World of Warcraft artwork showing off Thrall

[Update #2]: World of Warcraft will soon start issuing bans for multiboxing and automated gameplay.

[Update]: The Shadowlands expansion will be launching for real this November 23rd!

While World of Warcraft's Shadowlands expansion has been delayed until later this year, its pre-patch has now arrived in order to help everyone pass the time. Personally, I would highly recommend trying out a brand new character as the pre-patch has not only squished levels from 120 to 50, but also made it so you can quest through any of the expansions on your journey to max level!

There is also a new zone specifically tailored to beginners, Exile's Reach, that will teach players pretty much everything they need to know about World of Warcraft and how it works. Best of all, it's also a pretty fun zone to level through, so if you haven't experienced it yet, it's well worth checking out.

When it comes to the cosmetic side of things, Blizzard has now added a ton of new customization options for the vast majority of races. Expect to see new jewelry, tattoos, eye color and glow, and naturally, a whole host of new hairstyles. And if you really want to spice things up, the barbershop can now also change your character's gender for essentially free. Just... just don't ask how!

The pre-patch has also brought in a variety of balance changes, reworked Shadow Priests and Enhancement Shamans, as well as brought in a whole bunch of other balance tweaks and quality of life improvements. You can check out the full list of changes over at the official website.

Once we get a concrete release date for the Shadowlands expansion I'll make sure to let you know. Until then, have fun with the pre-patch!