Today, the gateway to a strange new world opens. Explore Mazcab's shifting forests and exotic ruins as a solo player...or take on the ultimate combat challenge of ten-player Raids!
Step over the vanquished corpse of Tuska and through the portal to Mazcab – home of the goebies:
- Use the improved Grouping System to form a band of up to ten like-minded heroes, and battle two mighty bosses in RuneScape's first Raid.
- Claim level 90 tank armour – the most powerful in the game – and new, tradeable abilities, for all three combat styles.
- Explore the goebies' strange planet – from the ever-shifting Nemi Forest to the settlements of Kanatah and Otot.
- Help them transport goods between their two settlements in a Warbands-esque safe PvP D&D, perform tasks, and battle the airut that roam the goebies' world.
The Liberation of Mazcab has only just begun. Read on to find out more!
You must be a RuneScape member.
No level requirements, but high combat levels and top-end gear are recommended.
The first of RuneScape's Raids – The Liberation of Mazcab – is now yours to conquer.
To start, join a group of up to 10 players in the Grouping System, and select 'The Liberation of Mazcab'. Then, head north to the magical barrier between the two goebies, and enter to get started.
You'll venture through an instanced area, using your teamwork and combat skill to make it to two bosses: the cruel Beastmaster Durzag and the mighty water elemental Yakamaru. Even reaching them will take teamwork and skill, and it'll take everything you've got to defeat them.
There are also Raid Feats – special acts of daring for the bravest and craziest raiders to aspire to. There are five per boss, and completing all of them unlocks the Daredevil title.
These are some of the most challenging encounters ever seen in RuneScape, so you're on your own from here. We're really excited to see you get to grips with them.
It's not all epic battles, though. There's a strange, alien world to explore – and a downtrodden people to help.
Traverse this bizarre, ever-changing forest, interacting with the environment to find hidden secrets. It shifts over time, so head off the beaten path to unlock hidden areas, containing XP rewards, lore, reputation and rarer rewards - such as a new pet.
Start this safe-PvP D&D at Otot or Kanatah and ferry supplies between them.
More to Explore
As you explore, you'll find airut to fight, tasks to complete and history to uncover. Travel wide, and become a hero to the struggling goebie people.
Contributing to the death of a Raid boss grants you a roll on its drop table, which includes Teci (the Raids currency), reputation with the goebies, or rare drops such as achto armour or tradeable abilities.
Note that once you loot a boss, it is locked and you cannot loot it again until two days have passed.
If you are owed rewards that you haven't picked up, you can speak to the Fetcher outside the Raids entrance. He can also tell you which bosses are currently locked for you.
Also outside the Raids entrance is a rewards vendor, who will exchange Teci for Raids armour and new abilities.
Level 90 Armour
First among the rewards are spectacular new level 90 tank armour sets for all three combat styles – primeval for magic, teralith for melee, and tempest for ranged – with some awesome set effects.
Regular versions of these sets can be purchased for Teci from the Rewards Store. These degrade until destroyed, and occasionally reset cooldowns on your defensive abilities. The frequency with which this occurs will increase the more set pieces you wear.
Achto versions of the sets can be earned as rare drops from Raid bosses. These also degrade, but only until broken, and can be repaired using Teci. Achto sets have the same set bonus as the regular sets, plus another: they increase main-hand weapon damage when a shield is wielded in the off-hand. The more pieces you wear of a set, the stronger the effect.
These are available from the Rewards Shop. You can use Teci to purchase these for your own use, or to purchase a tradeable codex which teaches any of the available abilities.
- Corruption Blast: a basic magic ability that deals damage over six seconds, and will periodically attempt to jump to nearby targetable enemies.
- Corruption Shot: a basic ranged ability, with an otherwise identical function to Corruption Blast.
- Storm Shards / Shatter: using this pair of Constitution abilities – basic and threshold respectively – the caster applies up to 10 Storm Shard stacks on a target, then unleashes them all at once with Shatter. This ignores the damage cap, and can hit up to 30k life points. Note that multiple players can apply Storm Shards to a target, and that Shatter will use up all stacks currently applied.
- Surging Onslaught: a Constitution ultimate that grows more damaging the longer it is channelled – at an increasingly debilitating cost to the caster.
Reputation can be earned in Raids, by completing solo activities around Mazcab, or by redeeming any mysterious relics you picked up from the Summer Special Cosmic Foresight effect.
Rewards follow a linear path of unlocks, and include discounts in the in-Raid supply store, travel improvements on Mazcab, a pet and titles.
This Week's Streams and Q&As
Epic content needs ample coverage, and RuneScape will be all over Twitch with Raids this week.
Look out for RuneScape firsts from the community's top boss fighters, and check out our live stream Q&A schedule below. Both streams are coming your way on Tuesday the 14th of July:
- Raids – Post-Release Q&A | 16:00 UTC
- A Noob's Guide to Raids | 20:00 UTC
Later in the week, we're giving you two more places to quiz the developers:
- Reddit AMAA | 16:00 UTC, Wednesday 15th July. Question thread open from 15:00
- Forum Q&A | 16:00 UTC, Thursday 16th July. Question thread open from 15:00
The RuneScape universe just got bigger and deadlier. Have fun grappling Mazcab's most ferocious fauna, and look out for more Raids in the future! Let us know what you think over on the forums.
The RuneScape Team
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