Jump to content
FORUMS
Sign in to follow this  
Stan

Patch 8.2 Release Date Speculation: July 9th

Recommended Posts

43010-patch-81-build-30080-initial-datam

Patch 8.2 has been available for playtesting on PTR since April 16 and it's time to start speculating when the patch is going to hit live servers.

Patch 8.1 - Tides of Vengeance

The first major content patch for this expansion was available for testing for 81 days and while we had to wait a long time for Patch 8.1.5 and Battle of Dazar'alor to open, Blizzard clearly stated they want Mythic Season 3, Operation: Mechagon, and Azshara's Eternal raid to be available soon after Patch 8.2 goes live, but if "soon" equates to one week or two remains unknown.

  • Available on PTR: September 21th
  • Release Date: December 11th

What Still Hasn't Been Tested on 8.2 PTR

When determining a possible release date for Rise of Azshara, it's important to take many things into consideration, including things which haven't been tested yet on PTR and those are:

  • Azshara's Eternal Palace Raid (Raid Finder difficulty)
  • Mythic Season 3 Affix: Beguiling

The Heart of Azeroth Essence system seems to be mostly complete, with Conflict & Strife + Vision of Perfection being the toughest to balance.

Patch 8.2 - Rise of Azshara

Rise of Azshara is Battle for Azeroth's second major content patch and the biggest World of Warcraft patch ever, so it's quite logical that it requires more testing than Tides of Vengeance.

  • Available on PTR: April 16th
  • Possible Release Dates: June 25th (70 days of testing), July 2nd (77 days of testing), July 9th (84 days of testing)
    • June 25th doesn't make sense, there's still a lot of testing to be done and the patch is bigger than 8.1 and a shorter cycle (70 days of testing) is simply unrealistic. 
    • July 2nd is too close to Independence Day. It wouldn't make much sense to release a patch that requires plenty of hotfix updates over the holidays.
    • July 9th is the first date which seems realistic.

TL;DR

We think the release date of Patch 8.2 is July 9th, with Mythic Season 3, Operation: Mechagon Dungeon, and Azshara's Eternal Raid opening a week later on July 16th. Mythic difficulty of the Eternal Palace raid and Raid Finder Wing 1 would then become available on July 22nd. Obviously, the patch will become available for predownload at least a week ahead through the Battle.net app. When do you think 8.2 is going to be released? Let us know in the comments and don't forget to check out our Patch 8.2 hub for the latest Rise of Azshara news.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is tangible, even though it did not come from Blizz, and I do appreciate this along with seeing possible release somewhere near July.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That would be really great, also gives my guild plenty of time to fully clear Mythic 8.2 content before WoW Classic comes out ?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

seems good with the estimates but idk if I want to grind out another reputation just to fly. New content is cool I guess. I actually do wonder though how many players are gonna go back to Classic as opposed to this current content we are getting. I can't see myself going back. We all had a lot more patience with the game then we do now and I might be generalizing when I say we but thats just my opinion.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am literally waiting for 8.2 to drop before resubbing, hate that lul when nobody does anything cause big patch is overhead.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would of course prefer next week, but this sounds logical and 4th of July is a very logical reasoning. Let's wait and see... After all, MOTHER's 77 cycle date of May 28 was a bit too optimistic and in the end, didn't happen ?

Edited by Aernath

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Staff
      Blizzard talk about the specifics of the Valor caps and how they will be accelerating them due to the systems late addition, with a 5000 cap to start, increasing by 750 each week. You also won't be able to hoard it, as a character can only hold 1500 at a time.
      Valor (source)
      As we’ve tested and iterated on the changes in patch 9.0.5, we’ve concluded that Valor for Mythic Keystone Dungeon gear would benefit from an immediate kickstart, so we’re adjusting the configuration of Valor caps. This currency is being added well into Shadowlands Season 1, so we want to pace it as though it’s been available for several weeks, giving players a large measure of gear catch-up capacity from the start.
      In 9.0.5, there will be a weekly Valor cap that increases by 750 Valor each week, and the cap will start at 5000 Valor earnable in the first week. In the second week of 9.0.5, the Valor cap will be 5750. In week 3, the Valor cap will be 6500, etc. There will be a cap of 1500 on how much Valor a character can hold at a time. As always, thank you for your testing and feedback.
    • By Stan
      The Alliance Castle Nathria Mythic Hall of Fame is finally full, but it appears that a Chinese boosting guild has filled it with many Cutting Edge runs discovered by players through Warcraft Logs.
      The Alliance has filled the Hall of Fame 29 days after the Horde, but according to reports, a Chinese guild named Q728 has sold more than 50 Hall of Fame / Cutting Edge pilots this tier. The alleged boosting occurs in each tier, but it is super obvious this time around.
      Reddit user Drathos1337 provided us with two interesting Warcraft Logs links. The first one links to their rosters and contains hundreds of characters with oddly similar performance on the final bosses after not performing that well on early ones, which hints at pilots. The second link contains their calendar, where you can view the individual runs.
      Many players are calling for a complete overhaul of the Hall of Fame system due to the boosts and Alliance taking a long time to fill it.
      Source: Reddit
    • By Starym
      We've seen plenty of WoW recreations in other games, from Minecraft, the Sims and so on, but this is a pretty new one as a part of Stormwind has been made in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater!
      While the details aren't exactly high, the architecture seems to be all there, but more importantly it looks to be a pretty solid skate park, with plenty of places to grind, wheelie and other skating terms I definitely know and didn't google like like ollie, boardslide and darkslide. The music isn't half bad either!
      This particular map is only available on the PS4, however, but it's still damn cool to just look at.
      Source.
    • By Starym
      It seems there's a much easier way to handle Devos, the final boss of the Spires of Ascension, as many players have been using this extremely powerful cheese/creative use of game mechanics/exploit to speed things up and make the encounter trivial.
      As spotted by the WoW Highlights Youtube channel, the method actually kind of breaks the boss, as Devos does none of her mechanics after the cheese, and it's pretty easy to pull off too. While this seems like an extremely obvious exploit, it's interesting to know that something very similar happened back in King's Rest, where you could do the same thing to Mchimba the Embalmer, the second boss, and Blizzard actually allowed that, even in the MDI, as Ellesmere points out and explains this new Spires method:

      You can see the results of the method here, as the boss just does nothing after the first spear throw interrupts her:

      And here are two more examples, where we can actually see the method being done directly (in the first two examples):
      This particular one seems like it will be getting fixed fast by Blizzard, however, as it is the final boss and the method basically removes the majority of the fight and makes it very trivial.
      Source.
    • By Starym
      Here we are in Nathria week 12 where there's still a lot of movement, with Retribution and Arcane jumping unexpectedly, heading into the upper reaches of the rankings. Frost has gone back down after its surge,sticking to the middle of the pack in the higher percentiles, as Balance, Affliction and Fire remain at their top 3 spots.

      95th percentile Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.

      All percentiles Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.
      Arcane Mage by Dutchmagoz
      Retribution Paladin by Urthearso

      And here's a look at Heroic this week as well, where things really don't change much week-to-week, but it's still a nice comparison to the higher performing Mythic players.


      As always, if you want even more info on a spec, you can check out our class guides here.
×
×
  • Create New...