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Patch 4.3 Dungeons Preview, Part One: End Time
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Cho'gall, once a key executor of the nihilistic Twilight's Hammer's vision, has been struck down. Lady Sinestra, consort of Deathwing and mother to the malevolent black dragons Nefarian and Onyxia, has fallen at the hands of great heroes. Ragnaros, lord of the realm of fire in the Elemental Plane, and Al’Akir, baron of the realm of air -- both mighty arbiters of Deathwing's destructive ends -- have themselves been purged. But even with so many of Deathwing's servants now vanquished, he freely roams the skies of Azeroth, wreaking havoc on the land and its people. It's in these darkest of hours that the forces standing against Deathwing must carry out a desperate plan to put an end to his devastating twilight flight.

The other Dragon Aspects, with allegiance from Thrall, have devised a dangerous and unorthodox strategy to bring Deathwing down once and for all. But to do so, they must acquire the Dragon Soul from a pivotal moment in the distant past... and they're going to need your help. In patch 4.3, level-85 players will gain access to three new Heroic-difficulty five-player dungeons, embarking on quests to aid the Aspects and other familiar faces in a fight against Deathwing, the Twilight's Hammer, ancient armies of the Burning Legion and Highborne... and even time itself.

Much like the experience in the five-player content of Icecrown Citadel, players must quest through these dungeons sequentially to unlock access to them in the Dungeon Finder. You'll also be afforded the opportunity for all-new epic loot, including new dungeon sets. While these sets aren't broken down by class and contain no set bonuses, they offer cohesive aesthetic looks for each armor type: cloth, leather, mail, and plate. These set pieces can be taken from the grasps of defeated bosses in each of the new Heroic dungeons.

Now read on for a taste of what lies ahead and -- interestingly enough -- behind you in the first of these three new dungeons: End Time.

End Time
One of an infinite number of potential outcomes, this timeway depicts the desolate future of Azeroth should its defenders fail to stop Deathwing. In this bleak future, Nozdormu has identified an anomaly that bars access to both the past and the Dragon Soul: a powerful creature from out of time, living alone amid time-twisted echoes of the past.
In order for Nozdormu to provide you the ability to travel back in time to a point before the Dragon Soul was hidden by Malfurion Stormrage from anyone who’d seek its power, you must first go to a distant and desolate future to discover the anomaly blocking the past. You'll find yourself in a very different Dragonblight, stripped of its snowy landscape, with little more than ruins of the once-great dragonshrines. Wyrmrest Temple itself stands only as a reminder of Deathwing's madness -- what's left of his scorched remains is impaled atop the structure.

Before you confront the creature disrupting Nozdormu's access to the past, you'll first be called to fight any two of the following four ostensibly familiar leaders, chosen at random each time you play through End Time.

Excerpts from the Dungeon Journal

Echo of Sylvanas: Spawned from shattered timeways and cloistered within the Ruby Dragonshrine, a maddened fragment of the Forsaken's leader, Sylvanas Windrunner, waits restlessly. Having lost everything and unable to find peace, this tormented echo aches for a chance to unleash her dark fury at anything still living within these barren, time-twisted wastes.

Echo of Tyrande: Once high priestess of Elune and leader of the night elves, this time-twisted fragment of Tyrande Whisperwind now wanders the desolate future of Azeroth. Enveloped by eternal midnight, she is forever separated from the comforting light of Elune and torn by questions about why her goddess did nothing to put an end to such madness.

Echo of Jaina: The tormented fragment of Jaina Proudmoore has been split and infused within the shattered pieces of her staff. To restore balance to the timeways, this echo must be defeated. However, the devastating magical power possessed by the once-proud ruler of Theramore is hardly lost to her time-havocked spectre. In this future Azeroth, she is only divided, and waiting....

Echo of Baine: Enraged by his failure to protect the world and, most importantly, the Horde, this time-ravaged shade of Baine Bloodhoof lingers within the ruins of the Obsidian Dragonshrine. Although he's still as powerful as the tauren high chieftain from the present, within this shattered future Azeroth, this guilt-ridden echo is little more than a discordant vessel of unquenchable malice and anger.

