Warlords of Draenor Moves Into Beta!

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Thanks in no small part to your testing and feedback, the Warlords of Draenor expansion is ready to officially shed the alpha label and move on to the beta testing phase!

Our next step is a huge stress test on the Assault on the Dark Portal intro experience we opened up on Wednesday. We’re inviting a TON of players to the beta, but we’ve temporarily restricted access to Draenor for now. We’ve also wiped characters from the alpha, so you’ll need to create a new one, or copy your character over from live realms*.

Today at 2 p.m. Pacific, we’ll respawn the NPCs that teleport you to Draenor (Archmage Khadgar, located in the Trade District in Stormwind or the Valley of Strength in Orgrimmar). We’d like to get as many people as possible logging in and trying out Tanaan to stress test the environment and make sure everything works. If you have a chance to jump in, please join us!

*We're testing our new in-game Character Copy feature, which is available for players with NA accounts only at this time. Players with EU accounts will need to create template characters for the time being in order to access Draenor.
Edited by Zarhym on 6/27/2014 12:20 PM PDT
100 Blood Elf Paladin
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Thank you for inviting me! I'm both proud and excited to have the chance to participate. Are there going to be notes stickied as to what is available when each new area opens and is available for testing?
90 Worgen Warlock
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Are we still locked to level 92?
90 Blood Elf Priest
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Can't wait!
Only another 14gig to go, just another 12hours :(
100 Blood Elf Paladin
ONE
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So its confirmed that its intended to have so much activity the realms will continually crash and there will be errors retrieving character lists all day?
Or will this be straightened out by 5 EST?
Just wondering, as it seems really strange it took so long to get this build out, then you would willingly compromise it.
Edited by Metrolol on 6/27/2014 11:30 AM PDT
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I am venturing a guess that since Alpha wasn't under NDA, Beta is also not under NDA?
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06/27/2014 11:27 AMPosted by Metrolol
So its confirmed that its intended to have so much activity the realms will continually crash and there will be errors retrieving character lists all day?
Or will this be straightened out by 5 EST?
Just wondering, as it seems really strange it took so long to get this build out, then you would willingly compromise it.


That's the entire point of a stress test. It's putting the server under the exact same strain it'll go through on launch day.
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06/27/2014 11:31 AMPosted by Antaya


That's the entire point of a stress test. It's putting the server under the exact same strain it'll go through on launch day.


Makes sense under normal circumstances, but when we are build #2 through an alpha test that took a full week to get on servers because of stability issues, you would think this would not be the target time.
Especially considering there was already periodic crashing yesterday before all this happened!
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06/27/2014 11:27 AMPosted by Metrolol
So its confirmed that its intended to have so much activity the realms will continually crash and there will be errors retrieving character lists all day?
Or will this be straightened out by 5 EST?
Just wondering, as it seems really strange it took so long to get this build out, then you would willingly compromise it.


That's exactly what a STRESS test is supposed to do. Overload the servers as much as possible to find out what needs to be done in order to strengthen the servers for retail/launch.
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I'd appreciate if you could put up some notice before you wipe my toons next time...
Community Manager
06/27/2014 11:17 AMPosted by Luxaura
Thank you for inviting me! I'm both proud and excited to have the chance to participate. Are there going to be notes stickied as to what is available when each new area opens and is available for testing?

That's what this "please read" thread is for. :)

06/27/2014 11:31 AMPosted by Sabelas
I am venturing a guess that since Alpha wasn't under NDA, Beta is also not under NDA?

Correct!

06/27/2014 11:42 AMPosted by Metrolol
06/27/2014 11:31 AMPosted by Antaya


That's the entire point of a stress test. It's putting the server under the exact same strain it'll go through on launch day.


Makes sense under normal circumstances, but when we are build #2 through an alpha test that took a full week to get on servers because of stability issues, you would think this would not be the target time.
Especially considering there was already periodic crashing yesterday before all this happened!

The launch of beta is the best chance we have to slam the servers with as many people as possible, because a huge wave of invites have gone out and everyone should know the start time. After today it's not as likely that we'll get this quantity of people trying to test the same areas at the same time. And that's the point. If it's an inconvenience to you to worry about whether or not the realms will handle the load, I'd only offer a reminder that this is a beta test.
Edited by Zarhym on 6/27/2014 11:52 AM PDT
Community Manager
06/27/2014 11:43 AMPosted by Doubdan
I'd appreciate if you could put up some notice before you wipe my toons next time...

I'm not sure what that would've helped you accomplish. :p
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/wave
100 Human Paladin
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06/27/2014 11:53 AMPosted by Zarhym
06/27/2014 11:43 AMPosted by Doubdan
I'd appreciate if you could put up some notice before you wipe my toons next time...

I'm not sure what that would've helped you accomplish. :p
Perhaps screenshots? :D
I didn't receive an invite however the download for the beta test is available for me and I have dl'd it so I was wondering if I can still beta test without the invite?
92 Orc Warrior
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Sorry, Zarhym, can't take off in the middle of the afternoon to play a video game. Some of us feel an obligation to deliver finished products to our customers in a timely fashion.
90 Troll Druid
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06/27/2014 11:53 AMPosted by Zarhym
06/27/2014 11:43 AMPosted by Doubdan
I'd appreciate if you could put up some notice before you wipe my toons next time...

I'm not sure what that would've helped you accomplish. :p


Like starting and leveling a guild, setting up tabs and managing guild banks with stuff from guildies I met in Alpha, leveling up Alchemy and Herb until I could not, farming rares to gather resources and toys, buying and testing all garrison plans. If I know about a wipe, I could have saved some time on doing things like that...well I'll just do it again I guess.

Any possibility that we could get free faction change like previous betas? It'd be a very convenient thing to have through the whole testing.
Edited by Doubdan on 6/27/2014 12:12 PM PDT
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Jenoelle

The e-mail is strictly there to make sure you know you are in. Once your account is flagged for it and you have installed through the launcher, you're set.
@Kagitaar Thank you! :)
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06/27/2014 12:10 PMPosted by Kagitaar
Jenoelle

The e-mail is strictly there to make sure you know you are in. Once your account is flagged for it and you have installed through the launcher, you're set.

Plus, if you didn't get a Beta invite, you wouldn't be able to post in this forum.
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