Blizzard has posted their official preview and schedule of The Eternal Palace raid. The raid will go live on July 9th (two weeks after Patch 8.2 hits), with Mythic opening up one week later on July 16th.

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Face Queen Azshara’s most devoted champions in an epic new raid—The Eternal Palace.

Ten thousand years ago, as the seas engulfed Zin-Azshari, Queen Azshara forged a dark bargain with N’Zoth that transformed her loyal subjects into the sinister naga. Through millennia of brutal conquest, Azshara has built a new empire from the ruins of the old and now holds dominion over the depths that once threatened to claim her. Ever the gracious host, she has invited the Alliance and Horde alike into her eternal palace to witness her glorious ascension… and their ultimate demise.


Raid bosses: 8
Difficulties: Raid Finder, Normal, Heroic, Mythic
Level: 120
Raid Finder Minimum Item Level: 380

Raid Unlock Schedule

July 9 – Normal and Heroic Difficulties
July 16 – Mythic and Raid Finder Wing 1 (Abyssal Commander Sivara, Blackwater Behemoth, Radiance of Azshara)
July 30 – Raid Finder Wing 2 (Lady Ashvane, Orgozoa, The Queen’s Court)
August 13 – Raid Finder Wing 3 (Za’qul, Queen Azshara)


Abyssal Commander Sivara - A master of both martial and magical arts, Abyssal Commander Sivara has ruthlessly led Azshara’s vanguard to countless victories.

Blackwater Behemoth - Summoned from depths unknown, the Blackwater Behemoth lurks in an abyss so dark that not even the naga dare to venture into it. Only Azshara is capable of taming the beast, and she has trained it to faithfully guard her treasures.

Radiance of Azshara - Using her handmaiden as a willing sacrifice, Azshara has forged into being an elemental of storm and arcana. Powered by the soul of the devoted vassal, the resulting monstrosity is the avatar of Azshara’s radiance.

Lady Ashvane - Priscilla Ashvane’s relentless pursuit of power has ultimately led her to the Eternal Palace and into a dark pact with Queen Azshara. But what Ashvane receives in return for her loyalty may be more than she bargained for.

Orgozoa - Orgozoa tends to Azshara’s hatchery, preparing for the day her incubating horrors are unleashed upon Azeroth.

The Queen’s Court - For ten thousand years, the Queen’s Court has never failed to enforce the word of Azshara. Now, the queen’s most powerful servants stand ready to fulfill her final decree.

Za’qul, Harbinger of Ny’alotha - The harbinger for the end of days, Za’qul shreds the last vestiges of sanity from a world in chaos, laying the foundations for Azeroth’s new master.

Queen Azshara - Queen of the Naga, Empress of Nazjatar, and one of the most powerful entities Azeroth has ever known, Azshara has plotted and schemed for millennia in preparation for this fateful moment. Now, with all the pieces in place, the time has finally come to reveal her endgame.


New Achievements

All Difficulties

  • The Grand Reception: Defeat the following bosses in The Eternal Palace—Abyssal Commander Sivara, Blackwater Behemoth, Radiance of Azshara
  • Depths of the Devoted: Defeat the following bosses in The Eternal Palace—Lady Ashvane, Orgozoa, The Queen’s Court
  • The Circle of Stars: Defeat the following bosses in The Eternal Palace—Za’qul, Queen Azshara

Normal Difficulty and Higher

  • You and What Army?: Defeat Abyssal Commander Sivara in The Eternal Palace while all three of her lieutenants are alive and engaged in the fight on Normal difficulty or higher.
  • Intro to Marine Biology: Defeat the Blackwater Behemoth in The Eternal Palace after collecting 50 samples of sea life from within the Darkest Depths on Normal difficulty or higher.
  • Fun Run: Defeat Radiance of Azshara in The Eternal Palace after running eight consecutive complete laps around her arena on Normal difficulty or higher.
  • Simple Geometry: Defeat Lady Ashvane in The Eternal Palace after having each cast of Arcing Azerite pass through her on Normal difficulty or higher.
  • A Smack of Jellyfish: Defeat Orgozoa in the Hatchery in The Eternal Palace after incubating a baby Zoatroid on Normal difficulty or higher.
  • If It Please the Court: Perform various emotes to earn Queen Azshara's Favor in The Eternal Palace, then defeat the Queen’s Court on Normal difficulty or higher.
  • Lactose Intolerant: Defeat Za’qul in The Eternal Palace right after killing ten Twinklehoof Bovine on Normal difficulty or higher.
  • The Best of Us: Defeat Queen Azshara in The Eternal Palace with one player still alive who is currently affected by Essence of Azeroth on Normal difficulty or higher.

