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Next World Of Warcraft Patch, Rise Of Azshara, Launches June 25

Blizzard released a new World of Warcraft trailer today, teasing the features arriving with Patch 8.2. Titled Rise of Azshara, the update will include two new zones, a new raid, and a new Mythic dungeon. Both zones will feature quests that push the main story forward. The patch also adds flying mechanics, new equipment, and Heroic-difficulty Warfronts.


The patch introduces Queen Azshara, a key villain within the World of Warcraft setting. Azshara rules over the naga, a serpentine race who inhabit the sea kingdom of Nazjatar. Patch 8.2 will take you to the heart of Azshara's domain to stop the rising tide of her return. 

Mechagon, the second new zone, is a gnome-themed area packed with new challenges for you to overcome. A break from the high-drama, high-stakes struggle against the Queen of Tides, Mechagon has a more whimsical feel to it. You'll thinker with mecha-gnome contraptions, build a resistance base, and complete construction projects.

In Operation: Mechagon, you'll take on a new eight-boss Mythic dungeon, eventually facing King Mechagon himself. The massive mechanical menace seeks to turn all inhabitants of the world into robots. It's up to you to short-circuit his plans.


Rise of Azshara will culminate in a new raid: The Eternal Palace. "Ten thousand years ago, as the seas engulfed Zin-Azshari, Queen Azshara forged a dark bargain with N'Zoth that transformed her loyal subjects into the sinister naga," describes the official announcement. "Through millennia of brutal conquest, Azshara has built a new empire from the ruins of the old and now holds dominion over the depths that once threatened to claim her. Ever the gracious host, she has invited the Alliance and Horde alike into her eternal palace to witness her glorious ascension ... and their ultimate demise."

Rise of Azshara launches on June 25. The Eternal Palace raid kicks off Season 3 on July 9, bringing a new Mythic+ affix, new rewards, and resetting the PVP ranking system.