BlizzCon 2018: World of Warcraft details Tides of Vengeance and Rise of Azshara

    
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Blizzard just wrapped up its World of Warcraft What’s Next panel, and believe it or not, it wasn’t a total dud.

While we already knew quite a bit of what was coming in 8.1 Tides of Vengeance – like improvements to Azerite armor and the account-wide reputation QOL tweaks – we didn’t have a date. Now we do: December 11th, trickling out around the world in the few days following that. The raid, note, won’t be out until after the new year.

The 8.1.5 “dot five” update will include updates for holidays (including Children’s Week), new portal rooms in the key cities, new crafting questlines, graphical upgrades for battlegrounds, PvP brawls (players vs. AI), and the expected Zandalari Trolls and Kul Tiran Humans as allied races; the class combos were posted on the official site before the panel. Notably, the panel shows off all the mounts and druid forms!

Gnomes and goblins are getting some updated models too.

The reveals for 8.2 were probably among the best: That patch, which does not have a release window yet, is called Rise of Azshara and will prominently feature the Naga; players will storm Nazjatar and assault Azshara’s Palace, the headline raid, and its eight bosses. But that’s not all! The other big dungeon is Mechagon, which is a Mythic-only “megadungeon” featuring mechagnome enemies in a sprawling format likened to Karazhan.

Blizzard also teased heritage armor for gnomes and tauren, more island expeditions (including Crestfall and Snowblossom), heroic warfronts, and of course, the return of flying.

Don’t miss the new trailer and WoW Classic details dropped during the opening ceremonies; the new Terror of Darkshore cinematic is below.

Follow all of Massively OP’s coverage of BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard’s annual fan convention highlighting World of Warcraft, Diablo III, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and beyond!

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Jokerchyld

I’m not going to lie, I’m absolutely loving BFA right now (only level 114). But I can see what people are complaining about. Its taking forever to level. There is barely any Azerite to level my necklace. When I do get an upgrade its uneventful.

But all of that culminates in my slowing down and just enjoying the game. For the first time I don’t care to “catch up” to everyone and just have fun playing… doing what I want to do. The minute I started to ignore gear, levels, azerite and just let it happen as I wandered the more fun I had. There was no stress.

Seeing what they are bringing in 8.1 and the future, they are turning the game more and more into an open world where you just run around doing what you feel is fun. Yes there is the RNG component, but unfortunately I don’t care as I know over time I will get it.

I keep saying this, WoW is moving away from supporting the top tier raiders and looking more and more like they are creating a game for casuals which in the long run will bring them more money.

No matter how I look at, I can’t get away from the comparisons to Elder Scrolls Online. The world scaling. The RNG loot. All that is missing is the “Go anywhere at any level” which while seems to be despised, I see it happening sooner rather than later. And Ill be right there enjoying it.

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Bruno Brito

Mostly the issues on BfA appear on level cap. Most of the people actually enjoyed leveling, even with the powerdrop.

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Jokerchyld

Uh oh :)

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Zora

I think this is the first time ever they reveal content for patches this far away, after all we are still on 8.0 and but less than three months from launch. Refreshing in a way, playing close to their chest but at least providing an idea to the overall plans going forward.

Caveat here, I dearly hope they don’t pull a WoD 2.0 and actually -end- it with azshara and her patch. Unlikely, the sylvanas’ storyline would be left hanging and I doubt it will be the case but duh… who expected WoD’s rushed conclusion either.

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Jellozz

They pretty much had to show 8.1.5/8.2 stuff because 8.1 is already a known quantity, so it’s either talk about the next big patch or talk about nothing at all.

But also it won’t be the end as they left the 8.3 tease on the final slide by showing N’zoth in his fish form. So probably a Ny’alotha to close out the expansion which is what most of us were figuring anyway.

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Utakata

Does my Goblin army really need updating? They are not actually broken you know. >.<

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Bruno Brito

Figure how happy i am right now.

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Matthew Yetter

Wow. Those are the funniest looking (and hairiest) gnomes I’ve ever seen!