Blizzard announces patch 7.1 for World of Warcraft: Legion ahead of the expansion's release

The patch will bring back Karazhan and fill it to the brim with bosses.

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World of Warcraft: Legion doesn't launch for another week and change, but that didn't stop Blizzard from announcing a sizable update for the expansion.

During a livestream, the company announced patch 7.1, Return to Karazhan, and MMO-Champion caught the salient details. Players who enjoy raids should be happy to learn that Karazhan, introduced in WoW's Burning Crusade expansion as a raid instance for 10 players, is returning with a couple of twists. Blizzard optimized it for five players instead of 10, though it'll still teem with bosses—nine, in fact.

If you have a soft spot in your heart for the original Tower of Karazhan, Blizzard's leaving it around for you to farm XP and items.

The return of Karzhan is important enough for Blizzard to name a patch after it, but 7.1 holds even more in store. You'll find a brand-new raid between The Nighthold and The Emerald Nightmare that wraps up an ongoing story arc, as well as outdoor content relevant to the Nightfallen story. Illidan, a fan-favorite character, will also make a return.

An emphasis on classic locations and more story-driven content speaks to Blizzard's determination to keep WoW players engaged for longer. During the livestream, developers admitted that they were wrong to temporarily shift their focus to cranking out expansions faster; as a result, recent expansions were lighter on content compared to their forebears. This time, they say, you'll have no shortage of things to do, people to meet, and things to kill.

Patch 7.1 will go live on PTR servers immediately following Legion's release on August 30.

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      August 18, 2016 2:11 PM

      Weird it's a patch for after the expansion?

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        August 18, 2016 2:12 PM

        I think they are getting smart again. This way you have an idea of what's comig out versus playing for 30 days and then dropping. This helps user engagement.

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          August 18, 2016 2:14 PM

          Especially since each raid tier will be 4-5 months. It's good for people to know what to expect. But I think they also announced everything in the last expansion and this time they're actually going to hold some things back regarding the plot.

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            August 18, 2016 2:17 PM

            Hey fifth or sixth time is the charm. Every single expansion they keep saying they'll get timing right maybe this will be the one. Honestly if something comes out every four months or so that would be good. They seriously need to stop front loading everything and then having 14+ month last patch.

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              August 18, 2016 2:20 PM

              It's funny that it's refreshing to hear them go from saying "expansions every 1.5 to 2 years" to "okay, fine, expansions whenever they're done".

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                August 18, 2016 2:22 PM

                That is way better. They don't need to nickle and dime us with big boxes. Having lots of patches is a good thing.