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by Published on 2016-07-08 05:12 PM

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.
by Published on 2016-07-07 05:46 PM

Legion Developer Q&A - Artifacts and Order Halls
Today was the Legion Developer Q&A about Artifact and Order Halls with Craig Amai. Next week is World Quests and Demon Invasions with Jeremy Feasel.

by Published on 2016-07-06 09:31 PM

Update: The second Legion comic has been released!

Patch 7.0.3 on the Background Downloader
The Legion pre-expansion patch is on the background downloader!

Legion System Requirements
We previously looked at the new Legion System requirements. Be sure to take advantage of the computer forum and our build of the month to get ready!

New Comic: World of Warcraft: Legion #2 - "Nightborne: Twighlight of Suramar"
Another Legion comic has been released! You can also get it on Dark Horse

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Deep within the night elven city of Suramar, home of the nightborne, the orc warlock Gul'dan issues a terrifying ultimatum: surrender the Nightwell, the source of their power, or see their homeland crushed beneath the heel of the Burning Legion. As evil descends, the grand magistrix must decide whether to trust her enemy or risk all to stand strong.

We invite you to read and download the free comic here or through Dark Horse Comics, Kindle, or ComiXology. You can also experience the action and sound of this tale through the Madefire motion book available on desktop, mobile, and Apple TV.

Written by Matt Burns and illustrated by Ludo Lullabi, "Nightborne: Twilight of Suramar" is the second in a series of comics leading up to the Burning Legion's invasion of Azeroth.

Matt Burns is a senior writer on Blizzard Entertainment's Creative Development team. He co-authored the New York Times bestselling illustrated history book World of Warcraft Chronicle: Volume I, among other Blizzard titles.
Ludo Lullabi has more than 20 published works to his name. He has collaborated with Blizzard Entertainment many times, contributing to projects such as the World of Warcraft comic adaptation.
by Published on 2016-07-06 03:05 PM

Demon Bounties Beta Key Giveaway
You will need to head in game, take a screenshot with a specific demon type, and tweet it with a certain hashtag around the time listed below for a chance to win a beta key.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The Burning Legion is heading our way and to help thin the number of demons already in the lands of Azeroth, we’ve teamed up with various community members to set a bounty on their heads.

We’ve gathered some of our finest generals from the community to lead the onslaught. You’ll want to follow them closely and be ready to jump into the fray to take on the demon they issue a bounty on. Once the demon is targeted, you’ll be asked to head into Azeroth, Outland, or Draenor, to screenshot any demon of that specific type (dead or alive), and tweet it using the associated hashtag.

Your efforts could result in netting you a key to the Legion beta test and joining the thousands who have already been testing the upcoming expansion.

Follow these community members at the times listed below to take your shot:

  • 8:00 a.m. PT - Towelliee - Dreadlords - #Towellieebounty
  • 10:00 a.m. PT - Venruki - Shivarra - #Venrukibounty
  • 12:00 p.m. PT - Bajheera - Wrath Guards - #Bajheerabounty
  • 2:00 p.m. PT - Swifty - Felguards - #Swiftybounty
  • 4:00 p.m. PT - Sloot - Eredar - #Slootbounty
  • 6:00 P.M. PT - Sparty - Infernals - #Spartybounty

You can also follow Warcraft on Twitter to keep tabs on all of the demon bounties.

Snap to it! What are you waiting for?

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