These long-dead heroes are mere echoes of their former glory, further warped by the corruptive force of time. Their presence here is a great mystery, even to Nozdormu. Once these shades have been laid to rest, the maniacal figure blocking Nozdormu's vision will be revealed at the Bronze Dragonshrine. None of the Dragon Aspects could have predicted what entity would have such power to interrupt the sight of the Timeless One… the ability to create a new and infinite dragonflight. Only by destroying a mysterious dragon known as Murozond will you give Azeroth's protectors the opportunity to avoid the potential outcome to which your eyes bear witness.

Stay tuned for part two of our patch 4.3 dungeons preview: Well of Eternity.





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Comments 153 Comments
  1. Amgyn's Avatar
    To everybody saying we are changing the past... we aren't... we are just borrowing an item from there, and will probably return it when we're done... probably...
  1. Priceless08's Avatar
    Maybe this is the beginning of Nozdormu changing into Murozond, and we are seeing it first hand. The infinite dragon flights whole purpose was to alter the time line so that horrible events would never happen in Azeroths history, which cause so much death and destruction. Seeing as this is the first event that we are going back in time to alter the timeline... Makes it seem like a plausible way to begin with the downfall of the Aspect of Time, which could be the Malygos of the next expansion.
  1. creepygnome's Avatar
    So are all the aspects going to go crazy, and we have to fight them at some point in time? Sounds like they are running out of creativity, oh wait that isn't anything new.
  1. Freese's Avatar
    Wtf. There have been 6 pages of comments, and no one has talked about how this is "rehashed" content. What's the point of reading comments on MMO Champion, then?
  1. Eein's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jantimirlol View Post
    is it me or are the graphics of all the screens posted to day awesome? ( especially the clouds.)
    I'm also amazed on how much they are pushing out of this rediculously overaged game engine.

    These guys are freaks.
  1. yamilonewolf's Avatar
    The one part of the plot I'm not following Is isn't the demon soul useless on Deathwing? Day of the Dragon the orc tries to use it on him but since he created it was "not very effective" So the entire idea of sealing it to use against him seems flawed... other than that.... I can't wait.
  1. KingA's Avatar
    img707.imageshack.us/img707/4306/d1preview6.jpg/thread
  1. un_known's Avatar
    hahaha, had a feeling that the demon/dragon soul would be used against deathwing, hell even the chain that was in the horde story line was a massive clue imo.
  1. jishdefish's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by yamilonewolf View Post
    The one part of the plot I'm not following Is isn't the demon soul useless on Deathwing? Day of the Dragon the orc tries to use it on him but since he created it was "not very effective" So the entire idea of sealing it to use against him seems flawed... other than that.... I can't wait.
    That Orc never considered reversing the polarity.
  1. Monsterenergy's Avatar
    Deathwing looks awesome.. The other drake looks....like a red dragon negative?
  1. zipzop87's Avatar
    So mad that there will be no epic JC cuts. I have 107 JC tokens=wasted. Been buying pyrite for epic jems=waste of time/gold. FML! Oh and im a mage with a fugly T13 on the way. Diablo 3 anyone!?!?
  1. Sw1tch's Avatar
    All of this is awesome and all, but we haven't seen class changes since 4.2........
  1. Killrogg's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DirewolfX View Post
    Murozond => Nozdormu. Shocking.
    You're right, they're the same letters as in Nozdormu.
    Interesting, where will this get us ?
  1. Hekili's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Priceless08 View Post
    Maybe this is the beginning of Nozdormu changing into Murozond, and we are seeing it first hand. The infinite dragon flights whole purpose was to alter the time line so that horrible events would never happen in Azeroths history, which cause so much death and destruction. Seeing as this is the first event that we are going back in time to alter the timeline... Makes it seem like a plausible way to begin with the downfall of the Aspect of Time, which could be the Malygos of the next expansion.
    Yeah, that's what I think people are overlooking. This radical new strategy, of altering time to avert a future bad outcome, is contradictory to Nozdormu's nature. It's quite clearly the first step toward him becoming Murozond. The only real canon issue that I can think of is that, when the Titans bestowed their gifts upon the Dragonflights, they showed Nozdormu his death. He should know about Murozond.
  1. Blayze's Avatar
    Hmm.Timeline A: Pre-Knaak

    Everything proceeds as normal, until Rhonin-A and friends go back in time to the War of the Ancients, causing Timeline B

    .Timelines B through C/Whatever: Pre-4.3

    The current timeline we're playing through, with only minor alterations each time due to fixing each attempt from the Infinite Dragonflight to ruin our lives. We go into a future--not specifically this timeline's future--taking us to Timeline D.

