World of Warcraft’s Rise of Azshara is live today – check out the cinematic

    
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Today’s the day World of Warcraft fans have been waiting for ever since the announcements and reveals last BlizzCon: Patch 8.2, Rise of Azshara, is officially rolling out to the live servers today.

“The Rise of Azshara content update is packed with new features, including the addition of Essences to the Heart of Azeroth system; two entirely new zones—Nazjatar and Mechagon; Heritage Armor for tauren and gnomes; new Benthic gear to help you face the trials ahead; a raid that takes you into the depths of Azshara’s Eternal Palace; and much more.”

A few bits not to miss while you wait for server up:

And here’s a look at our coverage of the patch to date!

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And it’s live! Here’s the key cinematic for Alliance.

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mysecretid

So, is the thought that Azshara is supposed to be the new “Big Bad” which causes the Alliance and Horde to (eventually, yet again) realize that they’re better off united against mutual threats than squabbling amongst themselves?

Or is that smoky “imprisoned elder god” Lovecraftian thing Azshara is talking to in the one cinematic intended to be revealed as the biggest of the BfA “Big Bads”?

Just curious what people think,

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starbuck1771

Spoiler alert! https://youtu.be/LEV0jmGFRPk
Just uploaded today

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mysecretid

Thank you, Starbuck! Good to see you posting, as ever!

If they get rid of the stupid warfare stuff, I may just try going back to the game again.

It’s not that they couldn’t have done a war plotline; it’s that the way they did this one seemed dumb to me from the get-go. Too dumb to endure, in my case. :-)

Thanks again, and be well!

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starbuck1771

No problem I love it when the Alliance & Horde unite to fight a common enemy. I wish it would be a permanent thing but Blizzard always goes back to AvH. Just think about it this will be the second time they will unite against this foe.

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Utakata

Yep! Gives a new meaning to a hole in one. O.o

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Sarah Cushaway

Nope, BFA lost me. I’m waiting for Classic or the next expac. I just don’t care about BFA one bit :/

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PurpleCopper

listening to a talking sword and doing what it says? What kind of sad excuse of a plot is this?

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Sorenthaz

At first I thought that mount equipment stuff sounded cool… and then I realized they gave Engineers the short end of the stick again. At least we get another Blingtron and goggles. /s

I feel like Engineering’s potential is sorely lost on Blizzard at this point.

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kalech

Live on the US servers* :p

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Polyanna

BFA also is on sale at half off ($30). Same page as the goodie sale linked above.

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terminallynerdy

I might watch some folks stream this but I feel no urge to play WoW. I hope the content and fixes are good though for those of you who still wander Azeroth! :D

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xpsync

Thing is, i’m playing the chit out of wow atm, yet at the exact same time i get the “no urge to play WoW”, completely understand.

8.2 means so little to me atm, basic mission is cap that Warlock soldier lol, (i’ve no capped toons) then going to dabble in some alts, then i dunno, got a big maybe out on raiding (joined a 9/9h raid guild just in case), might get hooked on classic? get life going there at the min at least, or i might be wow’d by then too, who knows?

Bottom line is if you’re having fun, then ur playing the right game.

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TomTurtle

New open world content, huzzah! I’ll be cranking up my music volume while exploring these new zones.

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Utakata

Gnome Heritage Armor all completed too! <3

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IronSalamander8 .

Cool. I love the rotating gears on the gnome armor. Really want to see the new goblin models and heritage armor now!

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Utakata

Goblins get their’s in the next patch I thinks! :)

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Number 8.2 is alive!