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Crucible of Storms opens next week and it's time to look at the encounters in more detail. In this post, we're combining Dungeon Journal entries with video previews by FatbossTV.

Bosses

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The Restless Cabal

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Uu'nat, the Harbinger of the Void 

The Restless Cabal

Called from the depths to retrieve three relics of ancient power, the Restless Cabal is bound to serve N'Zoth and attent to his will. Zaxasj speaks of promises and power while Fa'thuul crushes their opposition with brute force.

Overview

Zaxasj the Speaker assails targets from range while Fa'thuul the Feared strikes his main target with powerful melee blows. 

Whenever one of the members of The Restless Cabal loses 25% of their maximum health, they empower and activate the nearest Relic of Power.

Empowering a Relic of Power unleashes its full magic and also activates Visage from Beyond Visage from Beyond or Eldritch Revelation Eldritch Revelation.

In LFR difficulty, Zaxasj and Fa'thuul ignore the Relics of Power they have already activated.

iJc8x9S.png Tanks

  • Swap tanking Fa'thuul the Feared to ensure that Shear Mind Shear Mind does not stack too high.
  • Position enemies within Custody of the Deep Custody of the Deep when the Trident of Deep Ocean is activated to deplete the shield.
  • Ensure Fa'thuul the Feared is nearest to a Relic of Power he has not yet activated when his health nears 75%, 50%, or 25%.

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nACJhxi.png Healers

Relics of Power

Whenever Zaxasj or Fa'thuul reaches 75%, 50%, or 25% health remaining, they activate the powers of the Relic nearest to their location.

  • Void Stone
    • Embrace of the Void Embrace of the Void (Healer Alert) - Void energy snakes out to all players, reducing healing received by 100%.
    • Umbral Shell Umbral Shell (Damage Dealer Alert) - Darkness enshrouds the caster, absorbing the next 850 damage taken. Embrace of the Void only ends when this shell is broken.
    • Void Attunement Void Attunement - Utilizing the Void Stone increases the caster's damage done by 10%.
    • Void Essence Void Essence (Mythic Difficulty) - Upon activation, begins to create Void Essence for 10 sec every 40 sec. Void Essence draws in all players towards the center. This effect increases each time Void Essence is created and resets when the corresponding relic is next activated.
  • Trident of Deep Ocean
    • Custody of the Deep Custody of the Deep - The ocean's guardianship creates a protective bubble for the caster and its allies, redirecting 75% of damage taken to the bubble.
    • Abyssal Collapse Abyssal Collapse (Deadly) - When Custody of the Deep expires, the bubble erupts and inflicts Frost damage based on the absorb remaining.
    • Oceanic Essence Oceanic Essence (Mythic Difficulty) - Upon activation, begins to emit Oceanic Essence every 6 sec. Essences last until their relic is next activated. Coming into contact with an Oceanic Essence stuns the player for 8 sec.
  • Tempest Caller
    • Storm of Annihilation Storm of Annihilation - Releases a decimating tempest for 15 sec, inflicting 8 Nature damage to all players every 1 sec. This causes targets to inflict 50% less damage for 3 sec.
    • Annihilate Annihilate (Deadly) - If Storm of Annihilation strikes a target below 25% health, that target instantly dies.
    • Storm Essence Storm Essence (Mythic Difficulty) - Upon activation, begins to emit Storm Essence every 20 sec. Essences last until their relic is next activated. Storm Essence inflicts 4 Nature damage to the nearest player every 2 sec, increasing in damage by 10% per strike. Causes Annihilate if it strikes a target below 25% health.
  • Power Overwhelming Power Overwhelming (Deadly) - Utilizing a specific relic more than once per caster causes unknowable power to flow through that caster, increasing damage done by 300%.

Pact of the Restless Pact of the Restless

Zaxasj and Fa'thuul are bound to N'Zoth and unable to perish. Upon reaching 1 health, they attempt to restore 20% of their maximum health. This pact is undone if both members are brought to 1 health simultaneously.

