World Of Warcraft Cross-Realm Raids Incoming

By Pete Haas 2012-01-08 11:09:26 discussion comments
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Currently World of Warcraft players are allowed to create parties with their Real ID friends from other realms and do dungeons together. In Patch 4.3.2, players will be able to do the same thing with raids and battlegrounds. There are some important limits, though.

The patch will enable players to jump into any classic dungeon or raid with friends. They can also hop into the same Battleground. Perhaps most importantly, you can form a raid team for Dragon Soul across servers. However, you can only queue for Raid Finder DS runs with your real ID friends. Normal and heroic difficulty Dragon Soul won't support the feature.

"As we look forward to the BattleTag system, itís a very exciting time for World of Warcraft. No matter what realm you and your friends are on youíll be able to team up and take on group content throughout the game," said Blizzard.

It's definitely a nice feature for friends looking to do retro raids or PVP together. However, it'll be a real gamechanger if and when they allow you to do normal and heroic Dragon Soul (or whatever the current raid is at a given time) with groups assembled across servers. It would allow a raiding guild to try out a prospective player, or even let guilds on different servers form raid alliances.

Cross-realm raids seems to be the largest feature included in Patch 4.3.2. Blizzard has described it as a "minor bug fix patch. No word on when this update will go live.
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