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    The Eternal Palace Raid Preview and Schedule

    The Eternal Palace Raid Preview and Schedule
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    Face Queen Azshara’s most devoted champions in an epic new raid—The Eternal Palace.

    Ten thousand years ago, as the seas engulfed Zin-Azshari, Queen Azshara forged a dark bargain with N’Zoth that transformed her loyal subjects into the sinister naga. Through millennia of brutal conquest, Azshara has built a new empire from the ruins of the old and now holds dominion over the depths that once threatened to claim her. Ever the gracious host, she has invited the Alliance and Horde alike into her eternal palace to witness her glorious ascension… and their ultimate demise.

    Raid bosses: 8

    Difficulties: Raid Finder, Normal, Heroic, Mythic

    Level: 120

    Raid Finder Minimum Item Level: 380

    Raid Unlock Schedule:

    July 9 – Normal and Heroic Difficulties

    July 16 – Mythic and Raid Finder Wing 1 (Abyssal Commander Sivara, Blackwater Behemoth, Radiance of Azshara)

    July 30 – Raid Finder Wing 2 (Lady Ashvane, Orgozoa, The Queen’s Court)

    August 13 – Raid Finder Wing 3 (Za’qul, Queen Azshara)


    Abyssal Commander Sivara
    A master of both martial and magical arts, Abyssal Commander Sivara has ruthlessly led Azshara’s vanguard to countless victories.


    Blackwater Behemoth
    Summoned from depths unknown, the Blackwater Behemoth lurks in an abyss so dark that not even the naga dare to venture into it. Only Azshara is capable of taming the beast, and she has trained it to faithfully guard her treasures.


    Radiance of Azshara
    Using her handmaiden as a willing sacrifice, Azshara has forged into being an elemental of storm and arcana. Powered by the soul of the devoted vassal, the resulting monstrosity is the avatar of Azshara’s radiance.


    Lady Ashvane
    Priscilla Ashvane’s relentless pursuit of power has ultimately led her to the Eternal Palace and into a dark pact with Queen Azshara. But what Ashvane receives in return for her loyalty may be more than she bargained for.


    Orgozoa
    Orgozoa tends to Azshara’s hatchery, preparing for the day her incubating horrors are unleashed upon Azeroth.


    The Queen’s Court
    For ten thousand years, the Queen’s Court has never failed to enforce the word of Azshara. Now, the queen’s most powerful servants stand ready to fulfill her final decree.


    Za’qul, Harbinger of Ny’alotha
    The harbinger for the end of days, Za’qul shreds the last vestiges of sanity from a world in chaos, laying the foundations for Azeroth’s new master.


    Queen Azshara
    Queen of the Naga, Empress of Nazjatar, and one of the most powerful entities Azeroth has ever known, Azshara has plotted and schemed for millennia in preparation for this fateful moment. Now, with all the pieces in place, the time has finally come to reveal her endgame.


    New Achievements
    Completing the following achievements will earn players the meta-achievement Glory of the Palace Raider and reward the Azshari Bloatray mount: You and What Army?, Fun Run, Intro to Marine Biology, Simple Geometry, If It Please the Court, A Smack of Jellyfish, Lactose Intolerant, ‘The Best of Us

    All Difficulties
    • The Grand Reception: Defeat the following bosses in The Eternal Palace—Abyssal Commander Sivara, Blackwater Behemoth, Radiance of Azshara
    • Depths of the Devoted: Defeat the following bosses in The Eternal Palace—Lady Ashvane, Orgozoa, The Queen’s Court
    • The Circle of Stars: Defeat the following bosses in The Eternal Palace—Za’qul, Queen Azshara

