But before we can get there, we first must go through the expansion's pre patch which will give players a taste of what's to come before launch day. This includes Death Knights being playable, new talents, and most infamously, the Zombie Invasion event.
For now, the official release date for WotLK Classic's pre patch hasn't been announced, however, we have been given an early look at it via the PTR.
So if you're looking to play the pre patch early we've got you covered - here's how to access the WoW Classic WotLK PTR.
What is the World of Warcraft PTR?
Standing for Public Test Realm, the WoW PTR is another server apart from the normal live WoW servers (both Retail and Classic) in which Blizzard releases all of the new updates prior to them being set in stone.
This is done so players can test whatever new feature or update is added. Here, players can catch bugs, give feedback, or maybe even give praise to the Blizzard developers for changes they might like.
Additionally, due to it being a separate entity from the regular WoW servers, the PTR servers have an extra set of rules that don't necessarily apply to the live servers.
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How to Join the WoW Classic WotLK PTR
Due to the PTR servers being their own entity, getting into them requires a few extra steps. This means that apart from downloading the required client or game, Classic players, like Retail players, will first have to create an account in order to join in.
Creating a WoW Classic WotLK PTR Account
Here's how to create a PTR account:
- Log in to Blizzard Account Management.
- Select Games and Subscriptions.
- In the Starter Editions & Public Test Regions section, select Create PTR Account.
- Click the Create Account button.
- That's it!
Once you've created your account, you can move on to actually joining the PTR, i.e. installing the PTR client.
How to Download and Install the WoW Classic WotLK PTR
Here's how to install the PTR client and join in:
- Open the Blizzard Battle.net App and select World of Warcraft Classic from your Games list.
- In the selector above the Play button, change your Region / Account to Public Test Realm (Classic).
- Click Install (or Update) to install the PTR client. This becomes a Play button when ready.
- Click Play to log in to the PTR, and select any of the available Test Servers.
- Create a new test character, or copy over a character from your live account using the Copy Character button.
- That's it!
WoW Classic WotLK Pre Patch Zombie Invasion Event
The Zombie Invasion (Scourge Invasion) event in Wrath of the Lich King is one of the more famous events in WoW's history. It's a worldwide zombie invasion where players can become zombies infecting NCPs and players, who must band together to fight off zombies from taking over major cities and beyond.
During the Zombie Invasion, there will be tons of content for players to interact with. This includes new quests, new vendors, new items, a new boss in Karazhan, and several new bosses in select Azeroth dungeons.
The event works in tiers, beginning with Phase 1, Trouble in Booty Bay, and going all the way to Phase 5, the Darkest Hour.
It's a fun little event that players will hold players over until the official release of WotLK, and a unique one that players won't want to miss!
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