Cataclysm Contains Wandering Zone-Killing Dragon

| 27 Oct 2010 20:32

Deathwing is coming - and he will kill you. (spoiler alert!)

We're all aware that with the coming World of Warcraft: Cataclysm expansion, Deathwing the Destroyer will return to Azeroth and rend it asunder. What we've just now learned, however, is that not only will Deathwing wreak a world of hurt upon the face of the land on launch day, but it appears that he will be roaming Kalimdor and The Eastern Kingdoms ravaging zones with deadly fire until he is stopped.

Blizzard poster Zarhym writes:

One of Azeroth's oldest adversaries will soon tear through the Elemental Plane to reforge the world in flame, but this foe won't be conducting his reign of terror from the confines of a castle or lair. Deathwing is a destructive force the likes of which adventurers have yet to see in World of Warcraft, and his appetite for devastation can only be satisfied by the shattering of the world. Following his explosive escape from Deepholm, Deathwing will cast a deadly shadow over the people of Azeroth as he wreaks indiscriminate havoc across the land.

Once free to terrorize the world, Deathwing will randomly choose territories in Azeroth to attack each day until his ruinous reign is brought to an end. A blackened sky will be the only warning before every living creature caught in his approach is consumed by his terrible fire. The unfortunate victims of his malice will receive a rare Feat of Strength... as well as a repair bill and corpse run.

When Deathwing returns, you'd best keep your eyes on the skies.

Zarhym also posts that "There is very little warning once he decides to strafe a zone. If you're not in the zone already, you have virtually no chance of sacrificing yourself to his flame. If you're in the zone, you're almost definitely screwed."

So it appears that once Cataclysm hits, Deathwing will periodically raze a zone to the ground, killing any creature, critter, NPC, or player in his path. There will also be a Feat of Strength associated with dying to his flame, comically called "Stood In The Fire".

The achievement will be a Feat of Strength "since it won't be available forever," says Zarhym, which makes me think that it will most likely continue until the server-first kill of Deathwing, barring some type of re-imprisonment questline in Cataclysm. It should be interesting to see how it all pans out, whether you're a seasoned character or a brand new toon. Remember, Deathwing doesn't care what level you are.

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Samah:

I'd think it would more likely continue until every zone has been razed. I'm 99% certain Deathwing is going to be the final major boss in Cataclysm. There's no way they would have this annoying event over the course of two to three years.

Quite possibly; I look forward to finding out.

I reckon this event will kick in before Cataclysm is released. Blizzard will probably use their new terrain phasing to slowly change the world rather than just having a server shutdown one day and you log in with the new content.

Oh, I definitely agree that terrain phasing will be in full effect - it'll be very cool to see how they work it.

valiscari0t:
The achievement will be a Feat of Strength "since it won't be available forever," says Zarhym, which makes me think that it will most likely continue until the server-first kill of Deathwing, barring some type of re-imprisonment questline in Cataclysm.

I'd think it would more likely continue until every zone has been razed. I'm 99% certain Deathwing is going to be the final major boss in Cataclysm. There's no way they would have this annoying event over the course of two to three years.

I reckon this event will kick in before Cataclysm is released. Blizzard will probably use their new terrain phasing to slowly change the world rather than just having a server shutdown one day and you log in with the new content.

Honestly, I anticipate his breath being enough flame for everyone. ^.^

It'd be great if his wings were on fire like in the cinematic but i expect that would make most people's computers explodes in their faces with the strain of the graphical effects.

Cataclysm Contains Wandering Zone-Killing Dragon

Deathwing is coming - and he will kill you. (spoiler alert!)

We're all aware that with the coming World of Warcraft: Cataclysm expansion, Deathwing the Destroyer will return to Azeroth and rend it asunder. What we've just now learned, however, is that not only will Deathwing wreak a world of hurt upon the face of the land on launch day, but it appears that he will be roaming Kalimdor and The Eastern Kingdoms ravaging zones with deadly fire until he is stopped.

Blizzard poster Zarhym writes:

One of Azeroth's oldest adversaries will soon tear through the Elemental Plane to reforge the world in flame, but this foe won't be conducting his reign of terror from the confines of a castle or lair. Deathwing is a destructive force the likes of which adventurers have yet to see in World of Warcraft, and his appetite for devastation can only be satisfied by the shattering of the world. Following his explosive escape from Deepholm, Deathwing will cast a deadly shadow over the people of Azeroth as he wreaks indiscriminate havoc across the land.

Once free to terrorize the world, Deathwing will randomly choose territories in Azeroth to attack each day until his ruinous reign is brought to an end. A blackened sky will be the only warning before every living creature caught in his approach is consumed by his terrible fire. The unfortunate victims of his malice will receive a rare Feat of Strength... as well as a repair bill and corpse run.

When Deathwing returns, you'd best keep your eyes on the skies.

Zarhym also posts that "There is very little warning once he decides to strafe a zone. If you're not in the zone already, you have virtually no chance of sacrificing yourself to his flame. If you're in the zone, you're almost definitely screwed."

So it appears that once Cataclysm hits, Deathwing will periodically raze a zone to the ground, killing any creature, critter, NPC, or player in his path. There will also be a Feat of Strength associated with dying to his flame, comically called "Stood In The Fire".

The achievement will be a Feat of Strength "since it won't be available forever," says Zarhym, which makes me think that it will most likely continue until the server-first kill of Deathwing, barring some type of re-imprisonment questline in Cataclysm. It should be interesting to see how it all pans out, whether you're a seasoned character or a brand new toon. Remember, Deathwing doesn't care what level you are.

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