Zaxasj the Speaker

  • Aphotic Blast Aphotic Blast (Important) - Launches a bolt of void energy at a player, inflicting 75 Shadow damage within 5 yds of the target and increasing threat generation by 150% for 30 sec. This bolt inflicts less damage the further away the target is. Upon expiration, transforms the target into an Agent of Demise.
    • Agent of Demise Agent of Demise (Deadly) - Transforms the target into an Agent of Demise, making them hostile to all allies and reducing their healing received by 50%.
  • Cerebral Assault Cerebral Assault - Blasts players in a cone, inflicting 25 Shadow damage and scrambling their brains, making them hostile to allies for 6 sec.
  • Dark Herald Dark Herald - A targeted player becomes a Dark Herald, offering Promises of Power to all players within 5 yds every 5 sec for 10 sec.
    • Promises of Power Promises of Power (Magic Effect) - Promises power to a target, increasing their damage done by 10% and reducing their maximum health by 10%. This effect increases over time.
    • Wrack Wrack - When Promises of Power is dispelled, it inflicts 30 Shadow damage to the dispeller.
  • Visage from Beyond Visage from Beyond (Important) - Upon activating a Relic of Power, the caster calls forth a Visage from Beyond for 3 min.
    • Visage from Beyond - An ephemeral image that regenerates its own health upon death.
      • Terrifying Echo Terrifying Echo - Inflicts 35 Shadow damage and causes all players to run in fear for 6 sec. Bringing the Visage to 1 hp will interrupt this spell.
      • Coalesce Void Coalesce Void - Draws in nearby shadows, healing for 1% of maximum health every 2 sec. This healing increases over time.

Fa'thuul the Feared

  • Shear Mind Shear Mind (Tank Alert) - Slices off a fragment of a target's mind, inflicting 150 Physical damage and reducing all stats by 10% for 20 sec. This effect stacks.
  • Void Crash Void Crash - Launches a mass of void energy at a location, inflicting 100 Shadow damage to players within 10 yds. If no players are struck, the mass bounces again, reducing in size and damage. This reduction can only occur up to 2 times.
  • Crushing Doubt Crushing Doubt (Deadly) - Reduces movement speed by 25% and inflicts 10 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 12 sec. The damage increases every 2 sec. Upon expiration, strikes all players, inflicting up to 50 Shadow damage. This damage is reduced the further away players are from the blast.
  • Eldritch Revelation Eldritch Revelation (Important) - Upon activating a Relic of Power, the caster calls forth Eldritch Abominations to reveal the end of all things.
    • Eldritch Abomination (Important) - A ghastly being from the void that grants visions of annihilation.
      • Witness the End Witness the End (Interruptible) - Destroys the Eldritch Abomination, inflicting 50 Shadow damage to all players.
      • Incomplete Form Incomplete Form (Mythic Difficulty) - Eldritch Abominations are only vulnerable to interrupts for 2 min after being formed.

Enveloping Darkness Enveloping Darkness (Important)

Leaving the central platform causes darkness to enshroud the player, inflicting 40 Shadow damage and reducing healing and damage done by 99% for 30 sec.

Uu'nat, Harbinger of the Void

When she struck her bargain with N'Zoth ten thousand years ago, Queen Azshara offered one of her most devoted followers into the Old God's service. Now Uu'nat and the crawling masses he commands herald the coming of their master, as foretold by the stars.

Overview

Uu'nat battles his enemies using the gift of N'Zoth, offering power and corruption. Only with the three Relics of Power do the forces of Azeroth stand a chance at survival. 

In stage one, Uu'nat calls upon the many eyes of N'Zoth to blast and confuse players.

In stage two, Uu'nat is assisted by waves of N'Zoth's minions who seek to overwhelm their enemies.

In stage three, Uu'nat uses the sheer power of N'Zoth's mighty gaze to wither and crush players.

fHrA7Z2.png Damage Dealers

  • Damage dealers can use Storm of Annihilation Storm of Annihilation from the Tempest Caller to annihilate Undying Guardians.
  • Interrupt Primordial Mindbenders when they cast Consume Essence Consume Essence to prevent them from healing.

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iJc8x9S.png Tanks

Relics of Power

Players are able to harness the Relics of Power while they are fully charged.

