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Tiger's Peak, introduced back in Mists of Pandaria, will be removed from the pool of Arena maps with next week's maintenance.
In order to fix some bugs with Tiger's Peak, Blizzard today announced they're disabling the Arena until further notice. They expect it to re-open in a future game update, so it's likely going to be added back to the pools of Arena maps in Patch 8.2.
In order to fix some issues with Tiger’s Peak, we’re removing it from the pool of Arena maps. This should take place during our next scheduled maintenance.
We expect to re-open this Arena in a future update to the game.
Now that Patch 8.1.5 is live, it's time to find out what's coming in Rise of Azshara.
We should see the initial Patch 8.2 hit PTR fairly soon. Here's an overview of everything that's coming in Patch 8.2.
Table of Contents
Intro Nazjatar Azshara's Eternal Palace Raid Mechagon & Megadungeon Mechagon Arena Battle for Azeroth Season 3 Flying Heritage Armor Heroic Warfronts Island Expeditions New Foes New Rewards The Story Continues... System Updates Azerite Armor & Heart of Azeroth Improvements Legion's Bodyguard System Returning Intro
Following the raid on the Zandalari capital of Dazar'alor, both the Alliance and the Horde are reeling and licking their wounds, as they set sail for the Great Blue Beyond and what they is a crack in the ocean, a chasm surrounded by waterfalls.
Nazjatar [Return to Top]
The 8.2 zone is the capital city of the naga race. We'll face Queen Azshara and her forces in combat here and below is a map of the new zone.
The Horde will make friends with former Naga slaves, sea giants, crabs, and some sort of goblin creatures. The Alliance will befriend a deep sea tribe (depicted on the right).
Nazjatar focuses on replayable content. They have a whole team working on sandbox systems and updated world quests across Nazjatar to help the world feel more alive. A whole new set of world quests awaits in the new zone, unlike anything we've ever seen. Public events will periodically pop up similar to Legion assaults. We should be seeing new stuff even after months of playing in Nazjatar. Timeless Isle shrines that spawned mini-events should also make a comeback here.
Here are some screenshots of early Nazjatar concept art from BlizzCon.
Azshara's Eternal Palace Raid [Return to Top]
The headlining raid of Patch 8.2 will include 8 bosses. We will be investigating a Naga Hatchery and there may even be an underwater boss. The picture below shows off the bioluminescent Naga architecture of the raid entrance.
Mechagon & Mechagon Megadungeon [Return to Top]
Mechagon is an ancient gnome city, and a secondary smaller zone coming in 8.2. Both factions are going to make friends with junker gnomes. We're going to learn a lot about their culture. We will find out that here is a gorgeous society inside yet another vault that we'll have to break our way into.
Inside there, the higher caste gnomes live. Those, that have given themselves over to King Mechagon and his vision to turn everybody into robotic components. In this society, the more robot parts you have, the higher up you go in society. Our junker gnome friends have decided that just wasn't for them, so we're going to help them break back into the city. The entrance to Mechagon is located in Boralus.
Here is a shot of the city with King Mechagon's lightning shrouded palace in the background.
We're going to meet a lot of new robot enemies that are on the side of King Mechagon and taking the fight to King Mechagon himself, in a new dungeon.
The Megadungeon will feature 8 bosses and it will be Mythic only for a while. It will have two wings later on, similar to how Karazhan was handled back in Legion.
Here are some early shots of Mechagon.
Mechagon Arena [Return to Top]
For all those who like PvP, Blizzard's adding a new arena in this area.
Battle for Azeroth Season 3 [Return to Top]
We're going to see a Nazjatar-themed Affix similar to Infested & Reaping, an item level increase, and a new PvP Season. New mounts for Season 3 are Vicious Basilisks, and a new Gladiator proto-drake.
Flying [Return to Top]
Flying will be added to the game along with new cool mounts that include bees and mechanical parrots.
Heritage Armor [Return to Top]
The Tauren and the Gnomes are going to receive Heritage Armor in Rise of Azshara. Tauren will go on a spiritual journey with the spiritwalkers to find out why things are restless in Thunder Bluff.
If you're a gnomish engineer, you will receive goggles that you can put on your forehead.
Heroic Warfronts [Return to Top]
According to the Vanion Interview, the goal of Heroic Warfronts is to bring the Normal raid experience that a group of friends can complete together. They're intended for 10+ players. They're not going to be challenging for Mythic raid groups, however. There are no plans to introduce new Warfronts in Patch 8.2.
