World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth is live – are you prepared?

    
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Just one hour to go before you too can play World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth! Just kidding, the only thing you’re going to be playing tonight is Queue Wars. And it’s almost here!

Blizzard’s posted a handy chart for the global simultaneous release so you don’t miss it. Although seasoned MMORPG veterans will probably be playing something else tonight and letting the rush subside, right? Nobody took off work this week believing play will happen, right? Right guys? Guys?

While you wait: VG247 has an interview today with Blizzard’s Gary Platner and Terran Gregory loaded with fun quotes. Here’s one that’s gripping and somehow chilling at the same time:

“Afrasiabi designed this expansion like it would be the last – don’t hold back, go for the mega, seize the day on design. Everyone on this team is absolutely committed to seeing that this thing is as powerful and relevant as long as we can. […] We’ll ride this thing until we’re old and grey – if time permits, of course.”

Here’s a quick recap of our coverage of the expansion this summer:

And a funny.

World of Warcraft in 2060 from wow

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Reht

Gingi got worldfirst level 120 before most of my guild could even get in.

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Weilan

Hold on! I’m not ready! I haven’t prepared my barf bags yet.

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Rabidwargamer

Got in with no problems, though I understand quite a few couldn’t. Man, Boralus is just a cool city. I spent a bit getting lost and looking around before hitting any questing.

Frankly, 8.0 did BfA no favors. If it wasn’t for the fact I had nothing better to do for a few hours, I wouldn’t even have tried to get in. But after going through the introduction and puttering around a bit, I’m pretty jazzed to see what else is going on.

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Roger Melly

I am more ready for WoW vanilla than this . Hopefully next year ( fingers crossed )

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Robert Mann

I have all the snacks and drinks I need, so go ahead and bring on the launch/xpac drama. Given that my interest is mostly academic with WoW (seeing where they go, and wondering if the results will pan out as I believe, is fairly fun actually), and that it would take being paid fairly well for me to bother playing… I’d say that’s prepared enough.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I’m prepared to wait six months. By then, Blizz will have backtracked on some stuff, patched others, and everyone will have decided if the expansion is Legion quality (extremely doubtful) or Cataclysm/WoD quality (much more likely).

Looking forward to PoE’s Delve at the end of the month.

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Utakata

…too early to tell. The questing quality appears to be a bit more sophisticated though than I’ve seen of the game. That has cause me to have a small does of hope for this expansion, for what that’s worth.

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BDJ

The first thing that struck me was how they have herbs hanging off trees. I don’t think i’ve seen that before. I havent picked herbs in years though.

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Utakata

I’ve heard that. But as far as my pigtails and I are aware, that indeed is a first for this game. :)

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Reht

Yeah, was actually a neat change. Also found herbs inside buildings occasionally.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Minimalistway

Oh you are my hero Schlag … this one is so good i think it should be the Schlag of the year :-D

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Armsbend

where’s MJ? Today is WoW’s biggest stream day ever (500K to Fortnights 200K) and no MJ?!?

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starbuck1771

MJ is afraid of WoW and won’t stream it for less then $5000 ?

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Leiloni

Why?

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Denice J. Cook

Don’t hold back?!

Er, the main advertised feature of BfA, “Warfronts,” isn’t even going live for several weeks or more.

Instead of getting new powers and skills, old ones were taken away from both high and low level characters. Ten more levels does nothing but change the number over your character’s head.

The entirety of the level-scaled world was nerfed (mobs were buffed, XP required per level was raised, and XP buffs like RaF were nerfed and crafted XP pot recipes and the crafting vet reward from boosts were removed entirely).

Even the premise of BfA, “Hey, Horde and Alliance: You don’t get along, so go fight each other!” seems like something the Blizzard building janitor came up with on his lunch break.

About the only thing I’m happy about is that I canceled my preorder. ;)

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Bruno Brito

Honestly, the janitor seems like the most competent part of this company by now.

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starbuck1771

Oh you’re just mad millions of players don’t want to play with your product. ?