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.
This article was originally published in forum thread: The Legion Pre-Expansion Patch Is Nearly Here started by chaud View original post
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  1. Darkeon's Avatar
    This announcement is too good.
  1. Unholyground'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.
    You have to pre-order online to get the early access. The cut off date is August 30th.
  1. Twistedelmo's Avatar
    A date would be nice....
  1. Noix's Avatar
    Aug 19th..... 2050....
  1. UnifiedDivide's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Twistedelmo View Post
    A date would be nice....
    You expected a date when they said in their post that they're giving you a heads up about when you can expect it?!

    MADNESS!
  1. dnta's Avatar
    ''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)''
  1. nVIDIA's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sillyputty View Post
    Reddit guy that leaked the 7/19 date is now saying 7/12.
    source plz
  1. mmoc52398e7931's Avatar
    We clearly got Prepatch-zoned by Blizzard
  1. Shirofune's Avatar
    I still doubt we're getting DHs after Broken Shore. If that's happening, is a dick move by Blizzard and shouldn't have linked the Illidari with the pre-patch at all.
  1. mmoc1f81b2dd0c's Avatar
    reddit.com/r/wow/comments/4rvqxi/legion_prepatch/

    for the guy asking for source.
  1. mmoc36e65aecde's Avatar
    The Beta does NOT feel ready for pre-patch. Demon Hunters are a mess right now. Havoc has awful talent tiers, their rotation relies too much on burst, and you're expected to use a few broken shitty spells to be viable. It's an awful spec, but to be fair, many of specs in Legion are really bad.
  1. ComputerNerd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Noix View Post
    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
    Just checked, and yes.
    They are bind to account.
    So even if there proves to be a requirement for the right armor proficiency, then I can level them later.
    No need to cover all 4 types.

    So thank you.
  1. Supercool's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shirofune View Post
    I still doubt we're getting DHs after Broken Shore. If that's happening, is a dick move by Blizzard and shouldn't have linked the Illidari with the pre-patch at all.
    Their statements indicate that the intended order of release is: Invasions, demon hunters, Broken Shore.
  1. Turaska's Avatar
    My money is on the 12th, historically they've always given 2 weeks before a season ends notice which is usually when a patch drops, this time might be different however.
  1. Shirofune's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Turaska View Post
    My money is on the 12th, historically they've always given 2 weeks before a season ends notice which is usually when a patch drops, this time might be different however.
    Yet the "logical" order is: Broken Shore and DHs -> Invasions.

    I don't know... so weird.
  1. GodEmperor's Avatar
    There's also the fact that this is the Legion Invasion. Demons don't give a 2 week warning to PvPers before attacking. They just do.

    PvPer and shit tired of WOD just want Prepatch so I can finally resub.
  1. Queen of Hamsters's Avatar
    When we can expect it still eludes us! XD
  1. Lucetia'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.
    This is only my biggest complaint about it. The way the they word the post is "If you pre-order Legion you get Demon Hunter access" which isn't true at all. It should read "If you order it digitally via our website then you get early Demon Hunter access". They don't care if you actually preordered it, only if you preordered it from their website.
  1. kornek21's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bilen View Post
    no date? : (
    19th this month m8

    - - - Updated - - -

    Quote Originally Posted by Turaska View Post
    My money is on the 12th, historically they've always given 2 weeks before a season ends notice which is usually when a patch drops, this time might be different however.
    19th this month
  1. Lionsword's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lucetia View Post
    This is only my biggest complaint about it. The way the they word the post is "If you pre-order Legion you get Demon Hunter access" which isn't true at all. It should read "If you order it digitally via our website then you get early Demon Hunter access". They don't care if you actually preordered it, only if you preordered it from their website.
    The difference is pre-order vs pre-purchase.

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