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World of Warcraft PTR Data May Point To An Ocean-Bound Next Expansion

From the planet of Argus to Kul'Tiras?

News by Mike Williams, .

In the near future, World of Warcraft is taking players to the planet of Argus, the homeworld of the Burning Legion. Patch 7.3 is all about taking the fight directly to the Legion. So what happens next? Well, we may have an early clue as to the next region in the game.

Patch 7.3 is currently on the Public Test Realms and Wowhead has datamined the gear from patch. There's a new set of quest armor, named after Kul'Tiras, an island that once sat off the coast of Lordaeron, to the west of the Dwarven city of Dun Morogh. Kul'Tiras was an island full of maritime soldiers and the original home of major Warcraft character Jaina Proudmoore. With the Cataclysm expansion, Kul Tiras was pushed off into seas unknown. No one has heard of the island since that expansion, but you'd think a race of sea-faring heroes would eventually find their way back to Lordaeron.

The quest armor in question carries the "kultirasquest" branding, similar to quest gear from previous expansions. The gear also shows a map of what looks to be a shattered Kul'Tiras on its hip. Seeing the return of the island would be a major part of the Warcraft lore, especially as a corrupted and angry Jaina Proudmoore has left the Alliance behind. But who would we be fighting? Humans isn't all that interesting.

The rest of the gear may answer that as well. On the skirt of the armor, you can see tentacle and barnacle markings. Fans are speculating that this is reference to the Old Gods, on-and-off enemies hidden deep within Azeroth. They once ruled the planet, creating the Black Empire. Players have fought three of the four Old Gods: C'thun deep within Ahn'Qiraj, Y'Shaarj's heart in the Underhold, and Yogg-Saron in the Emerald Nightmare. The last, N'Zoth, was the Old God behind the corruption of Deathwing, but otherwise, we have yet to face it.

There's a Legion artifact weapon for Shadow Priests called Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire. Within the lore, the weapon is supposed to have survived from the time of the Black Empire. Not only does the weapon have a hidden appearance, the Claw of N'Zoth, it also occasionally whispers to the user. Some of the whispers are random, while other relate to the current zone you're in. A few lines point towards N'Zoth's revival.

"It appears the prison of N’zoth is not as strong as it once was. What you see is a tiny growth of the behemoth that may yet consume your world."

"It is ironic that the weakest of us may be the ultimate victor. C'Thun, Yogg-Saron, Y'Shaarj, and... well. Only one would remain to consume the world, that was always meant to be."

"The God of the Deep writhes in his prison, breaking free ever so slowly. You should hurry and defeat the fallen titan... there are greater battles yet to fight."

"The fallen titan" is a reference to Sargeras, who players just defeated within the Tomb of Sargeras raid. Slowly, Blizzard is dropping hints that our next fight may be against one of the Old Gods: the God of the Deep. This may also explain why Kul'Tiras has been silent and why Jaina has slowly fallen into anger and rage. Likewise, Queen Azshara of the aquatic naga has made appearances in Legion. Azshara was corrupted with the help of Xavius, a clear agent of N'Zoth. She appears in flashback and actually has an entire dungeon, the Eye of Azshara, dedicated to her people.

Kul'Tiras, N'Zoth, God of the Deep. Queen Azshara. After space, the only place left to explore is the oceans of Azeroth, right? Is this all pointing towards another expansion, or a patch? We'll see, as Patch 7.3 doesn't even have a release date at this point.

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