After years of fighting the Burning Legion on Azeroth, the heroes of World of Warcraft have made a big move: they're taking the fight to the Legion directly. The Legion expansion kicked off with Legion starships powered by Fel fire invading Azeroth, but the invasion is now happening in reverse. World of Warcraft patch 7.3, which is currently on the Public Test Realms, comes after the end of the Tomb of Sargeras raid and takes players to the Legion homeworld of Argus.
"Most (but not all) of the new stuff in 7.3 takes place on Argus—and as you might expect, this is hostile territory. Demons patrol every crag of Argus’s shattered surface, and sometimes it seems as if the planet itself is out to get you. This will be a very story-driven update, but we’re also designing areas with sandbox elements intended to be enjoyed even after you complete the main quest, with gameplay and challenges on the planet’s surface reminiscent of past endgame areas such as the Molten Front, the Isle of Thunder, and the Timeless Isle," wrote World of Warcraft community manager Josh 'Lore' Allen in his post on the official forums.
Players will be venturing out to the planet from the Vindicaar, their mobile base of operations in orbit around Argus. The ship will be how you get from hotspot to hotspot on the planet, given that the entire thing is controlled by the Legion. Teleportation hubs replace flight points on the Argus map.
All of this is a continuation of the Legion expansion story and a set up for the next raid: Antorus, The Burning Throne. That raid will not be going live in 7.3 immediately, with players having a new dungeon, Seat of the Triumvirate, to tackle instead.
The patch also offers new world quests, further ways to upgrade your Artifact weapon, the new Invasion Points system tackling the Legion on different worlds, and new casting animations for several classes, including Restoration Druids, Elemental and Restoration Shaman, Discipline and Holy Priests, and all three Mage specializations.
These patches see World of Warcraft adopting a patch structure not unlike Final Fantasy XIV, offering fairly hefty story and content updates every few months. Patch 7.1 launched in October 2016, taking players back to Karazhan. Patch 7.2 brought the Legion leader Sargeras back and kicked off the Tomb of Sargeras raid in April of this year. 7.3 does not have a release date yet, but it's clearly pushing the game's overall story forward. The question is: Where does World of Warcraft go next?