A still from the Legacy of Azeroth expansion Cataclysm‘s cinematic trailer. The fourth expansion in the popular MMORP, it told the tale of how the evil, godlike Dragon known as Deathwing, long thought to have died in the Second War, returned to try and destroy the world of Azeroth. His return, as depicted in the opening cinematic and trailer, was extremely destructive, causing massive earthquakes as he returned from deep within the earth. His body, aflame from the magma he bathed in and from the amount of raw power in his body, was encased in an aura of destruction that set the air around it on fire. Even his passing over was enough to leave a trail of devastation in his wake.
Stormwind City, the main capitol city for the Alliance faction (Humans, Gnolls, Dwarves, and Gnomes) after Deathwing visited it In Cataclysm. In the left hand corner you can see what used to be the Park district of the city, now completely destroyed. Metzen confirmed that the devestation that the cities of Novorod, Orgrimmar, Teladrassil and Stormwind experienced was directly inspired by both the Russian Civil War and the utter destruction of 4/10. Borokov would also admit that the Cataclysm expansion was, in his own words, “A form of therapy, of relating what he saw to those who had never experienced it.”
The Night Elf city of Auberdine after the Cataclysm. Once a major city in the Hyjal Accord (Night Elves, Tauren, Vulpera and Draenei), it’s destruction during the Cataclysm left it, and the Accord, in severe distress, which, when coupled with an invasion of Ashenvale by Horde forces misled by the Deathwing-Worshipping Twilight’s Hammer, led to a new round of hostilities that threatened to plunge the nations Azeroth into a war that they could ill-afford.