Legion is one of the best expansions World of Warcraft has ever received and it’s about to get even better later this month. How so? Well, Blizzard recently took the opportunity to announce that Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan is scheduled to arrive on October 25 in North America and October 26 in Europe. A lot of players were actually predicting that the announcement would come at Blizzcon 2016 and the release date a bit later in November, but it looks like the company wants to speed things up a bit which means that there will probably be other interesting news related to Legion at the event. With that in mind, we figured it would be a good idea to prepare ourselves beforehand and talk a bit about all the cool stuff coming next week with the release of Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan.
Dungeons and Raids
Just as its name suggests, one of the biggest highlights of Legion Patch 7.1 is the return of the dark mage tower known as Karazhan. World of Warcraft veterans are likely very familiar with this location as it is one of the most iconic and original 10-man raids in the game. Unlike the Burning Crusade version of the tower, however, the new Karazhan will be a 5-man mega dungeon with no less than 9 bosses, including familiar faces like Moroes, Attumen the Horseman, The Curator, and The Shade of Medivh, along with a few new encounters such as Mana Devourer and Viz’aduum the Watcher. The general layout of the location looks very similar to its original incarnation, though Blizzard did implement some changes here and there, especially towards the end of the dungeon. Also worth mentioning is that bosses drop loot ranging from ilvl 855 up to 875, however, the dungeon is available on Mythic difficulty only so expect it to be quite challenging.
The Nighthold, Legion’s next major raid isn’t scheduled to arrive in Patch 7.1, however, the update will introduce a new mini raid called Trial of Valor. Th raid continues the storyline established in Stormheim and Halls of Valor and will only include three bosses in the form of Odyn, Helya, and Guarm. Trial of Valor is set to launch two weeks after Return to Kharazan and will feature multiple levels of difficulty ranging from LFR to Mythic. There’s not a whole lot else to say about it since this is a very small raid but players should still consider venturing inside the Trial of Valor once it opens if only for the loot alone because some of the items can go up to ilvl 885 and above on Mythic.
There won’t be any major changes related to questing in Patch 7.1, however, Return to Karazhan does add a new storyline in Suramar that’s meant to tie up the Nightfallen campaign. That won’t happen all at once though, but rather, new storyline quests will appear every week and will eventually culminate with the opening of The Nighthold raid. In addition, Legion Patch 7.1 also adds a number of new World Quests and a few changes related to how they work. Specifically, Blizzard has stated that World Quests will no longer have “friendly” reputation lock requirements for alts. And speaking of alts, the company also revealed that the Court of Stars and The Arcway Mythic dungeons will unlock account-wide with the release of Patch 7.1.
Illnea Bloodthorn is the long-awaited Blood of Sargeras vendor and she will make her way to Dalaran once Legion Patch 7.1 goes live next week. Players will be able to go to Illnea and trade in 1 Blood of Sargeras for a variety of crafting materials as well as a cache containing 200 Order Resources. That may not sound like much but the cache is actually very valuable as it is bind on account and can be sent to your alts. In addition to the vendor, Patch 7.1 also introduces a number of new recipes for Alchemy, Tailoring, Inscription, and Leatherworking, along with some changes to Cooking and Fishing. Of particular note here are the Drums of the Mountain which temporarily increase the haste of all party members by 25%, the various Inscription glyphs that greatly increase Versatility when fighting certain Trial of Valor bosses, and the new 30 slot Imbued Silkweave Bag.
Collectors will be in for a treat next week as Legion Patch 7.1 introduces a variety of new mounts and pets. While we don’t have a full list available just yet, we do know for certain that 7.1 will add a new version of Midnight, the Arcanist’s Manasaber, an Ivory Hawkstrider, a Darkwater Skate stingray mount, and a couple of Prestigious PVP mounts. Several others mounts have appeared in the Patch 7.1 database but were later removed, so it is currently unknown if they will be added at launch or just further down the line. These mounts include Basilisks, Falcosaurs, Coursers, and Stormdrakes. In terms of new pets, World of Warcraft players have at least 16 of them to look forward to in Patch 7.1, all of which will be located in Northrend. The pets in question are part of Raiding with Leashes IV, an achievement that has players returning to old raids in search of rare battle pets. This time around, the raids include Ulduar, Trial of the Crusader, and Icecrown Citadel.