World of Warcraft: Legion pre-expansion patch hits tomorrow during server maintenance

The Burning Legion will arrive in Azeroth again on August 30.

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Blizzard is setting the stage for a new invasion of Azeroth, leading to the release of World of Warcraft: Legion on August 30.

A massive pre-expansion patch is scheduled to be deployed tomorrow during maintenance. The patch will bring in some advance content in anticipation of the Burning Legion returning to Azeroth, and a new class of Demon Hunters being unleashed to combat them. Blizzard said that invasions will begin, turning once peaceful areas into battlegrounds, and new quests and activities will open at the Broken Shore, which is the heart of the demonic incursion. More content will gradually be rolled out leading to the full release of the expansion.

Also, for those that pre-ordered Legion, the Demon Hunter will be available for early access beginning no later than August 17. Players will start at level 98, and begin questing in the new starting area of Mardum. The area is set around the time of the Burning Crusade when players were hunting Illidan at the Black Temple.

The patch will bring plenty of class updates as well, so if you haven;t played in awhile, you may want to go in an read up on what changes are happening to your favorite classes.

The 6.3 GB patch has already started to download in the background for existing World of Warcraft players. No word on how long the servers will be down, but patches of this magnitude usually have a few hiccups, so a downtime of at least 12 hours is likely.

In the meantime, check out the teaser new animated feature Blizzard will unveil for the x-pack at the San Diego ComicCon this week.

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      July 18, 2016 8:34 AM

      WHEN DO I GET TO MAKE MY DEMON HUNTER GODDDDDDD

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      July 18, 2016 8:46 AM

      I sorta wanna check it out just for the new specs and animations and transmog shit. But I don't know what classes look good. Looks like everyone just complaining about their class as usual.

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        July 18, 2016 10:17 AM

        I wouldn't worry about it too much, just pick one and play it. I don't think any of them are really terrible.

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        July 18, 2016 10:35 AM

        Looks to me like they made a lot of changes to classes, especially things like the hunter melee spec. I'm excited to check all stuff out.

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          July 18, 2016 10:40 AM

          Survival seems to me to be very powerful right now, as well as pretty fun. Maybe even too powerful!

          I'm sad that every weapon is a hunter weapon again though :( :(

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            July 18, 2016 1:17 PM

            Your only gonna use your artifact weapon though.

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            July 18, 2016 2:16 PM

            Will not be strong in PvP unless they get some buffs to their defensive capabilities. For PvE they seem fine but when it comes to raiding, melee is so popular already and will be even more in this expansion. So I'm expecting most raid groups will prefer that you stay ranged, since a lot of the bosses are designed with mechanics that prevent groups from succeeding if they've got too many of one or the other.

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            July 18, 2016 6:12 PM

            I'm just excited to finally be a petless hunter.

            That, and the new rogue spec that replaces combat looks fun.

            I'll still probably level DK first.

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              July 18, 2016 10:48 PM

              Well the survival hunter still uses a pet, Marksmanship doesn't but most Marks hunters are already going without a pet in WoD by using the Lone Wolf talent.

              I always liked a per though, it seemed core to the class fantasy!

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        July 18, 2016 1:12 PM

        Enh shamans, monks, dks, fire mages, hunters(kinda, survival looks fun to me), warlock(demo), war(fury),outlaw rogues(maybe?), demon hunters, druids, all seem fun. All got lots of makeover except their respective healing/tanking specs are fairly similar from what I could tell.

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          July 18, 2016 6:38 PM

          I'm ele shaman,guess I may need enhance

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            July 18, 2016 7:44 PM

            Ele seems fun, it's a little weak? I think right now but tuning is still going on for the next month and a half.

            Enh seems fucking awesome.

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      July 18, 2016 8:49 AM

      Is there anything compelling in this expansion for solo playing at your own pace?

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        July 18, 2016 10:33 AM

        For reals I have like an hour to play per day max.

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        July 18, 2016 10:38 AM

        From what I've heard, this expansion has probably the best solo experience yet.

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        July 18, 2016 10:38 AM

        DKs got a really nice overhaul and are still great for soloing.

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        July 18, 2016 10:41 AM

        Seems like some strong threads running through the whole expansion like the class halls and the artifact powering up stuff. I don't know how much of that stuff is dependent on group content, but it seems pretty solo-friendly.

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        July 18, 2016 10:44 AM

        Artifact weapon quest chains are going to offer a lot of post-levelcap power gain. Going and finding transmogs for your weapon can occupy a lot of time.

        If you're okay with dungeons, challenge mode dungeons will have the endgame challenge of raiding without the time commitment. They're more like running Diablo 3 rifts.

        Daily quests offer a lot more variety now. It's not the same dailies every time you log on, it'll be very unique quests all over the world.

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        July 18, 2016 11:31 AM

        I think one of the aims of the expansion is to put in more story than you can level through, so that people that want to experience it can do so at their own pace.

        From there, you have world events that you can do, some of which may require getting into a group but most of that should be very pick-up and go.

        Also, LFR is essentially a single player loot run most of the time, and you'll be able to see the story of the game through there.

