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Access to 5.0.1 PTR and Mists of Pandaria Beta
Patch 5.0.1 is right around the corner on test realms! It also means that the release of MoP isn't too far either.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We will soon begin public testing of patch 5.0.1 of World of Warcraft, a patch that will precede the Mists of Pandaria release, and includes many features and functions that are new to the game.

We encourage all players who wish to test patch 5.0.1 with us to take careful note of the following:

  • It will not be possible to access the 5.0.1 PTR realms with a game account that accesses the Mists of Pandaria Beta.
  • If a game account has been flagged with a Mists of Pandaria Beta license, it can only be used to enter Beta realms.
  • This limitation is on each World of Warcraft license, and is not Battle.net account-based.
  • While testing 5.0.1, players will not be able to access zones or content that is a part of the Mists of Pandaria expansion.

Thank you for your continued support of our testing and tuning process. We look forward to seeing you in-game.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Access to 5.0.1 PTR and Mists of Pandaria Beta started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 193 Comments
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    It is rather odd that beta-flagged accounts are banned from the PTR, but they've never done the "Annual Pass" before, either. Oh well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sindrasa View Post
    Because you can't race/faction change in the beta =/

    Also i just realized that people with beta CAN acsess it they just can't use the "WoW 2" (Or whatever you use for your beta) you gotta use the drop down menu to click "WoW 1".
    No, you can't. If the WoW account is flagged for beta, you cannot access the PTR. "WoW 1" or "WoW 2" -- those are not accounts, just sub-categories within a single World of Warcraft license. Now if a person has another WoW license on the same Battle.Net account that is not flagged for beta, then that separate license (aka account) can log into the PTR.

    And here's an earlier post basically stating the same thing:
    Quote Originally Posted by reve View Post
    You read it wrong. Read the very first line that says anyone with beta on their WoW license will not have access to the PTR.

    However, if you have more than one WoW license on your BNET account then you will get the PTR with it. By that I mean no starter edition, no PTR123, no beta license, nothing like that, basicly second separate WoW account that you paid for.

    One statement I would also like to make: I'm tired of conspiracy theories involving Blizzard doing A, B, or C due to game/company X, Y, or Z. I'm all for having some fun with guessing the release date (early to mid-September, imo), but jeez... Give it a rest with all this Guild Wars 2 stuff.
  1. vihtahousu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aiir View Post
    lmfao, they want current subs to BUY WOW again so they can play on PTR. ( the buy wow for $10 bucks)
    lmaoooo!!!!! not saying that's bad but like wow how greedy can one get, go on bizzard ya mad caunts
    you can play ptr even if you don't have playing time on live
  1. Neolithic's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Duerma View Post
    This. And if they ARE overly concerned with it, they can release it on the 13th - a Thursday, just like Wrath.


    Sure there is. I'd love to try things out in PvP with my arena partners before the patch goes live, but this is not going to happen because I have beta access and they don't. /sadface

    To add to this: EA Sports is releasing NHL 13 on 9/11, A Testament to Sherlock Holmes, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, NBA Baller Beats, and Ragnarok Odyssey off the top of my head are also releasing on 9/11. Yes, it is a day American's and a lot of people around the world will remember, it doesn't mean the world comes to a standstill however.
  1. anubas's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fleugen View Post
    September 11th? Wouldn't count on it, not because it's too soon, but simply due to the significance of the date.

    As for the testing... Just because we have beta, means we can't test 5.0.1? Are they going to ADD that content to the beta so we can see it, or are we just going to get stuck missing out on testing content? Because that's kind of unfair. I'm an Annual Pass guy, and I've regretted buying it for months now. And then this?
    Don't read too much into Sept 11th, they released Cat on Dec 7th ;-D (bombing of Pearl Harbor for those of you who missed my point).
  1. Schaapa's Avatar
    I just remembered earlier, PTRs for me were usually unplayable due to latency. So maybe I'll test out a few characters and then just uninstall it again.
  1. perera's Avatar
    So they:
    -announce that people with access to the beta will not be able to access the ptr;
    -make a point of saying it's a limitation per WoW account, not battle.net account;
    -start a sale on WoW (10 dollars for vanilla/tbc, 30 dollars for everything) on the very same day.

    I do think it would be insane to pay for access to the ptr, but a lot of people are bound to do it regardless. Am I the only one who thinks that's a little too obvious?
  1. Hitei's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by perera View Post
    So they:
    -announce that people with access to the beta will not be able to access the ptr;
    -make a point of saying it's a limitation per WoW account, not battle.net account;
    -start a sale on WoW - 10 dollars only - on the very same day.

    I do think it would be insane to pay for access to the ptr, but a lot of people are bound to do it regardless. Am I the only one who thinks that's a little too obvious?
    As has already been brought up multiple times, unless you canceled a very very long time ago, you can access the PTRs with a frozen wow account, you don't have to be subbed.

