Before the sixth World of Warcraft expansion releases in August, a pre-expansion patch will launch on the live servers with several Legion features. The patch will be available to all that play World of Warcraft regardless of whether or not they have pre-purchased Legion.
The pre-expansion patch will unlock features releasing with Legion like the new transmogrification system, class changes, redesigned PvP systems, and much more. Before the patch comes to the live servers, players can check out the new additions on the public test realm. According to the official site, the pre-expansion patch is now available on the public test realm for players to preview.
Players can copy their existing characters to the public test realm in order to test the changes coming to World of Warcraft. By copying their existing characters, players can see how their collection of saved items will transfer to the new transmogrification system. Players will find their Void Storage, personal banks, and bags a little lighter with the new system.
All items that are soulbound, and that can be equipped by the character, will be collected into the new Appearances Collection tab. Items logged in this tab are available across a player’s entire account for use in outfits and transmogrifications. Items rewarded from quests are included in this Collection, and deleted quest rewards will also be available.
“When first logging into a character after Patch 7.0, the appearances of appropriate items in your bags, bank, and Void Storage are learned automatically. Additional appearances will be unlocked based on previously-completed quests.”
Other sweeping changes, like the redesigned PvP systems, will also be previewed in the pre-expansion patch. Honor and Conquest Points are no longer currencies under the new system. Players will no longer utilize their equipped gear while engaging in PvP with the Principles of War buff instead granting specialization and statistics bonuses.
Players previewing the pre-expansion World of Warcraft patch will also find that each class and specialization is quite different from the live server. There is no Dual Specialization any longer and instead, players can switch to any of their specializations for a “progressive gold cost.” Not to mention, the gold cap is increased to 9,999,999 in the pre-expansion patch.
“Characters can queue up as any role that is available to their class and will automatically switch to the suitable specialization when entering the Dungeon, Raid, Battleground, or Arena without any gold cost.”
As database website WoWhead reported, several UI changes are included in the pre-expansion patch. Combat damage numbers are crisper, nameplates are clearer with buff displays, and targeting circles now appear at characters’ feet.
Players can hop on the public test realm today to check out what is coming to World of Warcraft with this pre-expansion patch. The patch will go live sometime before Legion launches on August 30; however, there is no firm release date of the pre-expansion patch as of this writing.
Again, when the pre-expansion patch releases, all players will have access to these particular Legion features. Players will need to purchase Legion to gain access to the Demon Hunter hero class, the increased 110 level cap, Artifact weapons, and other expansion-specific features. Players that pre-purchase Legion will also get to play the Demon Hunter hero class before the expansion releases in August.
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Like the Death Knight’s debut during the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, only one Demon Hunter is allowed per server when the expansion launches. Additionally, players will need to have at least one character level 70 or higher on a server in order to create a Demon Hunter there.
As the Inquisitr reported, the latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor, is now part of the base game. All players, so long as they own the base game and are subscribed to World of Warcraft, can play to level 100.
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