    Normal Difficulty and Higher


    • You and What Army?: Defeat Abyssal Commander Sivara in The Eternal Palace while all three of her lieutenants are alive and engaged in the fight on Normal difficulty or higher.
    • Intro to Marine Biology: Defeat the Blackwater Behemoth in The Eternal Palace after collecting 50 samples of sea life from within the Darkest Depths on Normal difficulty or higher.
    • Fun Run: Defeat Radiance of Azshara in The Eternal Palace after running eight consecutive complete laps around her arena on Normal difficulty or higher.
    • Simple Geometry: Defeat Lady Ashvane in The Eternal Palace after having each cast of Arcing Azerite pass through her on Normal difficulty or higher.
    • A Smack of Jellyfish: Defeat Orgozoa in the Hatchery in The Eternal Palace after incubating a baby Zoatroid on Normal difficulty or higher.
    • If It Please the Court: Perform various emotes to earn Queen Azshara's Favor in The Eternal Palace, then defeat the Queen’s Court on Normal difficulty or higher.
    • Lactose Intolerant: Defeat Za’qul in The Eternal Palace right after killing ten Twinklehoof Bovine on Normal difficulty or higher.
    • The Best of Us: Defeat Queen Azshara in The Eternal Palace with one player still alive who is currently affected by Essence of Azeroth on Normal difficulty or higher.

    The Eternal Palace Meta-Achievement
    • Glory of the Eternal Raider: Complete the Eternal Palace raid achievements listed—You and What Army?, Fun Run, Intro to Marine Biology, Simple Geometry, If It Please the Court, A Smack of Jellyfish, Lactose Intolerant, The Best of Us.

    Reward: Azshari Bloatray

    Heroic Difficulty or Higher

    Mythic Difficulty


    • Mythic: Abyssal Commander Sivara: Defeat Commander Sivara in The Eternal Palace on Mythic difficulty.
    • Mythic: Radiance of Azshara: Defeat Radiance of Azshara in The Eternal Palace on Mythic difficulty.
    • Mythic: Blackwater Behemoth: Defeat Blackwater Behemoth in The Eternal Palace.
    • Mythic: Lady Ashvane: Defeat Lady Ashvane in The Eternal Palace on Mythic difficulty.
    • Mythic: Orgozoa: Defeat Orgozoa in The Eternal Palace on Mythic difficulty.
    • Mythic: The Queen's Court: Defeat the Queen’s Court in The Eternal Palace on Mythic difficulty.
    • Mythic: Za'qul: Defeat Za’qul in The Eternal Palace on Mythic difficulty.
    • Mythic: Queen Azshara: Defeat Queen Azshara in The Eternal Palace on Mythic difficulty.

    Title Reward: The Eternal
    Last edited by MagicFind; 2019-06-18 at 05:25 PM.

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    those armor sets are ugly AF holy.

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    I love the revisionist history, the night elves have no mention in any off Azshara and the eternal palace descriptions, it is as if she has nothing to do with them. And ofc we found out played little to no role on the alliance side (which put me off 8,2 massively, and if it wasnt for Thalyssra bearing the night elf torch I'd have boycotted it completely, now, lore wise, I'm simply underwhelmed)

    Consistency died in lore...and while we love new things, I certainly dont like that past lore means little or nothing and isnt a feature of the present..what is to draw people to explore past games, material and stuff if nothing of the new stuff is connected to its origin?
    I would have had written a book on Azshara that revealed the person she was before her rise to empress and how it changed everything.

    I expected so much more on the lore front for this character, this zone, and these encounters - I guess BFA continues to astonish in failing to match expectations, yet 8.2, while hailed as a great comeback, pleases in every department but lore - the one I hold most dear, for the race I hold most dear.

    Ah well, thank you, NEXt.
    Last edited by ravenmoon; 2019-06-18 at 06:16 PM.

