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Rise of Azshara Content Preview: Live Stream April 11

Join Senior Game Designer Jeremy Feasel for a deep dive into the upcoming content for Rise of Azshara.

By Elnian Thu 11 Apr, 2019 4:15 PM
On Thursday April 11th, at 11 AM Pacific ( GMT-8 ), Lead Content Designer Jeremy Feasel will be showing some features of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth patch 8.2.0, Rise of Azshara. Join them on their Twitch channel to meet up with Jeremy and your fellow WoW players!

Just in case you were wondering what all patch 8.2.0 has in store, I've got you covered!

New Zone: Nazjatar

After the assault in Dazar'alor, both the Alliance and the Horde are recovering from the battle and licking their wounds. With both factions losing an important amount of ships, it is a perfect time for the Naga to strike. As we venture into the great blue beyond, we find a crack leading to an ancient land. Between waterfalls, we fall into the ancient land of Nazjatar.

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New Raid: Azshara's Eternal Palace

Deep within Nazjatar, we will find the queen of tides' abode, Azshara's Eternal Palace.


1) Initial plans for 8 bosses, including a Naga Hatchery, underwater boss, and Queen Azshara.
2) This raid will launch later than the start of Patch 8.2.
3) Armor and weapons will be themed after Nazjatar.


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New Zone: Mechagon

Within Tiragarde Sound there is a zone called The Rusted Vault, with a mysterious giant portal that is closed. When Rise of Azshara arrives, this gate will finally open, leading to a new place full of Mechagnomes, Mechagon.

1)The capital of the Mechagnomes, ruled by King Mechagon, is a society where the more robotic parts you have, the higher up you will be.
2) Goblins and Gnomes venture together to explore this zone full of machinery.
3) We'll fight death robots in the Junker Wastes.
4) In Mechagon, you gather different types of crafting materials and turn them into a crafter NPC for interesting mechanical rewards. For example, if you bring the crafter a battery, spare parts, and scraps, you can get a spider bot!


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New Dungeon: Mechagon Megadungeon

In the depths of Mechagon, is located the Megadungeon!

1) Massive dungeon, similar to Karazhan in size.
2) Eight bosses, with the devious King Mechagon as the final boss.
3) King Mechagon wants to turn anything flesh into robotic parts.
4) The Megadungeon in Mechagon will have special loots that will make players want to come back.
5) Mechagon will launch as Mythic-only dungeon.


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Character Stories


1) New character storylines are being told in Rise of Azshara, focusing on Sylvanas, Saurfang, 2) Jaina Proudmoore, Anduin and Magni.

Note that Sylvanas is wielding the Blade of the Black Empire, the former Shadow Priest Artifact Weapon and vessel of Xal'atath.



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New Heritage Armor: Gnomes and Tauren

1) Two new races are receiving Heritage Armor in Rise of Azshara: Gnomes and Tauren.
2) Patch 8.1 added Heritage Armor for Dwarves and Blood Elves.



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Island Expeditions

1)Two new Island Expeditions are coming in 8.2.
2) Crestfall is the site of a great battle from Warcraft II. When attempting to warn his father of the dangers of the dragon riders, Derek Proudmoore was killed at sea.
3) Snowblossom is a Pandaren Island, featuring the return of the Vermin from Valley of the Four Winds.
4) Blizzard may experiment with an exploration mode in Islands on Normal Mode, without time pressure. They'll be playing around with the Island rules in Rise of Azshara.
5) Some of the drops from Island Expeditions ( Tell Me A Tale) may be expanded in future storylines.
Island Expeditions may also continue the story of Magni trying to heal Azeroth.


PVP


1) New Arena - Mechagon Arena
2) Season 3 Vicious mount is the Basilisk.
3) Season 3 will start a few months into Patch 8.2.



Flying


1) Pathfinder Part 2 is coming in Patch 8.2.
2) You will be able to fly in Kul Tiras and Zandalar.
3) Based on a LATAM interview, you will likely fly in Nazjatar and Mechagon as well.
4) New mounts include mechanical parrots and bees.


Azerite


1) The Heart requirements for unlockable traits will not increase in 8.2.
2) When you get new items in 8.2, you'll already be able to unlock all of the traits.
3) The Heart of Azeroth will have different choices and powers unlocked as you level up the neck.
4) The active abilities and powers can be upgraded and customized based on the content you do. This is more in line with the fantasy of Legion artifacts adding to gameplay.
5) ]Some examples given are holding your heart of Azeroth in front of you to blast things with massive Azerite energy, or shielding your group with an Azerite bubble.


Warfronts


1) Heroic Warfronts are coming in Patch 8.2.
2) Heroic Warfronts are more difficult than regular Warfronts, and also offer better rewards.
3) Heroic Warfronts will be flexible between 10 and 20 players and meant to be more strategic than Normal Warfronts.
4) You can actually lose in a Heroic Warfront.


Season 3

1) Season 3 will add a new raid, Nazjatar-themed affix, and item level increase.


Transmog

1) All transmog slots, except for pants, can be hidden.
2) Heritage Armor sets are coming for Gnomes and Tauren.
3) Nazjatar will have Naga-themed armor and weapons.


Transportation


1) A portal to Caverns of Time will be added in the Stormwind and Orgrimmar Portal Rooms.
2) If a quest sends you to another continent, new UI tech will help provide directions.



Beyond Patch 8.2

Several features are coming in future patches:


1) Updates to Worgen and Goblin models.
2) Potential loosening of transmog restrictions on silly items.


What do you think about patch 8.2.0? My favourite part about the patch is the re-introduction of flight. Although, the new raid and dungeons do sound interesting as well! Let us know in the comments below.

WRITTEN BY Elnian
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