World of Warcraft expands Patch 7.3 testing to include final Argus zone and new dungeon

    
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Just when you think you’ve seen everything that World of Warcraft’s massive Patch 7.3 has to offer on the test server, here comes even more to explore. The team announced that the last major batch of content was unlocked on the PTR for testers to try out, including the patch’s final zone and its anticipated five-player dungeon.

The public test realm now has Stygian Wake and its world quests open for business on Argus, and teams can poke around the new Seat of the Triumvirate instance to see if it meets their liking. Other additions to this round of testing include updates to the Frost Death Knight and the new Netherlight Crucible system.

So what is that crucible thing? It’s more artifact advancement, because you really need to get that weapon as powerful as possible before Blizzard ditches it in next year’s expansion. “The Netherlight Crucible is a new way to upgrade new and existing artifact relics by adding additional effects and item levels. As your artifact grows in power, the system will expand to allow more and more customization.”

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Oleg Chebeneev

I wonder if artifact weapons will stay for next expansion? Were there any dev comments about this?

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Leviathonlx

They said they are going away. Though these systems will definitely continue in some way.

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Pedge Jameson

Can’t do it, can’t go back. I would need a job guidance counselor to properly plan out my work goals at this point in the pile of content they keep piling on top of me then a psychiatrist after they yank the work out from under me next expansion.

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Rottenrotny

Hurry up and end this expansion so I can be interested in WoW again, damnit!

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Paragon Lost

Yep, so that they re-invent the wheel again. I think that’s my main burnout with WoW. Every expansion they attempt to re-invent the wheel instead of building upon it. Once released then you get to play through the content and start the whole ilevel chase that repeats itself again and again during the life of that expansion. :/

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Rick Mills

” next year’s expansion.” ?

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Sally Bowls

With datamining, people think they know:

the end of this expansion and the “conclusion” of … many nouns.
7.3 is the last raid of this expansion, is on the PTR, and some PTR armor is suspected of being pretty indicative of a foreshadowed expansion. The twitteratti are a twitter discussing the next expansion.

Could be wrong; could be right and Bliz change their mind. TBD.

We will know more after the announcement. Gamescom next month, PAX in Sept or Blizzcon are the obvious guesses, with the former being the current expectation.

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jay

May have finally kicked the WoW habbit… haven’t felt any of the old pulls to come back and try the game out in the last year or so.

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Daniel Reasor

I hear you. I took a break from Legion when the first patch arrived, having burned out on the grind before I could come anywhere close to Exalted with the Suramar night elves, or complete either my first Artifact talent tree or the class order hall talent tree. Looking at this new Crucible grind they’re introducing in 7.3 to top off what was already a grindfest of an expansion, I don’t see any way of getting caught up. It’s better to just wait to see if the next expansion looks interesting.

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Sally Bowls

NP, people should do what they enjoy, ingame and IRL. But I question

I don’t see any way of getting caught up.

To get the first 34 traits on your weapon is about 5M AP. AK 40 now boosts AP by 4000100%. A quest or item that gave you 100 in August gives 4,000,100 in 7.2.5 and 55M in 7.3 So a couple of minutes now – world quest or opening 3-5 chests – will get you the same 5M AP that took many dozens of hours in August. AP 50 ups that by a factor of 13.

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Daniel Reasor

I’m going to take the bait and assume you’re trying to help. Where does the assumption that I would have Artifact Knowledge 40 come from? Are they just giving that away nowadays? Did I miss that headline?

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Reht

It’s much easier to get to 40 now, you can immediately buy each level for 500 resources instead of having to wait for it to craft.

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Daniel Reasor

That’s actually really helpful. I apologize for my tone, Sally, I didn’t know.

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Targeter

Been free since November … it’s amazing that I now have time for all these other hobbies!

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Danny Smith

I was gifted a copy of Legion and a month of gametime by a friend last weekend and i think in 3 days i played it a grand total of 2 hours and just went back to FFXIV. Played everyday till the end of Pandaria but with the dev brain drain this team has had the new people just ain’t making content with the same hook as the old ones did.

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Bereman

I still get the pull to play from time to time, but it’s not to do current content.

When I do feel like playing, it’s to level classes through older content (while being a little sad that things aren’t like I remember from vanilla) or just flat out run old raids for mounts or transmog…

And then the feeling fades after a couple weeks as that particular bit of nostalgia is sated (or just because I ignore it and acknowledge it as nostalgia for the game as it was once was that can’t really be experienced that way again), and I don’t play for another 9 months to a year.

That said, I do keep tabs on what they are doing, and it’s neat to see the raid and dungeon designs as a viewer, as well as curiosity regarding where the story is headed.

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Paragon Lost

Wish I had kicked it. I still go back and play off and on. Quickly burn out due to the repetitive nature and ilevel chasing, but I do return. I’m taking less characters to the cap in the last two expansions I’ve noted.

I’m at five capped characters this time, the others are at some point between cap and the last cap. I play all classes usually to the cap due to being interested in class mechanics. Normally, just can’t seem to get all of them to the new cap this time. I think it’s the repetitive nature of having to level up in the same areas that you’re doing daily quests with that are the same as the leveling quests. Gets rather old and stale…