The Legion Pre-Expansion Patch Is Nearly Here
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The skies over Azeroth are growing darker. . . .

The Legion pre-expansion patch is coming soon, 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:

Transmogrification Updates
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.

Class Updates
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.
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  1. Tyron's Avatar
    I want it to be on the 19th sooo bad, but my instinct is saying 26 xD
  1. Gaidax's Avatar
    I tested demon invasions for 3 minutes - IT'S ALL GOOD, launch now plz.
  1. Zandalarian Paladin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Palisis View Post
    As per a post made by Blizz some months ago, "season end" or season breaks are a thing of the past. I'll try to find the post and link it.
    I remember seeing something like this too. I think it was related to the new ranking/honor system and how it fundamentally changed the way PvP works.

    Also, I love the way they say "The Legion pre-expansion patch is coming soon, and we wanted to give you a heads up about what to expect—and when you can expect it." yet give no date. Well, what we do know is that DH comes at the latest on August 17th, so there's that.
  1. Ifeanychukwu's Avatar
    I think if they were ever going to release content that didn't really match the time frame that they've followed in the past now would be the time. What with the lack of content, the lackluster expansion that Warlords was and the extreme boredom that's probably going on right now on most servers it seems to me the perfect time for an early release of the pre-expansion event.

    My crazy guestimate would be this upcoming Tuesday with the 19th being the most likely date, IMO.
  1. Unholyground's Avatar
    its the 12th or 19th, there's a lot of demon invasion shit to buy and a month isn't long enough for most to get all of it.
  1. TheramoreIsTheBomb's Avatar
    i think its coming next week
  1. UnifiedDivide's Avatar
    Highly informative.
  1. mmoc3711817e2e's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sillyputty View Post
    Reddit guy that leaked the 7/19 date is now saying 7/12.
    As the saying goes, throw enough shit at the wall and it will eventually stick.
  1. TheWindWalker's Avatar
    Still betting on the 19th. They keep doing unusual things this cycle and this would be yet another thing to add to the list.
  1. ComputerNerd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unholyground View Post
    its the 12th or 19th, there's a lot of demon invasion shit to buy and a month isn't long enough for most to get all of it.
    Yeah.
    If you want all the armor, that is 4 characters to cover the 4 armor types you need.
    Plus the other stuff.

    I need to level up 2 additional characters to cover plate and leather.

    I have seen little or no real evidence behind any date guessing.
    Not that it will stop anyone crowing about it if they got it right.
    Getting it right by sheer dumb luck is different from having a good reason.
  1. JonnyBeoulve's Avatar
    This is a minor tease of information, but I am NOT satisfied until I get a date!.
  1. mmocd822a99f32's Avatar
    I take it physical Collectors Edition pre-orders don't count for Demon Hunter early access? Bit of a shame, but not too bothered to be honest, I can wait a couple more weeks.
  1. Rawfury's Avatar
    the trolling is real on this one. We want a date
  1. apelsinjuice's Avatar
    Now the "famous leaker" is saying the pre-patch beings next week on the 12th.
  1. ComputerNerd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ahunter8056 View Post
    I take it physical Collectors Edition pre-orders don't count for Demon Hunter early access? Bit of a shame, but not too bothered to be honest, I can wait a couple more weeks.
    Correct, because that is not flagged in your account.
    It is just like any physical product, it just puts you up the queue for receiving it.
    Which if you are lucky will be 1 day prior to release, or in my experience it has been the day on or after.
  1. Unholyground's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ComputerNerd View Post
    Yeah.
    If you want all the armor, that is 4 characters to cover the 4 armor types you need.
    Plus the other stuff.

    I need to level up 2 additional characters to cover plate and leather.

    I have seen little or no real evidence behind any date guessing.
    Not that it will stop anyone crowing about it if they got it right.
    Getting it right by sheer dumb luck is different from having a good reason.
    Well after testing the events out on beta it gave me a good idea of how long it will take to get everything and with only a few hours a day it will take a a while, and as you mentioned each armor type makes it take even longer.
  1. Noix's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ahunter8056 View Post
    I take it physical Collectors Edition pre-orders don't count for Demon Hunter early access? Bit of a shame, but not too bothered to be honest, I can wait a couple more weeks.
    Anyone who pre perchase gets access so i would guess yes since its a pre order unless your date of payment is pass the "Qualified date"
  1. Felrane's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ComputerNerd View Post
    Yeah.
    If you want all the armor, that is 4 characters to cover the 4 armor types you need.
    Plus the other stuff.

    I need to level up 2 additional characters to cover plate and leather.

    I have seen little or no real evidence behind any date guessing.
    Not that it will stop anyone crowing about it if they got it right.
    Getting it right by sheer dumb luck is different from having a good reason.
    You can buy the transmog tokens on any character that unlocks the full set for 60 shards plate/mail/leather/cloth.

    Though if you have alts that have low ilvl free 700 gear to unlock it that way.
  1. ComputerNerd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Felrane View Post
    You can buy the transmog tokens on any character that unlocks the full set for 60 shards plate/mail/leather/cloth.

    Though if you have alts that have low ilvl free 700 gear to unlock it that way.
    So any armor type set can be learned on any character, or just any can buy them - and they are boa or something ?

    Would be helpful if I didn't need to level more, since i'm really slow at it.
  1. Noix's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ComputerNerd View Post
    So any armor type set can be learned on any character, or just any can buy them - and they are boa or something ?

    Would be helpful if I didn't need to level more, since i'm really slow at it.
    on the ptr anyone can buy them... (dont think they was boa or soulbound) cant remember tho. and i think you could click on them anyways and still get
    "Said Cloth item" as a plate for example

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