Two new Islands are planned, Crestfall and Snowblossom Village. Crestfall will be the first one to have some lore and will come wth elements of the Warcraft II map (dragon skeletons). Snowblossom Village is a small Pandaren town in the hills, where they've been fighting the vermin.
New Foes [Return to Top]
New enemies include Old God themed jellyfish and various Naga warriors.
We're going to see Naga themed armor sets in the Eternal Palace raid and various rewards, including a crab mount that walks sideways, and a Baby Naga pet wielding a tiny fork!
The Story Continues... [Return to Top]
In a Taliesin & Evitel interview with Jeremy Feasel, it was revealed that Blizzard's moving away from gating the story. On a shot from BlizzCon, we also see Sylvanas wielding Xal'atath, which is quite interesting, because the Priest Artifact is returning as part of the Crucible of Storms raid intro.
We're going to continue helping Magni heal Azeroth. It's not great, but it's going to get better.
System Updates [Return to Top]
Azerite Armor & Heart of Azeroth Improvements
Game Director Ion Hazzikostas unveiled during the Live Q&A on December 14 that Azerite Armor will have all traits unlocked immediately in Rise of Azshara. They're shifting Artifact Power to Heart of Azeroth, allowing you to unlock permanent powers, similar to Legion Artifacts. The neckpiece will offer a new avenue of progression that complements Azerite Armor. Azerite pieces are still going to have five rings.
Bodyguard System Returning
Legion's bodyguard system is returning in Rise of Azshara. The initial plan was to make it work with Advanced AI, currently used in Island Expeditions & the Comp Stomp PvP Brawl. We'll have to wait until Patch 8.2 is available on PTR to find out more.
Rise of Azshara is coming next and here's a recap with everything we know so far.
Trial of Style is back with Season 4 starting today and Blizzard added four new Ensembles in Patch 8.1.5 which can be purchased for 60 Trial of Style Tokens each. You can queue up for the event by talking to a transmogrifier through March 24.
Ensemble: Amaranthine Path Armor
Ensemble: Chainmail of the Timeless Hunt
Ensemble: Restless Dreambound Battlegear
Ensemble: Tranquil Spiritbind Regalia
Ladies and gentlemen of the Horde and Alliance, synchronize your wardrobes and prepare to do battle. The Trial of Style has arrived, and it’s time to put your transmogrification skills to the test.
When: March 20–March 24
Where: Queue for the 6-player scenario at your friendly neighborhood transmog NPC.
What: Contestants will have two minutes to create transmog sets from items in their collection based on themes presented in the scenario. Two players at a time will be pulled up on stage to strike a pose and show off their creation—leaving the remaining four to vote on just who of the two has managed to capture the theme best.
COLLECT ALL THE LOOKS
Collect all 12 Ensembles to keep adventuring in style.
*New* Ensemble: Amaranthine Path Armor *New* Ensemble: Chainmail of the Timeless Hunt *New* Ensemble: Restless Dreambound Battlegear *New* Ensemble: Tranquil Spiritbind Regalia Ensemble: Crimson Sentinel Garb Ensemble: Der'izu Armor Ensemble: Goldspine Plate Ensemble: Mana-Etched Regalia Ensemble: Mindwrack Raiment Ensemble: Obsidian Prowler's Garb Ensemble: Righteous Battleplate Ensemble: Tundraspite Armor You can also use your Trial of Style Tokens on props to supplement your chosen Trial of Style ensemble. These props are consumable and will only appear when you’re on stage, but will last through the entirety of the competition.
Vendor extraordinaire Nellie Voguesong sells shirts and tabards in the Trial of Style, just in case you forgot to bring one with you.
GET A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FANS
Need a little extra support while you’re on stage? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Purchase a reward Letter From an Admirer, which you can use to recruit a fashion aficianado to cheer you on during the competition.
No peeking! It comes as no shock that you’ll be properly smocked before the competition begins.
Strike a pose and do your little turn (on the catwalk; yeah, on the catwalk).
Once the glitter settles and the votes are tallied, Trial of Style Reward: First Place, Trial of Style Reward: Second Place, and Trial of Style Reward: Third Place winners will be awarded. Don’t worry—even if you don’t win, there’s always the Trial of Style Consolation Prize. These prizes contain Trial of Style Tokens, which can be redeemed for special transmog gear in Dalaran.
Fashion-conscious citizens of Azeroth can also take advantage of transmogrification and barbershop services for free during the Trial of Style. Even if you don’t participate, you can adjust your hairstyle and transmog for no gold cost while the event is active.
Crucible of Storms tuning continues. The raid will open on April 16 and Blizzard increased the effects of certain items via hotfix to the PTR last Friday.
Check out our Crucible of Storms Overview to learn more about the upcoming raid.
