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re: Battle for Azeroth


Release Date

Battle for Azeroth will be released on August 14th, 2018.

Launch Time

Battle for Azeroth will launch concurrently in the Americans, Europe, Taiwan, Korea, and Australia/New Zealand. With a midnight launch in Europe, this means players in the US can start Battle for Azeroth at 3pm pacific on August 13th.  

Americas (PDT) Europe (CEST) Taiwan (CST) Korea (KST) ANZ (AEST) UTC
 August 13*
 August 14
 August 14
 August 14
 August 14


In the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch, players will experience all of the class changes, which include:

  • Many abilities added to the global cooldown.
  • Retirement of Artifact Weapons and loss of many artifact traits.
  • Many talent and utility updates for all classes.

All of the game systems will change in the pre-patch including:

  • Prestige calculations, War Mode, new Honor talent UI.
  • Battleground Queueing - removal of Strand and Ashran, and the addition of a separate large battleground queue.
  • Personal Loot as the only loot system.
  • Stat squish as well as the professional skill cap squish.
  • New Communities social system.

    There are also new scenarios and story quests for players to complete, related to the Burning of Teldrassil and the Battle for Lordaeron.

    The Battle for Azeroth pre-patch is estimated to go live sometime in July 2018. We've speculated it will go live on July 17th, as traditionally it launches 6 weeks from release date. 

    Learn more about the pre-patch content in WoW-Head's detailed 8.0 Pre Patch Guide.

Class Changes

Read up on the cumulative class changes from 7.3.5 through 8.0 in WoW-head's comprehensive Class Changes post. This includes new talents, artifact traits and legendaries converted to abilities, new azerite traits, and utility abilities.

WoW-Head has also highlighted important class topics in newsposts:


Guild Changes

Every Expansion sees some minor guild changes, as people come and go and the group dynamic shifts. As we adapt and evolve with the current changes, here is what we expect to see change:


  • Guild Leader: Ama (Amastrasza, Amalthia, Ama- etc. etc. etc.)
  • Raid Assistant: Ari (Aryin, Valetri, Shardani, etc. etc. etc.)
  • PVP Leader/Coordinator: Spot available
  • Mythic+ Coordinator: Spot available
  • Officers: None currently, Merit based position


PVP Leader/Coordinator: Organize, Schedule, Strategize, Lead, and Recruit members for Rated Battlegrounds and Guild Accredited pvp groups. PVP nights may not interfere with Raid Nights. 

Mythic+ Coordinator: Organize, Schedule, Strategize, Lead, and Recruit members for Guild Accredited Mythic+ group/s, including "regular" Mythic runs that are all inclusive and at least one "progression" group pushing to get as high a mythic level as possible. Progression M+ may not interfere with Raid Nights. 

Social/Leveling (No Changes)

Midnight Carnival is a social and leveling guild where everyone - all lvls, classes, alts, & even entire little guilds - will be equally welcome. Laid back, friendly, experienced members can help with all your game questions while you learn how to play and make friends.

Above all else we want all our members to have fun while we assist them in learning their class, their spec, how to use and play the game, and how to be the best them possible in a supportive, non judgmental environment. Players are encouraged to ask questions of every kind and never feel they will be insulted when the answer is given. We hope someday they will pay it forward and pass this information on to others who need the help. 

Doing things together, as a guild, is mutually beneficial. You get to see content and make friends, and groups of 3 or more guildies earns the guild bank money, which is then used so you can repair without spending your own money. The more money the bank has, the higher that limit is able to be set. You can also forge friendships outside of game, via this website and Facebook. 


When the new expansion drops, the current raid team will disband. This allows all members to change classes/roles if they wish, and not be locked into a toon they may be bored playing. When the raid schedule is announced for BfA a start date will be set for guild raiding to begin, and the application unlocked. Anyone wishing to join is expected to put the effort in to be ready and have applied by that date. 

Main Progression Raids (Heroic/Normal only) Tuesday and Thursday - 6:00pm to 9:00pm MT (8:00pm to 11:00pm ET) Invites start 10-15 minutes prior to raid.

· Toons that are not in guild can NOT be given priority placing on this team. It is a GUILD group. Please consider moving any toons you wish to raid with into the guild. 

· Raiders must demonstrate class competency and a basic knowledge of the fights, which can be gleaned from MULTIPLE sources on the Internet. So there is no excuse for you to not know what you're doing. 

· Remember a min ilvl (to be announced) is required with all gear gemmed and enchanted. 

To Sign up: You must read all raiding informational threads in their ENTIRETY and then fill out the application at the end. No exceptions. This proves effort, dedication, and ability to find what you need on your own. 

Keep in mind if you do not meet minimum criteria you will be declined. If you are accepted but demonstrate no class knowledge you will be sat out until you do your homework. Signs you are not class competent include pulling low numbers with high gear, not using extra spells like CC and dispells, and asking "what's that" when we ask you to do something. Also if you continuously stand in fire you will be sat out until you learn to move your ass and that fire is NOT a buff. 

All information you need to become a raider is provided for you on the Raiding tab. Good luck! And we hope to see you on the team!!


In BfA we hope to "hire" a Mythic+ Coordinator to Organize and Schedule members for Guild Accredited Mythic+ group/s, including "regular" Mythic runs that are all inclusive and at least one "progression" group pushing to get as high a mythic level as possible. Progression M+ may not interfere with Raid Nights. 

This should allow for groups to gear, bond, have fun, and feel like they're part of a team, if perhaps they can't or don't want to raid. There will be set nights that you can hop online, jump into a group and run some mythics with your guild. When enough people come regularly a schedule and group set up can be set. 


In BfA we also hope to "hire" a PVP Coordinator to Organize and Schedule members for Guild Accredited Rated Battlegrounds and 3v3/5v5 arena groups, etc. Midnight Carnival has not had the opportunity to do coordinated PVP since the Cataclysm expansion, and we missed it. We'd like the opportunity for those who enjoy PVP to be able to do so, without having to PUG or join random groups. We can coordinate in our Discord, have some fun, and kick some ass. 

There can be set arena teams, take all comer nights, a designated team for a Rate Battlegrounds night - the possibilities are endless. We just need someone (or two) to step up and get things started.  

So that's the plan! Are you excited? I'm excited! What are you MOST excited about this expansion? What are you going to play?? Tell us! Leave a message. 

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