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Is Patch 9.1: Chains of Domination Releasing on July 1st in China? (Rumor)

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During a recent Douyu stream, popular Chinese streamer 炎凉 (Yan Liang) talked about a dinner he recently had with NetEase staff where they seemingly let slip the release date for patch 9.1!

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Some NetEase staff members were in WuHan [where Yan Liang lives], so I went to a dinner with them and that's how I got all the info about 9.1 releasing on July 1st.

NetEase is the Chinese operator for World of Warcraft, and while we don't have any specific details on who the staff members were (aside from strong indications of it being someone very high-up at NetEase), the timeline seems to fit with the recent Burning Crusade Classic release leaks as well as some earlier inside information from Blizzard staff. If BCC is indeed coming in early June, it would make sense to keep a gap of around a month to 9.1, as Ion Hazzikostas mentioned they would try to not overlap the two releases. Also, as July 1st is  Thursday, and the reset day for Chinese WoW, the NA date would then be June 29th and June 30th for EU.

Just to note that this is still just a rumor based on something a streamer said, and we're only mentioning it because the date fits with our own assumptions. Here are a few 9.1 release date related articles that make us think that the July 1st aka July 29th date might just be correct, or at least something very close to it:

Here is a video of the three mentions of the dinner and release date, taken from the Douyu stream:

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A Douyu Supervisor and I found out the release date of 9.1 on the same day.

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Some NetEase staff members were in WuHan, so I went to a dinner with them and that's how I got all the info about 9.1 releasing on July 1st.

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Who told me the release date? [Uses Staff member nickname], do you even know [Staff member nickname]? You don't even know this person.

 

A huge thanks to our trusted source, Kate, who sent us the news and translated the clips!

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Why would the people that make Diablo Immortal know when the wow patch goes live? something tells me that the streamer just trolls

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1 hour ago, zigrifid said:

Why would the people that make Diablo Immortal know when the wow patch goes live? something tells me that the streamer just trolls

Because they run WoW in China, they are extremely likely to be in the loop on the release date, as they have to run the advertising etc. The streamer still could have made it up or the staff might have been boasting to know stuff which they don't, but to me it seems very plausible.

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9 minutes ago, SidonisAntares said:

Of course, there's the whole "July 1st is a fvcking Thursday". July 6th would at least be credible.

Not sure what you mean there, the Chinese reset day is Thursday, so the release would be June 29th NA and 30th EU, as mentioned in the article.

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10 minutes ago, Starym said:

Not sure what you mean there, the Chinese reset day is Thursday, so the release would be June 29th NA and 30th EU, as mentioned in the article.

If insiders at Blizzard say patch in June unlikely, and their reset day is Thursday, it's more probable to be the 6th/7th/8th, especially since they try NOT to release before a major holiday, because they want people home and playing. I know it's not a major holiday outside of the US, but a good chunk of people won't be home for the weekend of the 4th, especially as vaccinations rise and restrictions ease.

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I am not sure the patch will be ready that early to be honest. There is a lot of stuff still in the works for the patch.  

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From the looks of PTR, this release timeline seems totally reasonable. Also...this is an unprecedented (due to Covid, yes) content drought! IDC if they rush it, we need it! 🙂

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