World of Warcraft: Shadowlands may not be available for at least a month, but Blizzard wants you to remain informed and prepared for when it does get released. As such, they have released the game’s pre-expansion patch notes last night.
The patch notes contain an explanation of the steps that Blizzard is taking in order to help smoothly and easily bring new players to the World of Warcraft universe. They have also included an account of the changes they have made to the title’s levelling and PvP.
If you didn’t know, Shadowlands is Blizzard’s attempt at making the new player experience a little easier. As such, they have created a new starting area called the “Exile’s Reach,” along with newcomer chat channels where you can chat with other players who are also new to the game or ask advice from long-time players.
As soon as you reach level 20, however, you’ll be removed from the newcomer chat so that you can explore World of Warcraft on your own. On the other hand, reaching level 50 means you will be able to return there as a guide. That is if your account remains in good standing.
Among other things, Blizzard has also made an outline of the plans they have in mind for the final PvP season of Battle of Azeroth. The main season may end as soon as the patch drops, however, a pre-season will be released ahead of the Shadowlands launch.
It’s worth noting that the ladder placement will be locked, which means that players won’t be able to change their season rewards. However, gathering random loot will still be possible.
One of the major changes making its way to World of Warcraft in time for Shadowlands is a level squish. This will cause the game’s level cap to drop from 120 to 60. Also, the level of the current max-level players will drop to 50 when the expansion gets released.
As such, the pre-expansion patch will not only adjust levels and items, but it will help you determine what level you will be at when Shadowlands hits by using a conversion table.
For instance, if your character’s level right now is 108, you’ll be dropped down to level 44. On the other hand, if your character is currently anywhere between levels 60 and 63, you’ll be dropped to level 25.
On the bright side, the patch will also be changing character boosts. In other words, level 120 boosts will accelerate you to level 50 when the update goes live. Similarly, level 110 boosts will take you to level 48.
Blizzard recommends that you start planning ahead to ensure that you get the most out of your character boosts. Also, it may be safer to use them before the patch drops.
Last but not least, you will also be able to make use of ‘Timewalking Campaigns.’ These are campaigns that allow certain content to scale along with your level as long as you have a character that’s at least level 50.
The pre-expansion patch doesn’t have an official release date yet, but the main Shadowlands patch is scheduled to launch this October 27.