The Eternal Palace Meta-Achievement

Reward: Azshari Bloatray Mount


Heroic Difficulty or Higher

Mythic Difficulty

  • Mythic: Abyssal Commander Sivara: Defeat Commander Sivara in The Eternal Palace on Mythic difficulty.
  • Mythic: Radiance of Azshara: Defeat Radiance of Azshara in The Eternal Palace on Mythic difficulty.
  • Mythic: Blackwater Behemoth: Defeat Blackwater Behemoth in The Eternal Palace.
  • Mythic: Lady Ashvane: Defeat Lady Ashvane in The Eternal Palace on Mythic difficulty.
  • Mythic: Orgozoa: Defeat Orgozoa in The Eternal Palace on Mythic difficulty.
  • Mythic: The Queen’s Court: Defeat the Queen’s Court in The Eternal Palace on Mythic difficulty.
  • Mythic: Za’qul: Defeat Za’qul in The Eternal Palace on Mythic difficulty.
  • Mythic: Queen Azshara: Defeat Queen Azshara in The Eternal Palace on Mythic difficulty.

Title Reward: The Eternal

Blizzard is giving away 15 copies of the World of Warcraft 15-Year Anniversary Collector’s Edition and to enter all you have to do is answer a simple question! This giveaway is open only to EU players until June 23rd.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)

What a journey it has been! To celebrate 15 years of World of Warcraft, we’re giving away 15 copies of the World of Warcraft 15-Year Anniversary Collector’s Edition. Each set contains a treasure trove of items, including an exclusive Ragnaros the Firelord statue, two majestic alabaster mounts, 30 days of game time, and much more!

For your chance to win one of these coveted Collector’s Editions, simply complete the entry form below by 23:59 CEST on June 23.

World of Warcraft® 15 Year Anniversary Collector's Edition Giveaway

For eligibility requirements and details on how to participate, please see the giveaway rules.

Learn more about the World of Warcraft 15-Year Anniversary Collector’s Edition in our dedicated blog.

Blizzard has shared details regarding the availability of achievements from Raids, Mythic+ and PvP. In this post we'll go over all the Hidden Achievements and Feats of Strength available in Battle for Azeroth Season 2, how to get them and mention until when you can earn them.

For a complete list of all the Hidden Achievements and Feats of Strength in the game check this guide.

Battle for Azeroth Season 2 Limited Achievements

Crucible of Storms Raid Achievements

These achievements will be available throughout the off-season until Azshara's Eternal Palace opens.

Battle of Dazar'alor Raid Achievements

These achievements will be available throughout the off-season until Azshara's Eternal Palace opens.

BFA Mythic+ Season 2 Achievements

These achievements will be available until Patch 8.2 Rise of Azshara is live.

To track these achievements you can check your profile on Raider.IO or use the following macros.

/run for crit=1,10 do local a,_,c = GetAchievementCriteriaInfo(13448, crit); print(string.format("[%s] %10s", c and "\124cFF00FF00True\124r" or "\124cFF888888False\124r", a)) end

/run for crit=1,10 do local a,_,c = GetAchievementCriteriaInfo(13449, crit~=10 and crit or 11); print(string.format("[%s] %10s", c and "\124cFF00FF00True\124r" or "\124cFF888888False\124r",a)) end

BFA PvP Season 2 Achievements

These achievements will be available until Patch 8.2 Rise of Azshara is live.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)

The launch of Rise of Azshara will mark the end of Battle for Azeroth Season 2. On launch day (date to-be-announced soon), both PvP and Mythic Keystone competition will close, and a two-week off-season for those activities will begin.

During the off-season, Mythic Keystone dungeons will still be playable using Season 2 affixes and rewards, but their seasonal achievements will no longer be available. Additionally, it will still be possible to queue for Rated PvP and earn based on your Season 2 rating, but seasonal rewards and titles will no longer be earnable. The end-of-season rankings will close when Rise of Azshara goes live.

As always, we ask that competitive players refrain from transferring character(s) to another realm or faction until after BFA Season 3 has begun.

BFA Season 3 will begin two weeks after the content update, along with the opening of Azshara’s Eternal Palace, the new Operation: Mechagon dungeon, a new seasonal affix for Mythic Keystone dungeons, and the availability of higher item-level Azerite gear.

Additionally, Battle of Dazar’alor and Crucible of the Storm raid achievements such as Ahead of the Curve and Cutting Edge will be obtainable throughout the off-season. You can continue to earn both of them right up until Azshara’s Eternal Palace opens.

Now get out there and fight to the finish!

Over the next few days a lot of Patch 8.2 content will be available for testing on the PTR: Ashran, the Eternal Palace, Heroic Warfronts and more!

