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Fetzie
03-21-2012, 02:51 AM
We’re very close to beginning beta testing for World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™! Over the course of the beta test, we’ll be inviting Annual Pass holders, press, fansites, friends and family, and opt-in beta testers to participate. As there’s no NDA for this test, you’re likely to start seeing lots of screenshots and new video around the web. Please keep in mind that the game is still in development, and what you’ll see during the beta test is not necessarily representative of the final game.



If you’re wondering how you can help us test Mists of Pandaria, or how the test works, look no further than the paragraphs directly below this one.





How do I opt-in?

Once you’ve set up a Battle.net® account and have attached at least one Blizzard game, you can choose to opt in to our beta tests from the Beta Profile page. You’ll need to select which franchises you’d be interested in helping test, as well as download and run the System Check tool to attach your computer’s specifications to your beta profile. Once that’s complete it’s simply a matter of waiting for an invite.


How will I know if I’m selected?

We’ll send you an email letting you know when you’re selected, but please be aware of phishing attempts. Some unscrupulous individuals send out falsified emails purporting to be from Blizzard, but are in fact meant to steal your login credentials. For more information on how to identify these emails please refer to our Battle.net Security site. One easy way to ensure your invite is legit is to avoid clicking on links in any invite emails you receive, and instead log in to your Battle.net account and see if you have a Mists of Pandaria beta license attached. If there’s no license, you can be sure the email you received was not from Blizzard.


I am participating in the World of Warcraft Annual Pass promotion; when do I begin testing?

We’re inviting Annual Pass holders in waves over the course of the beta test, and will be ramping up the number of invites we send as quickly as possible. We’ll be inviting Annual Pass holders based on several factors, including how long your World of Warcraft account has been active and when you signed up for the Annual Pass. Keep an eye on your Battle.net account and email for your invite to join the beta test.


How many players do you plan to invite to the beta test?

Our primary focus will be ensuring that all of the players who signed up for the Annual Pass are invited over the course of the beta test. The number of additional players we invite will be based on our testing needs. If during the course of testing we determine we need more players to participate, we’ll invite more.


Is there an NDA?

There is no Non-Disclosure Agreement for the Mists of Pandaria beta test. Those invited to play are free to take screenshots, movies, or stream the game content. Please be aware that the game is very much still a work in progress, and we appreciate your understanding when you encounter bugs, graphical errors, or other issues.


How long will the beta test last?

We have not determined an exact date for the end of the beta test. We’ll post a notice when the beta test is nearing completion.

Source: http://us.battle.net//wow/en/blog/4639551

Bolded the Annual Pass bit to make it more visible.

Theotherone
03-21-2012, 03:40 AM
They should ensure that Annual Pass holders get invited to the beta, it was one of the hooks to get us to sign up.

leethaxor
03-21-2012, 08:31 AM
My computer is being re-done to fraps and upload everything I do in this damn beta to get the word out.

Maybe I can make money off of this beta :3

Slyvar
03-21-2012, 08:35 AM
I plan on recording every single second of the MoP beta and putting it on my YouTube channel. :)

Kazeyonoma
03-21-2012, 11:49 AM
They will ensure that annual pass members get into the beta, it says so in his post I believe. I wouldn't worry about that. I wouldn't be surprised if you got in earlier than opt-in people as well (i'm an annual member as well).

Krenian
03-21-2012, 11:51 AM
I predict solid crashes for the first couple of days with the sheer amount of people who will be betatesting this.

Theotherone
03-21-2012, 11:57 AM
I'm torn. While I signed up for the annual pass and was all psyched for the beta (and I guess D3, but have never played any of the the Diablolo games) now it's kind of mixed. I want to see it, but I don't want to spoil the novelty of the expansion when it drops.

Maybe I'll log in to take a peek, like taking a quick look under the Christmas tree, but not really hang around.

feralminded
03-21-2012, 11:59 AM
Yeah I refuse to beta anything but the raids. I LOVE the exploration of new content and I refuse to ruin it for myself.

Kazeyonoma
03-21-2012, 12:01 PM
the beta stuff will be fun just to test out stuff, maybe have your panda kick a few things, or even make a monk, but i agree, playing the beta as if it was the real game, will end up making you just not appreciate the launch as much. Raiding will be fun though since you can try out stuff, and learn bosses ahead of time, something most raiders love doing anyways.

mavfin
03-21-2012, 12:14 PM
I'm torn. While I signed up for the annual pass and was all psyched for the beta (and I guess D3, but have never played any of the the Diablolo games) now it's kind of mixed. I want to see it, but I don't want to spoil the novelty of the expansion when it drops.

Maybe I'll log in to take a peek, like taking a quick look under the Christmas tree, but not really hang around.

I figure I'll peek at the 5.0 changes, but try to stay out of Pandaria if I can.

Theotherone
03-21-2012, 12:15 PM
I like the raid idea. I did do the DS dungeons on the ptr and that was actually helpful when the patch dropped. I'll do some raids, play with a panda a bit, but leave the exploration for when it drops.

If the art work is 1/2 as good as it appears to be, this will be a beautiful product. Some of the scenes are really breath-taking; and I love Asian art and culture - I'm really looking forward to this expansion. I believe Blizzard learned a lot from Cata and I believe that Cata was kind of the adolesnece of the game - a bit akward, a bit unsure of what it wanted to be, a teenager struggling with all those growing up things teenagers struggle with.

feralminded
03-21-2012, 12:42 PM
Honestly the art work for all of the expansions except for cataclysm was pretty fantastic. I remember fondly my first forays into outland and just being blow away by how bizarre it all was (each zone, outside of blade's edge I guess, looked pretty awesome ... netherstorm in particular blew me away). Northrend started really well but the art later got less impressive (zones felt a little too dense with stuff so there wasn't so much terrain). Even in cataclysm I felt Uldum was pretty awesome ... best looking desert in the game imho and of course underwater land looked pretty awesome for what it was ... but as a zone I feel like it failed because the later half of the zone started to fall flat despite having some of the best scenery. On the other hand deepholm, hyjal, and specially twilight really failed to impress me ... but I understand this is all extremely subjective.