When Crucible of Storms was originally added to the 8.1.5 PTR a few weeks ago, we included full drop tables for both Restless Cabal and Uu’nat. We designed Crucible of Storms drops to be somewhat different than items that have been dropping thus far in Uldir and Battle of Dazar’alor – this is a new chapter in the story that takes us to a different, stranger place.
We’ve recently gone through those items and tuned them up to fit closer to expectations, and in most cases, to power up their bonus effects. Here are some examples of changes we’ve made since the items first hit the PTR:
Damage increased by ~25% Healing increased by ~25% Abyssal Speaker's Gauntlets
Shield increased by ~200% Mindthief's Eldritch Clasp
Health restored and consumed increased by ~35% Grips of Forsaken Sanity
Damage increased by ~25% Legplates of Unbound Anguish
Damage increased by ~25% We’ve been making these adjustments via hotfix to the PTR since Friday, and we don’t expect that you’re going to see them via datamining immediately, but know that these are intended changes, and hopefully they’re now quite close to final values.
You can now directly contribute toward this year's finals LAN event prize pools for Arena World Championship and the Mythic Dungeon International by purchasing two new toys.
There's a minumum prize pool of $250,000 USD for each event and if you purchase the new toys, 25% of the proceeds will contribute toward the finals prize pool through October 15.
The Transmorpher Beacon costs $10 and will transform you into some of the most fearsome foes Azeroth has ever known. It lasts 20 minutes, and stays active in combat and after death. Player characters can be transformed once every 60 minutes. Click here to buy or gift it.
What’s in the Toy Box?
Walk in Blackhand’s boots
The Ethereal Transmorpher will temporarily change your appearance into one of dozens of random epic foes you’ve faced over your adventures. Will fate grant you the form of Grand Magistrix Elisande, or the shape of shadow-twisted Ner’zhul?
Your own legion of evil
Once summoned, the Ethereal Transmorpher is willing to alter the shape of everyone in your party or raid group, should they so choose. Form a group of friends and turn the tables on your foes in your next dungeon run.
Everyone gets one
The Transmorpher Beacon will be yours immediately after completing your purchase. Once activated, the toy will be granted to all current and future World of Warcraft characters in the same region on a single Blizzard account.
Lion's Pride and Horde's Might Fireworks
The second toy also costs $10 and it makes you ignite a firework with faction-themed patterns. You can plant them on the corpse of an opposite-faction player. Click here to purchase or gift it.
What’s in the Toy Box?
Fill the sky with faction pride
These fireworks given you an explosive new way to declare your allegiance when you encounter other players, whether it’s on Battlegrounds, in the Arena , or out in the world . Simply plant the fireworks on the corpse of an opposite-faction player, stand back, and watch the sky.
Once your firework ignites, it will randomly explode in one of several faction-themed patterns. “Ooh!” at the Lion of Stormwind. “Aww!” at the emblem of the Horde. “Oww!” at the blade of your mighty axe.
Everyone gets one!
The toy will be yours immediately after completing your purchase. Both factions’ fireworks are included, and you can reuse them as many times as you wish. Once activated, the toy will be applied to all current and future World of Warcraft characters in the same region on a single Blizzard account.
Here's the official blog post presenting both toys.
Show your support for WoW esports with two new toys, now available in the Blizzard shop and in-game shop.
For a limited time, every purchase of the Transmorpher Beacon or Lion’s Pride and Horde’s Might Fireworks, 25% of the proceeds will contribute toward the year’s finals LAN event prize pool for the Arena World Championship (AWC) and the Mythic Dungeon Invitational (MDI) with a guaranteed minimum prize pool of $500,000 USD ($250,000 USD for each event.) Your support will help take the WoW esports prize pool to the next level.
PLAY LIKE A BOSS WITH THE TRANSMORPHER BEACON
The ethereals have a twisted new trick up their sleeves, and they’re ready to traverse the nether to help you spread some chaos and confusion on the battlefield. Use this beacon to summon an Ethereal Transmorpher who can turn you and your allies into some of the most fearsome foes Azeroth has ever known.
LION'S PRIDE AND HORDE'S MIGHT FIREWORKS
What’s more satisfying than vanquishing a worthy foe in honorable hand-to-hand combat? Planting an explosive in their freshly felled corpse, that’s what! Light up the sky above a recently defeated enemy player with these reusable fireworks and send an unmistakable signal to the other faction.
Your chance to support WoW esports and donate to the prize pool ends on October 15, 2019.
Learn more about WoW Esports for 2019 in our post and follow all of the AWC and MDI action on the esports site.