Initial Preview of Assaults in Patch 8.3 – News

Game Director Ion Hazzikostas today unveiled what to expect from Patch 8.3 titled Visions of N’Zoth.

For the first time, we will see an Old God unleashed in their full might. Ny’alotha is actually all around us, as portrayed in the screenshots below.


Titan facilities across Azeroth are the key to containing, controlling, and understanding the power of N’Zoth. Assaults are returning, zones will be periodically under attack by the minions of N’Zoth, here’s one facility located in Uldum, another one’s in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.

Horrific Visions

A new feature that will become available in Patch 8.3 is called “Horrific Visions”. These are essentially scenarios that show us an alternate reality and the deepening on N’Zoth’s corruption. Your sanity will be drained and you won’t make it far for the first time you go there. You will work with Wrathion. 

Horrific Visions of Stormwind and Orgrimmar

Legendary Cloaks

Wrathion is going to provide us with Legendary Cloaks that help us against N’Zoth’s sanity-draining attacks.

A new progression system is tied to Horrific Visions that will help you to delve deeper and overcome sanity-draining attacks.

Horrific Visions are meant to have a meaningful single-player progression system. They will scale seamlessly for groups of 1 to 5 players, regardless of your role.

Ny’alotha, The Waking City Raid

Finally, we’ll take the battle to N’Zoth himself. The new raid’s called Ny’alotha, The Waking City,  a 12-boss raid which showcases the full splender of the Black Empire.

Titanforging Going Away?

You will be able to unlock a new Essence Slot in Patch 8.3 and fill it with new Essences. The team is discussing the removal of Titanforging. 

New Allied Races (Mechagnomes & Vulpera)

New Allied Races are coming in Visions of N’Zoth. Vulpera for the Horde and Mechagnomes for the Alliance. Sadly, there will be no Alpaca mount for Vulperas.

New Goblin & Worgen Heritage Armor

New Heritage Armor is coming for both Goblins and the Worgen.

Auction House Overhaul

The Auction House has been overhauled in an effort to eliminate clutter (single stacks) and deliver a smooth experience. A separate commodities market has been created for stackable items. You can buy just portions of a stack and there will be no need to purchase entire stacks. 

Players will be able to create their shopping list and on the selling side, there will be no need for undercutting.

Heroic Darkshore Warfront is also coming along with the new affix, where obelisks pull you into an alternate world. 

New Mythic Season Affix

There will be a powerful lieutenant that must be defeated, which will then return you to your regular reality, but will do so in whatever location you’re currently standing when that miniboss is defeated. This will enable some interesting skips without Shroud of Concealment or invisibility. If you decide to skip the lieutenants entirely, they will pay you a visit when dealing with the final boss of dungeon.

Dev Content Preview

Finally, here’s Game Director Ion Hazzikostas going through all the features coming in 8.3.

Ion Hazzikostas talks about Visions of N’Zoth, Horrific Visions, Heritage Armor, Ny’alotha, an Auction House overhaul, and more!

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