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Patch 6.0.2, the pre-expansion patch for Warlords of Draenor™ is now available for testing on the Public Test Realms (PTR)! Participating on the Public Test Realms lets you test content and features before it's available on the live realms. Once you've had a chance to try things out, be sure to visit our PTR Discussion forum to discuss the patch, and the PTR Bug Report forum to report any issues or errors.

For more information about Beta testing for Warlords of Draenor and how you can opt in for a chance to participate in the Beta test, check out World of Warcraft®: Warlords of Draenor™ Beta Test Begins!

PTR Disclaimers

  • Please keep in mind that the notes below are not final, and a great deal could change before the release of Patch 6.0.2.
  • Not all the content listed may be available for testing or may only be available during a limited testing window. Keep an eye on the PTR Discussion forum for further details.

World of Warcraft: Patch 6.0.2 PTR Summary

Note: For the most current list of changes, please visit the 6.0.2 PTR Patch Notes blog.

New Character Models

  • Character models for races from the original game Dwarf, Gnome, Human, Night Elf, Orc, Tauren, Troll, Undead, and Draenei have been overhauled with an increase to fidelity and texture resolution; while retaining the core look and feel of the originals.
  • Character animations have been updated to have more personality and now support expressive facial expressions. Emotes are now more emotive!

World Event: Iron Horde Incursion

  • The Dark Portal in Blasted Lands has turned blood red. Hundreds of strange-looking orcs are violently pouring into Azeroth, killing everything that stands in their path. Nethergarde and Okril’lon have already fallen, and while the Horde and the Alliance moved as quickly as they could to get reinforcements to their people, they are too late. The Iron Horde invasion has begun.
  • Adventurers looking to dislodge the Iron Horde’s attempts to establish a foothold on Azeroth should visit the Blasted Lands.
  • A specially revamped five-player version of Upper Blackrock Spire is available to level-90 characters for a limited time, and sets the stage for the coming counterstrike against the Iron Horde.

Revamped Group Finder/Premade Groups

  • Group Finder received an upgrade and expanded to facilitate players trying to create groups for both PvE and PvP content. Browsing or creating a Premade Group can be done via Group Finder (Bound to the I key by default) or the Player vs. Player pane (Bound to the H key by default.)

Quest Log

  • The quest log has been integrated into the world map to make it easier to know where to go and what to do.
  • Quest items no longer take up space in the inventory and are accessed through the Quest Tracker.
  • Quest tracker now orders quests based on proximity to the character by default.

Inventory Improvements

  • Items in the inventory now have a colored border around them to indicate their quality from Poor (grey) to Legendary (orange).
  • Tradeskill materials now stack up to 200 (up from 20).

Toy Box

  • Fun items accumulated through the course of travels now have a new home in the Toy Box. Eligible items can be learned by right-clicking on the item in the inventory. Once learned, the item is available account-wide and accessible to all characters on the account.
  • Want to complete the collection? Like the Mount and Pet Journal, items that haven’t been unlocked yet will show information on how the item can be obtained.
  • Toys awarded from quests will be automatically added to the Toy Box.

Bag Sorting and Cleanup

  • Bags can now be assigned to a specific item type (Equipment, Consumables, and Trade Goods). The bag will display a mini-icon showing what type of item it's assigned to.
  • Added a "Clean up Bags" button to automatically sort items in the character’s inventory, moving all empty slots to one area, and automatically sorting items to the correct bag. There’s also the option to ignore a bag from cleanup.

Reagent Bank

  • A Reagent Bank tab has been added to the Bank providing storage for raw materials.
  • Characters can now craft using the materials stored in both their Reagent Bank and Bank from anywhere.
  • Characters can visit the bank to unlock the new Reagent Bank tab providing additional storage space for profession materials.

New Void Storage Tab

  • Characters can now purchase an additional tab for Void Storage. That’s an extra 98 spaces!

Character and Class Changes

Below is a summary of the character and class changes. Visit the 6.0.2 PTR Patch Notes blog for a full list of all character and class related changes. The full patch notes utilize a new format designed to better convey the reasoning for many of the changes being made and what they mean for you, while providing more background into issues we're trying to solve.

