Patch 8.3 has been officially announced in a video by Blizzard. This content update, announced by game director Ion Hazzikostas, is named Visions of N’zoth. Let’s look at the Preview of Patch 8.3.
New Raid – Ny’alotha
Ny’alotha, the sleeping city, has awakened. For the first time in millennia, N’Zoth sits on his throne within the Black Empire. His armies flood from their dark halls, once again wreaking havoc on Azeroth. As the world shudders from these invasions, a desperate plan is hatched. Champions from the Horde and Alliance are gathered to face this ancient enemy within his own realm for one final confrontation that will decide the fate of the universe.
In this raid, we fight notable characters like Wrathion (who seems to be saved rather than killed in the encounter), Ra-den the Despoiled and N’zoth himself.
This raid coming in patch 8.3, will be the final raid of Battle for Azeroth, as said by the Game Director. This will open the way for an expansion reveal in Blizzcon.
New instanced content: Visions of N’Zoth
Visions of N’zoth is a 1-5 man instanced content inspired by Mage Tower from Legion, coming in Patch 8.3. In this instance, as its name suggests, you will see visions of N’zoth about corrupted Stormwind and Orgrimmar. These cities are filled with servants of N’zoth and you need to cleanse them without losing your sanity. You need to progress in this instanced content, as you can’t complete it the first time and you will eventually go mad. There is a talent-like system tied to it that makes you stronger with each time you do this content. Rewards for this instance are not known yet but the difficulty adjusts accordingly with a number of players inside.
Heart of Azeroth
Heart of Azeroth will have new essences and system update in patch 8.3. There is one additional minor slot, 2 new stamina nodes and a new infinite progression coming for Heart of Azeroth. Some of these new essences have been data-mined. The maximum level of your Heart of Azeroth is also increased to 85.
New world Contents
Assaults are also a new feature coming in patch 8.3. These assaults are the better versions of previous assaults added in Legion and Battle for Azeroth. Two key zones are sometimes under assault by minions of N’zoth, Uldum and Vale of the Eternal Blossom. While these assaults are active, players need to battle across the zone to defeat minions of N’zoth, solve puzzles, and uncover treasures.
Vale of the Eternal Blossom is also returned to its former glory before Siege of Orgrimmar patch in Mists of Pandaria.
Legendary items were not present in Battle for Azeroth like Legion, and developers said at the start of the expansion that they might come in a questline later in this expansions. They are finally here, but it does not seem to have a known effect (well not until patch 8.3 actually drops).
These legendary cloaks are related to Wrathion and it seems to make us more strong against the corruption of N’zoth. There are some items related to these cloaks data-mined
Auction House revamp
The awaited and promised Auction House revamp is also coming in Patch 8.3! This Auction House revamp comes with a UI change and systematic changes. This revamp targets mainly the speed of the Auction house which was terribly slow at the launch of Battle for Azeroth. In this new Auction House, stacks are not a thing anymore. You can buy any amount of a consumable you want and the Auction House will fetch that amount for you. As of now, you don’t need to undercut anyone by low amount, as it follows “Last in, First out” rule.
Two new Allied races (Vulpora and Mechagnomes) are also been added in patch 8.3, and there are also some new contents for Classic WoW which you can read from Content Preview Dire maul and Allied Races.