Prophecies

Azeroth – Shared Topic for the week of July 4th, 2011
Shared Topic Idea: 4.3 Fortune-telling

It’s the patch that we know nothing about. So where does WoW, and Cataclysm, go after 4.2? New raids? New 5-man content? New features?

– Ringo Flinthammer

Back a while ago (February to be more specific), I laid out my vision for Cataclysm’s patches. Shortly thereafter, Blizzard came in and rained all over my parade. They announced that 4.1 would be a half-patch, containing only new 5-man content and holding the Firelands off until this past week’s 4.2 patch. As a result, my numerals don’t hold, and with the scrapping of Abyssal Maw, my initial third of the expansion is all sorts of wrong. So much for being locked in.

Unfortunately, my nice neat prediction of air-fire-water-earth patch progression won’t hold since Abyssal Maw is gone. Reassessing the situation, 4.3 is cast in a vastly different light. Instead of being the penultimate raid tier, 4.3 now falls in the gooey center of this Cataclysmic cookie. As a result, Blizzard can choose to expand a side story or set the footwork for a future expansion now without trampling on the culmination of the Deathwing story.

Assuming Blizzard sticks to their guns regarding ‘quicker’ patch release, this next patch will be the 5-man half preparing for a raid in 4.4 sometime around February-March of next year. However, since Firelands is only a single raid with only a handful of bosses, that timetable might be a little shorter. Regardless of time, 4.3 will probably be about mid-October, just before Blizzcon ‘11.

The trouble comes in figuring out where it will be aimed. It could be a story related to Deathwing in Deepholm. It could be a new story related to some rising evil that we haven’t really seen much of yet. It could be an Old God story, giving hints as to the background of Deathwing. It could be a jump backward in time to some historic event.

I am leaning toward something Old God related, personally. 4.3-4.4 would be a good time for us to discover some Old God activity that needs to be stomped out. While we go beat up an entity made entirely of noses, we discover some mysterious information regarding Deathwing. As a result, 4.5-4.6 is a good time for Deathwing to get pissed and make a push to try to ensure his own victory over us puny mortals. We get our butts kicked, but manage to hold ourselves mostly together. 4.7 gets us into the domain of Deathwing. 4.8 spells his doom.

Knowing Blizzard, though, all of this will be completely wrong come tomorrow when they announce that Titan actually is WoW 2, but it is actually a Warcraft v. Starcraft crossover game where the Zerg invades Azeroth and Protoss take over Outlands. Also, it will be a PS exclusive. Also, you must use Move to play it. Also, it’s now free to play, but if you want any gear, you must sacrifice a sheep to Zeus and throw a rock into the Danube during a full moon.

If any of that comes true…

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~ by Aliera on July 5, 2011.

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