As World of Warcraft increasingly turns its attention to Dragonflight, Shadowlands’ days are coming to a close. With the arrival of today’s mid-sized Patch 9.2.5, the expansion cycle has officially come to an end and the wait begins for Patch 10.0.
As with most of the “.5” patches, Blizzard tossed in several quality-of-life improvements for the fantasy MMO. The most notable — and slightly controversial — of these is faction crossplay.
“Players are now able to directly invite members of the opposite faction to a party,” Blizzard said. “Premade groups in the group finder listings for mythic dungeons, raids, or rated arena/RBGs are now open to applicants of both factions, though the group leader may choose to restrict the listing to same-faction applicants if they so choose.”
The update adds a smattering of content in the form of two new questlines for Blood Elf and Dark Iron Dwarves to earn some special rewards. There’s also the new Enigma Crucible area, more threat generation for tanks, and DPS buffs to several of the classes. Torghast has opened all of its wings to players on a permanent basis, with no more rotation taking place.
The studio said that Shadowlands Season 4 will be coming “later this summer.”
9.2.5 arrives following regional maintenance with cross-faction instances, new appearances and questlines, an all-new arena, and more.
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