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WoWSep 18, 2018 1:44 pm CT

Patch 8.1: Tides of Vengeance is coming to the PTR by the end of the week

In an action-packed Q&A, Ion Hazzikostas introduced us to the next chapter of Battle for Azeroth: Tides of Vengeance. Patch 8.1 will be packed with features, including:

  • A 9-boss Siege of Zuldazar raid with a different experience for each faction. Yes, Jaina will be a raid boss — but just for Horde.
  • A shorter Crucible of the Storms raid coming later in the patch. Though Ion didn’t give many details on this one, it will be similar to the 3-boss Trial of Valor raid in Legion.
  • A Darkshore Warfront themed around Night Elves vs. Forsaken. This will include an update to the zone itself for max level players.
  • Character stories for Saurfang, Tyrande, and Vol’jin, which were teased at BlizzCon.
  • More things are account-wide, including Champions of Azeroth reputation which let you unlock your Heart of Azeroth more quickly on alts. Reputation achievements will all also become account-wide (yay!), though Horde and Alliance reputations won’t double-count.
  • Heritage armor for Blood Elves and Dwarves, and it sounds like more might come in the future.
  • Two new Island Expedition islands: Jorundall, full of Vrykul ruins, and Havenswood, an abandoned Gilnean city.
  • For everyone waiting for Kul Tiran and Zandalari races, they aren’t coming yet. Look for them some time after the Siege of Zuldazar raid.

There was a mountain of info, and you can watch it all yourself in the Twitch VOD — or stay tuned to Blizzard Watch because the team is typing away over here and we’ll have more in-depth analysis soon.

I hope to see you on the PTR this week!

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