World of Warcraft: Legion Launched Five Years Ago Today on August 30, 2016
World of Warcraft: Legion
launched five years ago on August 30, 2016. Featuring many crowd-pleasing elements such as the return of Illidan and the acquisition of powerful artifact weapons like Ashbringer, coupled with a briskly-paced content release schedule that was very welcome after the content drought of
Warlords of Draenor
, this expansion is generally remembered fondly by players in spite of challenges with Artifact grinds and Legendary acquisition in earlier patches.
Here's a look back at the major content patches from
! What do you miss the most from the expansion?
Legion Launch - August 30 2016
Here were the content highlights from
's launch, taken from our survival guide written five years ago!
The max level in Legion is 110. You can start questing in the Broken Isles at 98.
The new class in Legion is the
. This class was open to Early Access players in August.
starting Legion questline
sends you to the Broken Shore, Dalaran, and acquiring your Artifact.
Leveling Zones in Legion dynamically scale; you can start questing in one of four zones.
There are no weapon drops in Legion; your
serves as your weapon throughout the expansion. Artifacts are powerful weapons steeped in lore, with traits and relics to enhance gameplay, and a variety of appearances for transmog.
10 new dungeons
available at Legion's launch, with profession, class campaign, and world quests that offer additional incentives to run them. Mythic+ is a new difficulty that replaces Challenge Modes for skilled players.
The highest ilvl loot at launch comes from
Legion World Bosses
; other loot can proc a higher Warforged item level to reach ilvl 850.
are max-level quests that provide a variety of rewards, enhanced through the Emissary system for additional bonuses. Additional max-level solo content is the outdoor zone
with the elaborate quest achievement
are iconic locations for each class, allowing you to interact with famous NPCs, spec your artifact, recruit champions, and complete the
class campaign for the third artifact relic slot
have epic storylines in Legion, sending you around the world to learn new recipes.
Several weeks after Legion's launch,
Legion Season 1
started, with the Emerald Nightmare raid, first-ever Mythic+ dungeons, and the new PvP season.
As Legion progressed, players also discovered
hidden artifact appearances
, which are still popular to this day.
Patch 7.1 - Return to Karazhan - October 25 2016
Return to Karazhan was announced before
was even released, showing that Blizzard took their promise to deliver content faster than WoD seriously.
This patch included include
, the new
Suramar Quest campaign
Raiding with Leashes
Falcosaur pet content
, quality-of-life changes for the player UI, PvP, and leveling abilities, a Blood of Sargeras trader, and more.
Several weeks later, the mini-raid
Trial of Valor
opened, which is shaping up to be very relevant in
with the story of Helya.
Patch 7.1.5 - January 10 2017
Patch 7.1.5 included new
Brawler's Guild fights
Artifact Knowledge Catch Up
also opened on January 17th.
Patch 7.2 - Tomb of Sargeras - March 28 2017
Patch 7.2 included the
Broken Shore outdoor zone
, crafted legendaries, new Empowered Artifact Traits,
, the dungeon
Cathedral of Eternal Night
, new Mythic+ Affixes, and an updated
Transmog Set UI
Later in the patch, players unlocked
, Class Champions, and new Order Advancements.
While no longer accessible, the
was a revolutionary type of content, allowing players to complete solo challenges tailored for their roles in return for a
special artifact appearance
Patch 7.2.5 - June 13th 2017
Patch 7.2.5 included many
Deaths of Chromie
scenario, a new
battle pet dungeon
rogue pickpocketing items
level 110 heirlooms
Later in the patch, players accessed the
Tomb of Sargeras raid
, new holidays
Trial of Style
, and weekly event
Black Temple Timewalking
Patch 7.3 - Shadows of Argus - August 29 2017
Patch 7.3 included the
, three zones on Argus, new World Quests, passive
, many new
, and increased rewards from
World Quests and Dungeons
Patch 7.3 had a staggered launch with Invasion Points, the
Seat of Triumvirate Dungeon
Antorus the Burning Throne
unlocking in later weeks.
Argus is still a popular zone for collectors with many mounts, pets, transmog, and toys to collect, so you may still be interested in the
Comprehensive Argus Guide
Patch 7.3.5 - January 16 2018
Patch 7.3.5 contained
4 new backpack slots
, updates to the
updated Wound in the World
, a leveling revamp which includes
zones that scale to your level
, an additional
method of earning a Legendary item
, and the
Later in the patch, players accessed
during Wrath Timewalking week and new
during the Call of the Scarab holiday.
Patch 7.3.5 also contained a lot of Allied Race data including the
Allied Race Unlock Requirements
Jokes and Flirts
Racials and Mounts
. It was later revealed that if you pre-purchased
Battle for Azeroth
, you could play the four initial Allied Races during 7.3.5.
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