The War Within Beta Test Begins June 5!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The World of Warcraft®: The War Within™ beta test begins June 5! Over the course of the test, we’ll be inviting community veterans, press, fansites, friends, and family to check out the upcoming expansion and give us feedback. Players who purchase or who upgrade to the Epic Edition of The War Within will also gain immediate access to the beta and gain a minimum three-day early access to the expansion.

Players selected to participate* will receive an email invitation directing them to download the game client directly from the Battle.net desktop app. Players who purchase the Epic Edition may also receive email notifications. As always, please be aware of phishing attempts—if you’re unsure whether your invitation is legitimate, please log in to your Battle.net account to verify that there is a The War Within beta license attached (under Your Game Accounts).



Getting Started

Join us in testing The War Within. Players who have opted in can be selected to be testers, and invitations will go out regularly throughout the test. If selected to participate in the beta test, your Battle.net account will already be flagged for access. Players who upgrade to the Epic Edition of The War Within will also gain immediate access to the beta.

  • Make sure your graphics drivers are up to date.
  • Run the Battle.net® desktop app—it may need to update itself if you haven't run it recently. If you don't have the app installed, get started here.
  • Once Battle.net is installed and updated, select World of Warcraft from the list of games.
  • In the Game Version drop-down menu above the Play button, choose The War Within (listed under In Development) option, then click Install.
  • Allow installation to complete, click Play, and select any available Test Servers.
  • Create a new test character or use the character copy to import your existing Dragonflight character.
  • Enter the game and test the available content.

If you have issues installing and operating The War Within Beta, please check our Common Technical Issues and Solutions to begin troubleshooting.



What's Available in the Beta?

New systems, the complete leveling experience, zones, dungeons, delves, Warbands, and the new playable Earthen are all available in the beta. Raid testing will come at a later time.

The Zones of Khaz Algar- Designated Sector AR-934

Beneath the surface of Azeroth, an expansive world exists, fraught with danger and waiting to be explored.



The Isle of Dorn
Discover the land of Khaz Algar, off the western shores of Pandaria and home to the Earthen. Their capital city, Dornogal, will become the new meeting ground for the Horde and Alliance.



The Ringing Deep
This gigantic cavern serves as the home of the Machine Speakers, Earthen who maintain the gigantic Titan machines of old.



Hallowfall
Lit by a massive crystal at its center, this bright underground zone is home to the Arathi who are engaged in a continuing battle against the nerubians.



Azj-Kahet
The pinnacle of nerubian society where Xal’atath, Harbinger of the Void, has been gathering and mutating nerubian forces to create an unstoppable army.

For players who are concerned about entering into a space filled with spiders, there will be an arachnophobia filter that can be turned on which will convert spider creatures into crabs.



Meet the Earthen


We’ve met Titan-forged Earthen before in Ulduar and other places, but this society of Earthen has been isolated within Khaz Algar for a long while and have developed their own manners and customs. Visually, they are a bit larger, and gem encrusted.

Earthen will also unlock as a playable race. Replenishing the culture’s dwindling numbers by either joining the Horde or the Alliance. Players will be able to choose either faction to begin their journey.

There are many customizations that will be coming for these Earthen including different gem encrustations, beards for all body types, skin colorizations, and more.



Dungeons

Similar to the launch of previous expansions, there will be 4 level-up dungeons and 4 maximum-level dungeons that are available in each of the four new zones.

Level-Up Dungeons
  • The Rookery
  • The Stonevault
  • Priory of the Sacred Flame
  • City of Threads

Maximum Level
  • Cinderbrew Meadery
  • Darkflame Cleft
  • The Dawnbreaker
  • Old City

If you don’t want to use the Dungeon Finder to take part in dungeons with other players, you can continue the campaign story with Follower Dungeons which will be available to play through in all level-up dungeons.



Nerub’ar Palace Raid Dungeon

The Nerub’ar Palace raid dungeon will offer eight boss encounters. Located in Azj-Kahet, it will result in the culmination of the story we see play out involving the machinations of the nerubian empire and Queen Ansurek’s collaboration with Xal’atath.

Players can also expect new tier rewards for their valiant efforts.



New Features

  • Delves: Deep beneath the surface lies treasure vaults waiting to be discovered. Explore these world instances solo or with up to four friends, along with an NPC companion, to defeat bosses and gain epic end-game loot.

Delves New Mechanical Mount Reward

Mix and match customizations to make your new mount your own.





Pre-Purchase World of Warcraft: The War Within


Choose your edition.

Epic Edition


Includes everything in the Heroic Edition. Plus, you’ll have guaranteed Beta Access and Early Access (3 days) to The War Within. You’ll also receive 30 days of game time, Squally, the Storm Hatchling pet, Sandbox Storm Gryphon toy, and Deepdweller’s Earthen Hearthstone effect. Also includes an additional 250 Trader’s Tender (1000 in total) to use in the Trading Post††.

