Rise of Azshara Content Preview Live Stream
Senior Game Designer Jeremy Feasel is sitting down to unveil the curtain on what is coming next in content Patch 8.2 - Rise of Azshara!


  • PTR Date - Next week
  • Story
    • Sylvanas has learned something and has sent a few Horde Champions out to sea to see it.
    • The Alliance gives chase with Jaina at the helm.
    • Azshara plays her cards here, and the sea opens up, swallowing our ships and giving air to the new zone Nazjatar, formerly under the sea.
  • Nazjatar
    • Horde meets the Unshackled.
    • Alliance meets the Ankuran.
    • We will help these factions build up their bases and earn reputation.
    • Combat Allies: We will be able to pick one of three combat allies to adventure with us day to day.
      • They level up to a max of 30.
      • They have their own daily quests
      • Leveling them up makes them stronger, gives them new abilities, unlock cosmetics, and helps progress the story.
      [*[Nazjatar will have an emissary reputation.
    • Elite world quest bosses have naga themed affixes and take over points with base defenses to have an impact on the area.
    • More world quests can be unlocked through questing.
    • The story involves building up a base, discovering how to counter the naga, and getting the Javelin of Suramar artifact from Zin Azshari to break open the gates of Azshara's Eternal Palace.
  • Azshara's Eternal Palace
    • Underwater boss that snakes in and out of holes.
    • The Azshara fight will change the future of Azeroth.
  • Mechagon
    • Rustbolt is a small town that has been fighting against King Mechagon.
    • King Mechagon is building a doomsday device to turn everyone into robots, the goal of him and his Archforged (heavily mechanized gnome) followers.
    • We will help the friendly mechagnomes rebuild the island.
    • The goal is to make it feel like an engineering playground.
    • Tasks around the island will have you complete quests and gather resources to rebuild the island and gain powerful advantages on the battlefield.
    • Visitor System - 3 thematic visitors visit the island everyday that change the zone spawns and offer a unique daily quest with an awesome rewards. They are the best ways to raise your Mechagon reputation as well.
    • Everything here is open ended and found at your own pace.
    • Some hints are a cat that you can collect and find new color schemes for or a robot spider that eventually becomes a mount if built up enough.
    • The world quests have rare timers or unique methods to spawn them, offering unique rewards.
    • Pascal the Robot needs to be built up to unlock new things over your adventure in Mechagon.
    • Mechanocat mount is a reward you can build.
  • Operation Mechagon: Megadungeon
    • Starts by entering a trash compactor.
    • City has been weaponized against you.
    • King Mechagon is the final boss.
  • Pocket-Sized Computational Device
    • New trinket that you customize with punch cards you earn from Mechagon and the dungeon.
    • Punch cards have yellow, red, and blue variety.
  • Magni Story
    • Essences of the Titans are no longer clinging to Azeroth as it dies.
    • We want to rebuild the Chamber of Heart.
    • Heart Forge - Used to absorb essences and seal wounds of Azeroth.
  • Heart of Azeroth
    • Grid lets you slot an essence into tree, picking a major slot (active ability) and two minor slots (passive bonus.)
    • Essences have multiple different types and ranks.
    • Higher ranks gain not just damage, but higher utility or additional charges.
    • Higher difficulty content gives you higher ranks, including the highest rank which also has a cosmetic aspect.
    • Essences come from almost all content in the game including questing, raiding, PvP, reputation, etc.
    • The essence in the major slot also gives that essence's minor trait.
    • Essences slotted in the minor slots only give the minor trait.
    • You can respec these essences at any rest zone or with a tome.
  • Heritage Armor
    • Gnome Heritage Armor quest will dive into the history of the family of Mechgineer Thermaplug.
    • Tauren quest will go on a spirit journey to figure out why the spirits in Mulgore are restless, but they also have to finish the war campaign to figure out the fate of Baine.
  • War Campaign
    • Baine is locked up underneath Orgrimmar.
    • His fate and the fate of those who followed him will be revealed in this patch.
  • Heroic Warfronts
    • Initially for Stromgarde only
    • Heroic Warfronts will be much different than raids or normal warfronts.
    • They want to focus on the strategic aspects found in RTS games like Starcraft. Examples are special units sent at your base that needs to be defended, the enemy commander appearing on the field, or where to best put resources at the moment.
  • PvP
    • Robodrome Areana - New LoS blockers and mechanical obstacles.
    • Ashran Epic Battleground
  • Island Expeditions
    • New rewards
    • Crestfall will have a lot of lore from Warcraft II, including the giant turtle golbins used as a sub in the past rotting away.
    • Snowblossom Village will have undead and vermin foes.
  • Flying
    • Mechanical parrot is reward for unlocking flying.
    • Flying is unlocked in Kul Tiras, Zandalar, Mechagon and Nazjatar once the achievement is completed.
  • Mount Equipment
    • Equipped in mount slot and grants a buff to all mounts in your collection
    • Examples include water walking, a slow fall, and the ability to not be dazed.
  • New Rewards
    • Mechano-wheel mount
    • Crab mount
    • New customizable robot pet with a variety of heads including an alarmo-bot version.
    • Tidal Guardian tamable by hunters and used by the naga in Nazjatar.
    • Snap Dragon mount will be available in Nazjatar.
  • Miscellaneous
    • New Mission Table missions and mechanics
    • Giant Brewfest Revamp including pretzel hat and eating contest
    • New war mode additions
    • New Profession recipes

