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It took many, many years for us to get here, but the day has finally come! As a part of Update 8.2.5, World of Warcraft has now added cross-faction grouping for most forms of instanced content: dungeons, raids, rated arenas and battlegrounds, as well as Torghast.

When in a party with a member from the opposing faction you will remain unfriendly to them out in the world, but as soon as you join an instance together you will be able to do everything from sharing loot to earning achievements together. In order to make the grouping process as simple as possible, Blizzard has made it so you can either invite players from the opposing faction via their BattleTag or cross-faction WoW Community, or simply through the use of the Group Finder. Nice and convenient!

While there are still some bugs that will need to be ironed out, the cross-faction system is a solid step forward for World of Warcraft and hopefully only the first of many. After all, it would be lovely to have cross-faction guilds at some point in the future.

The good news doesn't end there, however, as Blizzard has also added a couple of new storylines for you to explore, both for the Alliance and Horde. I won't spoil what exactly the new questlines are all about, but what I will say is that you will be able to unlock Dark Ranger customization options for Blood Elves, Night Elves and Void Elves. The only exceptions here Death Knights and Demon Hunters, which while understandable from a lore perspective, is still a bit of a shame since some of these new customization options would look great on Death Knights!

To learn more about all of the new additions and tweaks, as well as to keep an eye on any upcoming updates, you should head on over to the World of Warcraft website. Enjoy!