World of Warcraft has been around for a long time now. We’ve taken down the king of the undead, we stopped Deathwing from destroying up the world, saved the endangered Pandaren, and went through a bunch of time travel nonsense to stop the hated enemy of Azeroth in another timeline. And now, at the end of the summer, the Burning Legion will finally resume their assault on Azeroth. I, for one, cannot wait. The long awaited release of Demon Hunters as a playable class, further advancement of the story, artifact weapons and a slew of other exciting new features already have me wishing the time between then and now away. But since that isn’t going to speed things up, let’s take a look at what we can focus on in the meantime in the World of Warcraft.
With the launch date for Legion set around August 31st, we can assume that the pre-patch will go live towards the end of July, maybe a bit later depending on how much time Blizzard wants to give us to get used to the new changes. That gives us about two months to finish off our goals in Warlords of Draenor. So. How to devote that time?
First off, regarding the Draenor raids. If you don’t have them yet, time is running out to secure mounts like the Ironhoof Destroyer off of Blackhand or the Felsteel Annihilator off of Archimond. These mounts are currently a guaranteed drop on Mythic difficulty, but once the pre-patch hits they will be going down to the borderline non-existent drop rate of 1% like other raid mount drops. So if you can get in on mythic raids, now is the time to do so!
Along those same lines would be dungeon Challenge modes. Much like in Pandaria, the challenge mode rewards will become unavailable once the pre-patch goes live. So for anyone still looking to secure the awesome weapon transmogs, title or yeti mount, time is running out.
Followers of Khadgar’s legendary quest will also want to work on wrapping things up. No doubt by this point many people are already done, but if you’re like me and aren’t in a raiding guild and have been too lazy to que for raid finder, the clock is ticking on our chances to get these quests done. As long as you have the quests in your log you will still be able to work on them once pre-patch hits, but after the release of Legion the legendary ring will be forever out of our reach.
Also going away for Legion will be the Brawlers Guild and the rewards it offers, so if you’ve in the market for a mushan mount or want to collect the many different shirts available from the bonus card fights, get your brawling done soon. When the Guild does reopen it will likely offer different rewards or achievements (I say likely, this isn’t a guarantee of course) so this may be the last chance to obtain these rewards.
This next one isn’t going away exactly, but it will certainly become a major pain in the butt to finish once Legion goes live. For anyone who built a Gladiators Sanctum in their garrison and is undertaking the seven nemesis quests, believe me when I say that now is the time to get those done. For those not familiar with them, they require you to kill 500 players of each race. Ashran is the only place to secure massive amounts of player kills for these quests, and if Wintergrasp and Tol Barad are any indication, Ashran will be a ghost town once the new expansion goes live. If you want to be a true Warlord of Draenor, get out there and get killing while you still can!
Finally, these last few are tasks that aren’t going to become impossible to achieve once the pre-patch hits, but if you have the time you can start putting in work towards then now. Since we will finally be getting Wardrobe and Tabard tabs to store the unspeakable amount of gear we’ve been hoarding since vanilla, Blizzard will be adding achievements for collecting transmog appearances. It’s a safe bet that most long time players will have this covered already, but if you don’t, collecting new armor sets or pieces is a good way to pass the time. Don’t forget that these will likely include wrist slots and shirts, so if like me you never bothered grabbing the matching pair of bracers for your favorite transmog now is a good time to do so.
Lastly, there will be a few more Timewalking dungeon events before pre-patch for anyone still working on collecting badges.
These are only a few suggestions of course, there’s still plenty to do in WoW even for those of us who’ve been at it since Vanilla, but hopefully this was at least a bit helpful. If you’d like to see more content like this, or you’d prefer to see more details included, please let me know!