World of Warcraft starts beta testing Battle for Azeroth

Can you beta test a battle? Don’t see why not. Just ask everyone to attack very, very carefully and memorize where their starting positions were for the inevitable reset.

The alpha phase is over and dead, and the Horde has gathered at the gates of beta for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth. This morning, Blizzard wiped the test servers and booted up a new build while activating the expansion’s beta status. New waves of keys have been sent out, so check your email if you’ve been trying to get an advance look at warfronts, island adventures, and all of the rest.

According to Wowhead, no further character wipes are planned for the test phase, and the character copy service is going to be turned on real soon now. A Q&A session on the beta will take place this Thursday, beta forums are live, the beta level cap is set at 120, and beta beta beta.

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Kala Mona

“no further character wipes are planned for the test phase”

does that mean that if I level up my char during Beta, it will be available to play at max level at the start of live??

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zeko_rena

Got my invite last night, not sure if I can be bothered, I usually just wait till launch so it is all new and shiny to me

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jay

My poor shadow priest is still boring as hell, and takes for ever to ramp up damage. Why should anyone want to take me in a dungeon vs any other dps? Answer er is, they don’t. I bring nothing another class doesn’t, and every other class does better damage, unless the job lives for longer than 2 min.

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borghive

I’ve had Alpha access since pretty much the start, and from what played so far, I’m very worried. Classes feel so hollow and boring with out their artifacts, and the azerite gear we have gotten so far feels rather bland, and really doesn’t feel in the gaps like the legos and artifact traits did in Legion. Aesthetically, the expansion looks quite good, and the dungeons have been fun so far, but the class design is really holding things back for me. This might be the first expansion I don’t play.

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Randy Savage

Did Paladins really expect to remain as powerful as they were when they were wielding the Ashbringer? What about Shamans and the Doomhammer? C’mon now.

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borghive

So for the sake of the story you are okay with your class being gimped and boring to play for the new expansion? Being that players are now the super heroes of Azeroth, one would think they would be able to retain some of the power from those iconic weapons since we wielded them for some time. I’m not saying all the classes are in a bad spot, but the bulk of them feel off at the moment.

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IronSalamander8 .

No invite here but that’s ok I want to see stuff fresh when it launched anyway.

I wouldn’t mind being able to test this GCD change though. I watched Bellular’s video on the change and it sounds like a bad move, probably less so for my demonology warlock than say a fury warrior but still not liking how it sounds like it currently works. That would be something I want to experience for myself before judging it too harshly though.

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Randy Savage

I think people are overreacting far too much to the GCD change. It really only affects offensive cooldowns and on-use trinkets being macro’d together for one button burst. Every offensive cooldown’s duration has been extended to compensate for the GCD it now uses. It takes you an extra second to line everything up, but it lasts a second longer too so in the end you can still get it all going at once. It’s just not so heavily front-loaded. No more blowing people up in an instant using a Swifty macro. Hardly the end of the world as we know it like people raging on the forums would have you believe.

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IronSalamander8 .

I don’t use macros myself and I’m used to the GCD or longer cooldowns for most of my abilities as I cycle through demons and my shadow bolts so I don’t think I’ll notice it much but on my alts I’m not as certain without actually trying it out. I haven’t really raided in years (beyond a little LFR) so am less worried about burning all my cooldowns on one fight anyway,

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if people were blowing it all out of proportion on the forums. That’s par for the course!

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Everybody and their dog got a Beta invite. First time ever for me in any Blizz game. Something tells me pre-orders didn’t go so well.

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Tizmah

I didn’t.

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Randy Savage

I didn’t get a beta invite and I’ve been invited to majority of their betas for the majority of their games. My dog also did not get a beta invite and he’s a good boy. Who’s a good boy? He’s a good boy. Yes he is. And Blizz has been sending out a ton of beta invites since MoP. Most of the core work is done in alpha, which is much much harder to get into. As far as BfA preorders, go level up a new character and queue for dungeons. You’ll see how the majority of your group is comprised of Allied Races, which requires preordering BfA. I doubt Blizz is concerned about preorders.

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Randy Savage

WTB [Beta Invite] PST

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TomTurtle

Great. I won’t be playing it, but it’s good to see things progressing along. I’d rather keep the content fresh for launch.