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Well, no one has to to buy base WoW anymore, ever! Everything you need to do to play up until the upcoming expansion, Battle for Azeroth, is an active subscription. No more battle chests and individual purchases, just pay that monthly fee and access the entire game as it is at the moment, with nothing missing until August 14th, when you'll have to buy BfA for the new content. Additional digital deluxe items from each expansion are available at the Blizzard shop individually, but it's now easier than ever to jump into the game and just start playing.

Recruit a Friend has also been updated:

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If your friend pays for two months of game time, you'll get a month of game time FREE!

If your friend pays for three months of game time, you'll receive a choice of EPIC in-game mounts or special pets.

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Weren't you given a free month with each copy anyway, or did they change that at some point? Wether you buy the game for 15 bucks and get a free month or pay for that month and get the game for free doesn't seem to make a difference... 

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5 minutes ago, jinsu2301 said:

Weren't you given a free month with each copy anyway, or did they change that at some point? Wether you buy the game for 15 bucks and get a free month or pay for that month and get the game for free doesn't seem to make a difference...  

As far as I can remember you always needed to set up a subscription plan to get the free month.

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37 minutes ago, jinsu2301 said:

Weren't you given a free month with each copy anyway, or did they change that at some point? Wether you buy the game for 15 bucks and get a free month or pay for that month and get the game for free doesn't seem to make a difference... 

You got free month of game time with buying the base game. This just changes how Blizzard handles things

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Free month is gone then, so new players get less, unless they recruit a friend. Before you bought game, set up subscription for at least one month plus free month in addition.

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Yeah you only got 1 month of free game time when buying the base game.Wasnt the game like 15 euros tho?

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19 minutes ago, CrimsonVow said:

You never get a free month with each new expansion. Don't know where that myth came from. You only get base 30 days from the Battle Chest.

No one was talking about that (I think), it was about what people get who are buying game for the first time.

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its confusing. is battle chest gone ?

so if some one wants to play wow (new player) he needs to buy BFA as opposed to battle chest+BFA or its just subscription and u dont have to buy anything else?

if its the 1st one its not a good thing for new player ! since they paid the price of 1 mouth of game time and they could get a taste of game up until current content+1 month of game time. plus i know many players who buy the battle chest to have another cheap account (for various reasons). that will be gone too !

2nd one is great ! if its this one what happens to us that bought the BFA 😄

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52 minutes ago, blackstar128 said:

its confusing. is battle chest gone ?

so if some one wants to play wow (new player) he needs to buy BFA as opposed to battle chest+BFA or its just subscription and u dont have to buy anything else

You ONLY have to have a sub to play everything before BfA. If you don't own BfA, you can still play legion so long as you have an active sub, but you won't be able to play BfA without buying it

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54 minutes ago, Oxygen said:

Serious question: Are there people who play WoW without the latest expansion?

Playing WoW right now or active subs? Doubtful. But this is for new and returning players, I've already been tagging friends in the news who quit as a regular player as far back as Cataclysm but maintained an interest in the game or at least the WC universe. 

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If you think about it, WoW never included "free" game time. It had "included" game time with the purchase of the base game or Battlechest. For the longest time the Battlechest typically cost $19.99 and included a month of game time with it. So you essentially paid $19.99 for that first month. IIRC, WoW in 2004 was $50, so you paid $50 for your first month. Now, if you're a new player, you can pay $14.99 and get access to everything up to BfA. Seems reasonable to me, and a better deal.

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Battlechests were what? $20 and you got a "free" month included... now you pay $15 for essentially the same thing...so you're paying $5 less and people are still complaining.

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Does anyone know if the most recent Battle Chest actually included Legion? Because that's a big addition as well with this new system if it didn't. I mean sure it WOULD include it eventually but I don't actually remember when exactly they add the previous expansion to it.

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5 hours ago, Starym said:

Does anyone know if the most recent Battle Chest actually included Legion? Because that's a big addition as well with this new system if it didn't. I mean sure it WOULD include it eventually but I don't actually remember when exactly they add the previous expansion to it.

I don't THINK the LATEST expansions are added to battlechests. So before you had to buy the Chest, and then the newest expansion, unlike now where you only buy the latest expansion. That being said, BattleChests were basically just the same price as a sub fee, right?

Seems like this is focused on returning players then: Say, if you quit in Cata, but want to return for BfA, you don't have to buy the missing expansions, only the most recent. This is a good change.

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4 hours ago, Weltenfeind said:

I don't THINK the LATEST expansions are added to battlechests. So before you had to buy the Chest, and then the newest expansion, unlike now where you only buy the latest expansion. That being said, BattleChests were basically just the same price as a sub fee, right?

Seems like this is focused on returning players then: Say, if you quit in Cata, but want to return for BfA, you don't have to buy the missing expansions, only the most recent. This is a good change.

If you quit in Cata, you would had MoP and WoD already to play wothout buying nothing else, so, the big change is that now, you only need to pay the subs, and not the base game, IMO is a BIG discount.

This means that if you are a new player, you can only pay the sub and play thru Legion (that means that, TODAY, you could play end game content just paying the sub)

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My cousin quit playing on MOP, now just adding a monthly subscription allowed him to play all contents. He will be buying BFA when it will be launched. 

Good move blizz!

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On 7/17/2018 at 9:58 PM, AdminHack said:

Battlechests were what? $20 and you got a "free" month included... now you pay $15 for essentially the same thing...so you're paying $5 less and people are still complaining.

I dont think its the "5 dollars less" that people are complaining about. I think its the overall price. If you think about it, us "Vanilla" users have paid what, 50 for original game? then 40-50 for each additional expansion...so roughly 300.00...not including BFA!!! And now Blizz is allowing people to come along and get roughly $300 worth for $15!! Not to mention on top of the $300 to buy ALL the game content, we ALSO had to pay $15 a month. Its not like once we bought the game we got free access. And the sad thing is, where is Blizz's appreciation for us old players?? They're more worried on getting new players to fatten their already blimp-sized pockets. I'm not gonna give myself a coronary over it, but I will say it chaps my ass a bit that I have invested that much money into a game that is now available for only $15.

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