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BlizzCon 2018: World of Warcraft Patch 8.1 Tides of Vengeance coming December 11th

First details on patch 8.2 Rise of Azshara also announced.

World of Warcraft - Tides of Vengeance
Credit: Blizzard Entertainment

At BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard Entertainment announced that Patch 8.1, the first major patch for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth will be coming on December 11th. The patch will be known as Tides of Vengeance and feature a whole raft of changes and new content to keep players busy.

Watch the World of Warcraft – Terror of Darkshore trailer below:

Tides of Vengeance – Patch 8.1

  • New story and character quests – Discover the next chapters in the stories of Tyrande, Saurfang, and Vol’jin in new character-driven quest lines, and strike against the enemy in the ongoing War Campaign.
  • Raid: Battle Of Dazar’Alor – War crashes upon the shores of Zandalar in an all-new raid in the Zandalari trolls’ capital. Battle Horde or Alliance leaders such as High Tinker Mekkatorque and King Rastakhan in faction-specific encounters, and fight on the front lines of one of Battle for Azeroth’s defining conflicts.
  • Warfront: Battle For Darkshore – In the ashen shadow of Teldrassil, the night elves strike back against the Forsaken to reclaim their ancestral homeland in an all-new co-op Warfront. In between battles, discover what awaits in a new version of the Darkshore zone reshaped by the fires of war.
  • Horde and Alliance assaults – Defend Kul Tiras and Zandalar from the enemy faction’s invading forces in Horde and Alliance Assaults, breaking out across Battle for Azeroth’s outdoor world. Sabotage the enemy airship, take out the commander, and earn loot and Artifact power to prepare for new conflicts.
  • New island expeditions – Claim Azerite on the new islands of Jorundall and Havenswood, with updates to the Islands Expeditions system including capturable Azerite extractors.
  • Dwarf and Blood Elf heritage armor – Max-level dwarves and blood elves can delve deeper into their race’s history and lore, and unlock cosmetic Heritage Armor to honor their legacy.
  • And more to come – As Tides of Vengeance continues to unfold, discover the dark secrets lurking in Stormsong Valley in the Crucible of Storms raid; prepare to recruit the Zandalari trolls and Kul Tiran humans as Allied Races; and brace for the emergence of ancient foes in future chapters of Battle for Azeroth.

Watch the World of Warcraft – Lost Honor cinematic below:

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Rise of Azshara – Patch 8.2

Blizzard also announced the first details of Patch 8.2 which will be known as Rise of Azshara. Players will be taking the fight to Queen Azshara on Nazjatar, the home of the Naga. There will be a new eight boss raid called Azshara’s Eternal Palace.

Rise of Azhara will also feature Mechagon, an ancient gnome city featuring augmented gnomes. This new location is also expected to feature an eight boss Mythic dungeon.

The 8.2 patch is also set to allow flying mounts in Battle for Azeroth, bring new island expeditions and more difficult Warfronts. New heritage armour will also be available for Gnomes and Tauren.

There is currently no release date set for Rize of Azshara but we expect it won’t be until Q2 2019.

View some World of Warcraft screenshots from BlizzCon 2018 in our gallery:

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