  • Void Stone (Healer Alert) - Healers can pick up and utilize the Void Stone.
    • Umbral Shell Umbral Shell - Applies Embrace of the Void to all creatures and players and additionally protects the caster, absorbing the next 150 damage taken. Embrace of the Void is removed if this shell is broken.
    • Embrace of the Void Embrace of the Void (Important) - Void energy snakes out to all creatures and players, reducing healing received by 100%.
    • Feedback: Void Feedback: Void - Void energy overwhelms the caster, making them unable to pick up the Void Stone for the duration.
  • Trident of Deep Ocean (Tank Alert) - Tanks are able to pick up and utilize the Trident of Deep Ocean.
    • Custody of the Deep Custody of the Deep - The ocean's guardianship creates a protective bubble for the caster and its allies, redirecting 75% of damage taken to the bubble.
    • Abyssal Collapse Abyssal Collapse - When Embrace of the Void expires, the bubble erupts and inflicts Frost damage based on the absorb remaining.
    • Feedback: Ocean Feedback: Ocean - Water magic overwhelms the caster, making them unable to pick up the Trident of Deep Ocean for the duration.
  • Tempest Caller (Damage Dealer Alert) - Damage dealers are able to pick up and use the Tempest Caller.
    • Storm of Annihilation Storm of Annihilation - Releases a decimating tempest for 15 sec, inflicting 12 Nature damage to players and lesser minions of N'Zoth every 1 sec. This causes targets to inflict 50% less damage for 3 sec.
    • Annihilate Annihilate (Deadly) - If Storm of Annihilation strikes a target below 25% health, that target is instantly destroyed. Creatures destroyed in this manner do not trigger their death effects.
    • Feedback: Storm Feedback: Storm - Lightning magic overwhelms the caster, making them unable to pick up the Tempest Caller for the duration.

Unstable Resonance Unstable Resonance (Mythic Difficulty + Deadly)

Marks players with Storm, Ocean, and Void for 15 sec. Touching the corresponding relic with this mark funnels the power safely into the relic. After 15 sec the Unstable Resonance explodes, inflicting 120 Shadow damage to all players within 10 yds. Coming into contact with another player of a different Resonance also causes this explosion.

Stage One: His All-Seeing Eyes

  • Uu'nat, Harbinger of the Void
    • Touch of the End Touch of the End (Tank Alert) - Blasts a frontal cone for 75 Shadow damage, marking the current target for 24 sec while inflicting 10 Shadow damage every 3 sec. All Undying Guardians are unnaturally drawn to this mark to feed.
    • Oblivion Tear Oblivion Tear (Important) - Opens a tear to the void. Players coming into contact with this cause it to rupture and inflict 30 Shadow damage. A fragment of their essence is drawn to the caster, healing it for 1% of its maximum health.
    • Void Crash Void Crash - Launches a mass of void energy at a location, inflicting 100 Shadow damage to players within 10 yds. If no players are struck, the mass bounces again, reducing in size and damage. This reduction can only occur up to 2 times.
    • Eyes of N'Zoth Eyes of N'Zoth - Calls upon the many eyes of N'Zoth.
      • Maddening Eyes of N'Zoth Maddening Eyes of N'Zoth - A multitude of eyes open, blasting a straight line of void energy and inflicting 45 Shadow damage. Players struck have their minds scrambled and are hostile to allies for 8 sec.
      • Piercing Gaze of N'Zoth Piercing Gaze of N'Zoth - The gaze of N'Zoth sweeps across the field, inflicting 20 Shadow damage and causing targets struck to suffer 15 additional damage every 1 sec for 4 sec. This effect stacks in damage and duration.
    • Gift of N'Zoth: Obscurity Gift of N'Zoth: Obscurity (Deadly) - Upon reaching full energy, Uu'nat blasts the ground inflicting 55 Shadow damage to all players. Gift of N'Zoth: Obscurity then creates an encroaching ring of void that inflicts 35 Shadow damage every 0.5 sec.
  • Undying Guardian
    • Sightless Bond Sightless Bond (Tank Alert + Important) - Undying Guardians form a permanent bond with their creator and reduce damage Uu'nat takes by 99% as long as they are within 10 yds of him.
    • Hunger for the End Hunger for the End (Mythic Difficulty) - Periodically increases the caster's movement speed and damage done by 10%. This effect stacks. At 15 stacks, the caster becomes immune to crowd controlling and interrupting effects.
    • Shroud of Whispers Shroud of Whispers - N'Zoth's whispers prevent the caster from being brought below 1 hp. In addition, damage done is increased the higher health the caster has.
    • Feed Feed (Mythic Difficulty) - Upon reaching full energy, feeds upon the flesh of a target, inflicting 150% weapon damage and healing the caster for 40% of their maximum health.
    • Unnatural Regeneration Unnatural Regeneration - Upon reaching 1 health, the caster begins to heal for 1% of maximum health every 1 sec. This healing increases over time and ceases upon reaching full health.

