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release of Cataclysm may still be months off but players can get
their first taste of things to come live on the public test realms.
Pre-expansion events have kicked off on the PTR which are affecting all
corners of Azeroth. Panic, fear, and uncertainty is in the air and the
only thing that is certain is that Azeroth will never be the same.

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attack Orgrimmar.

Here’s a peak at the world events currently taking place:

  • If you get queasy easily
    pre-Cataclysm Azeroth is no place you want to be. The earthquakes
    rocking the land have increased in size and frequency and can no longer
    be ignored.
  • Deathwing has sent his first
    calling card as hordes of elementals attack cities of
    both the Horde
    and the Alliance. These elementals are roughly around level 79 (low level
    players beware) and seem to appear in periodic waves.
  • Very angry elementals, of a
    far more manageable level depending on the zone, are also
    appearing out
    of thin air in other random areas of the world as well, wrecking havoc
    on players and mobs alike.
  • It appears that the end of
    the world is nigh and as can be expected those loveable
    yet insane
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    purveyors of doom, aptly named doomsayers, have made their appearance
    preaching about the eminent destruction from soapboxes in both
    Stormwind and Orgrimmar.
    Really though, what would the end of the world
    be without these crazy characters?

  • Twilight’s Hammer
    cult members have stealthily infiltrated the cities of Stormwind and
    Orgrimmar. With Deathwing as their apparent guide they are doing an
    excellent job of leaving chaos in their wake.
  • The Twilight’s
    Hammer cultist quest line has been unlocked. Players who choose to do
    this quest line will participate firsthand in defending their city of
    choice (Orgrimmar or Stormwind) from the threat posed by this dastardly
    • Villager and Merchant NPCS
      hover outside the gates of Stormwind City and Orgrimmar demanding
      entrance. However a direct order from both Horde and Alliance leaders
      has forbidden them entrance to the cities. Guards stand
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      denied entrance to Stormwind.

      at the ready in order to keep the peace and enforce the edict. This of
      course has made for some very unhappy citizens.

    • Several new bosses have
      appeared in old world instances including: Crown Prince Theradras in
      Maraudon, Prince Sarasun in the Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj, Grand
      Ambassador Flamelash in Blackrock Depths and Kai’ju
      Gahz’rilla in Zul’Farrak. Players queuing up to
      defeat these bosses will be able to fight alongside one of their
      faction leaders in a special version of one of the above instances.
    • Orgrimmar is on fire and not
      in a good way. With each wave of elementals the buildings and walls of
      Orgrimmar are set ablaze. For those pyromaniacs out there that venture
      to Orgrimmar just to see it burn, please note that between the waves of
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      elementals the guards have expertly managed to put out the flames,
      simply wait around a bit and your hunger will be sated.

    While these events may seem lackluster compared to say the zombie
    invasion leading up to Wraith of the Lich King, players should keep in
    mind that the end result, Cataclysm, has the potential to far surpass
    anything we have seen in-game before. So with that in mind these early
    events have set the stage and whet the appetite for the coming expansion
    and if most players are like me, have left us on the edge of our seat
    waiting to see what happens next. Join us on our forums and share your
    thoughts and experiences on these events.

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Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016

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