    The sale is clearly to offer the newly released The Secret World some competition.
  1. perera's Avatar
    That's like saying "some people aren't on the beta, they have no reason to buy another copy of the game". The point is, a lot of people won't be able to access the PTR unless they were to buy another copy of the game, and they declared a sale on the very same day.
  1. Kathranis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alayea View Post
    It is rather odd that beta-flagged accounts are banned from the PTR, but they've never done the "Annual Pass" before, either. Oh well.
    The beta has everything that'll be in 5.0.1, plus more. I don't know why someone with a beta account would want access to the PTR when they already have the ability to test all of that stuff on the beta.

    Maybe they specifically want feedback on 5.0.1 from people who haven't played the beta.
  1. Archermit's Avatar
    Am I the one only that reads this like

    "If you didn't get into the beta by signing up to the annual pass, you can still get into a version of the beta which we will call PTR."

    This is basically allowing every WoW player access to beta content adn to control the numbers, beta players cannot get on
  1. Myzou's Avatar
    Can we currently download the PTR, and just not access it yet?
  1. The Hangmansjoke's Avatar
    They haven't even put up the ability to pre-order the CE at all. The date that real pre-orders came out for Cataclysm was July 21st and even then that was with a release date of December 7...do people really think that they are going to release a game only giving people a month to actually pre-order the thing???
  1. Silvertaurus's Avatar
    You can download PTR
    It will be ver. 4.3.something
    The PTR servers will be down for now
    .. when 5.0. will go up, you will have to just* patch it..

    * - patch might be so big, that difference between patch and "fresh PTR" is neglactable.
  1. nyc81991's Avatar
    I find the fact that you can't play the 5.0.1 PTR if you have beta to be an insult to all of the people who bought the annual pass. By doing that they are punishing people for buying something from them.

    I know if you have Beta you are already testing pretty much the same content but there is no good reason to not let people play the PTR.
  1. sajin0084's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Hangmansjoke View Post
    They haven't even put up the ability to pre-order the CE at all. The date that real pre-orders came out for Cataclysm was July 21st and even then that was with a release date of December 7...do people really think that they are going to release a game only giving people a month to actually pre-order the thing???
    ...sigh. Pre orders have nothing to do with blizz. You can place a pre-order on a CE now. In fact if you have not done it by now you may have missed out!
  1. Dragon Claws's Avatar
    I hope this PTR doesn't end up like the WotLK or Cata PTR tests where the servers would crash all the damn time.
  1. Hawkzro's Avatar
    Seriously people?? Why are so many people made that you can't get into the PTR if your flagged with the beta? The PTR is most likely just showing those that don't have beta what the talent system is going to be like and so on. I highly doubt that it's going to be very significant to play on, and since it's the pre-MoP patch, I would assume that the Beta has a whole lot more to test and play then the PTR will... and who knows, maybe they just don't want the flood gates opened on the PTR servers so they could've just left the beta flaggers out to keep from screwing the latency lag. Just sayin :P
  1. brothernads's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sajin0084 View Post
    ...sigh. Pre orders have nothing to do with blizz. You can place a pre-order on a CE now. In fact if you have not done it by now you may have missed out!
    Oh really...where? Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Gamespot to name a few have NO trace of the CE, much less an option to preorder.

    I'm amazed that you can apparently preorder a CE from some magical place before Blizzard has even announced it. You must've used Doc's Delorean to travel forward in time to place your CE order.
  1. Laylriana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by nyc81991 View Post
    I find the fact that you can't play the 5.0.1 PTR if you have beta to be an insult to all of the people who bought the annual pass. By doing that they are punishing people for buying something from them.

    I know if you have Beta you are already testing pretty much the same content but there is no good reason to not let people play the PTR.
    What makes you think the PTR will be playing any content on beta now? Sounds to me like they will just be doing the Theramore scenario and any other pre-MoP events leading up to the release of the expac.

    •While testing 5.0.1, players will not be able to access zones or content that is a part of the Mists of Pandaria expansion.
  1. baller1308's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkzro View Post
    Seriously people?? Why are so many people made that you can't get into the PTR if your flagged with the beta? The PTR is most likely just showing those that don't have beta what the talent system is going to be like and so on. I highly doubt that it's going to be very significant to play on, and since it's the pre-MoP patch, I would assume that the Beta has a whole lot more to test and play then the PTR will... and who knows, maybe they just don't want the flood gates opened on the PTR servers so they could've just left the beta flaggers out to keep from screwing the latency lag. Just sayin :P
    I bought the annual pass so I should have access to everything!!!!!!

    jk

    You can do everything on PTR on beta, just keep your character level 85.

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