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The Legion Pre-Expansion Patch Arrives July 19

The skies over Azeroth are growing darker. . . .

The Legion pre-expansion patch is arriving July 19, and we wanted to give you a heads up about what to expect—and when you can expect it.

This update will include a wide variety of features and content that set the stage for the expansion, including system changes, quality-of-life improvements, and major in-game events. Some of these features will be available immediately, while other content will be unlocked in the weeks leading up to the expansion’s launch. Read on for more details.

The Opening Salvo

When the pre-expansion patch initially goes live, players will be able to immediately access many of its key system-related features. Some of these major updates include:

Transmogrification Updates
The new Transmogrification Collections system will make it easier than ever to collect, store, and sort through the gear you want to use for transmogging—without taking up storage space in your inventory, bank, or Void Storage. As you collect items that can be used with the system, you can browse through them—as well as sort by class or slot—in the Appearances tab in your Collections interface.

Class Updates
We’re making some significant changes to classes and their specs for Legion to further strengthen their identities. The core changes to spells, talents, and more are going into effect as soon as the pre-expansion patch goes live. For more information on what’s new for each class and spec, read our earlier class preview blogs.

We’re also making it easier to switch between specializations for different content. Players will be able to queue up for dungeons, raids, Battlegrounds, or Arenas as any role that is available to their class, while continuing to play as another role while they’re waiting. When they enter the content they’ve queued for, they will automatically switch to the suitable role upon entering (at no cost) and then switch back automatically when they leave the instance.

The March Toward Legion

In the weeks following the pre-expansion patch, we’ll be unlocking even more content that leads into the August 30 launch of Legion. We’re still determining the exact timing of these events, but players who pre-purchase Legion can expect to be playing a Demon Hunter around the second or third week of August (no later than August 17 globally).  We’ll share more details in the weeks ahead, but here’s a look at what’s in store:

Burning Legion Invasions
Before all hellfire breaks loose upon the Broken Shore, the Burning Legion will begin its assault upon Azeroth, turning some familiar stomping grounds into demon-infested battlefields—and it will be up to the heroes of the Alliance and the Horde to face the onslaught.

Demon Hunter Early Access
In the weeks before launch, those who have pre-purchased Legion will get early access to the new Demon Hunter class. Players will begin at level 98 and will find themselves on the fel-shattered expanse of Mardum, where they’ll play the Demon Hunter starting experience before joining their allies in the fight against the Legion.

The Battle on the Broken Shore Begins
As the situation grows more dire, Azeroth’s heroes will begin their first foray onto the Broken Shore—the epicenter of the demonic invasion.

All of the features and content listed above (save for Demon Hunter early access) will be available to all World of Warcraft players, regardless of whether they’ve pre-purchased Legion.

Preview: Demon Invasions

There’s a World of Warcraft: Legion pre-expansion patch coming soon, and that means a great number of changes and improvements will be finding their way into the game. We’ve recently outlined several reasons to get ready for it allhereandhere.

Today, we’d like to take a closer look at the some of the content that will be coming to Azeroth in the weeks after the pre-expansion patch.

Incursions and Diversions

Around the second or third week of August (no later than August 17 globally), after you’ve had time to play around with the patch and get a feel for the changes, some angry invaders are going to start dropping out of the skies over Azeroth.

You’ll be able to identify where the invasions are currently happening by looking at your world map. As quickly as you can, head out to the zone that’s under attack and lend your aid to the defense of Azeroth.

Each demon invasion takes place in four stages, and each stage ends with a reward of Nethershards—and sometimes a chest. That means it’s always a good time to rush out and fight the Legion.

A week after the invasions begin, the Legion’s assault will begin to intensify. Then, a week after that, the demonic onslaught will intensify even more, increasing your chances to complete the event-only achievements Stand Against The Legion (for completing one invasion) and Defender of Azeroth: Legion Invasions (for completing invasions in all six locations).

Loot Intensifies

When you participate in demon invasions and receive Nethershards, take note of them. Collect enough, and you can spend them on all sorts of transmogrification armor (there will be four ensembles available: cloth, leather, mail, and plate), new pieces for your neck, fingers, back, and trinket slots, as well as the event-only Felbat Pup battle pet, among and other useful items.

Speaking of weapons, you’ll always want to loot the stage 2 and stage 4 bosses in demon invasions, as they have a chance to drop one of 16 event-only weapons, such as Fel Barbed Spear or Hellfury Longbow. At item level 700, these weapons might be more than a transmogrification collection item for you—they might be the perfect thing to pick up and swing at the face of the nearest demon!

