While watching Blizzcon!

This is my list of notes on the awesomeness being unveiled.
By the way, about the screenshots: sorry about them, but I have to keep the quality at medium to be able to load it properly. Even still, it sits around buffering often.

-7 new zones
-Lush southern Barrens
-Orgrimmar gets wrecked
-Barrens ripped in half
-Flyers in Azeroth
-Yes, Worgen and Goblins
-Heroic Deadmines and Shadowfang Keep
-Twilight Highlands
-Hillsbrad belongs to Horde now
-Deathwing Returns
-Phasing zones
-New PVP stuff, Garrosh controls Horde forces
-Still not caring much about PVP stuff
-New level flow
-Desolace isn't quite so desolate anymore. A crack from the Cataclysm in the land there allows water to flow in. Yay, irrigation!

Some probably won't believe me on some of this. Really, Heroic Deadmines and Shadowfang Keep?

Believe me. I shit you not.

An example of the new level flow. What they're basically doing is changing the level ranges for the zones. This relates to Horde claiming Hillsbrad, too, since that makes the whole upper half of the Eastern Kingdoms better for the leveling flow from Tirisfal.

As of right now, I haven't heard anything about Malfurion returning D: sadface.

So, mum and dad's reaction to my nerdgasm?
Yep. Mum and dad -and- sis are pretty annoyed with all my WoW interest, it seems like.
I'll say the teenager cliche, though, and say that they don't get it.
To explain simply, I want to work for this company that makes these awesome games. That's what I want to work towards in college, not to -just- be a fan my whole life. So I guess if they don't get it after I've explained it to them, screw 'em. I'll go into computer animation, I'll work hard at it, and I'll work at Blizzard. Whether they roll their damn eyes or not.

Second day:

-Whoever this comedian is, I -really- hate him.
-Mistress of Pain cosplay: AWESOME.
-Girl who did the tidbit of Lament of the Highborne: AWESOME
-Guy in kilt doing Talon King Ikiss... wow. Very well done, for something that retarded and annoying to hear in-game! (sort of a compliment)
-Jared doing the Draenei male dance: AWESOME, got the crowd going, hope he gets something!
-LoL @ TAFKAL80ETC lawl
-Can these Directv airheads talk any longer? And how many recaps must they give us?
-imho: you can't be -that- hardcore of a player when you're presentable for tv. lawl.
-Finally the Directv airheads shut up so Ozzy can play. =D "Bark At the Moon" first, of course. Go worgen!


Amidst the Confusion

SO. About those goblins and worgen! Obviously they're the only interest anyone has in the new expansion, other than Onyxia and Ragnaros' returns. But let's get down to business.
Fellow lore whores are having the most trouble with this whole situation. So I'll explain it as it's been explained on other sites, starting with goblins, since they take the least amount of time to explain.

If you know anything about Deathwing (formerly Neltharion), then you know he employed goblins in the past to do his work for him. Well, in Cataclysm, the story is that he's calling on the goblins to serve him again. And since they can't exactly say no, they obey.
Except for a small group. (think eredar/draenei style) They resist, and become shipwrecked on an island off the coast of the Barrens. Somehow they stop an Alliance ship, and somehow that ship has an orc held captive. That orc turns out to be Thrall, and so the goblins tell him of their plight. He's grateful for their aid, of course, and offers them a place in the Horde. They accept. Yay, goblins! I'm still not sure what this means for the Steamwheedle Cartel, but we'll find out soon enough.

Now, the worgen of course are annoying the shit out of some people for being on the Alliance side. "Oh, but they look like animals! They're not an alliance-ey race!" Yeah, well draenei look like demons. Get over it. XP
So. Worgen are from another dimension originally, but are able to infect others with Lycantrope, which is the same as becoming a werewolf. Arugal, of course, found a way to summon worgen without the Scythe of Elune, but eventually couldn't control them himself. They ended up infecting the town of Pyrewood near Shadowfang Keep, making the residents humans by day and worgen by night. This infection spread to Gilneas, just south of Silverpine, despite the Gilneans' efforts to shut themselves off from the world. Unlike Pyrewood, though, the Gilneans have developed some manner of cure for this; they're able to keep their human minds intact, but are still nonetheless worgen. The Cataclysm, whatever the terrible disaster that befalls Azeroth is, ends up shattering their wall. Now that they have to contend with the rest of the world again, they seek allies, and are accepted into the Alliance.

But if anyone still can't get over this shit, just think. Flying mounts... In Azeroth...

Exploring Hyjal...

Malfurion returns...

Mmmmmmmm, Malfurion...


Blizzard's Fan Situation

The masks in question. Above are the goblin masks, which kind of look like Shrek knockoffs, and the worgen masks, which look good enough to be from expensive Japanese CGI porn.

On wow.com, it's been stated that it's 99.99999% positive that worgen and goblins will be the new races for the next expansion pack, named Cataclysm. Now, some probably think that Blizz would be pretty pissed about this kind of leak, especially after trying to claim that it was too early to tell (or whatever the hell they said), but you must remember this is a business. No matter what you yourself make of this game, this wonderful fantasy world that you visit regularly, it -is- a business, it -is- a product.
So let's take our awesome business analyst skills and look at this. People weren't too sure about Wrath of the Lich King, even though it was hyped up. They didn't know what all to expect, and therefore many stopped playing before resubscribing to join in the Northrend playground. Particularly, there was much ado about whether or not you'd be allowed to fly. Five thousand gold to fly on a super-fast mount that you may not get to use in the next expansion? Well, I don't think I'm too sure if I want to bother subscribing if it's going to be like that...
But with leaks of information coming out, people will be (especially on rp servers) thinking about what all they'll want for their new goblin or worgen character! They'll be farming cash, gathering some rp gear perhaps, and making placeholder characters with the names they'll want. To Blizzard's business gurus, that means they'll resubscribe. The players will be busy with making sure they have what they want for the next round of payments. So really, this seems to me like an intentional leak. I guess this relates to my vision of Blizzard's facilities being akin to Fort Knox, but that's just me.
I realize of course that many people have already talked about this, but hey. This is my two cents. Plus, I'm really looking forward to seeing worgen being playable. (if you have any idea what i rp as, you know why) And if not? Well, after all this hype, Blizz would be ridiculously braindead to not include them.