Stage Two: His Dutiful Servants

  • Uu'nat, Harbinger of the Void
    • Touch of the End Touch of the End (Tank Alert) - Blasts a frontal cone for 75 Shadow damage, marking the current target for 24 sec while inflicting 10 Shadow damage every 3 sec. All Undying Guardians are unnaturally drawn to this mark to feed.
    • Oblivion Tear Oblivion Tear (Important) - Opens a tear to the void. Players coming into contact with this cause it to rupture and inflict 30 Shadow damage. A fragment of their essence is drawn to the caster, healing it for 1% of its maximum health.
    • Gift of N'Zoth: Hysteria Gift of N'Zoth: Hysteria (Deadly) - Upon reaching full energy, Uu'nat blasts the ground inflicting 55 Shadow damage to all players. Gift of N'Zoth: Hysteria causes all minions of N'Zoth to heal for 50% health and permanently gain 50% haste and movement speed.
  • Primordial Mindbender (Damage Dealer Alert) - Upon death, the Primordial Mindbender's remains spew forth a multitude of Swarming Voidspawns.
    • Hunger for the End Hunger for the End (Mythic Difficulty) - Periodically increases the caster's movement speed and damage done by 10%. This effect stacks. At 15 stacks, the caster becomes immune to crowd controlling and interrupting effects.
    • Consume Essence Consume Essence (Interruptible) - The Primordial Mindbender tears a fragment from the minds of all players, inflicting 40 Shadow damage to them and restoring 100% health to the caster.
    • Swarming Voidspawn
      • Hunger for the End Hunger for the End (Mythic Difficulty) - Periodically increases the caster's movement speed and damage done by 10%. This effect stacks. At 15 stacks, the caster becomes immune to crowd controlling and interrupting effects.
      • Voidstep Voidstep (Mythic Difficulty) - Vanishes into the void, reappearing at another player's location within 60 yds.
      • Void Eruption Void Eruption - Upon death, erupts and inflicts 15 Shadow damage to players within 100 yds.
  • Unknowable Terror
    • Unknowable Terror Unknowable Terror (Magic Effect) - An Unknowable Terror is drawn from the void, inflicting 55 Shadow damage to players within 80 yds. This causes them to run in fear for 6 sec.
  • Undying Guardian
    • Sightless Bond Sightless Bond (Tank Alert + Important) - Undying Guardians form a permanent bond with their creator and reduce damage Uu'nat takes by 99% as long as they are within 10 yds of him.
    • Hunger for the End Hunger for the End (Mythic Difficulty) - Periodically increases the caster's movement speed and damage done by 10%. This effect stacks. At 15 stacks, the caster becomes immune to crowd controlling and interrupting effects.
    • Shroud of Whispers Shroud of Whispers - N'Zoth's whispers prevent the caster from being brought below 1 hp. In addition, damage done is increased the higher health the caster has.
    • Feed Feed (Mythic Difficulty) - Upon reaching full energy, feeds upon the flesh of a target, inflicting 150% weapon damage and healing the caster for 40% of their maximum health.
    • Unnatural Regeneration Unnatural Regeneration - Upon reaching 1 health, the caster begins to heal for 1% of maximum health every 1 sec. This healing increases over time and ceases upon reaching full health.

