World of Warcraft: Dragonflight pre-expansion events are starting very soon

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What you need to know

  • The popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft, will receive two pre-expansion patch phases to prepare players for the new, upcoming expansion, World of Warcraft: Dragonflight.
  • The patch will launch in two phases: Phase One will go live on Oct. 25, 2022, and Phase Two will go live on Nov. 15, 2022.
  • World of Warcraft: Dragonflight will launch worldwide on Nov. 28, 2022.

Today, Blizzard Entertainment has announced their iconic MMORPG, World of Warcraft, will be given two pre-expansion patch phases that will prepare players for the upcoming expansion, World of Warcraft: Dragonflight.

The first patch phase will go live after a regional realm maintenance on Oct. 25, 2022 and the second phase will launch on Nov. 15. The patch will include the following updates:

Patch phase 1 (Oct. 25, 2022)

  • Talent System Revamp: Players will be able to experiment and set up their new talent trees. They will also be able to save different talent tree loadouts to suit their preferred playstyle.
  • Heads-up Display User Interface (HUD UI) Changes: Players will be able to customize aspects of the base UI, such as the location and size of action bars, player frames, and more.
  • Accessibility Features: A variety of new accessibility features will be added, including "press and hold" spellcasting, interact keys, gamepad support, and more.
  • Rated Solo Shuffle: A new PVP game mode that was previously a brawl will become queueable as a new rated game mode joining 2v2, 3v3, and Rated Battlegrounds as a means to acquire elite PVP rewards.
  • New class/Race Combos: Players selecting any playable race will now be able to create a rogue, priest, or mage, with more selections coming online as they become available in the future.

Patch phase 2 (Nov. 15, 2022) 

  • New race/class: The Dracthyr race and Evoker class will be added.
  • New zone: The Forbidden Reach, the starting zone for the new Dracthyr Evoker class will be added.
  • New dungeon: The Uldaman: Legacy of Tyr dungeon will be added.
  • In-game events: The Primal Storms event will take place. This in-game event will features quests where you fight off the Primalists and world events that will lead up to the launch of World of Warcraft: Dragonflight.

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is set to launch for PC on Nov. 28, 2022. This expansion is aiming to bring a slew of content and revamped content to the long-running MMORPG. Such additions include a storyline involving the Dragon Aspects of Azeroth, new zones to explore, a new playable race and class, revamps to the UI, talent trees and professions system, quality-of-life improvements, new raids to challenge, and so much more.


World of Warcraft: Dragonflight

Travel to the Dragon Isles and uncover the origins of the Dragon Aspects in World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. This latest expansion to the legendary MMORPG will feature a new playable race and class, new lands to explore with mysteries to solve, and new challenges for the champions of Azeroth to overcome.

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