With the amount of attention I’ve been giving to my super Loremaster adventure over the past couple of months, one thing I’ve been hugely interested in is how the achievement would change in the Post-Cataclysm world. We knew that the achievement would still be available, but we also knew that the complete overhaul of all the Old World content would likely mean the complete overhaul of the achievement as well.
Now we have some clarity from Zarhym: if you’re mid-way through completing either Loremaster of Kalimdor or Loremaster of Eastern Kingdoms and want the majority of your quest efforts you’ve put in thus far to still count… well, you have not very long to make it so.
In the wake of Deathwing’s devastation, adventurers will be summoned to embark on new quests from levels 1 to 60 in these transformed territories — and with so much new content to be found on these original two continents, many original quests will no longer be available after the shattering occurs. These quests will automatically be removed from your quest log, while any quests you’ve accepted that still exist in Azeroth will remain in your log.
You may be wondering how the shattering will affect the Loremaster achievements. If you’ve already completed Loremaster of Eastern Kingdoms or Loremaster of Kalimdor, you will not lose your achievements. However, if you’ve made progress toward these achievements without yet completing them, be aware that any quests that are removed from the game will no longer count toward your progress, so you may see your achievement quest counter drop. If you’re close to earning either of these achievements, we strongly suggest you finish them with great haste, as Deathwing’s return is imminent.
In addition, the Loremaster achievements are being redesigned slightly to make them easier to track. Rather than having players complete a huge number of quests throughout a single continent, the criteria will change so that you will instead need to complete a set number of quests in each zone. Once you’ve earned the achievements for each listed zone on a continent, you will then be awarded the Loremaster achievement for that continent. For those who do have Loremaster of Kalimdor or Eastern Kingdoms completed already, you can still go back and get the new achievements for questing in individual zones on those continents.
As many of you are aware, my own venture in Loremaster-dom has hit a couple of snags along the way, but I’m less than two zones away from completing all four major content areas — Northrend went first, then EK, Kalimdor, and finally I’m slowly but surely working my way through Outland.
As I stated from the beginning, my goal is indeed to get the title, but moreso because I wanted to see all the content before it kicks the bucket than for any other reason. By the same reasoning, I’m equally as excited to experience the new quests that will come from the expansion, even if that means the complete wipe of many oldies. /tear.
Another interesting item to note: the new Loremaster of Cataclysm will soon be required to achieve the meta Loremaster achievement. But will this change also come in the Shattering, or after the release of Cataclysm? We’ll see. If I don’t get my butt in gear, I may not be able to get the meta before the expansion! /panic!
Does Deathwing’s imminent return and the possible wiping clean of your quest slate motivate you to push toward Loremaster? Do I even still have any competition from the other Lore Hounds who had once fought alongside me in the hunt for quests?