The pre-launch patch for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor is now live, and it adds every expansion to date to your account.
Yes, you read that correctly. In order to make the transition to Warlords of Draenor as smooth as possible, the latest patch for World of Warcraft has given you every other expansion pack for free. This makes a fair amount of sense because there are about 72 of the damn things, but it’s still slightly unexpected.
Obviously, the patch also changes a lot of other stuff – there’s plenty of class balance, UI improvements, and the like. The quest log and inventory have both been improved, a “Toy Box” has been added for the fun crap you pick up, there are new character models and higher-resolution textures, and the Iron Horde Incursion world event has just begun. If you fancy taking them on prior to the launch of Warlords of Draenor then you can head over to Blasted Lands to fight them, and delve into a revamped, five-player version of Upper Blackrock Spire.
To my mind, one of the better things is that the stats are being “squished” to make them a little easier to understand. Instead of a Fireball doing 450,000 damage on a creature with 3,000,000 health, it’ll instead do 30,000 damage, but the creature only has 200,000 health. That means the Fireball is still hitting it for 15% of its HP, but the numbers are a little bit less ridiculous. Spell Haste, Melee Haste, and Ranged Haste are all now simply “Haste”, and the same goes for the various types of Crit.
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor‘s pre-launch patch is live now, and you can read the full patch notes here. The Warlords of Draenor expansion is due out on 11 November.