Stage Three: His Unwavering Gaze

  • Uu'nat, Harbinger of the Void
    • Touch of the End Touch of the End (Tank Alert) - Blasts a frontal cone for 75 Shadow damage, marking the current target for 24 sec while inflicting 10 Shadow damage every 3 sec. All Undying Guardians are unnaturally drawn to this mark to feed.
    • Oblivion Tear Oblivion Tear (Important) - Opens a tear to the void. Players coming into contact with this cause it to rupture and inflict 30 Shadow damage. A fragment of their essence is drawn to the caster, healing it for 1% of its maximum health.
    • Insatiable Torment Insatiable Torment (Important) - Marks a player for an all-consuming hunger, reducing healing received by 100%. That target suffers 7 Shadow damage every 1 sec and triggers a Feed on the Unworthy every 2 sec.
      • Feed on the Unworthy Feed on the Unworthy - Feed on the life essence of allies within 5 yds, stealing 10 health. This ignores the healing reduction from Insatiable Torment.
    • Eyes of N'Zoth Eyes of N'Zoth - Calls upon the many eyes of N'Zoth.
      • Piercing Gaze of N'Zoth Piercing Gaze of N'Zoth - The gaze of N'Zoth sweeps across the field, inflicting 20 Shadow damage and causing targets struck to suffer 15 additional damage every 1 sec for 4 sec. This effect stacks in damage and duration.
    • Gift of N'Zoth: Lunacy Gift of N'Zoth: Lunacy (Deadly) - Upon reaching full energy, Uu'nat blasts the ground inflicting 55 Shadow damage to all players. Gift of N'Zoth: Lunacy causes all players to become hostile to allies for 5 sec.
  • Undying Guardian
    • Sightless Bond Sightless Bond (Tank Alert + Important) - Undying Guardians form a permanent bond with their creator and reduce damage Uu'nat takes by 99% as long as they are within 10 yds of him.
    • Hunger for the End Hunger for the End (Mythic Difficulty) - Periodically increases the caster's movement speed and damage done by 10%. This effect stacks. At 15 stacks, the caster becomes immune to crowd controlling and interrupting effects.
    • Shroud of Whispers Shroud of Whispers - N'Zoth's whispers prevent the caster from being brought below 1 hp. In addition, damage done is increased the higher health the caster has.
    • Feed Feed (Mythic Difficulty) - Upon reaching full energy, feeds upon the flesh of a target, inflicting 150% weapon damage and healing the caster for 40% of their maximum health.
    • Unnatural Regeneration Unnatural Regeneration - Upon reaching 1 health, the caster begins to heal for 1% of maximum health every 1 sec. This healing increases over time and ceases upon reaching full health.
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22 hours ago, DaltonIsPanda said:

Wonder if there's gonna be an optimal class for the ranged dps tank to be...

 

10 hours ago, Seksi said:

Anything with large HP pool and survivability works!

Did somebody say "Warlock"?

 