    Timeline D: Pre-Pandas?

    Timeline D, as seen in Dungeon 1, is the future caused by our future efforts in Dungeon 2 in the past. After we stole the Dragon Soul from the War of the Ancients, time progressed for this timeline at the same rate as ours--which meant that they had their Second War at the same time we did.

    This means that there was no Demon Soul for Rhonin-D to destroy and recharge the Aspects, presumably meaning that Nozdormu-D had to take... drastic measures to survive. He's latched onto the one figure at the heart of this whole affair--the one being whose reckless, wayward time travel cursed his timeline:

    Thrall-C.

    In killing Thrall-C, Nozdormu-D would be saving his entire timeline from interference. After all, even if Thrall-C went back in time and returned the Demon Soul to the War of the Ancients--or saw to it that it fell into the hands of Nekros Skullcrusher--it wouldn't be Timeline D he'd be returning it to.

    He'd be going back and causing Timeline E to occur and giving that particular timeline an *extra* Demon Soul to worry about, likely condemning everyone in Timeline E to oblivion too.

    But hey, our reality is the only one of consequence, right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragoonire View Post
    A lot of people saying anagram ... learn what one is first before you start saying it is one. A true anagram reads the same forward or backwards..... This does not.... Murozond would = donozorum which isn't a correct anagram to boot let alone Nozdormu would = Umrodzon. Just thought I would point that out ....
    That's a palimdrome.
  1. cutaia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dragoonire View Post
    A lot of people saying anagram ... learn what one is first before you start saying it is one. A true anagram reads the same forward or backwards..... This does not.... Murozond would = donozorum which isn't a correct anagram to boot let alone Nozdormu would = Umrodzon. Just thought I would point that out ....
    Yeah, you just described a palindrome.
  1. jishdefish's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dragoonire View Post
    A lot of people saying anagram ... learn what one is first before you start saying it is one. A true anagram reads the same forward or backwards..... This does not.... Murozond would = donozorum which isn't a correct anagram to boot let alone Nozdormu would = Umrodzon. Just thought I would point that out ....
    Donozorum would be a type of anagram. An anagram is any type of message, word, or name made up from scrambling the letters that make up another message, word, or name. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anagram

    Edit: and Palimdrome would be the type, thanks you guys.
  1. Crashdummy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kapulani View Post
    Yeah, that's what I think people are overlooking. This radical new strategy, of altering time to avert a future bad outcome, is contradictory to Nozdormu's nature. It's quite clearly the first step toward him becoming Murozond. The only real canon issue that I can think of is that, when the Titans bestowed their gifts upon the Dragonflights, they showed Nozdormu his death. He should know about Murozond.
    Nozdormu becomes Murozond ONLY IN ONE TIMELINE, which may not be the original one. Maybe if we defeat Deathwing he doesnt become Murozond.

    Its obvious that the Titans showed Nozdormu his death as Nozdormu, since its quite clear that Nozdormu didnt knew about him becoming leader of the infinite flight till twilight of aspects, and thats because IT HEPPENS IN ONLY ONE TIMELINE.

    People keep forgetting that there are multiple timelines and that not everything that is show as future will actually happens.

    Nozdormu might never become leader of the infinite flight in our timeline. Also, if in the original timeline we killed Deathwing, there is nothing wrong in altering any time needed for that to happen.

    We already did this in every single CoT instance.
  1. Dragoonire's Avatar
    Wow... Ok, So trying to read and do work on the computer at work fried my brain. I'm sorry i was wrong haha >.
  1. bewbew's Avatar
    I'd rather have a world destroyed like that for reals. D:

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