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The Shadowlands Pre-patch Will Be the Shortest in WoW History

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Update: It seems the opposite of the title might end up being true, as we just found out Shadowlands will be delayed and the pre-patch will be coming on October 13th! This means it might be a long-lasting one, depending on when exactly the new expansion release date will be! Check out the official post on the delay and pre-patch release date here.


Regardless of when it hits, what we've started calling Schrodinger's pre-patch will be the shortest in WoW's history. Battle for Azeroth has held that honor up until a short while ago, but even if we see the patch arrive next week, it will still only last for 3 weeks aka 21 days, compared to BfA's 4 weeks/30 days. Perhaps it makes sense that the longest expansion in WoW history is followed by the shortest pre-patch, but with 9.0.1 bringing so much content with it, it is a shame it turned out this way.

    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


    Cataclysm October 12, 2010 December 7, 2010 56
    Mists of Pandaria August 28, 2012 September 25, 2012 28
    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 ???

    We can also compare Battle for Azeroth's pre-patch and Shadowlands' in terms of major features, to see what players could do in the respective pre-patches:


    • 3-week long story campaign
    • Stat squish
    • Class changes (incorporating artifact traits into the baseline and more)
    • PvP talent changes
    • Profession changes, First Aid removed
    • War Mode
    • Legacy loot mode
    • Small number of character customization options (BE eyes, Orc posture)


    Aside from the world quests and other event-related activities, the main draw of the the Shadowlands pre-patch is the leveling, as it's significantly faster than it's been so far (even with the currently active XP buff taken into consideration), and many players are eager to get some characters ready for the expansion launch.

    We're still hoping for the Shadowlands pre-patch to hit next week, putting it at 3 weeks duration, but we've already started preparing for the worst, aka a 2-week run time, which we recently discussed.

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    1 hour ago, bleyjo said:

    It's like they saw this post and decided to delay it just to spite the author.

    Haha, it is hard not to take it personally 😄

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