Deathknight. Blizzard's first Hero Class for World of Warcraft.
The death knight combines martial prowess with dark, necromantic energies. Players might be familiar with the death knight from previously released Warcraft games -- most recently, in the campaigns for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and the Frozen Throne expansion, the former paladin Arthas became a death knight and wreaked havoc across Azeroth and Northrend before fusing with the spirit of Ner'zhul to become the Lich King.
We haven't yet made a final determination about which races can be death knights. However, the class will be available to both the Alliance and the Horde.
So which class can start over as Deathknight? Any?
I sure hope so. My Shaman is gimp. What a wonderful opportunity, with a little help from my friends, that I can make Blackhoof, currently a Shaman, a Deathknight. Then Msaker. Then Arcarius. Hmmm. Will we see enough Deathknights around? Shopping for reagents. Farming motes. Dancing on mailboxes. They're going to be as common as Gnomes on the end of a kebab skewer.
Speaking of Orc BBQ, Gnome Deathknights? WTH?
Somewhere a lore writer is weeping heavy tears of infinite sadness.