World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth pre-patch arrives on July 17

    
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This has less dramatic impact than hoped.

Say goodbye to your artifacts and hello to War Mode, because World of Warcraft’s expansion pre-patch is almost here. When July 17th rolls around, players will no longer be able to earn artifact power or have access to artifact traits; the plus side will be that your artifact will automatically power up for new characters leveling through Legion. Players can also access War Mode, benefit from PvP talents, and even start exploring some new content that’s meant to be time-limited until the launch of Battle for Azeroth. Onward!

Of course, one subgroup of players will be a little more negatively affected by the change, as it turns out War Mode will disable the /follow command and make multiboxing less viable in PvP. Those of you who don’t multibox will likely be unaffected, but it’s useful to note that this is a notable change when Blizzard has previously been fine as long as it’s not automated. New policy, or just a War Mode-specific quirk? We’ll see over time.

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Rottenrotny

I’ve logged onto alpha and beta a couple times and all seems well. Didn’t get too far into the expansion story though as I wanted to avoid spoilers.

Pretty stoked to get back in there and see what’s what. I’m thinking DK main this time around. B)

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Bryan Turner

I just started leveling a Night Elf Druid, Hangrybear on Proudmore; figure I might as well enjoy Teldrasil before it gets wiped out by the Plot Monster.

I’m wary about joining any guild these days, you can never tell who’s decent and who’s jerks.

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GamingSF

It’s the 18th in Europe as per usual :-/

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Alexander Smith

It’s literally launching at the same time for everyone… I don’t know what else Blizzard can do to try and please people on handling this.

Edit: Never mind realize you mean the pre-patch not the expansion. I’m tired and need coffee clearly.

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kalech

It’ll arrive on my birthday, nice. I’m worried about DHs, a lot of what made them fun to play comes from the artifact traits.

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Loyheta

I still don’t know why they are destroying the traits of the relics. They could lock that behind the silithis quest chain and require that to access the pre-expac content. Having my 98-109s gimped til BfA sounds really unfun.

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Bryan Turner

Did they make Vengeance DH’s any easier to play, I liked it but it felt too by the seat of your pants for this old geezer?

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Jeremiah Ratican

I have no idea if I am any good at playing one but I hated DH at first until I swapped specs to Vengeance and stopped playing my old main which I have been maining since at least Wrath. Different strokes I guess.

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TomTurtle

Time to resub. \o/

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ihatevnecks

Uh oh. I really need to get that raid mount…

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IronSalamander8 .

My goblin warlock is ready, the others not as much but I’ll deal. I really want the new demonology talents, they look amazing compared to what it’s like right now.

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Utakata

July 17, that seems quite a foggy distance away. Maybe that will give me time too…

“That next Tuesday, Uta!”

…oh! :(