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Massive WoW Cataclysm Alpha Leak

by Adam Biessener on May 06, 2010 at 06:34 AM

UPDATE: MMO-Champion has pulled the images from its Cataclysm alpha leak article. Hopefully Blizzard releases real info sooner than later.

ORIGINAL STORY: The lid has been blown off of the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm friends & family alpha. WoW news site MMO-Champion has an enormous infodump on the expansion: everything from new profession recipes to tons of screenshots from Azeroth's many retooled zones and datamined models of the new friends and foes that populate the shattered world.

How did the alpha leak? Who knows. The information is out there now, and no force in the world could stop hordes of ravenous gamers from consuming the lot of it. The screenshots are of unpopulated zones (meaning they were probably taken from a leaked alpha client, not from the live alpha servers), but what a beautiful world it is. Ragnaros' Throne of Flame commands the finally open Mount Hyjal area. Enterprising goblins have set up golf course? Yep, that's a golf course in Azshara. Stormwind got owned harder than the time clever griefers trained Lord Kazzak there. Orgrimmar is looking decidedly more Garrosh and less Thrall.

If Blizzard doesn't kick off beta soon, I might explode.