By Anni Simpson on March 23, 2017 at 2:33pm
Patch 7.2 for "World of Warcraft" is dropping next week, Tuesday, March 28 according to developer Ryan Shwayder. The patch contains the Tomb of Sargeras, where players take on Kil'Jaeden as their next target in extinguishing the Legion invasion in the Broken Isles, as well as a brand new dungeon, Cathedral of Eternal Night.
Tomb of Sargeras is not the last expected raid in "Legion," but its addition does mean that "Legion already has more raid content than its predecessor Additionally, dungeons added in subsequent patches in an expansion was a tactic used for "Burning Crusade" and "Wrath of the Lich King" but had not been done in more recent expansions.
One of the larger criticisms facing "Warlords of Draenor" was the lack of end-game content - eight dungeons and three raids, with all of the dungeons available from release. While "WoD" added mythic difficulty to dungeons in a later patch, no new content was added at the dungeon level. Additionally, two of the eight available dungeons were older dungeons that had been scaled for the expansion, not new content.
While this was also a problem in "Mists of Pandaria," there were a larger number of raids (five), a larger number of dungeons (nine), as well as 18 scenarios.
However, other anticipated changes include:
- Ability to run Karazhan on heroic.
- Flying so long as you've completed the Pathfinder achievement on at least one character.
- Legion invasions in the Broken Isles.
- Artifact appearances from Solo Challenges.
- Additional quests for the Order Hall campaign and for Tomb of Sargeras storyline.
- Epic class mounts.
7.1.5 dropped relatively recently on Jan. 10 of this year, which also included the 10-boss raid Nighthold (11 if you include weekly quest bosses). So players who have not finished Nighthold may feel compelled to stop progression and continue with Tomb, which was an issue in previous expansions - lots of content pushed relatively quickly, then a huge wait between the last raid and the next expansion. However, players who do not hit Tomb right away do still have invasions and the Sargeras storyline to get their toes wet.
With something like the Legion in Patch 7.2, players are quite familiar with the protagonists already - Illidan, Prophet Velen, Maiev Shadowsong, Khadgar. Since players already know these characters, the content goes a bit "wider." There are still meaty questlines like class mounts and followers - but there are other types of open-world content like Demonic invasions. Ryan Shwayder, "World of Warcraft" Patch 7.2 Content Supervisor
The patch also contains smaller quality of life updates including an "open all" button to the mailbox. (It's the little things, Blizzard.)
Here at Player Theory, we hope those of you still playing "WoW" after all these years don't have too long of a queue time on Tuesday night.