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Beta Cataclysm: A Speedy Look At Tol Barad Peninsula

August 23, 2010

Thanks to a huge bug in the current version of the Cataclysm Beta, I thought I would highlight the bug by taking a quick jaunt around the new Tol Barad Peninsula area.  This is the Daily Quest area and it is now complete.  All enemies are now implemented.  The only thing that is currently not implemented are the actual Daily Quests themselves, some generic friendly NPCs on both sides.

Oh and there is no flight path or portal that connects the zone to the outside world.  The current thought is that this area is a glorified instanced zone.  This is more than likely the methodology that Blizzard is using to prevent any more large scale server lag issues that Wintergrasp caused for the first year of Wrath of the Lich King’s tenure.  By making this zone unflyable and only accessible through portals from Stormwind and Orgrimmar or through the Battlegrounds queue menu, they eliminate this lag.  The only problem is, that this now does not have the feel that Wintergrasp had, being a large part of the actual game world.

Is this a bad thing?  Would Northrend have been a better continent if Wintergrasp was on some island that was on a different server?

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