Upcoming patches for 'World of Warcraft' will expand Legion content

World of Warcraft: Legion
Blizzard Entertainment
At Blizzard’s annual Blizzcon event, which finished up this past weekend, we learned a lot about what the publishing giant has planned for many of its games. When it comes to World of Warcraft though, we heard about upcoming patches 7.15 and 7.2, each of which is going to keep the Legion train moving, with lots of new content.

The latest content patch for World of Warcraft, which followed the release of the Legion expansion at the end of August, was 7.1, named “Return to Karazhan.” It introduced a new mythic-level dungeon, a new raid, a continuation of the main story and tweaks to most player classes and a number of items.

The 7.15 patch represents a change of pace for World of Warcraft releases, bringing with it a number of smaller additions to the game, though we could see this sort of patch come much more regularly from Blizzard as it tries to maintain its smaller, more dedicated, contemporary World of Warcraft playerbase.

Related: ‘World of Warcraft: Legion’ sells more than 3 million copies in a day

The 7.15 patch will make all six of Mists of Pandaria’s dungeons part of the timewalking feature, so players can take them on again but at a higher difficulty for aesthetic rewards. Brawlers Guild will return with a number of new raid encounters and Polygon reports that the Blade’s Edge PvP arena will also be getting an update.

This patch will also introduce new micro-holidays, which will be one or two-day events that won’t change the game fundamentally, but will offer temporary, fun asides. Volunteer Guard Day will let players act as city guards for a few hours if they wish.

The upcoming 7.2 patch, however, will be much more impressive. Called the “Tomb of Sargeras,” it will revamp the Broken Shore, bringing together the various order halls to create a new Armies of Legionfall faction. Building a base there, raising reputations and choosing which buildings to unlock will be a major part of the update. This will go hand in hand with new Legion Assault events, which will replace regular world quests as Azeroth’s finest hold back the demonic ‘horde’ of the Burning Legion.

Of course the Tomb of Sargeras itself is a raid that players will be able to take on. It comes with nine bosses and will continue the main story. A five-player dungeon, called Cathedral of Eternal Night, will also be available nearby, offering exciting loot drops.

We’re also told that patch 7.2 will introduce new artifact traits, which players can earn and unlock as they go.

These patches should be introduced to test realms and then be officially released within the next few weeks, with hints that after them, players can expect to take the fight to the Burning Legion’s stronghold: the planet of Argus.

Product Review

'Battle for Azeroth' lets you play Warcraft without canceling evening plans

‘Battle for Azeroth’ promises to put you in the middle of a new war between the Alliance and Horde. The plot too quickly unravels into dull fetch quests, but the game’s variety keeps you itching to log in it even as the story…

Is your Xbox One collecting dust? These games will bring you back

More than four years into its lifespan, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From 'Cuphead' to 'Halo 5,' the best Xbox One games offer something for everyone.

‘Overwatch’ adds to its expanding lore with a new animated short on August 22

On August 22, Blizzard will drop a new animated short at Gamescom 2018 in Germany and on the PlayOverwatch YouTube channel. It may feature one of the original heroes who hasn't been in their own animated film yet

One game console is better than the rest, and we're not afraid to say it

We've seen a relatively large influx of new consoles in the last year, including the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One X, so we've updated our recommendations for the best dedicated game hardware.

Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 20 Series starts at $500 and features real-time ray tracing

Nvidia revealed its new GeForce RTX 2000 Series of add-in desktop graphics cards for gamers during its pre-show Gamescom press event. The new family is based on Nvidia’s new “Turing” architecture focusing on real-time ray tracing.

Nvidia GeForce RTX GPUs are coming to Alienware and Predator gaming desktops

Dell and Acer have both announced support for Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 2000 graphics cards in refreshed gaming desktops, including Predator Orion series systems and Alienware desktops.

Nvidia’s new GPUs look amazing, but that doesn’t mean you should buy one

Nvidia's GeForce 2080 is a powerful graphics card that supports ray tracing to deliver real-time cinematic renderings of shadows, light, and reflection in games, but unless you were already planning on upgrading, you'll probably want to…
Emerging Tech

Scarily realistic ‘deep video portraits’ could take fake news to the next level

Researchers have developed a new A.I. system which is able to produce scarily realistic "deep fake" videos -- right down to details like a person's eyebrows or eyes as they speak.

Save $40 on a laptop backpack that has its own USB charging port

Is there anything more convenient than being able to charge your phone with your backpack? This laptop bag has a USB port that lets you do just that. With a $40 discount, you can get it for just $30 on Amazon right now

A MacBook Air with Retina display and Mac Mini “Pro” could arrive this fall

Apple is reportedly working on upgrade to the Mac Mini and the MacBook Air, with a planned hardware refresh later this year. The Mac Mini could get some "pro" components, while a Retina display could end up on the MacBook Air.

Asus gets ‘tough’ on gamers using two TUF Gaming FX laptops built for abuse

If you’re looking for a “tough” gaming laptop that won’t set your wallet on fire, Asus introduced two new solutions under its TUF Gaming FX banner. The FX505 dons a 15.6-inch screen while the FX705 sports a 17.3-inch screen.

Microsoft thwarts new Russian cyberattack on U.S. senators and think tanks

To protect democracy and free and fair elections, Microsoft had stopped a spearphishing-style cyberattack that is tied to a group with strong links to the Russian military. The company took control of six fake domains.

Nvidia's new GPUs are all about ray tracing. Here's why that matters

Nvidia's new GTX 2000 series graphics cards bring Ray Tracing technology to modern real-time 3D graphics, including games, for the first time. But what is ray tracing, and what does it mean for your games?

GTX 1080 graphics card prices plunge following Nvidia’s RTX announcement

Unless you need the new ray tracing capabilities of the new Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU -- a feature that will only be available on a limited number of games to start -- you can score a great deal on the GTX 1080 series graphics card.