Following the newest build of the patch 6.2. PTR, I returned to Ashran to see if any new lore about the artifact had been added. There hasn’t been, but the new Ashran Excavation area has been heavily modified and looks much better than during our last look at it.

Read on for the full preview.

First off, Belloc Brightblade and Harrison Jones can be found at their respective factions’ entrances to the excavation. They offer a new quest to encourage players to explore the mine:

 Patch 6.2. Second Look: Ashran Excavation

The Stormshield Excavation is now gnome-themed, complete with all new spider-tank models. The references to mine cart races like Silvershard Mines have been removed, replaced with a bonus objective to kill NPCs in opposite faction’s excavation:

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Warspear Excavation, now goblin themed with a ton of ceiling fans. As previously mentioned, there is a bonus event to kill enemy goblin/gnome NPCs in these areas, however all I could find where ghostly arakkoa, perhaps they’re part of an event?:

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Amberlight Cavern, formerly Holinka’s Hideaway. Now its filled with giant apexis crystals:

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Ruhkmaz’ Vault, mostly unchanged. Rukhmaz collects special apexis crystals from players, the first faction to hand in 50 wins:

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Ian Bates

World of Warcraft Writer and columnist for Blizzplanet. I am also known as The Red Shirt Guy (BlizzCon).