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World of Warcraft Visions of N'Zoth update will add two new playable races

World of Warcraft's current expansion, Battle for Azeroth, is drawing to a close. The Azshara's Eternal Palace raid in Patch 8.2 culminated with the freeing of Old God N'Zoth from his prison. With the war between the Horde and the Alliance ending thanks to the sacrifice of Saurfang in Patch 8.2.5, it's time to take on the elder deity in a new update, Visions of N'Zoth.

The free patch will introduce two new Allied races: the Vulpera and the Mechagnomes. The Vulpera of the Vol'dun region will join the Horde, fulfilling the wishes of many players who have long dreamed of playing one of the fox-like creatures. Fans of Dolly and Dot may be saddened to hear that the Vulpera will not receive alpaca mounts. Those who have finished the Vol'dun level-up questline and become exalted with the Voldunai will be able to to complete a questline once Visions of N'Zoth goes live to unlock the latest Horde-affiliated race.

The Alliance will welcome the Mechagnomes of Mechagon into their ranks, gnomes who have replaced much of their anatomy with metal parts like gears and cogs. Like the Vulpera, players who are exalted of Mechagon can complete a questline to unlock the Mechagnome race as soon as Visions of N'Zoth is up and running.

Game director Ion Hazzikostas detailed several other features that would debut with the patch during the New Developer Content Update Preview. The Battle for Azeroth story will conclude with a 12-boss raid with N'Zoth himself acting as the final boss of the expansion. The update will also introduce the Corrupted affix for Mythic Dungeons, featuring Black Empire obelisks that skip you around the dungeon.

Beyond the new races, one of the key new features of Visions of N'Zoth are Horrific Visions, 1-5 player scenarios that present alternate versions of Stormwind and Orgrimmar. These visions show the corrupted future that could come to pass should the players fail to stop N'Zoth. You'll work with Wrathion on these missions, unlocking benefits and information as well as leveling up a legendary cloak you can use during Horrific Visions and the final boss fight.

Visions of N'Zoth is slated to hit the World of Warcraft public test realm later today, October 7.