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Mists of Pandaria update trailer heralds the coming of the Thunder King

Blizzard released a new trailer for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria today, heralding the game's most recent patch and the coming of a new opponent: the Thunder King.

The video above introduces patch 5.2's main storyline. As viewers are taken on a visual journey through the hills of Pandaria to a lonesome island in a dark sea, a mournful voice recites the ballad of the Thunder King.

In World of Warcraft lore, the warlord Lei Shen made his home in the Throne of Thunder deep in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms long ago. He was the first to unite the mogu factions of Pandaria and became the country's first emperor. A tyrant to the core, Shen disposed of all who opposed him and built lavish shrines for the empire. His best kept secret, a mysterious and powerful artifact found in the heart of the mountains, was buried in the Mogu'shan Vaults in an effort to keep it from would-be usurpers.

In Mists of Pandaria's latest patch, players will confront the resurrected Thunder King in face-to-face combat.

The patch also adds new tamable species and drop crafting materials as well as reputation gains, a chance to snag some new rare mounts, tweaks to the pet battle system and new quests. Check out the video above for a preview of The Thunder King.