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All WoW Pre-Patch Durations + Shadowlands Pre-Patch Release Date Speculation: September 29th

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We looked at all WoW pre-patch durations and think the Shadowlands pre-patch will go live on September 29.

Shadowlands will launch in 7 weeks, which means the pre-patch is close. The official release date has not been revealed yet, but we're still waiting for the two-week end-of-PvP season notice, which did not arrive this week, so it is unlikely we will see the pre-patch go live on September 22.

Pre-Patch Durations

Mists of Pandaria had the longest-running pre-patch in the history of the game. Since then, Blizzard has been reducing pre-patch duration and Battle for Azeroth saw just 28 days of pre-patch time.

Expansion Pre-Patch Release Date Expansion Release Date Pre-Patch Duration (Days)
The Burning Crusade December 5, 2006 January 16, 2007 42
Wrath of the Lich King October 14, 2008 November 13, 2008

30

Cataclysm October 12, 2010 December 7, 2010 56
Mists of Pandaria July 20, 2012 September 25, 2012 67
Warlords of Draenor October 14, 2014 November 13, 2014 30
Legion July 19, 2016 August 30, 2016 42
Battle for Azeroth July 17, 2018 August 14, 2018 28
Shadowlands ??? October 27, 2020 ???

Potential Release Date

Currently, we are 48 days away from the Shadowlands launch. If the Shadowlands pre-patch launches September 29, 2020, it will be up for 28 days before the expansion goes live, just like Battle for Azeroth. Chances are we will see a post about the ongoing PvP Season-ending next week.

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I have absolutely no interest in another Scourge invasion so Sept 29th would be fine by me. Even better...make it the shortest pre-patch and drop it on Oct 6th.

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On 9/9/2020 at 5:36 PM, Calysia said:

I have absolutely no interest in another Scourge invasion so Sept 29th would be fine by me. Even better...make it the shortest pre-patch and drop it on Oct 6th.

Honestly it's just something new to do, so I want it sooner.

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