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      There will be a chance for these new items to be Corrupted by N’Zoth. A Corrupted item has a powerful beneficial property, similar to many of the Benthic effects seen in Nazjatar, but has a new detrimental stat: Corruption. Items can have varying levels of Corruption, with the amount of Corruption present correlating directly with the power of the beneficial upside (for example: an item might give 4% Critical Strike damage and 10 Corruption, or 6% Critical Strike damage and 15 Corruption).
      Corruption represents the influence of N’Zoth, which will have negative effects on the wearer. As Corruption increases, a series of drawbacks are activated. You might remember how Corruption worked on the Cho’gall encounter back in Bastion of Twilight – that was a source of inspiration here. The drawbacks currently on the PTR are works-in-progress and not-yet-tuned, and we have changes already implemented in the next PTR build. Our general intent is for low Corruption to activate a minor effect that most people can play around without too much difficulty, medium levels of Corruption to activate a couple more effects that have a higher skill cap (nd may be more situational in where and when someone can handle having them active), and high levels of Corruption to be prohibitive, and virtually never worth it.
      Gear that makes your character worse when you equip it doesn’t sound terribly appealing, but fortunately there will be a few ways of dealing with Corruption. The legendary cloak that players will earn from Wrathion early on in Visions of N’Zoth will negate some Corruption, and can be upgraded through entering and completing Horrific Visions to provide even more of a bulwark against Corruption.
      Early on, we expect that players might wear one or maybe two pieces of Corrupted gear at a time. Later on, three or four pieces might be manageable. The vast majority of the gear players wear, even later on, will not be Corrupted. And these perks aren’t planned to be slot-restricted, so if there’s a specific power you want, there should never be a concern that your item needs to roll with that affix to be useful.
      We also never want an item that would otherwise be an upgrade to feel unusable as a result of being Corrupted, so any Corrupted items can be taken to the Heart Forge and purified without restriction . If you get that trinket you’ve been hoping for, but it’s Corrupted with a beneficial effect you don’t like, or wearing it would push you above a Corruption threshold you’re comfortable with, just purify the item and carry on.
      Itemization Philosophy
      With itemization, we’re always looking for opportunities to create moments of excitement and choices and options to customize your gameplay to suit your playstyle and the content you choose to play. Warforging created some of this by allowing useful rewards to come from a wide range of content, and ensuring that there was almost always at least the chance of an upgrade from any repeat boss kill or other source of loot. However, as we’ve seen and heard clearly in feedback over the past years, it has also brought significant downsides: Progression feels less rewarding, as players killing a raid boss on a new difficulty for the first time often disenchant much of the loot because they have equal or better Warforged items from lower difficulties or other sources. In addition, the feeling that a given item could have Warforged more and been even better can leave a sense of disappointment at what should have been a clear reward moment. And the sense that these systems are out of players’ direct control makes it harder to work towards a clear goal or state of completion.
      The Corruption system isn’t a permanent addition to World of Warcraft, but it is an extension of the theme of N’Zoth’s pervasive and growing influence over Azeroth. As we explore this over the course of the PTR, we’d love to hear feedback about the initial round of powers showing up on items, Corruption drawbacks that may be excessively punitive, and the system as a whole.
      Please feel free to reply with your feedback here in this thread. Thank you very much!
      Check out our Patch 8.3 Hub for more information about Visions of N'Zoth.
      Here's everything we know so far about the Corrupted items system coming in Visions of N'Zoth.
    • By Stan
      Visions of N'Zoth is Battle for Azeroth's final major content patch, where we take the battle to N'Zoth himself and visit Ny'alotha. Our hub covers everything you need to know about Patch 8.3 and helps you stay on track if you haven't been playing the game for a while.
      Patch 8.3 Release Date
      Blizzard revealed after BlizzCon that Patch 8.3 will go live in January 2020.
      Game Director Ion Hazzikostas talked about Visions of N'Zoth in the latest Content Preview on October 7. We learned pretty much everything about the new patch, and in the following section, you're going to find its main features:
      Assaults
      Invasions return to the game once more, and this time, they're called Assaults. The Vale of Eternal Blossoms and Uldum will be periodically under assault by N'Zoth's forces, and your goal is to drive them back by completing quests and interacting with various objectives to complete the "emissary." Blizzard uses technology and everything they've learned from Mechagon and Nazjatar in this new iteration of Assaults to ensure dynamic replayability. Assaults are mandatory if you want to enter Horrific Visions.
