Blizzard has announced the release date for the Battle for Azeroth 8.0 Pre-Patch: July 17th (US) / July 18th (EU). Check out Wowhead’s 8.0 Pre-Patch Content Hub for everything coming in the new patch! It’s very detailed and has great info about what’s coming up.
Want to know how to prepare? Check out their What To Do Before Battle for Azeroth Guide. Blizzard also threw up a great survival guide video of what to expect:
Definitely want to call out what you need to do before July 17th before it’s no longer available:
Things to Do Before Pre-Patch
With the Pre-Patch releasing this Tuesday, you now have less than a week to complete many features which will be removed in the 8.0 Patch. Check out theirWhat To Do Before Battle for Azeroth Guide for the full details.
– This achievement will be moved to a Feat of Strength in Patch 8.0
First Aid Achievements – First Aid achievements have been moved to Legacy which indicates they may be unobtainable in the prepatch. (First aid is being removed in BfA)
Mage Tower Appearances
– Any Mage Tower appearances not obtained by 8.0 will become unobtainable. Need help? Check out our guides
Ashran and Strand of the Ancients – Both zones will be retiring. If you have any achievements that you want, it’s time to get them now!
– If you want to buy Battle Stones, buy them before the Pre-Patch! Find out more here
– After the conversion into Honor, many Prestige Rewards will require much more Honor than before. Click here for more details.
Season playoffs begin Wednesday, July 11, at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, including the top team from each division, plus the next four teams in the standings. Over July 11–21, these six teams will whittle themselves down to two, setting up an epic Grand Finals showdown.
The final two teams will face off at Barclays Center in a best-of-three series, with the winner being the first team to win two best-of-five matches. The first match will be played on Friday, July 27, at 8 p.m. EDT. The second—and third (if necessary)—matches will start Saturday, July 28, at 4 p.m. EDT.
Here’s when and where you can purchase tickets:
- Playoffs—July 11–21 at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank, California: on sale Thursday, May 10, at 9 a.m. PDT on AXS.com
- Grand Finals—July 27–28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York: two-day tickets on sale Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. EDT on ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com, and by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets also will be available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center, beginning Saturday, May 19, at 12 p.m. EDT. One-day tickets will go on sale at a later date, subject to availability.
Visit www.overwatchleague.com/#signup to register to receive information about ticketing for the 2018 Overwatch League Grand Finals and more.
Look at this new Mercy skin. Look at it. Available for purchase from now until May 21, it’s been designed to help raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, who will receive “100% the proceeds” Blizzard makes from sales.
There’s a bunch of other pink stuff on sale too, like sprays and icons, as well as real world merch like t-shirts, and the money from those go towards the Foundation as well.
I would like more Overwatch characters to look like JRPG healers, thanks.
You can buy the skin directly—no loot boxes required—here (note: it’s not cheap).
Twitch is all aboard the Overwatch League train, which makes sense, considering that the streaming service reportedly paid $90 million for a ticket. Now it’s offering Overwatch players incentives to tune in.
Today Twitch announced that, in collaboration with Blizzard, it’s gonna start offering in-game rewards to Overwatch League viewers. If you link your Battle.net account with your Twitch account, you’ll be able to earn League Tokens—which are a special Overwatch currency that you can use to buy OWL character skins, as opposed to regular skins—by watching. Each completed map you view live will grant you one League Token, and “a percentage of viewers” who see the final map of a broadcast will score 100 League Tokens, aka enough to buy one skin. It’s a canny move, given that viewership tends to fluctuate and, sometimes, drop off over the course of OWL broadcasts, especially when the final match isn’t meaningful.
While the above option is also available on MLG and Overwatch League’s website, Twitch will be the only place that lets you “cheer” with “bits” in order to unlock “content.” Bits are a for-purchase currency on Twitch that allow you to cheer for streamers in chat and, in effect, toss a few coins into their cup. Soon, you’ll be able to cheer on Overwatch League teams and earn “in-game hero skins that will be exclusive for a period of time, as well as emotes and team-branded items” in the process. There will also be a leaderboard to track the top cheerers, because Twitch loves gamifying everything, and I doubt they mind that gamifying team-based tribalism will earn them money.
Prepare yourselves—the Necromancer beta test is right around the corner, nephalem!
Invitations to Blizzard‘s closed beta test will soon be going out worldwide. If you are invited, they’d love to hear all about your adventures on the forums, watch your live streams, and see screenshots and videos of your experiences as you wield the dark powers of the Necromancer.
Please keep in mind that the Necromancer and other parts of Patch 2.6.0 are still in development. As such, content in the closed beta may change and does not necessarily represent the final version.
For additional information about the closed beta, including how to participate and answers to frequently asked questions, hit the link below and check out the Necromancer Q&A video Blizzard put together: