World of Warcraft’s Next Patch Travels 10,000 Years in the Past, and to the End (of) Time
in an effort to go out with a bang, Blizzard has some pretty epic adventures for it’s players in Cataclysm’s final patch. Three Heroic dungeons will lead up to the final battle against the Aspect of Death himself, going places WoW has never gone before. Read about it after the jump.
First up is the dungeon called EndTime, where players force Nozdormu, aka the Controller of Time, to see what will happen if the big bad dragon wins. From Blizzard:
One of an infinite number of potential outcomes, this timeway depicts the desolate future of Azeroth should its defenders fail to stop Deathwing. In this bleak future, Nozdormu has identified an anomaly that bars access to both the past and the Dragon Soul: a powerful creature from out of time, living alone amid time-twisted echoes of the past.
Basically, 10,000 years ago, Nefarian made Warcraft’s version of the One Ring. It’s pretty much the only thing that can take his ass down, but if course it’s in his possession. The only logical way to get this thing is to go back in time to when the thing was at its most steal-able. Unfortunately, there is a disturbance in the force, and the only way to go get back in time is to first go forward, to a time after pretty much everything is dead.
Before getting to take on the anomaly and get back to the past, players will fight two ghosts of WoW’s biggest heroes: Sylvanas, Tyrande, Jaina Proudmoore, or Baine Bloodhoof.
After defeating these time-wrenched echoes of the past, players will move forth to take down Murozond aka bizarro Nozdormu, in order to open the path to the past.
Once the doorway is open, players will be transported to the Well of Eternity where the biggest oops in Warcraft history took place; The summoning of Sargeras and the Burning Legion. Here, players will be joined by young Illidan and Tyrande, two of the most powerful heroes ever known to Azeroth, in an effort to steal
the one ring the Dragon Soul, and get back to the Delorean before the Well blows up into the Maelstrom it ultimately becomes.
With the Dragon Soul in hand, players will finally be off to take down Deathwing. Thrall will of course be the one to wield the talisman, and players must escort him to Wyrmrest Temple in Northrend, which is being assaulted by Deathwing’s army, the Hammer of Twilight. Bosses include a water elemental, a trained assassin, and ultimately ArchBishop Benedictus, Azeroth’s version of the Pope, who has gone to the dark side.
As for the raid itself, there will be six bosses before Deathwing himself, with the final battle taking place on an Airship at first and ending on the dragon’s back as he spirals into the Maelstrom itself.
There’s a lot more information abound, including the introduction of Epic quality gems for everyone, dropping only in the normal and heroic Deathwing raid.