Here's a quick rundown:

  • Ashran Epic Battleground - Friday, May 31st at 10:00 PDT / 13:00 EST / 19:00 CET
  • Mythic Eternal Palace - Thursday and Friday, May 30th and 31st at 13:00 PDT / 16:00 EDT / 22:00 CEST
  • Normal Eternal Palace - Friday, May 31st at 16:00 PDT / 19:00 EDT / 1:00 CEST (available over the weekend)
  • Battle for Stromgarde Heroic (Horde only) - Thursday, May 30th at 15:00 PDT / 18:00 EDT / 24:00 CEST

Ashran Epic Battleground Testing – Play With The Blues

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)

We’re coming together to test the Ashran epic battleground experience in the Rise of Azshara PTR, and would love for you to join us!

On Friday, May 31, beginning at 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. Eastern), we’ll be queueing up for Ashran. Get your PTR character(s) ready at level 120 on the Broxigar server, and then at 10:00 a.m.:

  • Open Group Finder (default hotkey: i)
  • Select the Player vs. Player tab
  • Select Quick Match
  • In the dropdown, choose “Specific Battlegrounds”
  • Select “Ashran” and then hit the Join Battle button

Thank you very much, and we look forward to fighting in Draenor with you!

Raid and Warfronts Testing Schedule - May 30th - June 3rd

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)

On Thursday, May 30th and Friday May 31st, we will be conducting Mythic raid testing in The Eternal Palace. After Mythic testing has ended on Friday, we will open the first four bosses on Normal difficulty. These bosses will remain available until Monday, June 3rd.

In addition, we will be conducting our first test of Heroic Battle for Stromgarde on Thursday, May 30th. Please note that this test is Horde only.

Thursday, May 30th

Abyssal Commander Sivara - Mythic Eternal Palace
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)

Lady Ashvane - Mythic Eternal Palace
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)

Battle for Stromgarde Heroic - HORDE ONLY
15:00 PDT (18:00 EDT, 24:00 CEST)

Friday, May 31st

The Queen’s Court - Mythic Eternal Palace
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)

Radiance of Azshara - Mythic Eternal Palace
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)

Normal Eternal Palace Bosses 1-4
16:00 PDT (19:00 EDT, 1:00 CEST)
Normal difficulty will remain available over the weekend.

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a test environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

Q: How do I get into the raid zone?

A: In Zuldazar, Boralus, Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade III in order to teleport into the raid zone while it is open for testing. (The option to teleport into a zone will not be available when the zone is not open for testing.)

Q: How do I get into the Heroic Battle for Stromgarde?

A: You must first form a raid group of 10-30 players. After your group is formed, you can queue for Heroic Battle for Stromgarde at the Warfront table in Zuldazar.

Q: What character should I use to test the raid?

A: Whichever you prefer. We will be scaling players’ effective level to 120 for raid testing, and their item level to an appropriate threshold for the encounter(s) being tested.

Q: How long does testing last?

A: The primary purpose of testing is to give us the information we need to balance the encounters, evaluate how mechanics are playing out in practice, and identify bugs. Once we’re satisfied that we’ve received that information for a given boss, we’ll be shutting down testing. Usually this takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, but there are no guarantees.

Rise of Azshara PTR Development Notes – May 29

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)

A new build with new testable content has been published to the Public Test Realms (PTR) for our upcoming content update, Rise of Azshara. This build retains progress made since test characters were deleted on May 14.

Now Available

Over the next few days, we’ll initiate testing of:

  • Season 3 content, including:
    • Mythic Keystone Dungeon updates
    • The new Heroic Battle for Stromgarde Warfront
  • Ashran
  • Flying

We’ll let you know in new, separate threads here in this forum as each test gets underway.

Continuing Testing

  • Heart of Azeroth system update—Essences
    • Test characters are now granted access to all Rank 3 Essences within the class Proving Grounds. Players can access the Proving Grounds by speaking to their respective class trainer in a capital city.
    • Please submit your feedback on Essences in the appropriate thread here.
  • New Zone-- Mechagon
  • New Zone-- Nazjatar
  • New Raid-- Azshara’s Eternal Palace
  • New Dungeon-- Operation: Mechagon
  • New Arena-- The Robodrome
  • Mount Equipment
  • Crestfall and Snowblossom Island Expeditions
  • Ashran Epic Battleground
  • New Missions
  • Gnome and Tauren Heritage Armors
  • New Profession Recipes
  • Pet Battle Dungeon-- Stratholme

Please keep an eye on this forum for dedicated feedback threads on these testable features, such as Feedback—Operation: Mechagon and Feedback—Nazjatar.

Get into the PTR!

The PTR is now available. To log in to the PTR, simply create a PTR account and copy the character you wish to test from your account. Step-by-step directions can be found here.

Note: World of Warcraft PTR realms are only available to players who have a full World of Warcraft account.

Warlords of Draenor Timewalking Dungeon Event is here for the first time this week! There are two new mounts and toys to collect, and you can also purchase reputation tokens to unlock flying in Draenor (Draenor Pathfinder).

