8.3 Horrific Vision of Stormwind and Orgrimmar

In order to survive the Horrific Vision of Stormwind and Orgrimmar, players need to acquire Wrathion’s Legendary Cloak: “Ashjra’kamas, Shroud of Resolve.” The cloak can be upgraded up to Rank 15 with Horrific Core. At Rank 15, the cloak reduces Sanity loss from all sources by 75% — which helps at the most difficult areas of the Horrific Vision of Stormwind and Orgrimmar.

Below is a map of both cities, and the amount of Sanity lost per second in the most difficult areas.

8.2 Alexstrasza vs Vexiona and the Void-Twisted Dragonflight

After reaching Heart of Azeroth Level 65, I was greeted at the Chamber of Heart with two new quests. One of them starts with Kalecgos who sends you to the Twilight Highlands. There, a Vermillion Holdout scenario requires you to reduce the enemy threat from the Void-Twisted invaders.

After defeating Vexiona, Alexstrasza visits the Chamber of Heart to empower the Heart Forge with Tempered Scale of the Scarlet Broodmother. This adds the Crucible of Flame power.

World of Warcraft 8.3 – Visions of N’Zoth

After the conclusion of the Eternal Palace raid, N’zoth escaped his prison. Now the Black Empire has invaded Uldum and the Vale of Eternal Blossoms – two key Titan facilities.

Players must embark into the Visions of the Black Empire to stop the dark future from unraveling. These are the quest videos.

VALE OF ETERNAL BLOSSOMS DAILY QUESTS

1. Visions of a Dark Destiny
2. Windows to the Soul
3. Corruption Manifest
4. A Hand in the Dark
5. Preventative Measures
6. Torment from Beyond
7. Spawns of Madness
8. Vanquishing the Darkness
BONUS OBJECTIVES
(These reward you the Cache of the Black Empire, which contain Echoes of Oblivion x 150; Coalescing Visions x 50; and iLevel 415 gear)
1. Assault: The Black Empire

HORRIFIC VISIONS OF ORGRIMMAR

1. Thrall

HORRIFIC VISIONS OF STORMWIND

1. Alleria

VALE OF ETERNAL BLOSSOMS - RARE ELITES

1. Will of N'Zoth (GROUP)
2. Deeplord Zrihj (GROUP)
3. Teng the Awakened
4. Chief Mek-mek
5. Voidtender Malketh
6. Veskan the Fallen
7. Zror'um the Infinite (GROUP)
8. The Forgotten
9. Kilxl the Gaping Maw
10. Rijz'x the Devourer
11. Deeplord Zrihj
12. Quid
13. Brother Meller
14. Tashara
15. Ha-Li (GROUP)
ONLY AVAILABLE WHEN THE ZONE WORLD QUEST: "ASSAULT THE WARRING CLANS" IS ACTIVE
16. Jade Watcher (GROUP)
17. Rei Lun (GROUP) -- enter the Guo-Lai Halls, then go straight through the traps. At the end, go to the third floor, and clear the area around him.
18. Jade Colossus (GROUP) -- enter the Guo-Lai Halls, then go left into the Hall of Statues.
19. Xiln the Mountain
20. Dokani Obliterator (GROUP)
21. Stormhowl (GROUP)
22. Tisiphon There is a rock at 10.42 69.03 -- hovering the mouse on it says "Danielle's Lucky Fishing Rod." Click it to summon him.
23. Houndlord Ren
24. Spymaster Hul'ach
25. Anh-De the Loyal
8.3 Vale of Eternal Blossoms Rare Elites


