The problem with Cataclysm

I do have one problem with Cataclysm, which is neatly summed up by NPC Comic

The shaman is currently in the 60’s with heirlooms on, simply so I can nuke through the Outland content as fast as I can.  To delay the moment of entering the old content he worked through all the possible quests in the Blasted Lands (though this was also to see the new content properly at level, hurrah for Worgen goodness).

Anyway, once I get back onto the levelling grind at the lower levels he’s on the priority list to get through and out of Northrend as quickly as possible.

 

Travel in Cataclysm

There have been many miles of text written about how the removal of the portals in Dalaran and Shattrath is a terrible idea and it’s a waste of time travelling around, how Blizzard is evil and so on and so forth.  So let’s step back and look at the travel within the newly broken world, ignoring for the moment flight paths and boat / zeppelin paths.

So we have the following routing for the Cataclysm / Vanilla zones.  Stormwind and Ogrimmar are clearly the transport hubs, they have portals to get to all the new content, a clear route to get out to Outland and (if we look at the boat/zeps) a route into Northrend.

Looking at Northrend specifically there are some additional ways to get up into the Wrath content, but these are mostly open only to those who have completed it, or have gold to splash around on shiny rings.

The only weakness I’m seeing is access to TBC / Wrath content, but to be honest if you’re levelling then it’s unlikely that there will be much travel outside of those areas.  With the addition of auction houses, trainers and the like there is no reason to travel back to your favourite “home” city, in fact prior to 4.0.3 it was essential to travel home to use the auction house or get trained.  There simply was no option, training was a break in the levelling flow only made viable by the portals, this change actually makes more sense in that the toon questing through Outland and Northrend remains immersed in the zone fighting the expansion appropriate baddies, even though we know from the splash screen that Arthas has been kicked where it hurts and Bolvar has taken his place.

Nice security on that secret Tirion.

Enjoy the changes, mages get to make a bit of cash from their class perk.  I doubt it’s going to be huge amounts, those offering the service on my realm are doing it for tips only.

Cataclysm

It’s been only a week, in which I have played the game possibly more than is reasonable.  Our mains have reached 85, the tag team paladin wrecking ball didn’t find anything in the questing content yet which was a blocker (the maw out in the highlands was a bit of a challenge on the timing front).

Korenwolf hit his first heroic last night, by the gods it hurt.

I’m writing up a few things at the moment so hopefully there will be more stuff here later this week.