World of Warcraft details the new zones and new Heart of Azeroth upgrades for patch 8.2, Rise of Azshara

    
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It’s almost time for players to start testing World of Warcraft’s patch 8.2, the Rise of Azshara. But you won’t be going into testing blind, as the developers took the time to reveal much of what players can expect today, helpfully summarized by Wowhead. One of the biggest changes is the addition of the new Essence system for the Heart of Azeroth, allowing players to slot three Essences (glyphs) into the necklace with progressively upgraded forms and passive powers. Some are role-agnostic, some are limited to specific roles, but all have a handful of active or passive abilities available for players.

The patch also includes the new zones of Mechagon and Nazjatar, with multiple daily challenges and expeditions to undertake in both locales. You’ll also be able to fly in those zones once you finish unlocking the second part of the Pathfinder achievement, unlike prior post-launch zones that restricted flying (Argus, looking in your direction). Check out the full summary for a snapshot of what’s on the way aside from just a new button to push every couple of minutes.

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chriskovo .

Reading Pathfinder 2 here and now kinda want to get burn Blizzards roof down. Hate the forced grind the first one was bad enough. Sick of the level matching in all the zones so you never fell powerful. Sick of them stealing all my pally powers than giving back those same powers as a bonus on an item or on this heart of azeroth crap. Think im just sick in general of what they have done to a game i used to like. Kinda wish they would just pull the plug on this game before it fully taints the great memories i used to have of it.

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Bannex

This xpac really frustrates me. The zones and general themes are really some of my favorites but it’s like they went out of their way with the gameplay to make sure nobody enjoys it.

I am afraid that the pendulum will swing the other way and we’ll see major improvements to the gameplay that in reality will be maybe slightly better than legion (due to the effort it will take to return to preBfA) but the settings will take a hit.

Seriously though I’d really love to see them answer the question; “Why did you attach a 3 facet grind to an invisible neck piece and did you honestly ask yourselves will this be fun or engaging?”

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Nathan Aldana

I mean, given this is the first expac where Ions been at the helm since initial design, I’d say one could trace BFA’s problems all the way back to design philosophy

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Ironwu

Sorry, Blizzard. It is just not good enough. Bandaids on a failed system. The same old grinds over and over again. The same old mechanics, just repackaged a bit to hide the repetition. Nothing really new for years. Might as well just wait for Classic WoW and at least enjoy the original game.

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Utakata

“The same old mechanics, just repackaged a bit to hide the repetition.”

…this is the reason why I am avoiding Classic like the plague. For me, moving on is not moving backwards. Thus this is the same problem that afflicts Classic as it does BFA currently. Why not try another game instead? o.O

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IronSalamander8 .

*nods*

I really don’t get all the love for classic. It wasn’t that hot and while I do miss the old talent trees and a few other things, I’d rather have stayed in EQ1. Wrath, Legion, and BC were my favorite expansions overall.

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Bruno Brito

It’s a solid game, if mediocre. It took me years to realize, but WoW is just mediocre overall. EQ/EQ2 are just way more complete. I mean, it took Blizzard more than 12 years to come up with racial sets. Warhammer Online launched with fashion options, yet Blizzard made the Transmog system something controversial. How the hell do you make a common MMO trend controversial?

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Rick Mills

I, also, can’t wait for Classic. Slow paced, lacking all the automatic conveniences, EVERYBODY starts at level 1 – I’m ready for it :)

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Ironwu

I have played many MMOs in the past 20 years (starting with EQ), over 25+ MMOs and am currently playing ESO and STO. The reason I wish to play Classic WoW again is because I actually LIKE that version of WoW and have not been able to play it for almost 10 years now.

I appreciate that some folks want new and exciting stuff, I do as well. But, I also like to revisit games I have great affection and history with.

There is room enough for everyone in the genre to get a bit of what they want. :)

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Bluxy

Im a big fan ow WoW… but there is still nothing that interests me here… nothing to sub me back that I haven’t done 10x before

Looks like its private server till vanilla for me

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Nathan Aldana

eh, see, I also have no interest in vanilla, so for the moment I have very little interest period.

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Danny Smith

Man, it was pretty clear the Heart of Azeorth system was not something long in the planning but a sudden, urgent attempt to stop the subscriber haemorrhage but yeesh, that UI looks like stuff you usually see them use as Beta placeholders and the mechanics of it seem like mostly shields and heals because they are throwing one thing out hoping people dont notice its super homogenous so they dont have to tailor it per spec as much and just looks like grinding for glyphs beyond that.

Rest of the patch could be fine but this screams “bootstrapped” in terms of solutions, like a flawed system on top of a flawed system. I could be full of shit and armchair deving it but on paper this looks lazy and lacking foresight. Devs producing content from the school of “this is placeholder and we fix it later” should be the sort of thing you see from Trion, not Blizzard.