World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth expansion might not launch until next month, but you won’t actually have to wait that long to access some brand-new content. That’s because the pre-patch for Battle for Azeroth arrives next week.
The pre-patch, which rolls out on July 17, will fill the gap between the end of the current expansion, Legion, and Battle for Azeroth. New content includes Legion’s post-season PvP, which allows you to earn some new gear ahead of the new expansion. There’s also War Mode, PvP talents, “and more” heading to the game next week.
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According to Wowhead, all players will be able to access the Burning of Teldrassil storyline during the pre-patch. That event will take place over several weeks, but each faction will have access to a new mount once they’ve completed it. If you’ve purchased Battle for Azeroth already, you’ll be able to access the Battle for Lordaeron a week ahead of the expansion’s official launch.
Of course, if you had access to the Battle for Azeroth beta, you’ve probably been to both Teldrassil and Lordaeron alreadys. Even so, the pre-patch also changes up loot distribution, as well as making some class-based balance changes.
The Battle for Azeroth release date is August 14. Hopefully, that means that even if you don’t have a chance to get into the pre-patch, you won’t have to wait too long to head back to WoW.