Ia! Ia! Ph'nglui mglw'nafh N'Zoth fhtagn!
Rejoice dear readers, for we have returned and because of patch 8.3 has come to deliver us all from the boredom that so permeates Battle for Azeroth. The Waking City has arrived, quite literally in fact, as it’s monolithic, cyclopean have slithered into our reality and minions the of malignant deity have come to claim our minds while showing us the dark future where there is new, fun gameplay. With how much this patch has introduced it feels like a mini-expansion on it’s own, but let’s get into details.
First of all, we’ve got new kind of assault-type activities which are taking place in the areas of Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms, where cultists of N’Zoth are swarming the titan facilities. For the most part, the new assaults work like what we’ve previously seen before with the fill the bar type progression method that leads to an encounter with the area boss. However, this time around there’s a new thing which is the Major Invasion. They happen sporadically and are led personally by N’Zoth. Once they’ve happened, they will transform the surrounding area into a corrupted vision of itself, twisting the surrounding area. Such major areas will contain what is known as Vision of N’Zoth, another unique daily activity which involves venturing into deeper reaches of this twisted reality.
What’s more, the areas currently under a major assault will become home for two world bosses, each unique to their specific area: https://www.wowhead.com/npc=160970/vuklaz-the-earthbreaker in the deserts of Uldum and https://ptr.wowhead.com/npc=155851/grand-empress-shekzara in Vale of Eternal Blossoms. But that’s not all. These locations will act as gates for the new raid: Ny’alotha, the Waking City. This is a behemoth twelve boss raid, and it’s going to test your mettle with its wide spectrum of encounters. With the Titanforging mechanic being absent, a new wave of Corrupted items surges in to take its place. They offer unique and powerful effects not unlike those seen on benthic gear, but twist things up with an addition of a very interesting system that would have us tip the scales of benefits against what is essentially a double-edged blade that cuts us as it meets the enemy. Thankfully, a friend from the Black Dragonflight steps from within the shadows to provide us with means to fight the corruption in the shape of https://ptr.wowhead.com/item=169223/ashjrakamas-shroud-of-resolve.
Joining them will be a new type of scenario-type adventure called Horrific Visions. You’ll be visiting this place often in the following weeks, as they are your only source of obtaining upgrades for your cloak. Upon gaining additional levels your cloak will grow stronger in its protection against the sanity mechanic seen in many new activities.