As the weekly server downtime comes to a close this early afternoon for World of Warcraft, many of you will be pleased to know that the 1.8 patch is now live. Clients will automatically update to the new version when attempting to log into the servers (which will still be down until around 11 AM Pacific, or 2 PM Eastern). The patch is about 31 mb and contains many welcome additions to the game. The Druid talent tree has been redone, new areas are now open (including new repeatable quest chains in Silithus among other things) and changes have been made to some items and weapons. Here are some of the new additions:
Disturbance at the Great Trees
Something is amiss in the Emerald Dream. Immense dragons with the shimmering emerald scales of the Green Dragonflight have been sighted guarding the portals at the Great Trees... but these once-noble creatures crawl with a new, strange menace, not the peace for which Ysera is known. Bring many allies should you dare to confront them; their powers are formidable and they will not hesitate to crush any who draw near.
The Stirring of the Silithid
The arid sands of Silithus are shifting. Something is awakening beyond the wall to the south... Aid the Druids of the Cenarion Circle as they delve into the mysteries of the desert. Seek answers behind the Twilight Hammer's presence. Discover more about the alien creatures known as the Silithid as you explore their hives. Many new endeavors await the high-level adventurer!
When the decorations of Hallow's End light up Azeroth's cities, you know there's mischief afoot! Seek special vendors in Orgrimmar or Ironforge and get your hands on treats! Aid a sick orphan in a little trick-or-treating! Deathcaller Yanka, attending the Forsaken's Wickerman Festival, and Sergeant Hartman of Southshore are seeking your aid in keeping the enemy out of their holiday affairs -- are you up to the challenge?
Those are just a few of the new additions and changes in the 1.8 patch. For further information on the patch head on over to the patch notes page (currently listed as the Test-Realm still).