      Initial Preview of Assaults in Visions of N'Zoth Horrific Visions
      Described as alternate realities where N'Zoth's power is ascendant, these are 1-5 player "scenarios" of Stormwind and Orgrimmar, where you need to complete various objectives for rewards. Horrific Visions revolve around a new mechanic called Sanity, which starts draining as soon as you enter a Horrific Vision. Your goal is to complete as many side objectives as possible and defeating the mini-boss before your Sanity is completely depleted.
      To help you with that, we've got Wrathion with a new Legendary Cloak and a Titanic Research Archive for Horrific Visions with perks that gradually trivialize the feature. You will be also able to buy various items from Wrathion after completing the Black Empire intro questline.
      Wrathion Selling Various Items in Patch 8.3 Ny'alotha, the Waking City
      We will be facing N'Zoth in Ny'alotha, the new twelve-boss raid located in Uldum. It comes with a raid skip quest after you defeat the first boss.
      Check out the sets you will be able to obtain in the new raid:
      Ny'alotha Cloth Sets Preview Ny'alotha Leather Sets Preview Ny'alotha Mail Sets Preview Ny'alotha Plate Sets Preview In the raid, we find out N'Zoth's true size and interesting loot which revolves around Corruption:
      Corrupted Weapons from Ny'alotha, the Waking City We've also covered the continuation of the story in Patch 8.3 and what happens in the raid in the articles below:
      New Forsaken Leadership in Patch 8.3 (Spoilers) Azshara's Bargain and the Key to Defeating N'Zoth (Spoilers) I'lgynoth's Whispers in Patch 8.3 (Analysis) Tyrande Whisperwind VO (Patch 8.3) N'Zoth's in-game model has been updated multiple times and you can check out N'Zoth's VO as well if you're interested what the Old God has to say based on the latest sound files.
      Rewards Updates
      Visions of N'Zoth comes with two new factions, six new Essences, a brand new Mythic Season, a new Seasonal affix, Profession updates, and more that we'll cover soon. On top of that, Essences from Mechagon and Nazjatar will be easier to acquire for alts. You can also add your own sockets to gear which currently does not have any, and more.
      Add Sockets to Your Gear in Patch 8.3 Heart of Azeroth will have a new Minor slot, two Stamina nodes, the maximum level increased to 85 (was 70). Coming in a later PTR update, Blizzard will be adding an infinite progression slot to aid you against N'Zoth's corruption at max level.
      New Factions
      Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms will be under attack by N'Zoth's forces and both zones host new factions. You'll learn more about the Rajani in Pandaria and Uldum Accord resides in Ramkahen.
      Rajani & Uldum Accord Overview New Allied Races: Vulpera & Mechagnomes
      Another pair of Allied Races will become available in Visions of N'Zoth. Alliance players will be able to recruit Mechagnomes, and their Horde counterpart are the Vulpera of Vol'dun.
      Official Mechagnomes & Vulpera Preview Mechagnomes & Vulpera Racials Mechagnomes & Vulpera Unlock Requirements Vulpera Heritage Armor Preview Mechagnome Heritage Armor Preview Mechagnome & Vulpera Dance Animations Vulpera Tidbits: Racial Mount, Shaman Totems, Hunter Pet New Heritage Armor: Goblins & Worgen
      Goblins and Worgen received new models and animations in Patch 8.2.5, but no Heritage Armor, which is added in Patch 8.3.
      Goblin & Worgen Heritage Armor Sets Preview Auction House Overhaul
      The Auction House will be completely revamped. No more lag caused by the system being clogged with single stacks. Stackable items are no longer purchased or sold in stacks; copper is no longer displayed in the Auction House, but used for calculations. If you regularly forget the name of goods, you can create a shopping list, and more!
      Auction House Revamp Preview The Alternative of Titanforging
      The Corrupted Items System is the alternative to Warforging and Titanforging in Patch 8.3. Items that would Warforge/Titanforge will drop with a +Corruption stat which grants side effects at various Corruption Levels.
      Everything We Know About the Corrupted Items System So Far Cleansing Corrupted Items Class Changes
      No patch would be complete without some class changes, and you can find all class changes planned for Visions of N'Zoth here.
      Allied Race & Pandaren Death Knights
      We found encrypted sound files of Bolvar and Mograine together with Death Knight creature textures for Allied Races and the Pandaren, and new Death Knight Swords of the Ebon Blade.It was confirmed at BlizzCon that all races will be able to roll Death Knights in Patch 8.3. The new Allied Races Death Knights will have a slightly updated starting experience similar to intros of Allied Races.
      Decrypted Bolvar & Darion Mograine Sound Files Improved Eye Glow for Night Elves and Death Knights Mythic Season 4 Season
      A brand new Season awaits in Visions of N'Zoth and players will be able to earn a title and a mount!
      New Mythic Season 4 Achievements & Rewards Quaking Affix Changes New Mounts
      As usual, with every content update, multiple mounts are coming with placeholder descriptions, sources, and whatnot.
