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11-16-2010 @ 11:04AM
And I was so excited when I saw the patch downloading this morning :(
11-16-2010 @ 11:20AM
What did you expect from the patch that's making you disappointed? New races and class combos? If that is the case, I don't see why Blizzard would release that before the release of Cataclysm.
11-16-2010 @ 12:03PM
@Yoma - Uh... they are releasing the new race/class combos before the actual Cataclysm release... in patch 4.0.3a, which is the Shattering.
11-16-2010 @ 12:31PM
Yes, they're releasing 4.0.3a before Cataclysm but everything they've said has said "shortly before" the release date. I see no reason they would do this much more than a day or so before the release. Not weeks.
11-16-2010 @ 12:51PM
To answer Yomamma, the reason Blizzard would release the new Class/Race combos is because you wont need to own Cataclysm in order to play them.This is why people keep thinking that we'll get the new combinations everytime a new patch drops.But yeah, the new combinations will not happen until after Deathwing reemerges. It's one of those times where the lore actually dictates gameplay.My opinion? 4.0.3a will happen on the 30th Nov/1st Dec, and we'll be subjected to Excessive Deathwing razing for that week. This is when they'll flip that switch and the new terrain data that was in 4.0.1 and 4.0.3 will be switched on, as too will the new race/class combos.I doubt it'll happen next week because two weeks of the final stage of the event would just seem a bit much to me, but hey, I could be proven wrong in seven days.
11-16-2010 @ 1:05PM
there still may be reason to be excited... here is my take on things:My opinion (or at least my wish) was that the world would not get destroyed over night. I am not expecting to log in one day and see everything changed. I was more under the impression that the destruction would be gradual. A zone here, a zone there. Hence the name of the current patch 'the shattering'. Blizz has been making events, they are getting more numerous and closer together. What if one of these future events brings on the flooding of zone X, and another the fracturing of zone Y, and so on until the world is shattered.... then they will apply the last patch 4.0.3a to seal the whole thing. It may be wishful thinking but if it were the case, it would be epic.
11-16-2010 @ 1:14PM
One reason, Eruntalon: momentum.Blizzard has been managing a particularly jaded player base over the last few months, directing attention to its game at regular intervals with the release of 4.0.1, BlizzCon, and now the Invasion. Excitement is now approaching a peak as many players participate in Cataclysm's world events — online numbers likely not seen for at least a year, possibly two. Judging by Zarhym's comment on timing, acceleration is important; Phase 4's novelty will not last for three weeks. Now, Blizzard may decide that Pilgrim's Bounty can keep players occupied for another seven days. But I'd be surprised if the Shattering took place after December 1st.
11-16-2010 @ 1:39PM
The Under development page says new class/race combos come with 4.03 which is why people were expecting them. It looks like since that statement was made 4.03 got split into two and it's 4.03a we need to wait for, but I can understand why reading the development page could lead to confusionhttp://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/underdev/index.html
11-16-2010 @ 4:03PM
No change to Deathy yet -- I'm assuming all changes will come with 4.0.3a. We have no idea what Blizzard means by shortly before Dec 7th. They had said at Blizzcon that the world change will come shortly before Cata release, they also said to look for 4.0.3 and that you would only have a couple more days left once you see that. I have a feeling they want to keep the change a surprise. There is no Deathwing flying around before -- we are on the last phase of the event now. For a surprise, this doesn't have to happen on a Tuesday. I'm thinking that sometime in the next week (so it's done before people leave for the holiday) we're going to get a server reset at just some random time and when they come back up it'll be 4.0.3a - activated.
11-17-2010 @ 7:53AM
@Chris - the problem with the "gradual" process of change is that it is not entirely realistic. Some changes will definitely occur after Deathwing personally visits a zone, such as the tops of the towers in Stormwind being sheared off, or after events initiated by others, such as the Alliance takeover of the southern Barrens. Other changes, such as zones switching from barren to lush, would obviously take more time but apparently are initiated by Deathwing's emergence.However, the major terrain changes will be caused by the earthquakes and tidal waves that result from the sheer force of Deathwing's emergence. So, for example, the flooding of Thousand Needles and the physical sundering of the Barrens will happen in close proximity to one another. Earthquake waves travel very fast - on the order of kilometers per second - so there would first be a massive, world-wide earthquake that, among other things, splits the Barrens. A tidal wave travels at about 500 mph (800 kph) so the tidal wave would hit Thousand Needles several minutes later. This obviously depends on where the wave starts, but Azeroth really isn't all that big. The same tidal forces would take out all of the other coastal regions (Wetlands, Darkshore, etc.) in turn.
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