Assault on the Ruby Sanctum

Blizzard is preparing what will probably be the final raid instance of Wrath of the Lich King. It will come in the form of an expansion of the Wyrmrest Temple portal complex in the lower area of the zone, next to the Obsidian Sanctum. Today Zarhym released official details on this upcoming content:

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As we prepare for the public testing phase of minor content patch 3.3.3, some players might come across information regarding upcoming content that isn't yet available. To avoid any confusion, we'd like to tell you about an exciting new raid dungeon we are working on for content patch 3.3.5.

The Ruby Sanctum

A powerful war party of the Black Dragonflight, led by the fearsome Twilight dragon, Halion, have launched an assault upon the Ruby Sanctum beneath Wyrmrest Temple. By destroying the sanctum, the Black Dragonflight look to crush those that would stand in the way of their master’s reemergence into Azeroth and to ultimately shatter the Wyrmrest Accord – the sacred bond that unites the dragonflights.

The battle that is to come will surely deal a crippling blow to the Red Dragonflight, however, it is up to you to stop this unprecedented offensive and defend the Ruby Sanctum. First you must face the assault of Halion's servants, Saviana Ragefire, Baltharus the Warborn, and General Zarithrian, before squaring off against Halion the Twilight Destroyer, a new and deadly force in this realm.

The Ruby Sanctum will feature 10- and 25-player content, Heroic difficulties and all-new rewards! Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to its release.

The format of this zone is yet unknown, as is it's release date, but this may be the "Sunwell" of WoTLK. We can expect this zone out sometime this summer after Icecrown Citadel has been exhausted by the majority of raiders.

Blizzard had previously said that Icecrown Citadel would be the last raid of "tiered content." Though it is unknown exactly what that means, we can assume that this new instance will not have a full 5-piece tier set, and may be a lower item level bump than we've seen in the progression from Ulduar to Trial of the Crusader to Icecrown.

There is little lore-wise to explain this instance, but we can assume that the storyline here will involve conflicts that will be explored in WoW's upcoming Cataclysm expansion.

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016