World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth Pre-Patch Releases Today | Gaming News

The next major World of Warcraft expansion, Battle for Azeroth, is just a few weeks away. That means it’s time to start preparing the world for the big changes with a major pre-release patch that will lay the groundwork for all of the changes arriving on August 14.

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth will likely have a much smoother launch than the game’s early expansions, thanks to improvements to the x-pack rollouts that have been implemented during the game’s long run. This kind of groundwork patch brings many of the expansion’s changes to the game early and helps make sure servers aren’t under quite as much stress on launch day.

Now that the patch has arrived, there are a lot of changes for players to start exploring. Fans can read the full patch notes on Blizzard, but here are some of the highlights…

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New Character Customizations

The war with the Burning Legion has left orcs standing tall, a new posture option available to all orc player characters. Blood Elves now have access to golden eyes, as well as a few new faces.

All of these new options are available at Barber Shops throughout Azeroth, and you can now alter your character’s skin color while you’re there.

Player versus Player

The PvP Honor and Prestige system has been updated. Your PvP progress in Legion has been converted into account-wide Honor levels, which you’ll continue to earn through PvP.

All class specializations’ PvP Talents have been revamped. Hit default hotkey ‘N’ to get a look at your PvP Talents, and default hotkey ‘H’ to see the new PvP system.

War Mode is Here

You can now enable War Mode and venture out into a world full of others who have made the same dangerous choice. Enabling War Mode provides additional bonuses:

All PvP Talents you’ve chosen will be available to use anywhere PvP can occur.
You’ll gain an additional bonus to experience while leveling up.
Earn additional bonus gold and Resources from World Quests.

Legacy Loot Mode

Now, when you enter an instance at 10 levels or more above the maximum level of the content, Legacy Loot rules will be automatically enabled. Under Legacy Loot rules, drops will include a chance for all items that would drop for a full party or raid at the instance’s level.

There is also a very long list of tweaks to each of the classes, so be sure to check those out to make sure you aren’t taken by surprise when you log in.

All of these updates are pretty exciting and, although some veteran players are nervous about change, the majority of the community seems to be onboard and looking forward to the future. Seeing how big changes like War Mode play out will be very interesting.

Be sure to check back in the coming weeks to learn more about the new World of Warcraft landscape. Zug zug!

World of Warcraft is available now on PC, with the Battle for Azeroth expansion launching August 14.

Source: Blizzard

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