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. Puremallace's Avatar
    This looks like a disaster. You have to reforge your Heart of Azeroth now!??!?! uhh what if I tank a boss then I go back to dps?!?!??! Do I have to goto Silithus to reforge my heart of Azeroth?!?!? I am seriously concerned with how grindy they can get.
  1. Hextor's Avatar
    Why oh why rng procs again... more sims.

    Mount equipment is a very nice feature tho.
  1. Malorne the White Stag's Avatar
    Mount equipment is pretty cool

    Also, prevent daze. Finally.
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Malorne the White Stag View Post
    Mount equipment is pretty cool

    Also, prevent daze. Finally.
    Remember Malorne. Some game time for you if I'm wrong about it just being follower stuff for horsie and beeboi.
  1. kamuimac's Avatar
    mount equipement - retarded idea.

    you know what people will do next expansion ? still ride on waterstrider just with antidazed thing -_-

    - - - Updated - - -
  1. Malorne the White Stag's Avatar
    I love the wheel mount
  1. Sin Cara's Avatar
    Anyone else think of the IT from South Park when they showed the new mounts?
  1. Malorne the White Stag's Avatar
    PTR next week, figured it would be then
  1. Flower Milk's Avatar
    I'm sure the content they've made is great, but you still have to grind a bunch to be able to actually do it, like the HoA or to get flying. So I'm still not interested. There's plenty of other MMOs out there that you can just jump into and enjoy the content they have to offer without a huge grind attached to being able to do it.
  1. ryanmahaffe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Flower Milk View Post
    I'm sure the content they've made is great, but you still have to grind a bunch to be able to actually do it, like the HoA or to get flying. So I'm still not interested. There's plenty of other MMOs out there that you can just jump into and enjoy the content they have to offer without a huge grind attached to being able to do it.
    No..not really, every single mmorpg is a massive grind.
  1. letssee's Avatar
    people are being fooled by the content,
    just wait til it comes and ull see the game is still boring
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ryanmahaffe View Post
    No..not really, every single mmorpg is a massive grind.
    Yes but most games know how to balance fun and grind.

    WoW doesn't.
  1. Donald Hellscream's Avatar
    Looks great.
  1. Lurker1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleccybubb View Post
    The world quests have rare timers or unique methods to spawn them, offering unique rewards.

    Grats on finally figuring a system Square did with FF11 years ago.
    Grats on not moveing on already.
  1. Sigxy the Lemming's Avatar
    Hmm. While I do prefer this new Azerite system, I was hoping the new abilities would be class specific to add more flavour of the class - but this just looks like something everyone gets and will just be bland. I hope I'm wrong on that though!
  1. Sunaka's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Flower Milk View Post
    I'm sure the content they've made is great, but you still have to grind a bunch to be able to actually do it, like the HoA or to get flying. So I'm still not interested. There's plenty of other MMOs out there that you can just jump into and enjoy the content they have to offer without a huge grind attached to being able to do it.
    You mean kind of like how when I bought Heavensward for FF14 I had to finish all the post-2.0 content in order to meaningfully engage with the expansion and so never really got to? As much as I like having flying, it's not content, it's a reward for going through the content that's there. Just leveling from 110 to 120 is a grind you need to do in order to engage in a lot of the BfA content. That's different from almost no other game.
  1. ELYPOP's Avatar
    That new wheel mount, I need it. Mostly because..

  1. Allatar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Malorne the White Stag View Post
    Mount equipment is pretty cool

    Also, prevent daze. Finally.
    You do realise that is already a thing in game? This is taking a crafted consumable item and making it a permanent feature of your mounts.
  1. Redroniksre's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleccybubb View Post
    Yes but most games know how to balance fun and grind.

    WoW doesn't.
    You know FFXIV has forums too right? You spend an unhealthy amount of time here.
  1. cuafpr's Avatar
    hmm better than i expected, i'm hopeful

Site Navigation