  • Character stats have been squished into smaller numbers that are easier to understand. It's important to understand that this is not a nerf as enemies' stats have been squished as well.
  • Balanced functionality of Agility, Strength and Intellect.
  • New secondary stats: Bonus Armor, Multistrike, and Versatility.
  • Hit and Expertise have been removed; they're no longer needed in order to reliably land attacks!
  • The pacing of healing has been adjusted to allow for more tactical decision-making regarding efficiency and throughput, on both single-target and multi-target heals. Passive and auto-targeted healing have been reduced in effectiveness in order to emphasize the actions and choices of healers.
  • Racial traits have been rebalanced so that all races have similar combat performance.
  • All classes have had several abilities pruned, with a focus on redundant and less-used abilities to cut down on button and keybind bloat.
  • Amount of crowd-control in the game (primarily PvP) has been drastically reduced. Many crowd-control abilities have been removed, and many diminishing returns categories have been merged together.
  • Several common buffs and debuffs have been merged, or removed, where they were redundant.
  • All characters now learn some important Major Glyphs automatically as they level up.
  • Toned down the amount of instant healing in the game by giving cast times to several instant cast heals.
  • For Tanks, Vengeance has been redesigned and renamed Resolve.
  • Resolve does not increase outgoing damage, but does now increases tank self-healing and absorption based on damage taken.
  • Facing requirements (character positioning) on some prominent abilities have been loosened or removed.
  • Reduced Mana cost of Resurrection spells to make it a little easier to recover from a wipe.
  • Professions no longer have combat benefit perks tied to them.
  • A multitude of class-specific changes, things like improved distinction between different Talent specializations, and new Masteries. Please consult class-specific sections below for more information.

World Environment

  • Creatures
    • Kor’kron guards and forces loyal to Garrosh have been ousted from Horde cities and settlements.

Quests

  • Wrathion no longer offers the
  • A Test of Valor has been removed. Players reaching this step of Wrathion’s Legendary quest line will now skip ahead to the next step.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios

  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • Garrosh Hellscream
      • “Ahead of the Curve” and “Cutting Edge” achievements for defeating Garrosh Hellscream are no longer obtainable.
  • Legacy Raid Changes
    • Dragon Soul: Characters above level 86 can now solo-queue for Dragon Soul on Raid Finder difficulty by speaking with Auridormi outside of the entrance to Dragon Soul in Caverns of Time.
    • Icecrown Citadel: Door leading past Valithria is now open by default, allowing players to skip the encounter.
    • Ulduar: Thorim no longer resets when his arena is empty.

PvP

  • Added additional safeguards to prevent accidental PvP flagging.
    • Non-PvP flagged players are unable to heal or damage PvP flagged players unless they manually flag themselves for PvP combat.
      • PvP flagging can be toggled by typing /pvp into chat.
    • Players on a non-PvP realm joining a cross-realm group now receive a confirmation prompt warning that they may cross into a PvP enabled realm by joining the group.
  • The War Games command line parameter has been changed to accept BattleTag or RealID friend as the first argument.
    • Example usage: /wg BattleTagfriend arena tournamentrules
    • Both arena and tournamentrules are optional. The arena parameter if specified will do a best-match search of valid arenas or a random one will be chosen. If tournamentrules hasn’t been set, it will default to false.

Items

  • Items listed for sale on the Alliance, Horde, and neutral auction houses have now been combined together on a per-realm basis.

Mount Journal

  • Entries in the Mount Journal now have a description and information on where or how the mount can be obtained.
  • Mount Journal now lists all mounts that have been collected on the account. Ones that the character is unable to use will be displayed in red.
  • Players can now designate a mount as favorite, placing it at the top of the collected mounts list.
  • Summon Random Favorite Mount has been added, randomly summoning a mount that’s usable for the area from the favorites list.
  • All flying mounts are now able to be used as a ground mount in areas that do not allow flying.