Blizzard has posted an update on what to expect in the Legion Pre-Expansion patch. Of particular note:
- The Transmogrification Collections system will be available, as well as class updates and numerous UI Improvements.
- In the weeks leading up to Legion, more content will be available leading up to the August 30th launch.
- Players who pre-purchased Legion (standard digital or digital deluxe) will get early access to Demon Hunters. Demon Hunters will be accessible in mid-August, no later than August 17th globally.
- All players can participate in Demonic Invasions in low-level zones across Azeroth. Complete invasions for special weapons and armor!
Please read our Guide to What’s Coming in the Pre Patch and Guide to What To Do Before the Pre Patch for more information.
Prepare to fight your last battles of the seasonâ€”Warlords Season 3 will end at 2:00 a.m. PDT on July 19, 2016.
After the season wraps, we will begin the process of determining eligibility for end-of-season rewards. If you believe that youâ€™ve qualified for Warlords Season 3 PvP rewards, please refrain from transferring your character(s) to another realm or faction until awards are granted approximately two weeks later.
The next PvP season, Legion Season 1, will begin after World of Warcraft: Legion launches on August 30. In the meantime, all Honor and Conquest Points will be converted to in-game currency at a rate of 35 silver per point. Also, Rated Battleground and Arena matches will not be available during the break between seasons. We will confirm the start date of the forthcoming Legion Season 1 at a later date.
Please note that the end of the season does not require a patch to the game, and will occur automatically.
Your days are numberedâ€”get out there and fight!
The skies over Azeroth are growing darker. . . .The Legion pre-expansion patch is coming soon, and we wanted to give you a heads up about what to expectâ€”and when you can expect it.This update will include a wide variety of features and content that set the stage for the expansion, including system changes, quality-of-life improvements, and major in-game events. Some of these features will be available immediately, while other content will be unlocked in the weeks leading up to the expansionâ€™s launch. Read on for more details. The Opening Salvo When the pre-expansion patch initially goes live, players will be able to immediately access many of its key system-related features. Some of these major updates include:Transmogrification Updates
The new Transmogrification Collections system will make it easier than ever to collect, store, and sort through the gear you want to use for transmoggingâ€”without taking up storage space in your inventory, bank, or Void Storage. As you collect items that can be used with the system, you can browse through themâ€”as well as sort by class or slotâ€”in the Appearances tab in your Collections interface.Class Updates
Weâ€™re making some significant changes to classes and their specs for Legion to further strengthen their identities. The core changes to spells, talents, and more are going into effect as soon as the pre-expansion patch goes live. For more information on whatâ€™s new for each class and spec, read our earlier class preview blogs.Weâ€™re also making it easier to switch between specializations for different content. Players will be able to queue up for dungeons, raids, Battlegrounds, or Arenas as any role that is available to their class, while continuing to play as another role while theyâ€™re waiting. When they enter the content theyâ€™ve queued for, they will automatically switch to the suitable role upon entering (at no cost) and then switch back automatically when they leave the instance. The March Toward Legion In the weeks following the pre-expansion patch, weâ€™ll be unlocking even more content that leads into the August 30 launch of Legion. Weâ€™re still determining the exact timing of these events, but players who pre-purchase Legion can expect to be playing a Demon Hunter around the second or third week of August (no later than August 17 globally). Weâ€™ll share more details in the weeks ahead, but hereâ€™s a look at whatâ€™s in store:Burning Legion Invasions
Before all hellfire breaks loose upon the Broken Shore, the Burning Legion will begin its assault upon Azeroth, turning some familiar stomping grounds into demon-infested battlefieldsâ€”and it will be up to the heroes of the Alliance and the Horde to face the onslaught.Demon Hunter Early Access
In the weeks before launch, those who have pre-purchased Legion will get early access to the new Demon Hunter class. Players will begin at level 98 and will find themselves on the fel-shattered expanse of Mardum, where theyâ€™ll play the Demon Hunter starting experience before joining their allies in the fight against the Legion.The Battle on the Broken Shore Begins
As the situation grows more dire, Azerothâ€™s heroes will begin their first foray onto the Broken Shoreâ€”the epicenter of the demonic invasion.All of the features and content listed above (save for Demon Hunter early access) will be available to all World of Warcraft players, regardless of whether theyâ€™ve pre-purchased Legion.