World of Warcraft previews patch 8.3, Visions of N’Zoth, and plans Dire Maul for WoW Classic October 15

    
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We all remain. We do not become.

Hard on the heels of World of Warcraft patch 8.2.5 comes the reveal of patch 8.3, Visions of N’Zoth, the next (and likely final) major content update for Battle for Azeroth. And it has a whole mess of things in it, including a 12-boss raid in Ny’alotha with N’Zoth as the final boss of the challenge. You’ll also be taking on challenges to power up a new legendary cloak with Wrathion’s help, with 1-5 players taking on alternate versions of Stormwind and Orgrimmar to empower the cloak.

Players can also pick up two more allied races (Vulpera for the Horde, Mechagnomes for the Alliance), take part in new Assaults to defend Uldum and the restored Vale of Eternal Blossoms, or just enjoy a newly revamped auction house. The test server should quite possibly going live later today, but you can check out more detail on the update in the 18-minute video just below.

And WoW Classic fans, don’t think there’s nothing in it for you: The video also announces that Dire Maul is launching October 15th – and nope, it’s not gonna be part of the second phase rollout.

Source: YouTube via Wowhead. Thanks, Sander!
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agemyth 😩

I never would have imagined living in a world where vanilla Dire Maul was supposed to be something people look forward to all this time after we know what that place is.

I hated Dire Maul then and still do, but I find it cool and fun to hear about how Blizzard and the Classic community go about re-introducing content.

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Danny Smith

I was wondering if blizzard would remember pandaria given the Mantid rep questline ended with a big fat reveal of “yeah thanks for saving us from the mind control of the sha infested queen, by the way we worship the old gods and when they wake up we are taking their side” stuff. Also, y’know gotta get some of that china appeal back, forget the hearthstone player, nothing happening in Tiananmen square, there is no war in bahsingse etc :p

Plus hey new Uldum content. The absolute laziest zone blizzard ever designed thats over 90% plagiarising movies like Indiana Jones. Remember kids as long as 10% is original content the rest can be a rip off as long as you call it a ‘pop culture reference’!

Yes i AM still salty years later, what a let down that was.

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MAN the mechagnome hair and accessory options are SO COOL! Vulpera almost make me feel like I’m in Wildstar again(memories of Chua) which is a nice feeling.

Problem is, every time a new allied race gets teased or released I always get so excited – but then I have that “oh, right…I can’t actually play that” letdown feeling immediately because I remember the requirements for someone like me who has been gone from the game for an expansion or two. If I go back to WoW right now I’d be coming from a place of needing to level a character to BFA level, do every achievement, WQ rep gathering, etc to unlock a race…and then once I do that, I’d have to then level up again to play the character I actually want to play in the first place (mechagnome!!)

That’s a lot of time.

It’s disheartening just staring at that huge stack of stuff knowing a lot of it is also timegated, and some includes content I may or may not be able to do.

I just wish I could log into WoW and pick a new race and start my journey, as a returning-to-retail player. Spending a huge chunk of my time on a throwaway character so I can play the one I want is just…not a fun prospect for me. I actually wouldn’t mind doing all the grindy stuff if it was on the character I’m actually super wanting to play :\

As for Uldum, that is HYPE as heck. Uldum is my favorite zone :D

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Roger Melly

It strikes me Blizzard has a bit of a dilemma now . Classic has proven huge numbers of people want a version of WoW without all the quality of life changes like dungeon finders etc . So do they make a version of retail that is closer to classic while keeping the easy mode version of the game on separate servers ? Or do they make classic plus adding classic style content to vanilla ? Or do they make a sequel to WoW that is closer to classic than retail ?

Still what a nice dilemma to have . Lets face it people are playing in such huge numbers now I wouldn’t be surprised if its almost as successful if not more so than retail . They are going to want to keep those folks and it may be them and not the care bears that will decide how Blizzard moves forward in retail .

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maydrock .

It’s probably a safe bet some of the mechanism for the next expansion have gone back to the drawing board for further evaluation.

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cures80

there are solo-dungeons coming, so …

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Randy Savage

Yeah if anything, Classic lets them double down on the direction they’ve been taking Retail in. “Oh you don’t like it? Go play Classic. Either way we get your $15 a month.”

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cures80

As someone who loves retail and can see the merits of classic, i’ll just let them do whatever they want :D

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Richard de Leon III

QoL changes over the years brought me back to playing WoW. I certainly hope Blizzard doesnt consider changing retail wow to be more like classic. There are people who want to play a game, not another job, and thats how classic felt. My primary concerns are LFD/LFR and solo capability, as long as Blizzard doesn’t touch those I can be happy.

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Jake Boller

The older I get, the more I appreciate solo content.