      Alpaca Mounts - Presumably, new reputation mounts available for purchase at Exalted. Chalcedony Cloud Serpent - A new recolor of the existing serpent, possibly tied to the Assault on Vale. N'Zoth Serpent - New Stormsong Valley Rare Mount from the Adherent of the Abyss. Aqir Flying Mount Ahead of the Curve N'Zoth Mount: Uncorrupted Voidwing Mythic N'Zoth Mount (Ny'alotha Allseer), Glory of the Ny'alotha Raider (Wriggling Parasite) Island Expedition Vendors
      In Patch 8.3, you will be able to purchase Island-specific and Invasion-specific crates for Dubloons.
      New Dubloon Vendors Selling Island Expedition and Invasion Crates 3 New World Bosses
      Blizzard is adding three new world bosses to the game, which drop item level 445 loot.
      New World Bosses in Visions of N'Zoth Miscellaneous
      Other minor things planned for Patch 8.3 include:
      A new PvP event where players can serve N'Zoth, similar to Talon's Vengeance. Heroic difficulty for the Darkshore Warfront. Division of Operation: Mechagon into two wings, each with Heroic and Mythic Keystone difficulties. Darkmoon Arcade, allowing you to play your favorite mini-games at the Darkmoon Faire. Deepwind Gorge updated to be a capture point map. New Battle Pets and Pet Battle Dungeon - Blackrock Depths. New Story Quests: Rise of N'Zoth ...and more! We'll be periodically updating this hub with more details!
      Vision of N'zoth is the final major content patch of BfA, and here's our hub with everything you need to know.
    • By Stan
      In this week's 8.3 PTR build, five new Corrupted weapons have been added to the game.
      These include:
      Devastation's Hour (2H-Sword); Qwor N'lyeth (Polearm); Shard of the Black Empire (1H-Dagger); Shgla'yos, Astral Malignity (1H-Sword); Unguent Caress (Fist Weapon). Corrupted Weapons in Patch 8.3
      Certain weapons from Ny'alotha come with a static +25 Corruption Stat Increase and Benthic-like effects. You can learn more about the Corrupted Items System in our preview.
      Weapon Effect Description An'zig Vra Devour Vitality Your autoattacks bite into the target's soul, dealing 2% of your health in damage and healing you for that amount. Devastation's Hour Twilight Devastation Your attacks have a chance to trigger a beam of Twilight Devastation, dealing damage equal to 5% of your health to all enemies in front of you.
      Eyestalk of Il'gynoth Ineffable Truth Your Spells and Abilities have a chance to show you the Ineffable Truth, increasing the rate your cooldowns recover by 20% for 12 sec. Faralos, Empire's Dream Searing Flames Your damaging abilities build stacks of Searing Flames. When you reach 30 stacks, exhale a Searing Breath, dealing damage equal to 5% of your health to all targets in front of you. Mar'kowa, the Mindpiercer Flash of Insight Your mind's true potential is unlocked, causing your spells to grant you flashes of insight. Gain between 1% and 8% Intellect at all times. Qwor N'lyeth Echoing Void Your damaging abilities build the Echoing Void. Each time it builds, Echoing Void has a chance to collapse, dealing 1% of your Health as Shadow damage to all nearby enemies every 1 sec until no stacks remain. Shard of the Black Empire Twisted Appendage Your attacks have a chance to spawn a tentacle which Mind Flays your target for [ 3,110 + 25% of Spell Power ] Shadow damage every second for 10 sec. Shgla'yos, Astral Malignity Infinite Stars Your spells and abilities have a chance to strike a nearby enemy with an Infinite Star, dealing [ 60% of Spell Power ] Arcane damage and increasing their damage taken from your Infinite Stars by 25%, stacking up to 10 times. Sk'shuul Vaz Obsidian Skin Gain Obsidian Skin, increasing your Armor by 5%. Every 100% of your Max Health lost, explode with Obsidian Destruction, dealing Shadow damage equal to 1,000% of your Armor to all enemies within 20 yds. Unguent Caress Lash of the Void Your attacks have a chance to lash your target with a living tentacle, dealing [ 30% of Attack Power ] Shadow damage and snaring them by 30% for 6 sec. Vorzz Yoq'al Void Ritual Gain Void Ritual, giving your spells and abilities a chance to increase all secondary stats by 10 every sec for 20 sec. This chance is increased if at least 2 nearby allies also have Void Ritual. Whispering Eldritch Bow Whispered Truths Your auto-shots reduce the remaining cooldown of a random Hunter ability by 1.0 sec. Check out our Visions of N'Zoth Hub for the latest Patch 8.3 news!
    • By Stan
      Wrathion will be selling three items in Patch 8.3 that you can purchase with the new currencies.

      Once you complete the introductory questline for Horrific Visions you can talk to Wrathion in the Chamber of Heart and buy the following items:
      Vessel of Horrific Visions for 1,000 Coalescing Visions. The item is required to enter Horrific Visions. Gouged Eye of N'Zoth for 25,000 Corrupted Mementos. The item can be used to add a socket to an item of your choice which currently does not have one. Wicked Swarmer (Aqir mount) for 100,000 Corrupted Mementos. Note that the cost of items is not final and may change at any time.

      Check out our Patch 8.3 Content Hub for the latest news!
    • By Stan
      This week's 8.3 PTR build 32489 comes with a new item which lets you add sockets to your gear.
      While we don't know much about the item at this time, Gouged Eye of N'Zoth lets you add a socket to an item which currently does not have it.
      Check out our Patch 8.3 Hub for the latest Visions of N'Zoth news!
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