Remember to Share

One more item that we’d like to tell you about is a new toy that will be available during the Demon Invasions: the Pocket Fel Spreader. It’s not actually a good idea to leave it in your pocket, but it is a great idea to figure out how to obtain one of these tainted trifles—because this may be your only chance.

 
Legion UI Changes
Wardrobe and Transmogrification
Legion adds the Wardrobe system, allowing you to collect appearances without holding on to the items! 
  • Void Storage still exists and is unchanged.
  • You need to visit a Transmogrification NPC to hide your cloak, helm, or shoulders now. 
  • A new tab has been added to the collections pane, allowing you to browse all of the appearances wherever you are in game.
  • You can filter by collected and uncollected appearances, as well as weapon types and appearance sources.
  • You can save sets and apply them to all specs or just a specific spec, causing your transmog to change with your spec.

Interface Options

Many of the interface options were removed from the UI in Legion. You can use the AdvancedInterfaceOptions addon to access them now.
 
Character Pane
The stats in the character pane were greatly simplified in Leigon.

Combat
Nameplates, unit frames, and other parts of the combat UI got an upgrade.

  • Nameplates were redesigned to have a more compact default look, with the option to make them larger.
  • Nameplates show the duration or presence or different effects you would normally see on the enemy unit frame.
  • A new personal resource display that shows your health, power, and additional resources displays under your character while in combat.
  • The targeting circle now has a pointer on it to indicate which direction the NPC is facing.
  • Floating combat text and target area selection circles are now sharper.
  • NPCs that give credit for a quest you are on have an orange glow under them.
  • Health and Power bars now have a little animation that fades out the gain or loss that is happening.

PvP
The PvP UI has been updated with Honor talents and reward changes.

  • Honor Talents have been added to the talents pane. These unlock as your Honor Level increases.
  • Your honor level is displayed in multiple places in the PvP UI.

Maps
There were lots of updates to the flight path map and a few to the minimap.

  • The flight path map for the Broken Isles is larger, allowing you to zoom in to individual zones and pan around the map.
  • World quests are shown on the Broken Isles flight path map.
  • Undiscovered flight paths are shown on the map.
  • The minimap now displays if something is above or below you, as well as greying out things that are not outside, such as NPCs in a building or cave.
  • The world map highlights cave entrances for quests.

Professions
The professions UI got some upgrades to make it easier to use. 

  • The professions pane is now split, with a recipe list on the left and the description and materials on the right.
  • The window shows the current rank you have unlocked for a recipe, with higher ranks making crafting cheaper or gathering more rewarding.
  • The learned and unlearned items are now shown using two different tabs.
  • Unlearned recipes provide some information about where to learn them and the cost.
  • New categories have been added.
  • You can now filter recipes by source.
  • Mass Prospecting has been added for Legion materials: Mass Prospect Leystone

Graphics Settings
The Graphic Settings have been updated for Legion: 

  • The overall graphics quality is now a number from 1 to 10.
  • View distance has been increased and now has a slider that goes from 1 to 10,
  • A new maximum setting for shadows has been added: Ultra High
  • A Physics Interaction setting has been added.

Action Camera
The Action Camera is an unsupported experiment that the developers added that makes camera movement more dynamic. 

  • Any of these commands can be placed after /console actioncam
    • Default - Default settings
    • full, basic, off, on - Preset settings for each state
    • noHeadMove, lowHeadMove, heavyHeadMove - Change camera head movement
    • focusOn, focusOff - Causes the camera to shift to maintain a focus on your target
  • Be sure to check out the DynamicCam addon when it is released.

Camera Zoom Distance
The maximum camera zoom distance was reduced in Legion. 

Misc
There were lots of other little changes and improvements:

  • The Adventure Journal now has loot information for all of the raids in the game.
  • Heirloom items now use a bright blue quality color (Gronntooth War Horn).
  • Pets and Mounts from the shop have a little unwrapping animation before you can use them.
  • Achievements are now searchable with the new search box.
  • Bosses now have a large glow when there is loot on them for you.
  • The glyph pane is gone. You can apply glyphs directly to spells in the spellbook.
  • Talking heads appear during quests to go along with the voice acting.
  • You can now ignore quests.
  • You can click on a talent to learn it. The extra step to confirm has been removed.

Also Check out Wowhead's Legion Pre Expansion Patch Survival Guide: Transmog Tools, Class Guides, and More!



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Nice post! Thanks for putting it together. I AM NOT PREPARRREEEEEEEED!!!!!11one

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