Patch 8.0.1 pre-patch
Build 26838 appeared on the PTR around Jun 15, 2018. This was the first build that seemed to be uniquely pre-patch as subsequent builds with same number appeared on PTR and BTR nearly simultaneously until after build 26892.
On June 19, 2018 the same build 26871 appeared on both the PTR (first) and the BTR. They may just be the same client with different labels (Test and Beta) with a switch determining whether you launch into pre-patch or expansion mode. Build 26877 appeared on both the PTR and the BTR on June 20, 2018. Build 26892 appeared on both the PTR and the BTR on June 21, 2018. Subsequent Patch 8.0.1 builds appeared on the BTR only.
As of June 29, 2018, the PTR and BTR are back in sync at build 26949. However, as of July 2, 2018 they are out of sync again with build 26970 appearing on the PTR and build 27009 appearing on the BTR a few days later (July 6). Build 27026 appeared on the PTR on July 12, 2018 and appears to be same as old Beta build. Build 27075 appeared on the PTR in sync with the Beta on July 13, 2018, but unfortunately it is a BAD BUILD on Mac OS X. World of Warcraft PTR app is zero bytes. Build 27101 appeared on the PTR in sync with the Beta on July 16, 2018, but unfortunately the PTR Realms were incompatible with Mac OS X build. However, this problem was fixed late the next day.
Release day did not go well. A login problem prevented man users from even playing and under-testing the new World of Warcraft Communities feature may have been the cause (very old accounts clogged up the system). Blizzard acknowledged the problems, but could do much in the next few days to fix them. There was quite a bit of blowback based on the new stat squish that resulted in plenty of balance issues (overpowered bosses and mobs, dramatically different DPS output, and poor level scaling).
Official Pre-patch Notes
- ^ a b Error on call to Template:ref web: Parameters url and title must be specifiedMike Williams 2018-07-19. . US GAMER.
- ^ Mike Williams 2018-07-19. WoW Director Says Patch 8.0 Was "Not The Experience We Wanted To Deliver". US GAMER.
- ^ perculia 2018-07-17. Blizzard on Realm Instability and Communities Disabled on EU Pre-Patch Launch. Wowhead News.
- Pre-patch notes