10th Anniversary of Pre-Cataclysm Event that Shattered Azeroth Forever Today
Ten years ago today, Deathwing took to the skies and changed the face of Azeroth forever in the Cataclysm Pre-Patch event, the Shattering.
Long imprisoned in Deepholm, Deathwing - formally Neltharion of the Black Dragonflight - escaped from his prison and unleashed his fury on Azeroth, causing volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and floods which reshaped the in-game world. Thrall, concerned about the obvious unrest in the world's Elemental Plane, chose to step down as Warchief and instead focus on his duties as a Shaman. He chose Garrosh as the new Warchief - a hotheaded leader who would spearhead growing conflict between the Alliance and Horde.
In one of the biggest overhauls we've seen to the game, Classic zones were redesigned - sometimes beyond recognition as in the case of Azshara and Thousand Needles - and given new Cataclysm-themed questlines. Worgen and Goblins were introduced to the game, with
s joining the
. While players were questing, Deathwing flew overhead, sometimes setting the world on fire and offering the Feat of Strength achievement
Players who might be interested in what the World of Azeroth looked like before Deathwing can still visit the old world in World of Warcraft: Classic.
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