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    Can we please get class designed tier sets back. yikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravenmoon View Post
    I love the revisionist history, the night elves have no mention in any off Azshara and the eternal palace descriptions, it is as if she has nothing to do with them. And ofc we found out played little to no role on the alliance side (which put me off 8,2 massively, and if it wasnt for Thalyssra bearing the night elf torch I'd have boycotted it completely, now, lore wise, I'm simply underwhelmed)
    Revisionist history makes perfect sense from a perfectionistic & mad queen pov.
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    The fun factor would go up 1000x if WQs existed in vanilla

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    Will they let azshara die just after this raid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatto View Post
    Will they let azshara die just after this raid?
    No, she escapes after the raid. She won't die until next expansion when Thrall tracks her down after escaping with a rogue bronze dragon to an alternate timeline. As is tradition.

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    Fire the person who gave the green signal on those armor sets.

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    Those tier sets are just as ugly as the current class design, yikes.

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    Looks like Bliz is still designing armor with the "everyone is just going to transmog it as soon as they leave the raid anyway so why bother putting any real effort into the design" mentality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkeon View Post
    Fire the person who gave the green signal on those armor sets.
    Welcome to Hunter Tier 11.

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    Difficulties: Raid Finder, Sleepwalk, Almost Normal, Normal, Just above Normal, Gothic, Nomadic, Almost Heroic, Just past Heroic, Challenging, More Challenging, Harder, and Mythic.

    Yep, nice and streamlined. So much better than when raids were raids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefkow View Post
    Those tier sets are just as ugly as the current class design, yikes.
    You cracked the code, tier sets died because there is no class design!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyusekiV2 View Post
    You cracked the code, tier sets died because there is no class design!
    I think that's an overstatement. There is no reason for them to be this ugly simply because they aren't linked to any classes. The halls of valor sets were very cool and simply raid focused. They could of made some very cool stuff based on the lore. I would of loved emerald nightmare inspired sets... the problem is they seem to have cut TOO much ressources into the making of them. I don't know if it's because they cut too much staff proportionally to the amount of sets they wouldn't need to do or if it's simply because the team made a LOT of brain storming and that is how they came up with really good stuff but now it's just 2-3 guys doing it all and not many good ideas are thrown in because of that.

    But they ARE ugly. I think BFA sets have been the first time I felt so let down upon seeing tier sets. Maybe it's because my main (before I quit) is a shaman and we got the guy that was making the hunter sets instead of the shaman sets but... I don't want to really farm any of them once I reach 9.0 max level... I did see some of them that were pretty darn cool... but those ones... ugh :-/

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    Awesome "class" sets /s

    If that wasn't for the dress, I wouldn't be able to identify the cloth one. Then no idea about which ones are the Mail, Plate and Leather set.

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    I find the new armour sets fine. They don't look super special but they're not bad. I like them.

    Exciting, I hope Azhara will be a beast! Just wish Illidan and his nagas were here to help us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sensei View Post
    Looks like Bliz is still designing armor with the "everyone is just going to transmog it as soon as they leave the raid anyway so why bother putting any real effort into the design" mentality.
    Leave the raid? We'll look for a place to mount on our yaks immediately after each boss you mean.
    Hail Lilith and see you in Hell!

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    And again Mythic sets look cool, and normal heroic sets look like lazy level 30 gear. What the hell. I hate this system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyusekiV2 View Post
    Can we please get class designed tier sets back. yikes
    They might come faster back than you think: removing class sets was a big fiasco, not only gameplay wise, but also financial. They thought that removing them will save them money, but by removing them, replayability of raids got removed too, and that also cost them money, far more than they probably thought.

    So i expect class sets to return at least in the next xpack. Sadly this expansion the crappy "raid sets" will stay around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lyphe View Post
    Difficulties: Raid Finder, Sleepwalk, Almost Normal, Normal, Just above Normal, Gothic, Nomadic, Almost Heroic, Just past Heroic, Challenging, More Challenging, Harder, and Mythic.

    Yep, nice and streamlined. So much better than when raids were raids.
    So you're angry about made up difficulties ? So internet of you...
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    When googling 4 letters is asking too much fact-checking.

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