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If you thought standing in line for the newest iPhone was bad, the latest expansion to the incredibly popular World of Warcraft MMORPG, Wrath of the Lich King is being released tonight at midnight.
For WoW fans this means your chances of seeing sunshine before the middle of next year are pretty slim. For spouses and friends of these souls, remember to approach with caution and to pepper your dialogue with terms like Azeroth, the horde, leveling up, siege and Night Elf. Analysts speculate pizza and Hot Pocket stock will rise, and Red Bull will become the new national drink.
Gamestop has already approved 3000 stores to open in local malls across the country at midnight and is calling it the "Lunar Event." Rumors have surfaced that 7-11 has broken street date and that you can pick up the expansion pack with a delicious Slurpee.
Wrath of the Lich King content includes
- Master the necromantic powers of the Death Knight - World of Warcraft's first Hero class.
- Quest to level 80, gaining potent new abilities and talents along the way.
- Learn the craft of spell augmentation with the new Inscription profession.
- Brave the harsh new continent of Northrend, the icy domain of the Lich King.
- Engage in epic siege warfare, deploying mighty siege engines to lay waste to destructible buildings in your path.
- Transform your hero's look with new character-customization options, including new hairstyles and dances.
- Explore perilous new dungeons filled with some of the deadliest creatures -- and greatest treasures -- on Azeroth.
Along with the regular expansion pack, hardcore World of Warcraft fiends can purchase the Collectors edition. On the expansion pack gamers can expect these features;
- World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King on DVD-ROM.
- The Art of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, a 208-page book featuring never-before-seen images from the game.
- An exclusive in-game pet: Frosty, the baby frost wyrm.
- A behind-the-scenes DVD containing over an hour of developer interviews, the Wrath of the Lich King intro cinematic with director's commentary, and more.
- The official soundtrack CD, containing 21 epic tracks from the game, along with exclusive bonus tracks.
- A mouse pad featuring a map of the newly opened continent of Northrend.
- Two World of Warcraft Trading Card Game March of the Legion™ starter decks, along with two exclusive cards available only in the Collector's Edition.
World of Warcraft is available for Mac and PC November 13.