Raid Testing Schedule - July 28-31

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Game Designer
#1 - July 25, 2017, 11:27 p.m.
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On Friday, July 28th we will be conducting our first raid test of Antorus, the Burning Throne. If testing goes well, the zone will remain open over the weekend for Normal mode testing.

Friday, July 28th

Garothi Worldbreaker - Heroic Antorus, the Burning Throne
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)

Felhounds of Sargeras - Heroic Antorus, the Burning Throne
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)

War Council - Heroic Antorus, the Burning Throne
15:00 PDT (18:00 EDT, 0:00 CEST)

Once Heroic testing has concluded, these three bosses will remain open on Normal mode over the weekend.

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a PTR environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

Q: How do I get into the raid zone?

A: In Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade Sr. in order to teleport into the raid zone while it is open for testing. (The option to teleport into a zone will not be available when the zone is not open for testing.)

Q: What character should I use to test the raid?

A: Whichever you prefer. We will be scaling players' effective level to 110 for raid testing, and their item level to an appropriate threshold for the encounter(s) being tested.

Q: How long does testing last?

A: The primary purpose of testing is to give us the information we need to balance the encounters, evaluate how mechanics are playing out in practice, and identify bugs. Once we're satisfied that we've received that information for a given boss, we'll be shutting down testing. Usually this takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, but there are no guarantees.
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Community Manager
#13 - July 29, 2017, 12:23 a.m.
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Just as a reminder for everyone, as was the case with Nighthold and Tomb of Sargeras, we plan to continue raid testing for Antorus on the PTR in the weeks and months leading up to its release (even after 7.3 is released). We recognize that progressing through Tomb of Sargeras will be a higher priority for many of you, so these first few rounds of testing are primarily for shaking out any major game-breaking bugs we can find, and less focused around mechanical tuning or overall difficulty.

Feedback on difficulty or mechanics is certainly still helpful, but don't worry if you’d rather focus on Tomb of Sargeras for the time being. Any fights we test in the next few weeks will be tested again later on. Thanks!