World of Warcraft kicks off the Battle for Azeroth era

While the expansion won’t be here until August, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth officially begins today. That is thanks to Blizzard’s tradition of releasing a features pre-expansion patch with many of the changes that will help to usher players into the new era.

Patch 8.0 is live today with a lot for players to explore and experience. The highlights include a wide array of class changes, PvP War Mode, Communities, upright Orc postures, and a Legacy loot mode (who’s going transmog hunting this week?). Also, next week will see the debut of the Teldrassil and Lordaeron playable scenarios, both of which lead right into the expansion.

And since your Battle for Azeroth fever is burning bright, why not add a couple of degrees by watching the new trailer to a trio of upcoming animated shorts that Blizzard is making? Check it out after the break.

Source: Patch notes
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Bryan Turner

Damn DDOS attack, must be massive if Blizzard is having problems mitigating it.

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Bryan Turner

Crap I can’t log in! Awesome new log in music though, very somber theme, lot of choral work.

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Bryan Turner

Thinking about rolling a DPS this time, just saw the new Warlock Spell animations and it got me all excited. That said what are the wait times for DPS for 5 Mans and LFR, I figure as long as I have World Quests I won’t be bored. I just don’t see my self wanting to deal with tanking any more.

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Sorenthaz

Servers are supposed to be back up at around 2pm PST I think. So I’m sure the servers are going to be flooded when folks get home from work in Central/East timezones.

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Bruno Brito

“War did not break them”

Uh…what? It’s exactly what broke them. It’s why we’re having this mess of a battle in the first place after we worked together several times to drop a big baddie.

Man, Blizz storytelling gets worse by the minute.

John Artemus
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John Artemus

They drop or nerf the rep grind for Allied Races yet? If so, I’ll purchase the expansion, login and patch the game up. If not, I’ll continue on my merry way.

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Minimalistway

They are not changing that, not in BFA anyway.

John Artemus
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John Artemus

Yeah, I just saw that. So I’m continuing on my merry way! Glad I didn’t pre-purchase this, or else I’d be really upset. Can’t imagine spending 50 or 60 bucks THEN having to do a rep grind on top of it. At least now I can finally take WoW off my desktop.

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April-Rain

EU still waiting Justin, thank you :(

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Liandreth

WOO! NEW LOGIN SCREEN!

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arimer

I dont have high hopes for this expansion but i do like the idea of war mode.

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Vincent Clark

Um…it doesn’t go live until tomorrow.

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It certainly does go live today in the US.