ULDUM - RARE ELITES

1. Sun King Nahkotep (RAID)
2. Watcher Rehu (GROUP)
3. Sun Prophet Epaphos (GROUP)
4. Tat the Bonechewer
5. Rotfeaster
6. Acolyte Taspu
7. Nebet the Ascended (GROUP)
8. Muminah the Incandescent (GROUP)
9. Shoth the Darkened (GROUP)
10. Congealed Corruption (Spawns at 55 31)
11. Vuk'laz the Earthbreaker (RAID)
12. Zealot Tekem
13. Anaua
14. Senbu the Pridefather
15. Fangtaker Orsa
16. Sun Priestess Nubitt
17. Hik-ten the Taskmaster
18. Ishak of the Four Winds (122)
19. Scoutmaster Moswen
20. Atekhramun (GROUP)
21. Harbinger Raloam (GROUP)
22. Champion Sen-mat
23. Corrupted Neferset Guard
24. Corrupted Protoplasm
25. Thoughtstealer Vos
26. Gaze of N'Zoth
27. Hungering Miasma (GROUP)

8.3 Emerald Dream and the Black Empire

In Patch 8.3, the Black Empire has assaulted the Emerald Dreamways. First, you talk to the Earthen Guardian by the Port of Zandalar or Tradeswind Market, who informs you that Magni has summoned you to the Chamber of Heart. There, Kalecgos sends you to Ysera’s daughter, Merithra of the Dream, to support her dragonflight with the power to stop the Black Empire from killing more of her brethren.

After you repel the Black Empire’s invasion, Merithra rewards you with the Dreamglow Dragonscale. She appears at the Chamber of Heart to complete the ritual that infuses the Dreamglow Dragonscale’s power into the Heart Forge. This increases the Heart of Azeroth level from 67 to 83, and adds a third Minor slot to the Heart Forge.

WoW 8.3 – Vulpera Allied Race

The Vulpera Allied Race is now available in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.3. The videos show the character creation options, their racial abilities, and the dancing animation for both the male and female versions.

Note: The questline to unlock the Vulpera allied race is not yet available in the PTR, but you can straight create the vulpera at the character creation screen in the current PTR patch build. Click the video titles to watch fullscreen.

 

VULPERA (MALE)

 

WoW 8.3 – Mechagnome Allied Race

The Mechagnome Allied Race is now available in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.3. The videos show the character creation options, their racial abilities, and the dancing animation for both the male and female versions.

Note: The questline to unlock the mechagon allied race is not yet available in the PTR, but you can straight create them at the character creation screen in the current PTR patch build. Click the video titles to watch fullscreen.

 

MECHAGNOME (MALE)

 

8.2.5 Sylvanas vs Saurfang Duel and the future of the Forsaken

If you watched the entirety of the latest 8.2.5 cinematics and cutscenes, you are now aware that Sylvanas basically ditched the Forsaken and left Orgrimmar.

It was revealed that Azshara and Sylvanas had a secret pact. However, Sylvanas is not serving N’zoth. Instead, Sylvanas sees N’zoth as a tool for her own agenda. She knows that the Alliance and the Horde will fight N’zoth, and she expects all of them to die to serve Sylvanas in death. In fact, she plans for N’zoth to serve her in death as well.

SAURFANG FUNERAL

Something truly powerful and mysterious is going on here. For the first time in a very long time, Blizzard Entertainment has left fans unable to predict what happens next. We didn’t see it coming in 8.2.5; and certainly we no longer know exactly what’s happening before the next expansion, and in the next expansion. We do have an idea based on some pseudo-leaks, and some hints or puzzle pieces revealed throughout the war campaign since the BFA launch.

I have speculated one of those puzzle pieces in two of my articles: “Speculation: Playable Undead Races Beyond Humans?” and “Speculation: Forsaken Character Customization.”

The World of Warcraft: Comic Collection: Volume One

The World of Warcraft: Comic Collection: Volume OneBlizzard Entertainment will publish the World of Warcraft online comics of the three most recent expansions: Warlords of Draenor, Legion, and Battle for Azeroth in the upcoming The World of Warcraft: Comic Collection: Volume One — available now for pre-order.

The collection description doesn’t mention the title of the comics it collects, but mentions Jaina Proudmoore, Magni, and Gul’dan.

From the front cover, it is evident that “Son of the Wolf” — by Robert Brooks (writer) and Nesskain (artist) — is one of them.

“What is the price of peace? This is a question that Anduin Wrynn must answer as war against an ancient foe begins anew and hidden enemies threaten his very life. In “Anduin: Son of the Wolf,” a letter from Anduin’s father, King Varian, speaks of ill times ahead, prompting the young ruler to ponder leadership and responsibility. Anduin must face his fears and decide if he can defend Azeroth while still keeping true to his beliefs.”