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          July 18, 2016 7:43 PM

          Seems like that's usually the case though, except it gets wasted on having say, two starting zones for a new expansion so you never see it. I'm glad there's some kind of scaling now to make all the zones worth doing.

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          July 19, 2016 12:04 AM

          Isn't LFR going away though?

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        July 18, 2016 5:55 PM

        They fired the fucking loser, so their's hope.

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        July 18, 2016 11:37 PM

        From the blizzard dev interviews I've watched, they've tried a fair abit to make each class have its own story, along with the fact that any zone can be done from the start of the xpac.

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          July 18, 2016 11:38 PM

          The class quests will also take you to different areas depending on what you're playing, with some shared areas being before or after other classes so you can the affect they've had on that environment.

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      July 18, 2016 10:13 AM

      I'm stuck between Druid or Shaman for when Legion drops. I've mained druid since the start of WotlK and have always enjoyed it, but enhancement shaman is damn fun.

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        July 18, 2016 10:44 AM

        I'm sticking with druid simply because they're soo versatile.

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          July 18, 2016 12:01 PM

          I love Druid, especially feral. I'm hoping that I can finally raid with the spec again after my guild broke up at the end of WotlK.

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            July 18, 2016 12:11 PM

            I think I might try to main as a Guardian druid. I really like bear tanking, hopefully it's still fun with all the changes.

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        July 18, 2016 2:26 PM

        Druids are always overpowered via one spec or another whereas shaman have only been good in short bursts (typically near the end of expansions when you can get enough haste on your gear to make a significant difference in cast times) and Blizzard loves to nerf their healing capabilities for some reason. Druid is the safer bet.

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        July 18, 2016 2:38 PM

        Shaman, enh shaman seems like a fucking blast to play.

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      July 18, 2016 11:03 AM

      I'm confused.. sorry. Does this mean we can experience the class updates now or are they just pre-patching and the classes are still as they were in WoD?

      Anxious to play my NEW holy paladin! :)

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        July 18, 2016 11:14 AM

        Yes the Legion class changes go in effect with the patch tomorrow.

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      July 18, 2016 11:18 AM

      Class changes are fine and all, but the only change that REALLY matters is the account-wide transmog system:

      https://youtu.be/dVGrr0UvXQ8

      For those of us who have been hobbling along with a total of <5 free bag spots across our bags, bank and void storage, this is a BIG FUCKING DEAL.

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        July 18, 2016 12:09 PM

        Got a look that you like? Save the entire transmogrification set as an outfit.

        Added a new option to hide shoulders.

        god i'm so turned on right now

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        July 18, 2016 2:30 PM

        Functionally, I cannot play the two characters I currently care about until the new transmog system is live due to lack of bag/bank space.

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        July 18, 2016 2:39 PM

        The new mog system transmogs a specific /slot/ right? It's not tied to the item in the slot anymore?

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          July 18, 2016 6:13 PM

          Like, if you transmog your level 10 green knife, will the appearance stay as you get new gear while leveling?

          I sure hope so, because that'll be half the fun of alts now. Leveling while not looking like a tool.

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            July 18, 2016 6:38 PM

            Yeah, that’s what I meant. It'd make the leveling process more fun (although almost everyone just uses looms these days anyway). And I think would make the mog process a lot more fluid and simple.

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            July 18, 2016 10:49 PM

            Nope, still tied to the item.

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        July 18, 2016 9:49 PM

        MY BAGS ARE SO HAPPY.

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      July 18, 2016 11:34 AM

      Here's a good guide on what's included in the pre-patch tomorrow:

      http://www.wowhead.com/news=253553/guide-to-whats-coming-in-the-legion-pre-expansion-and-ptr-patch-notes

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        July 18, 2016 12:07 PM

        Honor and Conquest as currencies have been removed. Low level PvP gear no longer costs Honor; it requires Mark of Honor instead.

        oh fuck me. i guess i need to spend all my honor tonight

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          July 18, 2016 1:18 PM

          I think it's being turned into gold. So I suppose that is an option if you want/need gold.

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      July 18, 2016 6:25 PM

      Even though all my friends have long since quit, the pull is strong....

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      July 18, 2016 11:51 PM

      BEST XPAC thread goes here

      i vote WotLK, mostly in terms of what i could get in skill trees, spell design, and overall PvP balance. also a sick-ass expansion intro event with the awesome plague thing going around.

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      July 19, 2016 12:07 AM

      Can someone please explain the (past) expansions to me? I never bought anything outside vanilla WoW and yet it seems like I have access to everything on my account after sub'ing again? My account says "Warlords of Draenor" (active). Seems like I don't need to buy the expansion if I can wait a year.

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        July 19, 2016 12:12 AM

        They recently made all accounts up to date with all the expansions. You could wait and they may give Legion out to everyone just before the next expansion comes out, but you'll be skipping on playing all of the current content that everyone else is doing. There's not much of a community running raids 2 years after they were current.

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          July 19, 2016 12:49 AM

          ah I see, thanks! We just started over. I guess I'll buy the expansion since we'll get there eventually.