Patch 8.2, Rise of Azshara, is the new World of Warcraft patch.
Patch 8.2, or the Rise of Azshara, is the latest content patch in World of Warcraft. It features major changes to Battle For Azeroth as well as new zones (Nazjatar and Mechagon) a new dungeon (Operation: Mechagon), a new raid (Azshara’s Eternal Palace) and much more. Patch 8.2 is rumored to be one of the largest content patches in the history of the game. There will also be updates to the Heart of Azeroth, new Island Expeditions, customizable mounts, and the ability to unlock flying in Battle For Azeroth.
The two new zones introduced in 8.2 include Nazjatar and Mechagon. The Horde will meet up with the Unshackled (a group of Giblin, Makura, and Sea Giants), while the Alliance will aid a group of water warriors. You can build up the bases for each faction, and do this with the help of combat allies. Each combat ally has 30 levels and you can unlock new abilities and cosmetic rewards. Rare mobs will have an Azshara-themed affix that will be different each time you fight it. They will also have base defenses. One can do a quest line to unlock World Quests in Nazjatar.
Azshara’s Eternal Palace
The raid in Patch 8.2 is Azshara’s Eternal Palace. Currently, there are eight known bosses in the raid: Naga Centaur, Rage of Azshara, Underwater Monstrosity, Lady Priscilla Ashvane, The Hatchery, Naga Council, Herald of N’Zoth, and Queen Azshara herself. Today’s live stream discussed an underwater fight, which may bring back memories of other bosses that required movement in three dimensions (Malygos in Wrath of the Lich King and Al-Akir in Cataclysm).
Mechagon is the second new zone. Players will be tasked with building up the new main hub, Rustbolt. Three visitors will show up each day to Mechagon and each will provide a daily quest. Most of the other content can be done at your own pace. Like in Nazjatar, you can encounter rares, but some rares can only be found if you do certain tasks. Pascal the Robot can help you collect schematics to build him up. You can even make stuff yourself, including mounts.
Mechagon will have a new trinket that players can utilize punch cards to socket in at the player’s discretion. Mechagon is also the name of the new dungeon in the area, which has 8 bosses. It is a Mythic-only dungeon much like Karazhan. Like Karazhan, Blizzard will possibly split the dungeon up for Mythic+ content later on. You will enter through a trash compactor and fight your way towards King Mechagon himself. The bosses in Mechagon include King Gobbamak, Gunker, Trixie & Naemov, H K-8 Aerial Oppression Unit, Tussie Tonks (a robot and machine), KU-JO (mechanized dog), Machinist’s Keep, and King Mechagon himself.
When Will Patch 8.2 Come Out?
As of this writing, it is unknown when Patch 8.2 will release. Wowhead speculates a release date of May 28, 2019. This is because it is “77 cycles from the date of 8.1” (March 12). In Legion, 77 days (11 weeks) was about the average time between patches. Given previous development cycles as mentioned in the link, this places the release of Azshara’s Eternal Palace on or around July 16, 2019. However, these dates are not definite and are subject to change. We do know, however, that the 8.2 PTR will release next week.
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