World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth official artwork and logo

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth has been available for alpha testing for a quite a while now, though only to a small portion of the playerbase. Now that Blizzard has officially moved it to beta, however, you can expect to see a lot more invites flying out in the relatively near future.

If you would like to participate, simply head on over to the Blizzard website and opt-in to the World of Warcraft beta. There is no guarantee you'll get in, but the whole process takes less than a minute, so you might as well give it a try. It's also worth mentioning that Blizzard sends these invites out in waves, so if you don't get in instantly, worry not as you'll have a chance all the way until the beta closes near the Battle for Azeroth's August 14th launch.

Besides offering a clean slate to all players, the beta will also mark an end to major additions and a shift towards polishing and balancing what's already available. You can still expect to see classes like Death Knights get some much needed reworks and buffs in order to make them flow better, but in terms of content and design things should be pretty much locked down.

Whether this is a good or bad thing, that still remains to be seen. Personally, I'm not exactly pleased with the introduction of global cooldowns to a good chunk of offensive and defensive spells as I believe it needlessly slows down the combat and makes it feel it even more archaic. Then again, this is what the beta is here for, so if you've managed to get yourself an invite make sure to give Blizzard plenty of feedback, regardless of what that feedback might be.

Have fun, and good luck with the invites!

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