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fallwind

Classic has proven huge numbers of people want…

well, it proved people wanted to try it out anyway. Proving what people want will take more months to see how the numbers drop off over time. Everyone expected Classic would have a huge launch, but the real question is how many people will still be logging in 6 months from now.

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cures80

Amongst many other things, classic proofs that retail is not the “easy mode” some people thought it to be. every m+ is harder than classics raids. unbelievable boring dungeons is what drove me back to retail after 2 weeks – and looking at the crowd in Legion content right now, i was joined by many returners/newcomers – which is a great thing. And which is what blizzard wanted i guess. Classic will be most succesfull in feeding new/returning people to retail.

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Utakata

“Vulpera for the Horde”

O.o !!!!

“Mechagnomes for the Alliance”

o.O !!!!!

…and I was still picking myself up from Lyn Assassins announcement from the day other. /squee

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Grim? Darhk

Mechafuckinggnomes. Wooooooooo…….WHelp.

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Jake Boller

The new races are neat, but not enough to lure me back! If they had added playable Sethrak, I wouldn’t have been able to resist though.

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Matthäus Wey

Not sure what to think about all of this besides Allianz getting trashed again imo. Also, it seems like a rather shallow final update but I guess only time will tell.

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Louie

The Vulpera look amazing.

Too bad they’re gated behind a grind and not just… new races.

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Bruno Brito

Ah yes, Uldum. The zone i hated the most in Cata and now they want me to go back to that sandy borefest.

God no.

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Come play Classic, we don’t know of what this thing “Uldum” or what it is.

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Bruno Brito

I’ll pass. Vanilla is as mediocre as Retail is.

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WrathOfMogg

I remember in the Classic era staring at that hole in the mountain in southern Tanaris wondering where it might someday lead…

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hurbster

Little did we know if was a Raiders pastiche…

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I always had that same feeling of wonder what’s going to be on the other side, like the gate to Gilneas, but we could never see that level of disappointment coming that came with Cataclysm.

Sure, it filled the original continents with new zones, but their art style felt completely out of place, graphics were shinier, but uglier, content felt like it was rushing you ASAP. It was all so wrong.

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Richard de Leon III

Classic is for masochists, its not healthy.

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By that logic Retail is for sea cucumbers, not healthy either. Constant endless grind, chasing the carrot on the stick that you will never get and the game plays like a facebook FarmVille.

It gives people a false sense of accomplishment for making no effort at all, as well as it feels like a single player game that requires constant internet connection and it makes people feel arrogant and entitled.

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Richard de Leon III

‘Constant endless grind, chasing the carrot on the stick that you will never get and the game plays like a facebook FarmVille.’

Applies to classic too.

‘makes people feel arrogant and entitled’

Which is what classic players were by forcing blizzard to release classic or play on pirate servers to stick it to them for not catering to the ‘hardcore’ crowd.

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Not really, Classic has an actual end with patch 1.12.1. When you beat Naxxramas and all that, you can actually “end” the game with one character, you aren’t required to create another one and start over. That’s simply because Classic ends with the last patch, after that it’s TBC and that’s not Classic anymore.

Players did not request or “force” Blizzard to release Classic, that’s just a product of your imagination. People just didn’t like TBC and as early as 2007 started creating Vanilla private servers to continue to play the version they liked. They never demanded Blizzard to do anything. They just realized the game is changing and catering to casuals and also realized this meant Blizzard will never listen to them anymore so they kept to themselves and played on private servers.

It only happened that the Nostalrius private server exploded in popularity and Blizzard felt compelled to shut it down, because they felt threatened by it. And it was only after the shut down that people got mad with Blizzard for not even allowing them to play the version they want and the Nostalrius staff met with Blizzard to discuss how can they make an official, legitimate Vanilla/Classic version of the game so that this specific group of players and Blizzard can both be happy at the same time.

And now after Blizzard finally realized that they can’t stop Vanilla private servers, especially if they get hosted in countries like Russia and China that don’t give two shits about USA or Blizzard, they finally caved in and released Classic. And the popularity of Classic and how for the past month and a half the top 50-100 WoW streams on Twitch have been Classic, it only goes to show how popular Classic is, how many people are willing to play it and pay Blizzard to be able to play it. So in the end it’s a win-win situation for both parties.

It only seems to hurt Retail and some Retail fanboys somehow fell threatened and angry at Classic and its playerbase for whatever reason. It makes them bitter and delusional.

It kinda remind of the recent F2P release of Destiny 2 on Steam and how all the bitter Warframe fanboys are now suffering in the darkness hating on Destiny 2 and it’s players, because it has x4 more players and overall the experience is of a higher quality than what Warframe has to offer.

In the end, it’s kinda amusing to watch these characters fume for the weirdest of reasons. xD

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Danny Smith

Sure the worlds ending but DID YOU CLAP WHEN YOU SAW THE INDIANA JONES REFERENCE? XDDDDDDDD