Friday Top 5: Looking Back On Cataclysm

With Mists getting closer with each passing day, let’s look back at the expansion that’s wrapping up.  As a complete package, many people were incredibly disappointed with Cataclysm as a whole.  But that doesn’t mean some good didn’t come from it.

5. The Trailer
Whether you liked the expansion or not, you can’t argue how amazing the trailer was.  I still get chills looking at that.  It was well done and perhaps set the bar too high for our expectations.

4. Deathwing
Bringing back the Aspect of Death was a great idea for an expansion. I never had any problem with him being the main boss from start to finish and having him “burninate” random zones was a unique idea that I thought was well executed. While in-game mechanics and confrontations with Deathwing during the expansion could’ve been better, I had no problem from a lore standpoint.

3. The New Class Combinations
Technically this came before the expansion, but it was part of the Cataclysm expansion.  In particular I was happy to see the Troll Druids, Forsaken and Human Hunters, and of course the Tauren Paladins.  We’re at a point now where I can’t see any of the races getting any more of the existing classes and after the Monk I really don’t expect new classes either.

2. Real ID/Raid Finder
I put these two together because it’s collectively the Real ID Raid option that has really shined through. The Raid Finder still has some flaws, but using the Raid grouping with actual people you know, from other servers, is a phenomenal option. Just look at the success of Twitterland Raiding and similar projects. I can’t wait to put Real ID to use tomorrow night.

1. Transmogrification
This is an absolute no brainer. With something like Mog Madness, looks at the various weapons best for Mogging…you had to expect it. Players had cried out for something like this (myself included) for years.  Despite referring to it as “player dress up.” the developers finally came through at the end of the expansion and we’ve run with the ball.  It took them long enough, but it really was worth the wait.

Sure, Cataclysm had a number of flaws but it also brought about a number of solid things and ideas.  Even Heroic Deadmines could have made the list in my eyes, though I do miss some of the original bosses.  What things are you happy with from Cataclysm?  Something not on the list perhaps?  As always I’m happy to hear your thoughts as well.

8 thoughts on “Friday Top 5: Looking Back On Cataclysm

  1. mataokashaman April 27, 2012 / 8:14 am

    Look for a request in your pending folder, sir.

    • JD Kenada April 27, 2012 / 10:23 am

      I must’ve already accepted this morning or I haven’t received it yet.

  2. Navimie April 27, 2012 / 9:39 am

    Don’t forget Tauren priests! I thought that was cool.
    My top 5 cataclysm things:
    5. Dragon aspects, human form. Delicious, mouth watering eye candy… All of them. Especially that Nozdormu. My word.
    4. LFR. The concept is great even though it seems to be full of trolls.
    3. Darkmoon faire. Though I hate the dailies I think the island is a fantastic idea with all the prizes.
    2. Realid raiding and battlegrounds. So I can play with people all over the place. Saturday will demonstrate that!
    1. Transmogrification was the best thing by far

    • JD Kenada April 27, 2012 / 10:26 am

      Darkmoon Faire was solid too, even though it isn’t a huge boon for me. At the very least I can appreciate it.

  3. tomeoftheancient April 27, 2012 / 9:50 am

    I love the Darkmoon Faire. I don’t actually like to do the dailies that much but I love the Island, such a dark, brooding feel, /shiver

    I liked Deathwing flying around torching places, I wish they’d make world bosses randomly pop up, put a little spice in low level areas, lol.

    • JD Kenada April 27, 2012 / 10:26 am

      Even just bring back world bosses (which I know Mists is doing). I understand why the dragons aren’t around anymore…but you’re telling me there is NOTHING else of threat in existence?

      • tomeoftheancient April 27, 2012 / 10:29 am

        Yes! I want more scary things! I know they’re out there!

        • JD Kenada April 27, 2012 / 10:43 am

          The first time I wandered into Deadwind Pass from Duskwood I was crapping my pants. The ambience has a big effect (plus I was Duskwood level appropriate…NOT Deadwind Pass, lol).

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