What’s New In World of Warcraft This July?
What’s new in WoW? If you’ve been away from the game for the past few weeks or months, a lot has changed in World of Warcraft; some good and some bad changes were made. The most exciting change in July was the introduction of the long-awaited patch 6.2.
This is the last major content patch before the next expansion.
The “Fury of Hellfire” introduces the final raid of the expansion as well as new zones, dungeons and features. Gul’dan and the Iron Horde are preparing utter destruction of Draenor, and you must disrupt them before the Burning Legion obliterates Azeroth.
How do you do this?
New Raid: Hellfire Citadel
The Hellfire Citadel is where the final boss awaits. This 13-boss raid features stunning visuals and the most advanced AI in the game. You’ll meet Gorefiend, Kilrogg and of course, the deadly Archimonde himself.
Zone Unlocked: The Invasion of Tanaan Jungle
A new, end-game zone has been unlocked: Tanaan Jungle. Bright green, the jungle is filled with quests that will allow you to start building a shipyard before assaulting Tanaan by sea and land for the ultimate attack.
Rare mobs and treasures await while you disrupt the sinister plans of Gul’dan.
New Garrison Feature: Shipyard and Naval Missions
Pushing back the Iron Horde requires more than just land combat. Players are introduced to a new garrison feature that allows them to infiltrate Tanaan: shipyard and naval missions. Through these missions – only available for level 3 garrisons – you’ll be able to build:
The goal is to increase your fleet size and use your naval missions to disrupt the Iron Horde before your arrival in the Tanaan Jungle. WoW has finally taken to the red seas and brought the fight to the water.
New Dungeon Difficulty: Mythic for Draenor Dungeons
Like to play with just a few epic friends? Mythic difficulty allows seasoned players to increase the difficulty of dungeons and earn the best gear in the game as a result. All Mythic difficulty dungeons have a weekly lockout and the potential to drop gear with an item level of 685 or 705 (Warforged).
Players will also receive bonus rolls with the Seal of Inevitable Fate.
This Month in WoW – July 2015
There are a lot of festivals and activities to enjoy in-game during the month of July. The three most important events include:
Midsummer Fire Festival [June 21 – July 5]
The dancing and ribbon pole are back and better than ever. Midsummer Fire Festival adds fun quests and will have players going from one end of Azeroth to the other. Players will also be able to fight the elusive Frost Lord and loot the Frigid Frostling in the Satchel of Chilled Goods.
Fireworks over Azeroth [July 4]
Fireworks and tasty brew await players. All major cities will have fireworks going off every hour, on the hour. There will also be dancing and firework vendors, so you can start launching fireworks into the sky.
Darkmoon Faire Returns [July 5 – 12]
The Darkmoon Faire has returned! The faire is one-of-a-kind, and allows for rewards and achievements that can only be earned on Darkmoon Island. Heirloom gear, toys, pets and mounts can be acquired during the faire as well as completing some of World of Warcraft’s best quests.
Need to get Darkmoon Faire cards, or have some laying around?
Now is the time to create your decks and redeem your cards for some of the game’s best trinkets. If you don’t have gold, now is the time to stockpile some and start buying the cards you need to compete in the Hellfire Citadel.
Players can buy gold for the lowest price possible:
Gamers could stock up on gold in advance for the Darkmoon Faire cards.
Bonus Weekend Events in WoW
What else is going on this month? There are a lot of bonus weekend changes that will allow you to stock up on honor, gear and apexis crystals. The following bonus weekends have been announced:
- July 3 – 6 is Apexis Crystal bonus
- July 10 – 13 is Arena Skirmish bonus
- July 17 – 20 is WToLK Timewalking Dungeons bonus
- July 24 – 27 is Battleground bonus
Timewalking is new in WoW, and puts a fun twist on old dungeons. Players will be able to queue for old dungeons from either the Burning Crusade or Wrath of the Lich King expansion. Upon entering the dungeon, all of the player’s gear and levels will drop to the dungeon’s proper level, and players are thrust into Heroic mode.
Players will still retain their abilities, but not their high damage and gear levels.
Anyone that emerges victorious will find that the old loot has now been scaled up to the player’s current level. This means that some of the best looking gear in the game will be able to be used at level 100 with appropriate item levels and increases.
If you wanted something a little more than a transmorg, this is it!
Finally, old dungeons can be played and allow for the same level of fun with rewards that are worthwhile for end-game players to actually complete. This puts a whole new twist on World of Warcraft, and also opens up new achievements and quest chains for even greater rewards.
So, with all this good news, what’s the bad? A recent posting on MMO-Champion has the community a little dazed and confused. Mumper, one of the game’s developers, had an interview where he stated this will be the last raid of the expansion and the final major patch to be released.
What? So fast? Was 6.1 really a major patch?
It looks like time between expansions will be shorter with fewer major patches being released. The community is divided with some thinking this is great for the game, while many think that WoW is moving too fast and not putting enough time into the expansion.
This means stockpiling gold for the next expansion should happen now. Many players speculate that we may see the next, unnamed expansion within a year or less!