 year old MMO in potentially great directions:

1. The addition of titles to the game in Wrath. It’s a fun feature. I’d rather have a title than a piece of gear that’s going to be replaced with the next patch….but I’ll always be Crusader So and So,  Champion of the Argent Tournament.

2. Phasing the game to change the world environment as you progress through the quests/storyline.

3. I have hopes for the new guild systems that will be introduced in Cataclysm. Guild levelling, skills, and guild PvP incentives….it’s a social game. I think Guilds really started to fascinate me after watching Tales of the Past. Is it a friendship? A brotherhood? Or a group using each other for loot? Only you and your guildmates can decide. 😉

4. I know it’s a way to drag the marketability of the game out. Blizzard does have money to make after all, but it’s a good thing to only have 5 more levels unlocked in the next xpac. You can lose the story easily in the mad rush to end game. Stop and look around.

5. Flip side, I’m still not sure about race changes….I’d feel like a traitor switching my gnome rogue to a human or worgen or undead….

Sorry for the long break. Had a nice family vacation at the end of August. Rested, rejuved, ready for fall! 🙂

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