WoW: Battle for Azeroth (8.3)

thrawn82 wrote:

Well they just announced the xpac drops October 27th, so i cannot imagine the prepatch coming later than the 22nd. I'm sure they are going to want a full month of live pre-parch.

a much earlier release date than i would have expected but i'm excited for it

TIME TO PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the time before every expansion when I realize there's still a ton of stuff I still want to do before the next one drops. This is also the time I vow to play one and only one toon for the duration of the expansion ...

oh, who am I kidding. I am Enix, and I am an altoholic.

Anyway, there's actually a release time -- 7 p.m. Oct 26 (a Monday night) in New York, 4 p.m. Oct 26 in LA and midnight CET (which is Paris, if I remember my Eurotimezones correctly) on the 27th.

Look for the first 60s to be rolling around your server sometime Wednesday night or Thursday at the outside. I'm aiming for two weeks.

Enix wrote:
thrawn82 wrote:

Well they just announced the xpac drops October 27th, so i cannot imagine the prepatch coming later than the 22nd. I'm sure they are going to want a full month of live pre-parch.

a much earlier release date than i would have expected but i'm excited for it

TIME TO PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the time before every expansion when I realize there's still a ton of stuff I still want to do before the next one drops. This is also the time I vow to play one and only one toon for the duration of the expansion ...

oh, who am I kidding. I am Enix, and I am an altoholic.

Anyway, there's actually a release time -- 7 p.m. Oct 26 (a Monday night) in New York, 4 p.m. Oct 26 in LA and midnight CET (which is Paris, if I remember my Eurotimezones correctly) on the 27th.

Look for the first 60s to be rolling around your server sometime Wednesday night or Thursday at the outside. I'm aiming for two weeks.

so like, realistically, the servers will be playable by the 30th? gotta figure out when i want to take my days off

Way earlier than expected. Annoyingly, it seems to collide with a likely Naxx release time. I cant imagine they will release Naxx right after Shadowlands releases. Had kinda hoped to "finish" Classic in time for Shadowlands.

thrawn82 wrote:

so like, realistically, the servers will be playable by the 30th? gotta figure out when i want to take my days off ;-)

Spoken like someone who has been through a few of these!

If past is prologue, here's my plan:

Monday night -- Oh, SL is out? What's on Netflix?

Tuesday night -- let's make sure the addons work! Log in, eh the servers are down.

Wed night -- time to update all the addons again. Ugh, the lag in the cap cities. Whoops, servers down. Screw this, anything on Netflix I should watch before it expires at month's end?

Thurs night -- log on, see a bunch of lvl 60s running around, update addons again, watch Netflix again

Fri night -- log on, update addons, do some BFA stuff to miss the crowds, go to bed early because it has been a long damn week

Saturday -- weekend! time to get serious about this SL stuff

Enix wrote:
thrawn82 wrote:

so like, realistically, the servers will be playable by the 30th? gotta figure out when i want to take my days off ;-)

Spoken like someone who has been through a few of these!

If past is prologue, here's my plan:

Monday night -- Oh, SL is out? What's on Netflix?

Tuesday night -- let's make sure the addons work! Log in, eh the servers are down.

Wed night -- time to update all the addons again. Ugh, the lag in the cap cities. Whoops, servers down. Screw this, anything on Netflix I should watch before it expires at month's end?

Thurs night -- log on, see a bunch of lvl 60s running around, update addons again, watch Netflix again

Fri night -- log on, update addons, do some BFA stuff to miss the crowds, go to bed early because it has been a long damn week

Saturday -- weekend! time to get serious about this SL stuff

Sounds about right to me. Good thing halloween is cancelled this year (at least in my area it had better be)

Enix wrote:

Spoken like someone who has been through a few of these!

Only Warlods of Draenor was really like that. With gamebreaking bugs that lasted for days. Due to some very broken use of phasing, as well as a brilliantly designed Quest Tower of Doom at the very start of the Horde leveling zone, funneling all players into a tiny area with multiple floors, which the servers surprisingly couldn't handle. Despite having two starting zones.

Pandaria had issues for a few hours. With a single starting zone and a fairly badly designed quest at the very beginning of entering Pandaria, that likely didn't help with the lag (shooting at stuff from the airship).

TBC had issues, as their first expansion before they learned their lesson about how to funnel people into a new expansion.

All the other ones worked reasonably well from day one tbh.
I guess Shadowlands will be the first expansion since Pandaria to have everyone start in the same zone. Still, unless they do a complete WoD design error, I doubt it will cause any issues.

I just wish they would start releasing games on thursday or fridays instead :/

Usually the only problems I have had with the last few expansions is the weekend after release. Even when you can get on, the lag is atrocious and you will probably get kicked.

Shadout wrote:
Enix wrote:

Spoken like someone who has been through a few of these!

Only Warlods of Draenor was really like that. With gamebreaking bugs that lasted for days. Due to some very broken use of phasing, as well as a brilliantly designed Quest Tower of Doom at the very start of the Horde leveling zone, funneling all players into a tiny area with multiple floors, which the servers surprisingly couldn't handle. Despite having two starting zones.

Pandaria had issues for a few hours. With a single starting zone and a fairly badly designed quest at the very beginning of entering Pandaria, that likely didn't help with the lag (shooting at stuff from the airship).

TBC had issues, as their first expansion before they learned their lesson about how to funnel people into a new expansion.

All the other ones worked reasonably well from day one tbh.
I guess Shadowlands will be the first expansion since Pandaria to have everyone start in the same zone. Still, unless they do a complete WoD design error, I doubt it will cause any issues.

I just wish they would start releasing games on thursday or fridays instead :/

Pandaria was as well. The first full day was a complete loss.

A September surprise: the rep bonus is back. From Tuesday through the end of September, you get double the rep for all Legion and BFA factions, including Uldum Accord and Rajani.

On one hand, it's NBD if you want to get the Allied races, as the rep requirement disappears with the 9.0 patch (which will show up in the next month or so). But if you want to knock them out now, it's a good deal.

OTOH, this is a *great* way to make gold. Now it takes only three emissary quests to rack up up 10K rep points, and each turn-in is 4K gold, give or take.

I'll still be well short of the long boi even with the buff. But the goblin in me is deeelighted.

Not sure I understand the reasoning for this. Population boost I guess but the only other benefit that is actually for players is getting BFA pathfinder done for flying when the expansion launches.

SO it's sounds like pre-patch is set for the 29th then?

fangblackbone wrote:

Not sure I understand the reasoning for this. Population boost I guess but the only other benefit that is actually for players is getting BFA pathfinder done for flying when the expansion launches.

Maybe the 100 reps achievement, or mogs and recipes for alts, or stuff (toys & mounts) that pops from emissary chests, or gold. Who knows? In any case, I'm not going to look this particular gift horse rep buff in the mouth.

I am so happy with the rep boost again! Rep farming in Najatar without a flying mount is horrible.