World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor's closed beta is drawing to a close. Blizzard is bringing the servers offline as they prepare for the official launch of the expansion pack.
"The end of the Warlords of Draenor beta test is upon us. As of Monday, November 3 at 4:00 p.m. PST, the beta realms will be taken offline and players will no longer have access to the beta," Blizzard announced.
The developers will say goodbye to the beta with a final event. It's unclear what this will entail but you won't have to wait long for it. They plan to launch it at 2 pm PST. To participate head to Orgrimmar or Stormwind on Beta Leveling Realm 1 or 2. The festivities on the PvP Realm will take place at Ashran island, the world PvP area for level 100 players.
"We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, we’ll trade bad puns, and probably let loose just a little chaos too."
Warlords of Draenor's beta officially launched in June. Select players who opted into the test through the Battle.net account were given invites. Blizzard also gave away keys during gaming conventions or through website giveaways.
Blizzard only opens expansion tests to a limited number of people partly because of how much content it features. The Warlords of Draenor beta allowed to try out practically everything the expansion had to offer, including quests, dungeons and raids. I suppose they're worried that if they give this kind of access to too many people, it might hurt enthusiasm for the official launch. It's tough to get excited for an expansion you've already spend dozens of hours on.
"We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to test the beta, provide feedback, and break ground with us on Warlords of Draenor. While this is the end of beta, it’s not the end of the road as we prepare for the final release of the expansion on November 13."
Warlords of Draenor brings players to an alternate timeline in which the orcs didn't invade Azeroth in Warcraft 2. Instead, the various clans have united as an Iron Horde and are planning a full-scale invasion using advanced technology brought from the future. Players must travel to the orcs' homeworld of Draenor to stop these Iron Horde from becoming too powerful.
Draenor includes seven new zones designed for characters level 90 to 100. As they level to the new cap, players will take control of their own garrison. This garrison can be filled over time with buildings and NPCs that benefit the player. For example, they could recruit a soldier that fights alongside them while they're questing or create an lab to produce Alchemy materials.
Blizzard is selling standard, digital deluxe, and collector's editions of Warlords of Draenor. All three come with an instant boost to level 90 for one character.