So you’ve really done it, and the big day is actually here.
have made it through the weeks of agonizing waiting and tedious
preparations, hopefully without pulling a Jack Nicholson in the Shining
along the way, your only source of redemption being the small
tidbits thrown at you from the beta servers and various Blizzard
Now the hour of truth has almost arrived and World of Warcraft
Cataclysm will soon be officially here. Depending on how you chose to
the newest expansion, you may already have the game downloaded and are
just waiting on the servers to go live, or perhaps you are eagerly
watching as the game installs. No matter your purchasing choice, the
fact of the matter is soon, very soon, you will finally get your chance
to play one of the most highly anticipated expansions of the year.
Don’t just chew your finger nails while waiting on your
chance to begin gallivanting around the wide world of Cataclysm.
Instead check out this list of basic, yet important, tips:
a couple million gamer
fanatics have fingers on the trigger and are itching for the chance to
log in, so once servers go live they will be under some serious strain.
So expect the servers to crash at least once, twice, or even to go down
for several hours after launch.
hitting the shores of
Northrend or stepping through the Dark
Portal, Cataclysm has no one specific starting point
to get into the
content. Instead, head to the main city for your faction and click on
the announcement boards which will put you on the correct path.
will discover that both
Shatt and Dalaran have gained something
they've needed for years, but lost something even more
Somewhat of a lopsided trade off if
you ask me, but both cities have
gained class trainers at the high cost of portals to the cities of
- If you've done some
exploring of the newly revamped Orgrimmar and
Stormwind, you've likely already discovered the location of
trainers. If not, they can be found on the newly added top level of
Orgrimmar (next to the Flightmaster and Zeppelin towers) and beside the
Gryphon Master in Stormwind. Once purchased this ability will allow you
to unlock flying in Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, and Deepholm. This is
also known as The Shattering
of Piggy Banks, so be prepared to dish out
250 gold for this privilege.
you head out into the
wider world don’t forget to seek
out the nearest profession trainer. Nothing sucks more than
a new zone and mining/herbing/etc only to find you have forgotten to
get the next profession level.
be awhile since mobs have actually done any real
damage to most of us. However keep in mind that mobs in
hit harder and have more health. This may not be noticeable until after
level 83 or so, but keep it in the back of your mind or you may find
yourself discovering the new graveyard locations sooner than you
out to do quests
on launch day (and sometimes for days after)
is like going out on Black Friday, sheer and utter insanity.
put up a fight and never think a single quest will be easy. On a
brighter note, getting trampled questing in WoW is far better than
getting trampled by little old ladies on the prowl for sales.
Head on over to page two for a listing of helpful links related to Cataclysm!