Congratulations, you’ve been selected to participate in the beta test of World of Warcraft®: Warlords of Draenor™!
So said the email that arrived earlier this week.
Yes, nearly two months after the beta started (but more than two months before it goes live), the net appears to have been cast wide for testers. At the same time I got the email, one also came for my daughter’s account and two other people I know also got an invite this past week. All we have in common is being subscribed, opting in for betas on Battle.net, and having pre-ordered the expansion.
You can download the client now! Be ready to log in to the game from Friday, June 27, at 2:00 PM PDT, when new content will be available to play.
As a beta test participant, you’ll experience the new content and features of Warlords of Draenor before the expansion is released. Over the course of testing, you’ll venture through the Dark Portal, establish your Garrison, and fight back against the Iron Horde!
Install is pretty easy now too. The new Blizzard Battle.net combined launcher keeps track of your installs for you and will pull new ones down. So if you have been given beta access, there are no codes or anything, you just select the beta and tell it to install.
My daughter was, of course, dying to install it on her system. I, on the other hand, am debating my usual pattern of averting my eyes from anything I’ve already decided on. I’ve pre-purchased the expansion, so I am going to play, there is no doubt. Do I spoil that first day of discovery in November by running around in the expansion now?
For now I think I am going to stick to my plan. I have a project under way in Azeroth already, so I am not starving for some new content. I think it is best to keep things fresh.
I will just have to try not to listen to my daughter too much. She is very excited about the new character models and she keeps trying to tell me about garrisons.
Better put on my headphones.