Heroic Edition

Includes everything in the Base Edition. Plus, you’ll receive the Algarian Stormrider mount with Dynamic Flying and access to special racecourses, and the Stormrider’s Attire Transmog set. The mount has four color variants, with a slew of additional customization options available. The Transmog set can be upgraded to the Thundering Stormrider’s Attire upon completing the special racecourses available with the Algarian Stormrider. Also includes an additional 250 Trader’s Tender (750 in total) to use in the Trading Post††.

Base Edition

Includes the World of Warcraft: The War Within pre-purchase, World of Warcraft: Dragonflight***, an Enhanced Level 70 Character Boost with upgraded gear, reputation progress, and more, to prepare you for your adventures in the depths of the world. Also includes 500 Trader’s Tender to use in the Trading Post ††




We look forward to seeing you as we descend into the depths of Azeroth for all new adventures!

*Future expansions not included in WoW®: The War Within™ purchase.
**Available on or before December 31, 2024.
***If you already have Dragonflight on your account, it will not be re-granted.
†Beta Access and Early Access dates subject to change. Early Access duration is 3 days. Limited time only. Play time subject to possible outages and time zone differences. Certain endgame features, including Mythic dungeons and weekly quests, not available during Early Access. Click for more details.
††In-game items not available in WoW Classic games. Boost only usable on the WoW® game account on which it was purchased or redeemed.

  • Upgrading to the Heroic or Epic Edition will not re-grant in-game items previously unlocked on your account.
  • Requires World of Warcraft, Internet connection, and Battle.net® Account and desktop app.
  • Requires World of Warcraft Subscription or Game Time.
This article was originally published in forum thread: The War Within Beta Test Begins June 5! started by Lumy View original post
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  1. Ihavewaffles's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Grof View Post
    hey muppet can you just stfu and go find some irl job, so maybe then you have some less issues with paid games!!!
    I wouldn't report this, just too silly of a comment, and I got a job fyi
  1. Ghostile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ihavewaffles View Post
    Have you ever been to a grocery store n they hand out free samples for something that u can nom?

    Did u ever need to pay for those noms
    Those noms are ready to be sold.

    betas are for testing things that aren't ready.
  1. MiiiMiii's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo03 View Post
    Testing = using an incomplete product for the sake of giving the company feedback so they can improve it. They NEED testers.

    I guess if you can get away with convincing people to pay you to get to use it earlier and also get your feedback you can do that as a company.

    I don't think it's ethically bad enough to anyone that they will stop playing. People will gripe, but nothing will happen, and those people will still continue playing.

    I don't think Blizzard cares about the small goodwill hit either. People will play it anyway despite stuff like this and the early access crap. They're too attached.

    I don't think it's a smart move though. They should really be focused on re-building goodwill and trust and stuff like this doesn't help.
    Some people enjoy giving a community what they can to help it, without any monetary incentive. Be it a mod for a forum, officer for a guild, discord mod, helping open source programming of addons. So I think wanting to help the future game by giving beta feedback, even though for Blizzard it's a win-win, is not that unreasonable.

    Not for me though.
  1. Ihavewaffles's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SinR View Post
    The problem, Waffles, is there's no monetary value attached to Tenders at this point. Its not like you can go on Blizzard Store and throw $$$ at a bundle of 100, 250, 500, 1000, etc Tenders.

    Buy Epic Super Edition for account #1, Basic for #2.
    Basic should be cheaper when I don't get tender currency for 2nd buy...

    Like that Murloc bundle, I think its removed, I can't seem to find it.. originally it was like something 50+ €uros, but with the mounts n pets I already had, it got reduced to 20+ €uros (I didn't buy the bundle, while xmogs is the primary reason I play the game, the murloc outfit was just too silly...like that Wendigo Woolies set...

    so, the basic upgrade is €49.99, so reduce it...to €45.99 ? Lower? I dunno...but I shouldn't pay almost 50 while not getting trader's tender currency..

    I am not altogether positive I understand the reasoning for why they lock the currency for one-time use per battle net account...they don't want some people to have way more currency than others? If that's the case, why even include it at all for the xpac? and why give different amounts depending on the xpac upgrade u buy? Besides, I don't see what 'advantage' there even is with lots of currency, nobody likes everything on the shop anyways...and u can get currency just by playing the game...do quests, raids, instances, whatever...u have to actively choose not to play to make sure u don't get currency...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostile View Post
    Those noms are ready to be sold.
    You can get free samples, and the choose the buy the product with way more noms inside.

    You don't pay for the free nom samples, that is an investment by that company to market the product, the free samples is for marketing...
  1. SinR's Avatar
    When Blizzard adds a cost to what amounts to 500 Tenders then you can ask them for a refund on your Basic Edition purchase of that amount.

