*goes off to visit Karazhan* ...
Excellent job everyone - a fun, pleasant evening enhanced by stomping on Socrethar before he finished his first Phase 2, gaining us a new progression boss.
Made better by dying dramatically several times whilst playing with great balls of fire (delivered by Tyrant Velhari) before moving on to kill a few more (bosses) on the lower level in good time. Woohoo!!
"Read More" to see further information, including patch notes and changes to the garrison - and what you should do before the patch hits!!
It has been announced that the Pre-Expansion patch is arriving next Wednesday - woohoo!
Blizzard Watch have given a run-down of what to expect:
What we won’t see starting Tuesday is the Burning Legion’s invasion of Azeroth or the new Demon Hunter class. Though these will be available before Legion’s August 30th launch for anyone who’s purchase the expansion, Blizzard is giving us a few weeks to get used to our revamped classes before throwing the Legion at us — but expect both to start in the next few weeks.
Not sure what’s happening with your class? We have some writeup that will help you find your footing (and more to come):
And if you just can’t wait for the new transmog system — and the bag space that comes with it — here’s our guide on how transmog will work in 7.0.
Now it’s time to make the most of your last ... days in Warlords of Draenor. Legion is almost here.
Blizzard have also said the following:
The skies over Azeroth are growing darker. . . .
The Legion pre-expansion patch is arriving on July 20, and we wanted to give you a heads up about what to expect—and when you can expect it.
This update will include a wide variety of features and content that set the stage for the expansion, including system changes, quality-of-life improvements, and major in-game events. Some of these features will be available immediately, while other content will be unlocked in the weeks leading up to the expansion’s launch. Read on for more details.
The Opening Salvo
When the pre-expansion patch initially goes live, players will be able to immediately access many of its key system-related features. Some of these major updates include:
The new Transmogrification Collections system will make it easier than ever to collect, store, and sort through the gear you want to use for transmogging—without taking up storage space in your inventory, bank, or Void Storage. As you collect items that can be used with the system, you can browse through them—as well as sort by class or slot—in the Appearances tab in your Collections interface.
We’re making some significant changes to classes and their specs for Legion to further strengthen their identities. The core changes to spells, talents, and more are going into effect as soon as the pre-expansion patch goes live. For more information on what’s new for each class and spec, read our earlier class preview blogs.
We’re also making it easier to switch between specializations for different content. Players will be able to queue up for dungeons, raids, Battlegrounds, or Arenas as any role that is available to their class, while continuing to play as another role while they’re waiting. When they enter the content they’ve queued for, they will automatically switch to the suitable role upon entering (at no cost) and then switch back automatically when they leave the instance.
The March Toward Legion
In the weeks following the pre-expansion patch, we’ll be unlocking even more content that leads into the August 30 launch of Legion. We’re still determining the exact timing of these events, but players who pre-purchase Legion can expect to be playing a Demon Hunter around the second or third week of August (no later than August 17 globally). We’ll share more details in the weeks ahead, but here’s a look at what’s in store:
Burning Legion Invasions
Before all hellfire breaks loose upon the Broken Shore, the Burning Legion will begin its assault upon Azeroth, turning some familiar stomping grounds into demon-infested battlefields—and it will be up to the heroes of the Alliance and the Horde to face the onslaught.
Demon Hunter Early Access
In the weeks before launch, those who have pre-purchased Legion will get early access to the new Demon Hunter class. Players will begin at level 98 and will find themselves on the fel-shattered expanse of Mardum, where they’ll play the Demon Hunter starting experience before joining their allies in the fight against the Legion.
The Battle on the Broken Shore Begins
As the situation grows more dire, Azeroth’s heroes will begin their first foray onto the Broken Shore—the epicenter of the demonic invasion.
All of the features and content listed above (save for Demon Hunter early access) will be available to all World of Warcraft players, regardless of whether they’ve pre-purchased Legion.
Demon Invasions are looming ever closer - Blizzard give more details:
There’s a World of Warcraft: Legion pre-expansion patch coming soon, and that means a great number of changes and improvements will be finding their way into the game. We’ve recently outlined several reasons to get ready for it all here and here.
Today, we’d like to take a closer look at the some of the content that will be coming to Azeroth in the weeks after the pre-expansion patch.
Incursions and Diversions
Around the second or third week of August (no later than August 17 globally), after you’ve had time to play around with the patch and get a feel for the changes, some angry invaders are going to start dropping out of the skies over Azeroth.
You’ll be able to identify where the invasions are currently happening by looking at your world map. As quickly as you can, head out to the zone that’s under attack and lend your aid to the defense of Azeroth.
Each demon invasion takes place in four stages, and each stage ends with a reward of Nethershards—and sometimes a chest. That means it’s always a good time to rush out and fight the Legion.
