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Some players received Shadowlands Epic Edition from Blizzard for free today via mail according to reports.
We're not sure what makes people eligible for the gift, so don't forget to check your email if you've been gifted the Shadowlands expansion. According to reports, players who are currently unsubscribed from the game received it too. You can claim the gift from within the Battle.net app if you've been selected.
Blizzard posted a weekly recap of the latest World of Warcraft news covering Dragonflight pre-orders, Wrath of the Lich King Closed Beta, Season 4 start on live servers, and more.
The only missing piece is Dragonflight Alpha! Hopefully, testing will begin next week.
In this week's news roundup, take wing to a new beginning with the World of Warcraft®: Dragonflight pre-purchase, register for the Wrath of the Lich King Classic beta as invites start to roll out, dive into Wrath Classic with our Developer Update, and more.
Dragonflight News and Development
Pre-purchase Dragonflight Now
Take wing to a new beginning—World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is now available for pre-purchase in-game and through the Blizzard Shop! Head over to our news article for more details.
Shadowlands News and Development
Season 4 Begins the Week of August 2
Shadowlands Season 3 is coming to an end, and our experimental Season 4 will begin with the weekly reset the week of August 2.
Shadowlands Development Update Posts on the Forums (English Only):
Class Tuning Changes Adjustments were made to several classes on June 28; check out the forum post for in-depth details. [Learn More] WoW Classic News and Development
The Wrath of the Lich King Beta Has Begun!
Throughout the test, we'll be inviting opt-in beta testers and more to check out the upcoming Classic expansion and give us feedback.
Players selected to participate in the beta test will receive an email invitation directing them to download the beta client directly from the Battle.net desktop app. If you haven't received an invite this time, don't forget to sign up for the beta* for your chance to participate. Additional invite waves will happen as we get further into development. Learn more in our article here.
Developer Update: What's Ahead for Wrath of the Lich King Classic
Wrath of the Lich King Classic provides new opportunities to make a few changes that will improve the gameplay experience in the next chapter of Classic WoW.
In this Developer Update, the World of Warcraft Classic Team takes you through some of those changes and what they can mean for the future of Wrath Classic.
Building Azeroth: Northrend
Grab your parka and gloves and prepare for an adventurous return to the frozen tundra of Northrend in a new episode of Building Azeroth—watch now!
Classic Development Update Posts on the Forums (English Only):
Dungeon Creature Behavior and Group XP Adjustments to the behavior of creatures in most BCC dungeons (including the new dungeons in Wrath of the Lich King Classic) are coming, as well as a reduction to group XP earned. [Learn More] Joyous Journeys—Summer XP Buff Event As we continue work on Wrath of the Lich King Classic, we want to celebrate the defeat of Kil'Jaeden and the Burning Legion (again!) with a special event to help prepare players for their adventures in Northrend. [Learn More] Hotfixes
Here are the latest hotfixes that address various issues related to the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, Burning Crusade Classic, and WoW Classic. Some of these hotfixes take effect the moment they are implemented, while others may require scheduled realm restarts to go into effect. Please remember that some issues cannot be addressed without a client-side patch update. This list is updated as additional hotfixes are applied, so check back often.
Summer Sale is Here—grab great deals through July 4!
Check out our article on how you can take advantage of summer savings on special items up to 50% off.
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THIS WEEK IN SHADOWLANDS
Midsummer Fire Festival — Ends July 5 A time of merriment and celebration, dedicated to the year's hottest season. Pet Battle Bonus Event While this event is active, your pets will earn experience at triple the rate. Get out there and battle! PvP Brawl: Arathi Blizzard Put away your bathing suit, pull out your parka, and enter a winter wonderland as the Arathi Basin you know, and love gets a fresh coat of ice and snow. COMING UP IN SHADOWLANDS
Beginning Next Week:
Darkmoon Faire Come see Silas Darkmoon and his troupe, play games that test the mind and nerve, and behold exotic sights from the four corners of Azeroth…and beyond! Fireworks Spectacular One Night Only! – July 4 After the sun sets, the end of Midsummer is celebrated with an hourly firework extravaganza. To watch the show, visit any capital city or Booty Bay. PvP Brawl: Gravity Lapse Gravity getting you down? Step into the Eye of the Storm and prepare for an en-lighten-ing experience. Weekly Bonus Event: Mists of Pandaria Timewalking Players can venture into six of Mists of Pandaria's storied dungeons to reap new rewards all week during this Bonus Event. Beginning the Week of July 11:
Torghast: Beasts of Prodigum Beasts of Prodigum have been unleashed upon Torghast, Tower of the Damned! Arena Skirmish Bonus Event While this event is active, Arena Skirmishes will award Honor at an increased rate. Will you answer the call to battle? PvP Brawl: Comp Stomp Jump into Arathi Basin for a head-to-head battle against AI opponents. Use the Group Finder tool (default hotkey: i) in the Player vs. Player tab to participate. Luminous Luminaries One Day Only! – July 13 GG Engineering has discovered luminescent creatures in the depths of Vashj'ir. They need your help researching the creatures before they disappear into the deep sea again! Check your in-game calendar for a list of the current and upcoming in-game event start times! We can't wait to share more about exciting World of Warcraft experiences—keep checking WorldofWarcraft.com for the latest news and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Ahead of the Curve and Cutting Edge achievements for the current will be removed when Season 3 ends on August 1. More nerfs to Sepulcher end bosses are also planned in the coming weeks.
Can you provide an update on the end of Season 3 Raiding? Will AOTC be going away, and if so when will this take place.
Yes, we intend to close the current raiding tier for achievements such as Ahead of the Curve with the weekly reset the week of August 2.
We have additional tuning in the works, with a focus on the end encounters of Sepulcher. We know that currently far fewer guilds are on track to get Cutting Edge in particular than in past tiers and we want to address that in the coming weeks, before Season 3 ends.
A true blast from the past in the form of a screenshot appeared on Reddit! It shows WoW during its early development stage.
You can see a Warrior fighting against a ghoul in an opened World of Warcraft window. Judging by the simple user interface, we may be looking at the early stages of Alpha.
For comparison, here's the new UI coming in Dragonflight. It's incredible how the game has improved over time in all aspects.
The ongoing Shadowlands Season 3 will end on August 1, 2022. The new experimental Season 4 will begin one day later on August 2, 2022.
Shadowlands Season 3 is coming to a close, and our experimental Season 4 will begin with the weekly reset the week of August 2.
Here’s what to expect with the Season 3 end:
Shadowlands Season 3: PvP
The current season of Shadowlands PvP content will end at 10:00 p.m. the night before maintenance in each region (August 1 at 10:00 p.m. PDT for North America realms / 2 August at 22:00 CEST for European realms). With the season’s end, it will no longer be possible to earn PvP seasonal rewards, titles, or Shadowlands Season 3 rankings. Shadowlands Season 3: Mythic+
The current season of Mythic+ content will end with the start of regional maintenance on August 2. With the season’s end, ratings that qualify for the 0.1% “Cryptic Hero” title and achievement will be recorded. The “Cryptic Hero” title will be rewarded during the following weeks after the season ends, so be to wait to change factions until after you have received the title. Good luck battling to a glorious finish of the season!