World of Warcraft patch 7.1.5 coming next week with new content

The Nighthold raid will open the following week.

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The World of Warcraft 7.1.5 patch finally has a released date, coming next week on January 10.

Although the patch notes are not quite ready yet, we do know that the update will bring timewalking dungeons from Mist of Pandaria, a new season of the Brawlers Guild (complete with Overwatch tribute), and micro-holidays, which are events held for fun over just a couple of days. The accompanying survival guide video also shows some significant class changes coming, as well as an early look at the new Nighthold raid opening up in Suramar. 

If you are looking forward to the 10-boss raid, there will be a staggered opening, as always happens with new raids. Here's the schedule, which begins the following week:

  • January 17: Nighthold Normal and Heroic difficulties open.
  • January 24: Nighthold Mythic difficulty and Raid Finder Wing 1 (Arcing Aqueducts) open.
  • February 7: Nighthold Raid Finder Wing 2 (Royal Athenaeum) opens.
  • February 21: Nighthold Raid Finder Wing 3 (Nightspire) opens.
  • March 7: Nighthold Raid Finder Wing 4 (Betrayer’s Rise) opens.

 The patch has already begun to preload on most machines, so there shouldn't be much to wait on next Tuesday, short of extended server downtime as the patch is deployed server-side.

There are still no release hints on the more signficant 7.2 patch, which is expected to open the Tomb of Sargeras raid, implement flying, and updates to artifacts.

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    January 6, 2017 12:19 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, World of Warcraft patch 7.1.5 coming next week with new content

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      January 6, 2017 12:26 PM

      there's a typo in there, where it says there should be much to wait for, im assuming it should read shouldn't be much, shouldn't it?

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      January 6, 2017 1:47 PM

      Anyone still playing? I've been pugging random +5-8 ish mythics. It's actually fairly rewarding and I only have to dedicate 30 minutes as opposed to finding a raiding guild and spending hours per night. Just not my thing any more I guess.

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        January 6, 2017 1:49 PM

        Still playing but I'm getting tired again. When it gets to the point where they gate content, for example with the trial of valor, I lose interest

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          January 6, 2017 1:55 PM

          ToV was just stupidly overtuned for too long, especially for the gear it dropped.

          Haven't even bothered since the last round of nerfs, though.

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            January 6, 2017 2:01 PM

            difficulty is not the issue. It's the fact that they gate the souls you get so it basically takes 8 weeks to get the 1000 souls or whatever it was you needed. Once they start pullign that stuff, I start checking out.

            They did the same with the Illidan lore quest

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              January 6, 2017 2:03 PM

              The souls-thing was just for the normal transmog and the illidan lore quest is just for some quest dialog.

              There's rumors about the later being for more, but nothing confirmed yet.

              That's.. not gating.

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                January 6, 2017 2:05 PM

                I don't care what it's for, it's gating They are artificially increasing the time it takes to finish the questline.

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                January 6, 2017 2:42 PM

                I heard Legion Pathfinder Part Two (and therefore flying) may require completing the 80 souls quest, but you're right, it's just rumors.

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              January 6, 2017 3:22 PM

              You can also get the souls from certain world quests where you have to kill ghost vrykul. It seems like a much better way to get the items than actually doing ToV, actually. I think it's shitty that they implemented that quest and then didn't tell anyone that.

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                January 6, 2017 10:23 PM

                That's a LOT of farming though. I was getting maybe one soul every two-three enemies killed.

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          January 6, 2017 3:27 PM

          I just got Legion Pathfinder: Part One and finished up the Suramar questline. I would have finished it before the holiday, but for some reason, after having no problems clearing Heroic Emerald Nightmare for months, we kept getting stuck on Xavius for like a month and a half.

          Now that I'm done with that, I've started on the questline that's leading up to Nighthold, which they've been unlocking one week at a time. It's a neat questline, but it sucks that you need to go through the whole slog to finish Suramar to start it. They really should have broken that up so that it didn't depend on doing so many time-consuming things. For as cool as Suramar looks, I absolutely hate questing on some parts of it. I still haven't even done half of the dungeons or Karazhan because I've been so focused on grinding rep to finish out that Suramar stuff.

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            January 6, 2017 3:29 PM

            I really enjoyed the Suramar quests though I know some folks didn't like it. I did enjoy the quests leading up to Nighthold as well.That being said yes I don't look forward to doing all that again on alts. Probably won't ever finish it on my alts.

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            January 6, 2017 3:30 PM

            The worst part of Suramar was doing the limited WQs for any new character. I had a blast hitting exalted on my first character, not so much by my 3rd.

