In lower than two months, Blizzard will launch the Battle for Azeroth — the most recent enlargement in World of Warcraft. As a part of that occasion, Blizzard is providing a “Welcome Again Weekend.” Starting instantly, and working via June 24, World of Warcraft is free to play to anybody that has beforehand had an account.


Because the positive print states, the sport entry you’ll be granted is equal to both the final enlargement you bought (for those who performed via Legion), or the earlier enlargement, Warlords of Draenor, whichever is greater. This won’t appear to be an enormous reward, provided that it nonetheless locks out the most recent enlargement, but it surely’s a good way to spend a while refamiliarizing your self with class capabilities and presumably some recreation plot after years away.

If you happen to’ve been gone from WoW for years and resolve to test it out this weekend, don’t really feel dangerous if the sport feels such as you’ve fallen off a cliff. Courses had been closely revamped for Legion and people adjustments are usually persisting into Battle for Azeroth, which suggests you’ll be able to be taught the best way the sport works now with out having to relearn practically as a lot from scratch two months from now. (There’ll, after all, be some adjustments — however you’ll get a head begin on the method).

Clearly whether or not you need to leap into Azeroth will rely upon whether or not you’re taken with returning to WoW within the first place, however I’ve bought excessive hopes for BfA. I was a PvPer — I earned Commander within the unique honor grind — however finally didn’t discover battlegrounds all that engaging and the small-scale Area fight wasn’t very fascinating, both. BfA’s emphasis on PvP and its battle zone concepts sound fascinating and I’m curious to see what the sport does there. The slideshow beneath rounds up a few of the adjustments Blizzard has constructed from the launch of WoW via to Legion.

Story-wise, in the meantime, BfA ought to be an fascinating continuation of the plot we performed via in Legion. Whereas the specter of Sargeras might have been handled, his final motion inflicted essential harm on Azeroth itself. Therapeutic this damage — whereas beating the crap out of members of the Horde — are mainly the 2 plot anchors of BfA that we will speak about with out freely giving spoilers for Legion or different content material. However the total path WoW took throughout Legion was a powerful one, and offered this continues in BfA, I’m wanting ahead to a different few years of wonderful total gaming.

If you wish to get again into WoW however aren’t positive how, websites like Wowhead have written a tutorial on re-entering the sport protecting the whole lot from reinstallation to leveling guides, “What’s Modified,” and common FAQs protecting numerous elements of the title. It’s a good way to refamiliarize your self with the mechanics and lessons earlier than leaping in.