Deathwing is Coming!

#0 - Oct. 27, 2010, 9:40 a.m.
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posted by zarhym on the US forums

Q u o t e:
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.

and some questions about the event answered

Q u o t e:
Umm, ok.

This will last long enough on any given day I can have time to run there and get some......or is it something that will pop up and be done 5 minutes later and I'm just going to have to be lucky in the right zone?

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.

Q u o t e:
So he's doing that now or soon?
Gonna have to start hanging out in old world.. .. fishing...
Saw his in game model at BlizzCon.. He's so huge!

His true terror reign will begin as soon as he tears out of Deepholm, resulting in the shattering of Azeroth.

Q u o t e:
So does this mean he's going to strafe zones all through Cataclysm until the 4.x patch when he's killable and he's dropped on a realm sometime?

Yes, this isn't a permanent event, but will last so long as he's free to roam the world.

Q u o t e:
Will Deathwing be crisping the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor only, or will the frozen wastes of Northrend feel his firey wrath?

This will be specific to the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor, though he will choose his locations quite indiscriminately.

The achievement is a Feat of Strength since it won't be available forever. Given the rate at which this occurs and the random way in which he chooses to attack, virtually everyone who earns the Feat of Strength will get it by accident -- it's a wrong place at the wrong time sort of thing. ;)

Q u o t e:
If you're in the wrong place at the wrong time, do you have to be a certain level to get the achive?

I can smell the QQ already from players who can't have fun. Like, low levels thinking they should be safe from everything, and will cry during the event if they die - then later will cry as higher levels when they can no longer do the event.

Deathwing doesn't care what level you are.

Q u o t e:
Will there be any zones not open to attack?
Do all zones have an equal chance of being attacked?
How best may I sacrifice myself to my lord and masters righteous flames?!

Because his flames literally kill any creature, critter, NPC, or player in Deathwing's path, there are a few places we're not having him go for gameplay reasons. The large majority of the zones on the two continents are fair game though. :)

edit: formatting - also just imagine all the text is blue

edit 2: added video --
#7 - Oct. 27, 2010, 10:29 a.m.
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