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Schrodinger's Pre-patch Strikes Again: Release Candidate Taken Off PTR

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Well... the Shadowlands pre-patch really is intent on causing as much stress as possible for those of us anxiously expecting it and the many cool features it's bringing to the table. With no official release date in sight, and only a vague end of season kind-of-sort-of warning without any context as to when it's happening, today sees another setback for those hoping it might be coming sooner than expected. (Although what exactly is even expected at this point really?)

Today's PTR patch went ahead and removed the "Release" candidate tag on the log-in screen we saw added 2 days ago, and it's now just a "Test" candidate. Now, this might be nothing, just a different version overwriting the release one, or a simple forgetting to add the tag in there, but with so many players waiting to hear anything about the pre-patch, this certainly isn't what they wanted to hear.

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Whether there are actual problems with the pre-patch and PTR that are delaying any solid announcement or everything is going to (the very weird and secretive) plan we can't really say, but right now this has us thinking: could it even be possible we don't see the pre-patch until October 13th/14th, a mere 2 weeks ahead of Shadowlands launch? With so much new content coming, the class changes, the level squish, fast leveling, new player experience, new cosmetic appearances, Chromie time, exalted removed from Allied Races, the Scourge Invasion event, daily quests and more, is it really possible we only get 2 weeks with the content? At the moment we're still hoping that October 6th/7th is the date, but each day that passes without an announcement has us more and more concerned.

And in closing, here's one potential explanation for no date announcement yet, from the memesters over on r/wow:

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The amount of articles and comments focusing on the exact date of the prepatch is excessive, really. All this is about is what games youre playing for a week or two- that's extremely ephemeral. As someone who can't wait to play around with the prepatch, the amount of emotional energy, time, and effort put into this topic would be better spent just enjoying your freetime otherwise.

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4 hours ago, miggfo said:

The amount of articles and comments focusing on the exact date of the prepatch is excessive, really. All this is about is what games youre playing for a week or two- that's extremely ephemeral. As someone who can't wait to play around with the prepatch, the amount of emotional energy, time, and effort put into this topic would be better spent just enjoying your freetime otherwise.

then why are u reading this kinda news and commenting it instead of yeah

" the amount of emotional energy, time, and effort put into this topic would be better spent just enjoying your freetime otherwise."
just sayin

on the pre patch notes did the casters change or is the cast of the mobs still set to 6th?

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Did the casters change...? You know that's just a date based on the maximum value in MS the game can store right? It's supposed to be incredibly long so it's the maximum amount of time it can be. It's a coinicedence nothing more that it ever lined up with anything. It's consistent and has gone off dozens of times for nothing.

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6 hours ago, Starym said:

With so much new content coming, the class changes, the level squish, fast leveling, new player experience, new cosmetic appearances, Chromie time, exalted removed from Allied Races, the Scourge Invasion event, daily quests and more, is it really possible we only get 2 weeks with the content?
 

You could easily go through and get accustomed to all of those changes in a week and I'm not sure how much interest there is in the Scourge Invasion...absolutely none on my part.

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1 hour ago, BeeDad said:

Did the casters change...? You know that's just a date based on the maximum value in MS the game can store right? It's supposed to be incredibly long so it's the maximum amount of time it can be. It's a coinicedence nothing more that it ever lined up with anything. It's consistent and has gone off dozens of times for nothing.

Yes and they used that for other release dates in the past
so yes your right and your wrong at the same time
it could be an indication (with or without a change because its been a while) or it could not
but a restart or change would be interesting in that context.

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50 minutes ago, Nayrusa said:

Yes and they used that for other release dates in the past
so yes your right and your wrong at the same time
it could be an indication (with or without a change because its been a while) or it could not
but a restart or change would be interesting in that context.

A broken watch is right twice a day. The casting is always static it's never changed, it just happened to finish at a certain time. It always ends on a reset iirc so if like every 3 resets or whatever have the casting finish it'll be a lot of patch days. It means nothing. This is the weirdest myth in the wow community it's absolutely a cult religion based on a random occurance. Humans, interesting animals.

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5 hours ago, Nayrusa said:

then why are u reading this kinda news and commenting it instead of yeah

" the amount of emotional energy, time, and effort put into this topic would be better spent just enjoying your freetime otherwise."
just sayin

on the pre patch notes did the casters change or is the cast of the mobs still set to 6th?

Because it took like 15 seconds to make that comment.  Compare that to the reactions you see from people on wowhead etc where they get visibly upset, and the sheer number of articles on this topic with almost no content.

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5 hours ago, Calysia said:

You could easily go through and get accustomed to all of those changes in a week and I'm not sure how much interest there is in the Scourge Invasion...absolutely none on my part.

Personally I planned to level like many alts to have a pick of main for SL and I'm sure plenty of people had the same plans.

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1 hour ago, miggfo said:

Because it took like 15 seconds to make that comment.  Compare that to the reactions you see from people on wowhead etc where they get visibly upset, and the sheer number of articles on this topic with almost no content.

I'd like to object to the no content part. Generally my litmus test for whether something is newsworthy if I'm not 100% sure is whether I would want to know this information personally. Considering I've been very hyped for the pre-patch and haven't played WoW in a while the answer was yes and I think many people feel the same. I didn't have an emotional response or get upset over it, atm I'm just baffled by Blizzard's decision on not announcing it, which makes me think/be sure there's something wrong with the patch.

While your comment about people reacting too intensely might be correct, people react to much MUCH dumber things even more intensely so I can't really see the point of it. If someone is hyped for something and want to play it, any game or similar, they will be invested in the release date and disappointed when then (constantly) get their hopes for a release date announce squashed.

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