World of Warcraft: Legion is coming in August — so what am I gonna do about it?

The big news this week — before the PAX East stories start flooding in, I imagine — is that World of Warcraft finally announced the release date for Legion: August 30th. Blizzard had promised “summer 2016,” so this was about as late as it could push the date and still look as though it was keeping its word.

August 30th is significant for a couple of reasons. First, it allows the studio over four months of testing and refinement. Considering the subscriber drop-off and black eye that Blizzard got over Draenor, the studio really needs to produce a home win here, especially with its renewable endgame content. Second, that date is right around the time of some other big conventions, such as PAX Prime, so you can bet that Blizzard will be taking advantage of those for some added publicity.

Want to take bets whether or not Blizzard will announce a new expansion in November? I sincerely doubt it, but hey, there’s always the potential for surprise.

Anyway, it also means that this won’t be the summer of Legion. If any other studios have some releases brewing, getting them out in May or June might give them a good couple of months of breathing room.

Me? I’m totally fine with the date. Assuming that in four months I’ll still be playing WoW in some capacity, it’ll be a good time for an expansion release. I have a lot to do between now and then, especially on my new Death Knight. I’m test driving one right now and am hoping that she’ll become my main, what with the cool creature summons and pets.

My goals in the next four months are to get her through Draenor’s quests (I was about halfway through on my Hunter), make as much money as I can through garrisons for some WoW tokens, and then go back through previous expansions — most notably Northrend — to find some cool-looking cosmetic gear for the new transmog wardrobe. If I only had a month, I don’t think that would’ve been enough time. But four months? Yeah, that’ll do, pig. That’ll do.

If the DK doesn’t end up sticking, then my Hunter is a solid fallback. Finish up Draenor on her, gear her up some more, and clean up Northrend for gear. She hit level 100 last week and shot up in gear item levels, mostly thanks to timewalking dungeons. When those are dropping ilevel 675 stuff left and right, that makes a huge difference when you’re sporting ilevel 580s. I’m running heroics every night to complete the inn quests, and I just unlocked the schematics for the level 3 inn due to that.

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4 thoughts on “World of Warcraft: Legion is coming in August — so what am I gonna do about it?

  1. Tyler F.M. Edwards April 20, 2016 / 10:31 am

    Few random thoughts:

    If you dig pets, you’re gonna like the death knight changes in Legion. Unholy is becoming even more pet focused — depending on talent choices, you can potentially end up with a small army of minions following you around.

    While searching for transmog gear, I also recommend a thorough playthrough of Pandaria content. Along with Wrath, it had the best looking gear, IMO. Also note that a lot of old tier sets and raid gear can now be simply purchased for gold from vendors in Dalaran, Stormwind’s Old Town, and the Temple of Niuzao in Pandaria (each one offering different gear). And you might want to invest in a level three salvage yard in your garrison. It’s a great money-maker, and it can potentially give you class-specific transmog gear you can’t get anywhere else.

  2. CheapBossAttack April 21, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    I’ve been playing WoW for 10 years, but recently unsubbed back in August after growing bored with Draenor. Lately I’ve been playing FFXIV, but my interest is slowly waning as the friends I normally play with log in less and less. There’s also just a ridiculous amount of content to catch up on before stepping in to Heavensward. So I’ve been considering coming back to WoW for Legion, maybe subbing a few months early to figure out what I want to play and what I’d like as my free 100. I was hoping it’d come out early summer (in time for college break) but August 30th is right after fall semester starts. Ah well, I’m sure I’ll still check it out. Haven’t missed an expansion yet.

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