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World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth pre-patch now rolling out

World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth pre-patch now available (Source: Blizzard Entertainment)
World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth pre-patch now available (Source: Blizzard Entertainment)
Although the new story content will be playable starting on July 25 and the Battle of Azeroth update is set to arrive on August 14, the pre-patch can be downloaded already. World of Warcraft 8.0.1 comes with multiple changes, including an updated PvP Honor and Prestige system, the ability to create and join cross-realm social groups, updated classes and specializations, and more.

As some of you probably know already, World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth is scheduled to arrive next month. However, Blizzard Entertainment has just issued a pre-patch that brings quite a few changes in advance of the big update that will arrive on August 14. 

According to the official patch notes, "the escalation of all-out war in Teldrassil, and later Lordaeron" can be experienced starting on July 25. However, some of the changes are already in effect, such as the new character customizations (golden eyes and a few new faces for Blood Elves, a new posture option for orcs), an updated PvP Honor and Prestige system, some War Mode features (more expected to become available in the new zones of Battle for Azeroth next month), new social features (the ability to create and join cross-realm social groups, as well as Voice Chat in all groups, Guilds, and Communities), new numbers when it comes to statistics such as item levels, damage, armor, health, and defense, as well as updates for all classes and specializations to prepare them for Battle for Azeroth.

Access to Battle for Azeroth can be acquired in a Standard Edition for US$49.99 or as a Digital Deluxe Edition, which is US$20 more expensive. The Digital Deluxe Edition comes with two World of Warcraft mounts, a Baby Tortollan pet, as well as various items for Overwatch, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, and Heroes of the Storm.

Since it's always better to watch trailers and in-game moments instead of talking about titles like World of Warcraft, you might want to check the two videos below. Obviously, it would also be great to let us know what you think about the game and the upcoming changes in the comments, so feel free to do that as well.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-07-18 (Update: 2018-07-18)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.