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)

Prime your minds for an especially tangled chrono-spatial conundrum: Warlords of Draenor Timewalking is here!

Players level 101 and over will be able to adventure into six of Warlords of Draenor’s dungeons to reap new rewards all week during this week’s Bonus Event. Your character and items will be scaled down to a power level fitting for the challenge at hand, but bosses will yield loot appropriate for your regular level. Timewalking dungeons also have a chance to drop items that usually drop when you run them on Heroic, and you’ll earn reputation with a faction that is interested in the dungeon.


This Week

Look for the following all week long:

  • Chronicler Shoopa in Zuldazar and Chronicler Toopa in Boralus have a quest for you. You can also start the quest from within the Adventure Guide (Shift-J).
    • Quest Requirement: Complete 5 Timewalking dungeons.
    • Rewards: Artifact Power and one box containing a piece of gear from Normal difficulty Battle of Dazar’alor.

Simply open the Group Finder (default hotkey: I) and then select Dungeon Finder and Timewalking in the Type dropdown menu. Selecting Find Group will match you with other players and send you to one of the following Heroic dungeons:

Auchindoun

Auchindoun is the holy mausoleum of the draenei, a sanctum of the Light in which the spirits of the dead find respite. The crystalline structure also serves to protect and shield draenei souls from their eternal enemies: the Burning Legion, who hunger for draenei spirits. This fact makes it a location of particular interest to Gul’dan and his Shadow Council, who seek to gain favor with their demonic masters.

The Bloodmaul Slag Mines

On the northern outskirts of Frostfire Ridge, the Bloodmaul ogres run a brutal mining operation amidst the sweltering heat of active volcanic caverns. Slaves from across Draenor are transported to the mines, never to leave alive. The Slag Mines produce abundant yields of gemstones and ore, but it is rumored that the true purpose of these mines is to dig for an ancient relic of immense power.

The Everbloom

After the disruption of the Dark Portal, the Kirin Tor realized that to fight the Iron Horde on their own soil, they would need a supply line to reinforcements. Thus, they created outposts across Draenor with magical links back to Azeroth. Unfortunately, what seemed like a prime strategic location near the Blackrock Foundry was known to botani as the Everbloom, a sacred place within the Gorgrond woodlands. The outpost was quickly overgrown, but it still contains a link to the outskirts of Stormwind. . . .

Iron Docks

On the northern coast of Gorgrond, the Iron Docks represent the heart of the Iron Horde’s naval might. Huge warships and artillery forged and assembled within the Blackrock Foundry are readied for war within this massive port. The greatest beasts of Draenor are broken and trained alongside elite infantry units, comprising the ground troops that will surge ashore to break the will of any who would dare oppose the Iron Horde.

Shadowmoon Burial Grounds

The traditional burial grounds of the Shadowmoon clan are the final resting place for countless generations of ancestors. The fallen chieftan Ner’zhul, in the depths of his depravity, has sacrificed the very soul of his clan in a desperate quest for power. Now the ancestral spirits are restless, tormented and used to fuel dark rituals that will pull all of Draenor into the void if allowed to run their course.

Skyreach

Atop the crowning pinnacle of the Spires of Arak, amidst the clouds, Skyreach stands as the seat of power of the Adherents of Rukhmar. The arakkoa have gathered and harnessed the Apexis technology of their forebears, and now they are ready to unleash the focused power of the sun upon their enemies.

To learn more about each dungeon’s bosses, tips, and view the available loot, check out the Adventure Guide (Shift-J), select the Dungeons tab, then choose Warlords of Draenor from the drop-down menu.


Warlords of Draenor Timewalking Rewards

You’ll also be able to visit the Timewalking vendors Tempra in Stormshield and Kronnus in Warspear. They’ll be waiting to take your hard-earned Timewarped Badges in exchange for some tempting rewards:

  • 2 Mounts - Beastlord's Irontusk and Beastlord's Warwolf
  • 2 Toys - Apexis Focusing Shard and Banner of the Burning Blade
  • Reputation Tokens for all major Warlords of Draenor factions including: Arakkoa Outcasts, Steamwheedle Preservation Society, Order of the Awakened, Saberstalkers, Frostwolf Orcs/Council of Exarchs, Laughing Skull Orcs/Sha’tari Defense, Hand of the Prophet
  • Plus more! Additional Warlords of Draenor equipment will be available during this event.

About Bonus Events

Bonus Events occur on a rotating schedule of different activities, currently scheduled to run each week beginning on Tuesdays. Each Bonus Event grants a passive bonus to a particular game activity and offers a once-per-event quest with a reward for accomplishing a related goal. Check the in-game calendar regularly to keep on top of the scheduled events. The Adventure Guide also offers a direct link to active Bonus Events, allowing you to easily accept any quests associated with the Bonus Event of the week.