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              January 6, 2017 3:33 PM

              The worst part of Suramar was any quest that made you go into that area full of elites that see through the disguise and are packed in like sardines. I basically had to corpse crawl to any objective to finish those.

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                January 6, 2017 3:36 PM

                Yeah, agreed.
                I found that using the group finder trivialized that stuff tho. Very easy to quickly jump into a group and knock off the WQ quickly.

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                January 6, 2017 4:07 PM

                Using world quest group finder addon helped a lot.

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        January 6, 2017 3:28 PM

        Yeah, I've got a

        865 Prot/Arms Warrior
        864 Assassination Rogue
        855 Destro Warlock

        I've been busy at work and just got married, so I haven't had the time to go crazy with it like most have. Just some PUG Raids and +5-8 M+ every so often.

        Still haven't got that damn Prot hidden artifact after they patched it tho, so I'm logging in almost every day for that.

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        January 6, 2017 3:43 PM

        I'm still playing, not raiding this expansion though. I leveled my DK to see how soloing is now with the changes. Seems ok - I've done a few bosses in Karazhan and I'm working on M+ dungeons now. It takes fucking forever, I'll never beat the timer, but it's doable. Plus my ilvl isn't super high so I'm getting upgrades from the bosses I'm killing in Kara at least.

        My 5 man group is winding down a bit, losing interest it seems. I don't have the Nightbane mount yet and I am going to be a bit annoyed if guys drop out now after they got it.

        Bonus footage of my first Kara kill -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipi1jraSLPo it took over 24 minutes because I needed to kill the adds not to die and just cleave the boss.

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        January 6, 2017 4:48 PM

        My 876 priest can't get new gear :(

        I haven't had a new drop in weeks, my main has only 2 legendaries, yet my alt hunter got 3 in a span of 8 hours.

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          January 6, 2017 5:02 PM

          Wtf how? I don't have any on 4 110s

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            January 6, 2017 5:52 PM

            I have two legendaries and I've never even done a mythic dungeon or a proper raid (one raid finder clear of the emerald nightmare). They both dropped from the world quest faction caches.

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              January 6, 2017 8:17 PM

              Guess I haven't done enough those

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          January 6, 2017 10:26 PM

          My main has 3 legendaries but they are the worst ones. I got Prydaz, Sephuz, and the Norgannon boots.

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        January 6, 2017 5:00 PM

        I unsubbed end of Dec, mostly due to my unhappiness with the direction (or lack thereof) they had taken my favorite class (feral druid). Yah I could play something else, but I've never had a large suite of characters and the druid was my main ever since Vanilla...

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          January 6, 2017 5:29 PM

          I switched to feral druid this expansion and then dropped it after a few weeks of trying to raid and not getting my DPS up, and also not finding the combat to be fun. Re-rolled as a BM hunter and I'm liking it a lot more.

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        January 6, 2017 5:37 PM

        Yep, I plan on seeing the end of the suramar story at least.

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        January 6, 2017 7:24 PM

        I'm still playing. My demon hunter is 877 with my shaman at around 855. The guild is still progressing through heroic ToV, we should have it done this week though.

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      January 6, 2017 2:09 PM

      I want to play this for a week and get bored, but not for $65. Impossible right?

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        January 6, 2017 2:41 PM

        If you talk to support they will often credit you free game time. Just say you'd like to try it out before deciding if you want to come back and they'll give you a few days. Not having the latest expansion will limit what you can do though.

        You're also allowed to log on without a subscription and play for free up to level 20 I think.

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          January 6, 2017 3:13 PM

          Yeah, nice suggestion but I want to play Legion :(

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        January 6, 2017 5:47 PM

        Yeah $15 is just too much for me to spend on so something I might only have a few hours a week to play. wish it was cheaper. And all I want to do is explore

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      January 6, 2017 7:56 PM

      I got it for an early Christmas present, leveled three classes to 110 and chose to "main" a DH, got to ilvl 854 without raids or mythics (700 ping so I won't even bother), made enough gold to buy the game time token and now... now I'm not sure I want to play any more.

      It's always the same with WoW. Any time I spend with that game beyond max level makes me feel like I'm wasting my life. Legion is the best expansion since WotLK but I look at the Artifact grind, the legendary stuff (no legendaries on any character yet) and it's just... too much.

      Now if Blizzard made a single-player RPG like WoW that I could play with a controller, built on a modern engine designed for the game's purposes (read: not so fucking janky), I'd be all up in that. Like, so deep.

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        January 7, 2017 2:21 AM

        The artifact grind is becoming a lot less of a headache with 7.1.5 with the ability to buy artifact knowledge with order resources.

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          January 7, 2017 3:14 AM

          It's just allowing alts to catch up to your most advanced main isn't it?