A week after the invasions begin, the Legion’s assault will begin to intensify. Then, a week after that, the demonic onslaught will intensify even more, increasing your chances to complete the event-only achievements Stand Against The Legion (for completing one invasion) and Defender of Azeroth: Legion Invasions (for completing invasions in all six locations).
When you participate in demon invasions and receive Nethershards, take note of them. Collect enough, and you can spend them on all sorts of transmogrification armor (there will be four ensembles available: cloth, leather, mail, and plate), new pieces for your neck, fingers, back, and trinket slots, as well as the event-only Felbat Pup battle pet, among and other useful items.
Speaking of weapons, you’ll always want to loot the stage 2 and stage 4 bosses in demon invasions, as they have a chance to drop one of 16 event-only weapons, such as Fel Barbed Spear or Hellfury Longbow. At item level 700, these weapons might be more than a transmogrification collection item for you—they might be the perfect thing to pick up and swing at the face of the nearest demon!
Remember to Share
One more item that we’d like to tell you about is a new toy that will be available during the Demon Invasions: the Pocket Fel Spreader. It’s not actually a good idea to leave it in your pocket, but it is a great idea to figure out how to obtain one of these tainted trifles—because this may be your only chance.
Blizzard Watch have also posted additional information:
Each invasion event has four stages that require you to complete different objectives — like killing demons or defeating a boss — in an area until a progress meter is filled. None of these are soloable, but we expect large crowds of players will be jumping on them so you won’t have a problem if you don’t have a group of friends available. After each stage, you’ll earn Nethershards which you can use to purchase rewards, including:
- Transmog sets for plate, mail, leather, and cloth armor
- Gear for neck, finger, back, and trinket slots
- Felbat Pup battle pet
At the end of each invasion, you’ll get a chest which may contain one of 16 unique, event-only weapons. You’ll definitely want these for transmog, but at ilvl 700 they may well be an upgrade. Plus you can boost them to ilvl 725 with Coalesced Fel, which can drop from bosses or be purchased with shards. Since they’ll be replaced by your Artifact, we wouldn’t say Coalesced Fel is a great use of your shards, but they could certainly help you through your Artifact quest and be good for off-specs before you can power up a second (and third and fourth) Artifact.
There’s also the new (and somewhat mysterious) Pocket Fel Spreader toy, which will “spread the taint of the Legion.” Though this doesn’t sound like a particularly good thing (aren’t we supposed to be fighting the Legion?), toy collectors will want to watch out. We don’t yet know how to get it, though it’s implied it won’t come from shards or chests.
Two achievements, Stand Against The Legion (for completing one invasion) and Defender of Azeroth: Legion Invasions (for completing invasions in Aszhara, Dun Morogh, Hillsbrad Foothills, Northern Barrens, Tanaris, and Westfall), will also be available. There’s also a new Feat of Strength, It All Makes Sense Now, for collecting all 12 pamphlets from your local doomsayers. Though there’s no word on rewards for these yet, we wouldn’t be surprised to if they granted some Legion-appropriate titles.
So get ready, everyone! The Burning Legion is coming.
Blizzard have announced that, as part of the pre-expansion patch, they will be implementing a new system for dealing with those who use various chat channels inappropriately:
World of Warcraft offers many opportunities to engage with other players in a variety of ways and to help support positive experiences in these engagements we wanted to inform you of a new silence penalty we will be implementing with the pre-expansion patch for Legion. Depending on the type of report, players who are found to be abusive in chat or engage in inappropriate chat behaviors may be silenced from engaging in certain ways within the game.
The Silence Penalty
Following the Legion pre-expansion, any player who is reported multiple times under the Spam or Abusive Chat categories will, after investigation, receive an account-wide silence penalty. While this penalty is active, the silenced player will find that their ability to chat with others is greatly limited.
Silenced Players Are Unable to:
Talk in Instance Chat (Raid, Party, and Battlegrounds)
Talk in global channels that are auto joined (such as General or Trade)
Create Calendar Invites/Events
Send in-game mail
Send Party Invitations
Send War Game Invitations
Send Invitations to Duel
Update a Premade Group Listing
Create a New List for a Premade Group
Silenced Players Are Able to:
Whisper to friends (both WoW friends and Battle.net Friends)
Reply to Whispers from Non-friends
Party/Raid Chat (with Invited Players)
Create Parties and Raids
Talk in Global Channels that have a moderator
Sign up for a pre-made group
The first time a player is silenced, their chat will be restricted for 24 hours. This duration will double for each silence penalty received after the first, and there is no maximum. This means that players who receive multiple silence penalties may find themselves unable to chat for a very, very long time.
Silenced players will be receiving a notification when attempting to send a message to a channel in which they have been restricted.
By using the in-game report tool to identify players who may be engaging in inappropriate interactions within the various channels, you’ll be helping create the type of community we all want to take part in.