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Euro WOW Lich King patch tomorrow

Fight end boss Arthas at last.

Early tomorrow morning patch 3.3, Fall of the Lich King, will be applied to the European World of Warcraft servers and prise open the gates to Icecrown Citadel, home of Wrath of the Lich King end boss, Arthas.

He'll await any 10 or 25-player raid group competent enough to battle through The Frozen Throne, and presumably hold the key pieces of the new Tier 10 armour sets. You'll need to take down Bronjahm, Devourer of Souls, Forgemaster Garfrost, Ick and Krick, Scourgelord Tyrannus and Falric and Marwyn before facing The Lich King ("a godlike being" claims the WOW website) in his private chambers.

There are three new five-man dungeons to be found in The Frozen Halls, too.

To make sure Arthas meets his demise, Undead leader Sylvanas Windrunner (who normally stands idly at the bottom of The Undercity) and Lady Jaina Proudmoore, ruler of Theramore, will step forward. We're not quite sure what they'll do, but it should be suitably showy.

In keeping with the Lich King-themed content will be the quest to forge the legendary Shadowmourne axe. The missing half of the Quel'Serrar blades, Quel'Delar: The Sister Blade, is also due to make an appearance.

"We are really pushing as hard as we can to deliver the most epic experience possible," said lead content designer Cory Stockton on the WOW website. "We know that our players have been waiting for this for a long time, and we plan to deliver.

"Everyone should expect to see this sort of storytelling and attention to detail in Cataclysm as well. I think we are always striving to pull the people who play our game into the storyline and really give them an explanation for why they're there. It won't be too long before they'll get a chance to bring the pain to Deathwing!"

Will patch 3.3 be the last meaty content update for World of Warcraft before expansion Cataclysm hits, sometime next year? Right now, only Blizzard knows.