Patch 3.3 changes the World (of Warcraft) as we know it

Today is patch day for World of Warcraft, with some extended downtime heralding the launch of Fall of the Lich King. Yep, that’s right – he’s reached the peak and is now headed down the slippery slope of content update 3.3.

The latest update signals the opening of Icecrown Citadel, allowing heroes from both Alliance and Horde to get amongst it, confronting (and finally defeating?) Arthas, the Lich King. Predictably, this won’t be an easy task…

All across Northrend, many battles have been fought against the vile Scourge. Countless lives have been lost since the Alliance and the Horde first reached these frozen wastes, but the champions of Azeroth continue to march forward — and Icecrown Citadel, the cornerstone of the Scourge’s power and the home base of the Lich King, is their final target. Tirion Fordring and the Argent Crusade have forged an accord with Darion Mograine and the Knights of the Ebon Blade to form the Ashen Verdict. This coalition’s strongest combatants, along with the champions of the Alliance and the Horde, will lead the charge against the citadel. In the new Icecrown Citadel raid dungeon, Azeroth’s mightiest will face terrifying challenges before ascending to the Frozen Throne, where the Lich King and his runeblade, Frostmourne, await to deliver the heroes to their deaths….

Technically speaking, the update not only brings a massive chunk of new storyline, but also introduces a bunch of interface improvements (including instant cross-realm dungeons and some pretty nifty detailed quest tracking), an all-new raid and winged five-player dungeon, a swag of new achievements and quests, epic tier-10 armour sets, and the usual assortment of system and class-specific updates.

Download the Fall of the Lich King wallpaper!

Download the Fall of the Lich King wallpaper!

If you’re the sort of person who wants to know it all, why not check out the patch notes? No excuses, it’s all there for you.

Patch 3.3 is a biggie, and it’s rumoured to be the final content update for Wrath of the Lich King. Does this mean that the next expansion pack, Cataclysm, is just around the corner?

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