Thank you Blizzard. I asked for this in an earlier post a few months ago, and they have come up with the goods. Heroic Deadmines! And Shadowfang Keep as well. Obviously with the expansion news coming out it will all be liable to change in the future, so it is somewhat pointless going into all of it in any great detail, and you can find constant updates on anyway. But just reading over the notes a few general points of interest have jumped out at me.

The Wrath of the Lich King expansion had a fundamental flaw – it enabled players and guilds to power-level their way through the content as fast as they could and then jump into the first raids. The new Cataclysm expansion is so big and varied that while players will still be able to run through those five levels to 85, they will really be missing out on a great deal of content. The new expansion is going to get us back into the Vanilla WoW zones. It will get us exploring and discovering again instead of just rushing through things. The new secondary profession of archeology backs that up nicely.

All this is well and good, but what about rogues? So far there are a few tidbits to chew on. Firstly, there are the two new playable races, the Worgen for the Alliance and the Goblins for the Horde. Both of these races can be rogues and their racials are interesting. Firstly the Goblins.

“Time is Money, cash in on a 1% increase to attack and casting speed.”

A 1% overall increase to attack speed is nice but when it is combined with the following two racials, things get pretty cool:

“Rocket Barrage, 30 yd range, Instant, 2 min cooldown, Launches your belt rockets at an enemy, dealing 30 fire damage.
Rocket Jump, instant, 2 min cooldown, activates your rocket belt to jump forward.”

Can you imagine these goblin rogues in battlegrounds? Jumping all over the place, (20 yards from what I’ve heard), firing rockets and doing damage, and combine this with rogue abilities such as sprint and vanish and I’m predicting that Goblin Rogues will be awesome in PvP.
Plus, one of their other racials is too cool for words:

“Pack Hobgoblin, Instant, 30 minute cooldown, Calls in your personal servant, allowing you bank access for 1 min.”

Onto the Worgen.

“Darkflight, instant, 3 min cooldown, activates your true form increasing movement speed by 70% for 10 sec.”

I’m wondering if this will stack with Sprint. Even if it doesn’t it basicly means that Worgen Rogues have double the sprint possibilities.

“Viciousness, passive, increases all damage done by 1%.”

Nice for PvE rogues especially. Who wouldn’t say hello to 1% overall extra damage? Still, I think that the Goblins have scored the jackpot on racial abilities. In fact, the Goblin racials are so good that I can’t but help thinking that they might be re-visiting all the racials overall, as these are so much better than anything else out there. Expect to see goblins running around this new expansion like we saw Death Knights running around the last one.

The other really interesting thing so far is the change to stats. Attack power will be eliminated and agility will now give two points of attack power. So I suppose we better stack agility like crazy and make sure we have Darkmoon Card Greatness. Armor penetration is gone, (I never really understood that one either), and Haste will now effect your energy regen speed. That last one is big. Haste is going to become super important to rogues. This will also most probably put an end to spreadsheets, though there is still that pesky expertise stat to continue confusing things. Then there’s this interesting snippet from the panal discussion with Ghostcrawler:

“Some classes have more hit through talents than others, will that be fixed? Ghostcrawler says its likely Cataclysm will get rid of those talents entirely.”

I suppose this means that we can say goodbye to Precision.

So that’s the first day from Blizzcon. Pretty interesting stuff. They haven’t said when they’ll release this, but my guess would be around April/May next year. I’ll continue to scour through the Blizzcon notes to give you any more interesting updates that I find.