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Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1: The Tide Whispers Leak

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A reddit post revealed some interesting information about Patch 8.1 that were supposed to be unveiled at Gamescom, but Blizzard confirmed there's no dedicated WoW panel and it appears they only plan to reveal Warbringers: Azshara.

Update

No plans to have a dedicated WoW panel this year. Warbringers: Azshara will be revealed at 18:15 CEST on Friday, August 24.

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We do not have a dedicated World of Warcraft panel at gamescom this year as such.

We instead have a series of other activities such as Island Expeditions showcases with 2 top German guilds battling it out, a Battle for Azeroth cosplay showcase, Video Games Live performances featuring a live rendition of the sea shanty from Warbringers: Jaina, and the reveal of Warbringers: Azshara.

Warbringers: Azshara will be shown directed after the Battle for Azeroth cosplay showcase which will be streamed live from 18:15 CEST on Friday, 24th August.

We posted a blog yesterday that covers all the WoW related stuff happening at gamescom this year:
https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-gb/news/22316739/world-of-warcraft-at-gamescom-2018

While we can't verify the credibility of the leaks, it will be interesting to see what awaits us in Battle for Azeroth in the near future. We've also added some more details by redditor leakysneaky from here.

Patch 8.1 Leaks

  • Blizzard is supposed to announce that WoW has 10+ million active subscribers.
  • Patch 8.1 is called "The Tide Whispers" and comes with Nazjatar, a new raid with Azshara, and a total of 9 bosses. We should also get 2 new dungeons:
    • The Shadowlands - focuses on Bwonsamdi & Vol'jin lore.
    • Nazjatar: Sea of Stars
  • Crestfall & Zul'Dare are new outdoor questing zones and each faction has their own story.
    • Crestfall is an Alliance zone, populated by isolationist Kul Tirans. Reaching Exalted reputation with the new faction unlocks Kul Tiran Humans.
    • Zul'Dare is the Horde zone. The island held an ancient holy site for the Zandalari, the Halls of Loa, but had been taken and settled by Kul Tirans in the past. Horde players must retake the island and probably reach Exalted with the faction in order to unlock Zandalari Trolls.
  • The patch trailer should be narrated by N'zoth.
  • Kul Tiran Humans & Zandalari Trolls will be gated behind Exalted reputation standing with the Nazjatar Resistance faction associated with the new quest hub.
  • Blizzard will unveil a Genn Greymane cinematic, similar to Old Soldier. It's supposed to feature Genn, Katherine Proudmoore, and Taelia Fordragon. It focuses on family and flashes back to his son in Gilneas. Baby Jaina and Katherine also make an appearance. The cinematic ends with Genn pulling up a chair in front of Saurfang in his Stockades cell.
  • The end of the presentation shows off Anduin and Sylvanas in her banshee form fighting. More information is probably going to be revealed at BlizzCon.

The game files currently contain a map called "Nazjatar" and Blizzard plans to unveil the Azshara Animated Short soon, we'll have to wait until Friday to see what's next!

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Means that there are more than 10 Million people paying the monthly suscription again. Been a while since last time wow went over 10M. I even thought they decided no tto communicate on the number of players cause it wasn't fancy enough anymore.

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The cinematic ends with Genn pulling up a chair in front of Saurfang in his Stockades cell.

Oh Dear.   Not sure we're ready for this.

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1 hour ago, pyro123456 said:

I highly doubt subscription number will be 10M+ 

Till this date this expansion has changes that has  increased dislike among players toward BFA.

Maybe in your own view.  From what I've seen, there's a noticeable increase in players on my server, I've heard/read mostly positive things since launch (where players are actually experiencing the content now), and I even have an old player friend that returned this past week after not playing since BC!

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I am not buying it. Adding two new dungeons, two new zones (and something about a quest hub?) and a raid in a single patch? When 8.1 was also going to have some class changes?

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Poster deleted this from Reddit, so it might have been fake. Although another rep grind for Kul Tiran Humans and Zandalari Trolls wouldn't surprise me. Many people probably won't be happy about this, since some wanted to play (or at least work on unlocking them) from the start of expansion, now some are going to feel too burned out to play them.

Crestfall and Zul'Dare are some locations that appeared in Warcraft 2, and should have been somewhere near Kul Tiras, so adding them is not out of question, but it seems a bit much for a single patch. Nazjatar could be a raid with Azshara as final boss.

 

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5 hours ago, Drachar said:

I am not buying it. Adding two new dungeons, two new zones (and something about a quest hub?) and a raid in a single patch? When 8.1 was also going to have some class changes?

I mean... in legion we got 3 questing zones in one patch, with a dungeon at least

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18 hours ago, pyro123456 said:

I highly doubt subscription number will be 10M+ 

Till this date this expansion has changes that has  increased dislike among players toward BFA.

As Battlemage pointed out, that's just your view.

And i think, the only negative opinions arise around the fact that hardcore gamers rush through the content to quick. And the few things that are hard to grind out immediately, like professions or reputation, are not motivation enough for those players.

And those players are just a few. I have sooooooooo frickin many friends back at wow again, some of which i thought would never touch the game again (after cata, or Wod). And i can totally understand that. Legion for me was the best Expansion (not only style wise, but especially gameplay wise) and i think BfA will top that easily, from what i have experienced. And on top of my own experience, there is always the "faction war" theme, that is polarizing and exciting. IMO the top reason why people give it a chance again.

I believe that the player numbers are rising, and that can just be good. For all sides.

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On 8/22/2018 at 5:22 PM, Migol said:

The cinematic ends with Genn pulling up a chair in front of Saurfang in his Stockades cell.

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On 8/22/2018 at 7:12 AM, pyro123456 said:

I highly doubt subscription number will be 10M+ 

Till this date this expansion has changes that has  increased dislike among players toward BFA.

Let's see what they are at a year from now.

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On 8/23/2018 at 1:58 AM, Lawrenz said:

As Battlemage pointed out, that's just your view.

And i think, the only negative opinions arise around the fact that hardcore gamers rush through the content to quick. And the few things that are hard to grind out immediately, like professions or reputation, are not motivation enough for those players.

And those players are just a few. I have sooooooooo frickin many friends back at wow again, some of which i thought would never touch the game again (after cata, or Wod). And i can totally understand that. Legion for me was the best Expansion (not only style wise, but especially gameplay wise) and i think BfA will top that easily, from what i have experienced. And on top of my own experience, there is always the "faction war" theme, that is polarizing and exciting. IMO the top reason why people give it a chance again.

I believe that the player numbers are rising, and that can just be good. For all sides.

Your evidence is just as anecdotal. Blizz is going to hype their product, regardless of how truthful they are being.

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I'm already disappointed that I'll have to grind yet another reputation to exalted in order to get the Kul Tirans humans & Zandalari trolls available :C

When will this reputation grind end! /s

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