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As the pre-expansion patch approaches, Blizzard has posted a preview of the demon invasions that will keep us busy until Legion launches.

The demon invasions will be the main attraction of the pre-expansion events. However, they will not launch along with the pre-expansion patch, which will probably go live either next week or the week after that. Instead, we will be given some time to digest all the class changes and then the demon invasions will become available in the beginning or the middle of August.

Below, you can read about the stages of the demon invasions and what kind of rewards you can get from them:

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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 all here and here.

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.

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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.

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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.

For Azeroth!

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You can already try out the Legion pre-patch and the occasional demon invasions in the Public Test Realm, which is available to everyone. If you want to be prepared (see what I did there?) for the changes the pre-expansion patch will bring, make sure to read our extensive article on them!

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This is the kind of pre-expansion that I like.  It's great when they shake up the world a bit and make it feel like something huge.  WoD was a little lackluster pre xpac in my opinion, sure they had a couple quests down by the dark portal but that was about it.  The last pre xpac that I really had fun with was Cata.  The world erupted and then there was a huge frickin dragon raining hellfire on zones randomly.  Demons raining down out of the sky to invade Azeroth?  Yes please!

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