Cataclysm: Human Starting Zone

I wanted to test the gnome zone since I know theirs have had quite a few changes, but there’s a bug which makes you unable to finish a quest at level 2 already  – and you can’t get any further quests without completing it, so for now my poor little gnome is stuck. So I’ve continued on with the other alliance races, next up being human.

In the spirit of picking the new class/race combinations I know I should have been a human hunter, but quite honestly I think the human shooting animation looks horrible so I couldn’t stand it. So therefore, please say hello to the human warlock; Démonique!

Human Warlock

As you start out as a human there are a few changes to the zone, mainly in the NPCs. There’s a stand in front of you where people can sign up to help protect the lands against Blackrock Orcs since most of the military has been sent off to war by now. Every able bodied man and woman is needed, and that’s where you come in!

King Varian Wrynn is even there holding a speech – or standing around thinking to look inspiring, I don’t know – but I couldn’t get a screenshot of him before he vanished in thin air. I guess he had more pressing things to do than to stick around and chat to a nosy warlock. Oh well.

Hai gaiz?

Since the military is off doing.. military things.. I’m not quite sure why there’s an entire troop standing outside the church doing nothing to help with the Blackrock Orcs.. but I’m sure there’s a reason. Maybe they’re learning to.. stand.. or something.

As you may have figured out, the Defias Brotherhood has left, instead the vineyard has been over-run by Blackrock Orcs. Apparently the Cataclysm made them come down for a snack of grapes. As one orc told me.. “The grapes were TASTY!” Then he died, from an immolate in the face. But at least he got to enjoy the grapes first.

'tis burning!

Before we go off and fight the orcs though we have to do the old quests (yep, they’re still there) where we start the kobold genocide that will continue through our travels of the world. We also kill some wolves, you know.. the old stuff that was there before Cataclysm and apparently still is.

Anyway, once we’re done lowering the amount of kobolds in the world we finally get to the good stuff. The woman who used to have us collect grapes now hands us a.. wait for it.. fire extinguisher! How cool is that? So we head on over to the vineyard where we get to melt some orc faces (I’m sure there was a quest for it, but I’d do it just for fun too) and put out fires. Nothing can stand up against the might of a warlock.. with water..

We also get to kill the big, bad orc that’s apparently behind this mess as well. I didn’t know they had the brains for such things, but I guess the biggest orc = the boss orc and so we kill the biggest orc and win. Easy as pie.

Take that, fire!

This actually felt like one of the quickest zones to level through, and you get a new piece of equipment from just about every other quest it feels like. So far this is the zone that for me has felt the quickest and in a way the most fun (not counting worgen of course) of the old zones. I still have gnomes to go though, and horde. so let’s see who wins in the end.

On a warlock note we of course start with the imp already at level 1 (but I think that’s already on live) and Shadowbolt as our only spell. At level 3 we get Immolate though and at level 4 Corruption. Once we hit level 5 we get Life Tap. I swear by level 5 I felt like the little powerhouse a warlock is already. I think at level 5 this is the class that has had the most abilities so far.

Oh, and get this. We get a WAND from a quest! This is awesome news for all casters. Any time I’ve leveled a caster I can’t remember getting a wand unless I made one with enchanting or was lucky enough to get one from Deadmines, so getting a wand already by level 5 felt like.. Christmas come early.

To show how much equipment was given in those first 5 levels, check out my snazzy new outfit at level 5 and compare it to the starting one. I promise you everything is new and shiny.

I look awesome, yes?


Cataclysm: Human Starting Zone — 12 Comments

    • I felt really snazzy running around in my awesome new gear *lol* It’s odd though, when I did the dwarf zone I hardly got any new gear at all so it seems to be very different from zone to zone. I would have expected them to give everyone nice, new gear in the early levels.

    • I’m planning to try all the starting zones, but I’m not able to do some due to bugs which is a bit sad. Oh well, in the worst case there’s always release I guess hehe.. and if nothing else we’re catching these bugs BEFORE release.. would be pretty bad having Cataclysm come around and gnomes unable to level past level 2 hehe

  1. Awesome review 🙂 but I have one question; I was on my gnome, and I decided to get rep with Stormwind, but I could only do the first two quests, any idea if they’re just for humans now? Thanks 🙂

    • I hadn’t tested this so I went in on another race myself and had the same problem. I can’t find any information about it anywhere, but it does seem like you can’t do more than the first two quests now. Maybe this is to keep high levels out of the first zone new players log into. I’ve heard this has always been the case for the 1-5 Blood Elf area (not confirmed this though, I’m pretty sure the Draenei area was fine), so maybe they decided to do it for the other areas too. Instead now you can buy a tabard from the Stormwind Quartermaster and get reputation through dungeons. Maybe that’s what they want us to do now.

        • It may be for two races at a time, cause I found some quests in the gnome area that for some odd reason are listed as night elf+gnome quests *lol* I haven’t had time to actually test that theory though. I guess you can still go to Goldshire and do those quests if you want extra rep 🙂

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