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Wrath Of The Lich King Previewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

IGN has posted a new preview of Wrath of the Lich King, the upcoming second expansion for Blizzard's popular World of Warcraft. WotLK will add a host of epic content to the existing game world. Players will be able to take their characters to level 80, explore a vast new continent, and battle other high-level heroes to determine the fate of Azeroth.

New System: Achievements
So what do the achievement points actually count for, aside a prompt for your guild chat channels to get flooded with "gratz" notifications? Well, it's not as significant as Lord of the Rings Online's Deed system or Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning's Tome of Knowledge. All three systems require players to complete similar kinds of goals. Exploration, for instance, is one aspect they all share in common. In Lord of the Rings Online you get statistic bonuses in the form of trait upgrades from exploring the required portions of a zone, and in Warhammer Online you can get experience bonuses. In World of Warcraft, the exploration bonuses occasionally net you titles (like in Lord of the Rings Online), tabards, mounts and a few other things.

With the "For the Alliance!" achievement, players must kill the leaders of the Horde; that includes Thrall in Orgrimmar, Cairne Bloodhoof in Thunder Bluff, Lady Sylvanas Windrunner in the Undercity, and Lor'themar Theron in Silvermoon City. Getting all this done, which is no small task, nets you individual achievements for each kill and unlocks the "For the Alliance!" achievement, which rewards you with a Black War Bear mount. There are easier achievements as well, such as reaching level 70, getting a haircut, and getting a tabard, but only the more challenging and time-consuming tasks net rewards.

Easier pre-Wrath of the Lich King Content
Blizzard took steps with its 2.3 patch to allow new players to level from 20 to 60 much more quickly, and giving out bigger experience bonuses for quests ranging from 30 through 60. The idea was to allow newcomers and longtime players to get to the new 60 to 70 Outland content much faster with new characters. And now, after the Echoes of Doom 3.0.2 patch, Blizzard pulled off something quite similar, making the process of getting from 60 to the 70 cap much faster. The goal, naturally, is to make it as painless as possible for the entirety of the player base to get to the required levels to enjoy the content in Wrath of the Lich King and, ideally, make it less of a pain for Death Knights, who start at level 55, to reach the new continent of Northrend..
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