Explorers' League Journal: Entry IV

Explorers' League
December 8th by Lylirra

Welcome to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, adventurers! Azeroth is positively buzzing with activity, so grab your shovels and let's dig into the latest community and game developments.

A New Age Has Begun

Official Cataclysm Information Page - World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is now live on all realms! To learn more about this expansion or quickly share the latest cinematic trailers, gameplay demos, and feature highlights with your friends, head on over to our brand new Cataclysm mini-site. It's hot-hot-hot!

Midnight Launch Photos - The first photos from our official launch events in Europe are starting to trickle in. Check out how our friends across the pond counted down to the release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and be sure to stay tuned for more coverage from our other event locations across the globe.

Guides, Guides, and More Guides - Arm yourself with in-depth information on all your favorite new Cataclysm races, zones, dungeons, quests and more with the Brady Games Cataclysm Strategy Guide.

Or, if you're relatively new to Azeroth, be sure to check out our brand-new Beginner's Guide, featured exclusively on the World of Warcraft community site. This five-chapter manual will walk you through the basics of gameplay including (but certainly not limited to) character creation, questing, inventory management, parties, guilds, and class specialization.


Gameplay First

Recent Hotfixes - The latest patch 4.0.3a hotfixes have been announced. Be sure to give these updates an extra careful perusal, as Cataclysm-specific fixes are now listed.

Experience Gains 1-85 - We recently made a change to how experience is calculated. To learn how this adjustment may affect your gameplay, head on over to the community forums.

Guild Experience Change - To align Guild Achievements with our philosophy towards normal Achievements, we've elected to remove the added Guild Experience bonus awarded by Guild Achievements.

Zone and Dungeon Progression Flow Chart - To help guide you on your journeys over the mountains and through the woods of Azeroth, our friends over at Ten Ton Hammer have put together an excellent zone and dungeon flow chart. Planning out your level 80-85 adventures has never been simpler.


Ancient of Lore

"Heart of War" - In the coming months, we'll be releasing short stories that peer into the hearts of legendary heroes and offer insight into what new trials might lie ahead in Cataclysm. The first story of this series, "Heart of War," offers a glimpse into the experiences that have shaped Garrosh into the leader he is today.

"The Story So Far..." Part II - Learn more about the grave happenings across Azeroth in our second installment of The Story So Far... "Heralds of Twilight."


Be sure to check back soon for our next journal entry. In the meantime, travel safe and have fun!