The Jaina Proudmoore comic was titled “Reunion” — by Andrew Robinson (writer) and Linda Cavallini, Emanuele Tenderini (artists).

Jaina Proudmoore went unseen on Azeroth while the Alliance and the Horde finally defeated the Burning Legion for good. Now, after much soul-searching, she finds herself in the ruins of Theramore, the city she once ruled. Here, she reflects bitterly on how her hopes and actions for a lasting peace with the Horde have led only to betrayal, heartbreak, and disaster. Particularly haunted by her part in her father’s death, she believes it is only a matter of time before the Horde breaks another hard-won treaty. She decides to return home—to the island of Kul Tiras—to confront her past.

The Magni comic was titled “The Speaker” — by Matt Burns (writer) and Suqling (artist).

The war with the Legion has left a terrible wound in Azeroth, one keenly felt by Magni Bronzebeard. He can no longer speak to the world’s spirit; he can only hear her screams. Plagued by doubt, Magni journeys to Silithus, desperate to find of a way to rekindle his connection with the world.

For Gul’dan, I assume they refer to the Warlords of Draenor comic rather than the Twilight of Suramar comic; but likely both might be available in the collection. The Gul’dan comic was titled “Gul’dan and the Stranger” — by Micky Neilson (writer) and Alex Horley (artist).

The drums of war have begun to sound for Draenor’s orcs, and the power-mad warlock Gul’dan is the latest to play them. Brimming with fel energy, Gul’dan is convinced that his people will gain glory and strength if they only kneel to the demonic Burning Legion. But a hooded stranger has recently arrived in Gul’dan’s camp with a somewhat… contradictory vision.

The stranger has walked in places where terrifying war machines will soon shake the earth. From the smoldering ridges of Gorgrond to the hunting grounds of Nagrand, he watches over the orcish ranks, stoking their dreams of a united Horde: pure, free, and utterly dominant. And he has a message for Gul’dan.

The collection is slated to ship on June 16, 2020. Feel free to explore previous novels, comics, and audiobooks released in recent years at the Blizzplanet Store.

Theorycrafting: World of Warcraft: Dark Azeroth (AU)

World of Warcraft Classic peaked to over a million views on Twitch this past week, and Activision Blizzard has touted increase of subscriptions. At this point, it is unknown what the future will look like for World of Warcraft Classic. Will players continue to play Classic? What will happen after players have conquered Molten Core, Naxxramas, and Onyxia’s Lair many times over?

So far a developer played around with the idea to have The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King re-released. The question is whether the WoW Classic servers will remain so forever, while WoW: The Burning Crusade servers are opened parallel to the WoW Classic servers — separating both servers as standalone communities; or whether WoW Classic will become WoW Classic: The Burning Crusade.

Is there room for WoW Classic, World of Warcraft: BFA successors, and a third World of Warcraft? Now that would be royally unprecedented.

What would be the third World of Warcraft? Probably something set in the far future. Something set in the far past. Or… something akin to WoW Classic but how WoW Classic would look like if the Horde had never crossed over into Azeroth.

Ahhh… but that is not just an idea. It has already happened in the World of Warcraft lore. Blizzard has just not capitalized on that. Yet.

When Blizzard Entertainment launched World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, Garrosh Hellscream and Kairoz the bronze dragon had timetraveled to an alternate timeline where Garrosh had never been born.

Garrosh killed Kairoz as he didn’t want to be the dragon’s puppet. Garrosh wanted to live in this timeline doing whatever he wanted rather than follow the commands of his dragon master.

After killing Kairoz, Garrosh paid a visit to his father Grom Hellscream, and revealed to him he was his son from an alternate timeline’s future.

Garrosh told Grom not to drink from Mannoroth’s blood, and then we watched the Warlords of Draenor cinematic where Garrosh pushed Grom away when Mannoroth died — giving us a deja vu of the Warcraft III cinematic where Grom died.

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