    The Murloc bundles, however, everything in that bundle has a monetary cost associated with it and they remove those costs based on what you own.
  1. doledippers's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ihavewaffles View Post
    I wouldn't report this, just too silly of a comment, and I got a job fyi
    GZ on the job
  1. Xilurm's Avatar
    It's kinda weird how people treat beta as free gametime. You're there to test stuff, not to indulge yourself.
  1. Relapses's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xilurm View Post
    It's kinda weird how people treat beta as free gametime. You're there to test stuff, not to indulge yourself.
    It can be both. I'd say the average WoW player just kinda sucks at constructive feedback so while it may seem like they're only there to indulge themselves, by virtue of simply interacting with the product they're providing feedback to the developers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SinR View Post
    When Blizzard adds a cost to what amounts to 500 Tenders then you can ask them for a refund on your Basic Edition purchase of that amount.

    The Murloc bundles, however, everything in that bundle has a monetary cost associated with it and they remove those costs based on what you own.
    "Blizzard doesn't price gouge me enough," -an actual criticism of WoW by a real person
  1. Xilurm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Relapses View Post
    It can be both. I'd say the average WoW player just kinda sucks at constructive feedback so while it may seem like they're only there to indulge themselves, by virtue of simply interacting with the product they're providing feedback to the developers.
    Some people acting like they're too desperate to get in tbh.
  1. BeerEelemental's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ihavewaffles View Post
    Have you ever been to a grocery store n they hand out free samples for something that u can nom?

    Did u ever need to pay for those noms

    The end boss better be a pissed off drunk Lovecraftian wasp!

    It's not a free sample though, it's a beta test. The correct comparison would be someone has made a food product they haven't tested yet, so there might be side effects from eating it, and they are giving that to you for free in the store to test it.
  1. Dristereau's Avatar
    Was curious how this would work for Physical CE's but saw something from Mr GM with a ticket that essentially said they're screwed. Decided to check my Account randomly and then noticed it was there tonight. Then checked my emails and apparently it came out two weeks back Will have to have a mess around when servers come up.
  1. Raetary's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ihavewaffles View Post
    Have you ever been to a grocery store n they hand out free samples for something that u can nom?

    Did u ever need to pay for those noms
    How the fuck is full access to a feature complete beta comparable to a free sample in a grocery store?
  1. Nereidaa's Avatar
    Damn these videogame companies trying to make money out of their business. Don't they know we need games to breathe and having to pay for it is a major issue in life?
  1. Ihavewaffles's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by doledippers View Post
    GZ on the job
    that's not a nice thing to say
  1. Ereb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xilurm View Post
    Some people acting like they're too desperate to get in tbh.
    And those same people tend to cry endlessly here about how much the game sucks. Go figure
  1. LionSinMaikeru's Avatar
    Interested, definitely, but still cannot believe they're going live with Earthen & "Hero Talents" the way they are.
  1. chrisisvacant's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ihavewaffles View Post
    Have you ever been to a grocery store n they hand out free samples for something that u can nom?

    Did u ever need to pay for those noms

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    I am not very excited either...I do like how u can collect xmogs easier though... One thing I do like, is that they got a dungeon that is about booze n bees!

    The end boss better be a pissed off drunk Lovecraftian wasp!
    The free sample isn't a whole ass box you take home!
  1. rrayy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SinR View Post
    Paid Beta. Nice.
    It is not a paid beta. YOu can literally sign up and have a chance to be invited for free. Stop it with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dracullus View Post
    What the hell are you talking about. Selling Beta access as feature of Epic edition without mentioning a sub (which was never needed for Beta) and THEN requiring sub for Beta would be extremelly consumer unfriendly, maybe even scam - very often people are unsubed at this stage of expac.

    However, wording of blue post is not clear, it could just mean 'sub needed for playing expac you bought'. So people should ask Blizzard for clarification and then pull out torches.
    They are not sellling Beta access and it is not a feature. IT is a bonus. ALl you ahve to do is go to the opt-in page and opt in. YOu get in for free that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nereidaa View Post
    Can't wait to try it out. And this time you get free access just by preordering the deluxe edition, which I was gonna do anyway as I've been doing for ten years now without being given access before, so it's a win-win.
    Epic edition.
  1. Dracullus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rrayy View Post
    They are not sellling Beta access and it is not a feature. IT is a bonus. ALl you ahve to do is go to the opt-in page and opt in. YOu get in for free that way..
    No. For opting in you get CHANCE for a Beta. For buying epic edition you get guaranteed Beta Access, plain and simple. Which, again, never required sub. That's why I'm waiting for clarification, but we shouldn't be silent if Blizzard gets greedy here.

    And obviously it's a bonus and not a main dish, I don't understand what you are trying to achieve here. If I didn't get other bonuses, like extra Tendies or 70 lvl boost, should I also shrug it off cause "it's just bonus not main game"?
  1. october breeze's Avatar
    When ppl learn? Do not perorder anything ffs :/

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