World of Warcraft drops Shadowlands pre-patch notes, merges Battle for Azeroth into sub

Plus: The latest Humble Book Bundle features WoW novels galore

    
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World of Warcraft drops Shadowlands pre-patch notes, merges Battle for Azeroth into sub

We’ve got a bundle of World of Warcraft news here to cap off your Thursday.

First, if all the jeering for Battle for Azeroth kept you from buying the expansion, congrats: Now you’re getting it for free, kinda, as Blizzard announced today that the expansion will be bundled into the base subscription fee when the Shadowlands pre-patch drops next week. Character customization features – including the ability to change your gender – will also launch in the patch, meaning those options will no longer appear in the cash shop. Faction changes and transfers, meanwhile, are on sale.

Second, it’s patch notes time! You officially have fewer than five days to memorize all the notes for the Shadowlands pre-patch. Hop to it.

“Sylvanas Windrunner, fallen leader of the Horde, has pierced the veil between Azeroth and the realm of the dead, setting in motion a series of events that threaten to upset the cosmic balance between life and death. Azeroth’s heroes will confront the wonders and horrors of the afterlife as they deal with the consequences of Sylvanas’ actions. Shortly after the pre-expansion launch, you’ll be called upon to defend Azeroth from an undead invasion as the Scourge sweep across the land. Players will embark on a quest to establish a foothold in Icecrown, where the barrier between Azeroth and the afterlife has been shattered, and prepare for the coming journey into the Shadowlands. This limited time pre-expansion event will only be available until the launch of Shadowlands, so make sure to log in to experience it and earn special rewards.”

Finally, if it wasn’t already clear to you that Blizzard’s decision to delay World of Warcraft Shadowlands was not something it had planned on doing, just point your eyeballs at the fact that some of its marketing train couldn’t be stopped. For example, today Humble released a new Humble Book Bundle focusing on Blizzard’s World of Warcraft publishing. As usual with Humble, the more money you pop in, the more books you score; for under $20, you’re picking up over $500 in books. Not too shabby if you’re into the lore.

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Neurotic

BFA is one of my favourite expansions so far, I have to say. Never really understood all the hate it gets/got, but I don’t raid or do PvP, so, eh. What do I know? :D

My favourite expansions so far:

1. Cataclysm (for changing the world at a base level)
2. BFA (for an awesome story and the best new lands so far)
3. WoD (for being a Sims/Farmville/WoW mashup)

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Bruno Brito

I have to say. Never really understood all the hate it gets/got

Going by your list, it’s clear that you like this interation of WoW, which there’s nothing wrong with liking it. But for people who saw WoW on a different peak, being a different game, it’s not exactly our cup of tea, let’s say that.

I also find WoW to be a terrible casual experience, but i seem to be alone in that camp.

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Sorenthaz

Meh the humble bundle doesn’t have much interesting stuff. It’s like 20% novels and 80% comics/picture books. Of note are the War of the Ancients Trilogy, Rise of the Lich King, and Day of the Dragon, but those have been out for 10+ years so if you somehow haven’t read those yet this is unlikely to encourage you to do so. They’re e-books (probably meaning just pdf files) as well, not physical copies or anything like that.

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Neurotic

Just FYI, Humble’s ebook bundles usually give you the choice of ePub and PDF. I agree that PDFs are meh, but the ePubs are great and Kindle users can convert them to .mobis without much trouble.

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Lonegun

Thank you for the heads up. I was planning do some race changes for… reasons.

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Jeremy Barnes

If I cared to get back into WoW, I’d be more interested in the pre-patch than the expansion

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Jaymes Buckman

I’m excited for the expansion, but I’m still even more ecstatic for the patch. Death knight hair for everybody!

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Ironwu

Sadly, the book I would most like to read (and would pay Humble for) is:

The WoW Diary: A Journal of Computer Game Development

Which is not included at any level.

Oh well. ;(

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TomTurtle

The shadow priest rework is soon. <3

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Aldristavan

Mannnn, I love digging into a good ol’ set of pre-patch notes.

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