Soon, Deathwing the Destroyer will spring forth from his exile in Deepholm and wreak havoc upon Azeroth. The world (of Warcraft) as we know it will never be the same again. Some locations will be mostly unchanged, while others will be completely unrecognizable.
One of the things I'm looking most forward to in Cataclysm is having my characters wake up in the newly changed world and experience that "Holy cow!" moment. When I get home from the midnight opening of my local game store and install the game, I want to log in at the most interesting and significant place I can. I plan on taking some time during that last night to move my characters to certain specific locales.
There are many places to choose from. Where will you log out the last time before the expansion? Will you choose a place that will experience a big change, like the bottom of the Shimmering Flats? While it might be fun to wake up underwater -- or will you be floating, or ported to the speed barge? -- there might also be a million other players who had the same idea. You may want a more secluded and original place. Other zones with big changes like Desolace or Blasted Lands might be less crowded and still provide that "whoa" factor.
Some people may want to begin leveling their 80s right away. Will you be ready to jump right in to Hyjal or Vashj'ir? Are there roleplay reasons for your character to be where he will be? Perhaps your toon lost his home or was somehow or another affected by Deathwing's return.
Maybe you just want to leave your characters where they are. You want them to keep leveling where they have been, perhaps the Cataclysm took them by surprise, or you're just too lazy to move them somewhere else. Many zones will have their level ranges changed, so that is something to keep in mind when parking your lowbie alts the night before release.
Perhaps you'd like to avoid the Cataclysm all together. Dalaran and Shattrath should avoid most of the destruction, and the portals to the rest of the world will leave you with the ultimate choice of where to begin your expansion experience.
So tell us, where will your character or characters experience the Cataclysm?
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