This article was originally published in forum thread: Rise of Azshara Content Preview Live Stream started by Stoy View original post
Comments 185 Comments
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    So many people gonna be underwhelmed.
  1. Shampro's Avatar
    We're one step closer to BFA being over. Let it begin.
  1. THEORACLE64's Avatar
    GIVE US THE GOODS. thnkz
  1. Laqweeta's Avatar
    Did he really say 8.1.5 gave us "lots of content"

    EX FUCKING DEE
  1. Malorne the White Stag's Avatar
    Mount equipment? Now that is interesting
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Laqweeta View Post
    Did he really say 8.1.5 gave us "lots of content"

    EX FUCKING DEE
    Yep... Already off to a great start.
  1. Laqweeta's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Malorne the White Stag View Post
    Mount equipment? Now that is interesting
    It is, my curiosity is peaked.

    Is it just going to be visual though?
  1. korijenkins's Avatar
    Ashran BAHAHA

    Disaster already
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Laqweeta View Post
    It is, my curiosity is peaked.

    Is it just going to be visual though?
    It'll just be follower equipment but for your horsey. Don't get too excited.
  1. Malorne the White Stag's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleccybubb View Post
    It'll just be follower equipment but for your horsey. Don't get too excited.
    I didn't think of that
  1. PrinceOfThaWest's Avatar
    Horde spies > Alliance spies
  1. Laqweeta's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleccybubb View Post
    It'll just be follower equipment but for your horsey. Don't get too excited.
    Don't forget it'll likely unlock at exalted rep with the new factions lel. Only 500 WQs to exalted!
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Malorne the White Stag View Post
    I didn't think of that
    If it's anything different you can have a month of game time on me.
  1. Scroolooseuk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleccybubb View Post
    It'll just be follower equipment but for your horsey. Don't get too excited.
    Yeah, I can't see how it will be graphical within the world with all the different shapes and sizes of mounts

    Would be cool tho!!
  1. Hextor's Avatar
    >8.1.5 Lots of content - what?
    >Ashran returning - please don't
    >Azshara playing her cards - yeah, opening up to a horde+alliance invasion, so smart!
  1. Laqweeta's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Scroolooseuk View Post
    Yeah, I can't see how it will be graphical within the world with all the different shapes and sizes of mounts

    Would be cool tho!!
    Maybe lots of mounted combat in the new zones?!
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Laqweeta View Post
    Maybe lots of mounted combat in the new zones?!
    I hope not.

    Any mounted combat in this game has been meh. Look at the Crusader stuff back in Wrath.

    Leveling them up makes them stronger and helps progress the story.

    WELP. Enjoy your flying being somehow gated behind getting all 3 of them to 30.
  1. Gloriandus's Avatar
    ""We want to make sure that you pull absolutely every unwanted mob around you...here are some new FOLLOWERS to make that happen!"
  1. Makorus's Avatar
    Uh oh, the Tidestone.
  1. Laqweeta's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleccybubb View Post
    I hope not.

    Any mounted combat in this game has been meh. Look at the Crusader stuff back in Wrath.
    True.

    just trying to figure out how mounted equipment won't just be visual.

    Maybe we'll have an upgrade system, minus sprint and speed, like ESO has?

    Unlock 4 additional bag slots on your mount at upgrade levels 25, 50, 75 and 100?!

    Gotta say the Palace looks AMAZING. At least the Art Team is A+++++++++++++

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