Lazy folks such as myself won’t need to go outside in the cold December air in order to get a copy of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Blizzard has announced that there will be a digital pre-sale for the newest expansion, so you won’t need to even put on any pants when midnight rolls around on December 7th. Which is great, because in the wise words of our very own Don Tam, “what are pants but prisons for the legs?”

You can purchase the digital copy right now on How this works is that you will give them your money like you do every month anyway, and then your account will be flagged for automatic Cataclysm access at 12:01 AM PST on December 7th. Keep in mind that once you purchase the expansion you’ll need to log on at least once prior to December 7th to enable the background downloader. Blizzard also wanted to make it clear that if you’re buying the Collector’s Edition of Cataclysm and had your hearts set on Lil’ Deathy, you must buy a physical copy. The Lil’ Deathy vanity pet will not be available through the digital download.

In addition, if you’re a current World of Warcraft player, you may want to keep an eye out for Deathwing. Blizzard let it be known at Blizzcon last week that the giant dragon will be popping in unexpectedly to certain zones to mess up your day. Blizzard made an official statement on the World of Warcraft forums:

“Once free to terrorize the world, Deathwing will randomly choose territories in Azeroth to attack each day until his ruinous reign is brought to an end. A blackened sky will be the only warning before every living creature caught in his approach is consumed by his terrible fire. The unfortunate victims of his malice will receive a rare Feat of Strength… as well as a repair bill and corpse run.”

Well, at least you won’t die in vain, right? You get a feat of strength. Who knows if that will be enough to silence the whiners, though. This could very well end up being a repeat of 2008’s zombie invasion. According to the forums, it sounds as though the random deaths may not stop until Deathwing has been finally put down…and knowing Blizzard, that could take quite a while. Better get used to those repair bills!