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Patch 6.1 is introducing some exciting new content, and Blizzard is opening up the Public Test Realm (PTR) for you to try it out. With Twitter integration, garrison updates, the new heirloom management system, and more, there are lots of features worth exploring. Not sure how? Read on.

 

A basic walk through of the PTR access process is available over on Battle.net:

https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/public-test-realm-region-information

 

First, ensure you have a PTR account. You can do this from within Battle.net's account management system. Select your World of Warcraft account, click on Additional Services -> Public Test Realm, and then select History/Status to create (or check the status of!) your PTR account.

 

After ensuring you have an account, you will need to download and install the PTR client. This can be done directly from within the Battle.net Launcher - simply click on the region drop-down menu above the Play button, and set it to PTR. If you do not have the PTR client installed, that option will replace your Play button.

 

Done all of that? If the PTR is available, now you can access it. Log in to the PTR 'region', and you will be greeted with the option to copy your character(s) over from the live servers to the PTR. For 6.1 and beyond, the Character Copy service should take all of your garrison data along with your character. To make sure this works as expected, Blizzard recommends logging in on your retail character, travelling to your garrison, logging out there, and waiting a few minutes before attempting to copy it over. This will ensure that the server/Armory data is up-to-date for Character Copy purposes.

 

PTR testing gives you a chance to see what's coming next for WoW in terms of features and content, and plan ahead for how you'll tackle the new stuff when it becomes available. It's also your opportunity to test things and provide feedback that Blizzard uses to adjust the patches before they are released live. If you've never tried using the PTR before, give it a shot; if you're a seasoned PTR veteran, keep up the good work!

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