That said I have to concur ... the art I've seen for MoP so far really DOES blow me away. I am excited if for nothing else than the 85-90 experience ... which is a job well done on Blizzard's part because three months ago I was seriously considering letting my subscription lapse for the first time since release. I personally am still very unsure of the long term vision of the game but it's looking like I'm hooked at least for the first tier of pandaland.

Crittable
03-21-2012, 01:00 PM
I'm torn. While I signed up for the annual pass and was all psyched for the beta (and I guess D3, but have never played any of the the Diablolo games) now it's kind of mixed. I want to see it, but I don't want to spoil the novelty of the expansion when it drops.

Maybe I'll log in to take a peek, like taking a quick look under the Christmas tree, but not really hang around.

This is how I've always felt about beta testing. I have never wanted to ruin the "surprise" of the new expansion so I have never attempted to get into the beta testing. So far, it has worked out very well for me. For the first time ever, though, I should be getting a beta invite since I'm an annual member and I'm pretty sure that I'll take it. I am extremely excited to see the pandaland and level a panda up (most likely not a monk though). For once, I am not hesitant about learning about the expansion before it comes out.
Hell, I've even been hesitant, or even refused, to learn about new talents and class changes before a patch. I like the surprise (or, most of the time, the let down) of class changes once I download the patch.

Kemanorel
03-21-2012, 01:00 PM
... Soon. (tm)

Theotherone
03-21-2012, 01:34 PM
Feral that's my take on the art work too; I thought Vash'jr was beautiful artwork, but didn't really like the whole underwater thing. I still go back there to herb and enjoy the scenery, though. I only leveled through TBC never really spent time in it; first getting the game the September before WoLK; but WoLK, I still remember when I first entered Northend. Comming into Howling Fjord on the ship was just epic; then exploring the Fjord and Grizzly Hills. My favorite music in the game is still Grizzly Hills. The Storm Peaks I loved and Sholazar Basin, but Zul Drak, Borean Tundra, Dragon Blight and Ice Crown were a bit dank for me.

Oint
03-21-2012, 02:16 PM
This will be my first Beta I'll get to try out since I bought the Annual Pass. It's dissapointing but understandable that we will have to be let in at a tiered pace to not cause server issues. However, even though this is a test, things will be buggy, things will just flat out not work, etc....it will still be better than 4.3.

Lore
03-21-2012, 05:46 PM
http://t.co/UWOTKgEh

sup?

Ion
03-21-2012, 05:47 PM
Guess they weren't kidding about being "very close."

leethaxor
03-21-2012, 05:48 PM
Is media getting it before yearly members or are yearly members getting screwed *holds breath to find out*

leethaxor
03-21-2012, 05:53 PM
I am participating in the World of Warcraft Annual Pass promotion; when do I begin testing?

We’re inviting Annual Pass holders in waves over the course of the beta test, and will be ramping up the number of invites we send as quickly as possible. We’ll be inviting Annual Pass holders based on several factors, including how long your World of Warcraft account has been active and when you signed up for the Annual Pass. Keep an eye on your Battle.net account and email for your invite to join the beta test. STRAIGHT FROM THE SITE

So I gave blizzard my money like everyone else and get treated differently.

Lore
03-21-2012, 05:56 PM
At the moment the only invites going out are for press, fansites, and friends and family

leethaxor
03-21-2012, 05:57 PM
At the moment the only invites going out are for press, fansites, and friends and family

Still slightly annoying. If they had just called it 'friends and family alpha' then I wouldn't be as annoyed, and I'm sure a lot of the O-boards are with me.

The only reason I'm actually mad is because I've spent the day working on my PC (.3 ghz faster over clock, new hard drive, ram ordered), fought it with every step of the way. And suddenly it boots up glorious and like it was planned MoP beta starts to leak out then (best soup nazi voice) None for you.

Fetzie
03-21-2012, 05:58 PM
The beta won't be stable for two weeks anyway, so I'm not that bothered tbh.

Lore
03-21-2012, 06:00 PM
oh I guess they are actually starting on inviting annual pass subs

still, I can't see a better way of giving 1 million people beta invites than what they're doing. reward the long-time customers first.

Fetzie
03-21-2012, 06:01 PM
Signed up for the pass the day after it was announced, account opened in the end of 2005/beginning of 2006 so I'm thinking that should put me close to the top of the list.

leethaxor
03-21-2012, 06:04 PM
oh I guess they are actually starting on inviting annual pass subs

still, I can't see a better way of giving 1 million people beta invites than what they're doing. reward the long-time customers first.

As a logical person I'll agree. As only a 3 year player of wow I'm still unhappy lol.

Krenian
03-21-2012, 06:10 PM
Bah, you will all get in at some point. Stop worrying about it.

Lore's just special. ....very...very ...special. In fact, you might wanna stay away from him because he's that special.

yeah.

mavfin
03-21-2012, 08:18 PM
As a logical person I'll agree. As only a 3 year player of wow I'm still unhappy lol.

7 here, and I signed up annual pass the first day. :D

kerobl@de
03-21-2012, 08:41 PM
I started playing WoW at the end of 2006 after getting it for Christmas. Unfortunately, my original account got hacked and back then I had no idea how to retrieve it. I played my brothers account for a year or so then made a new one; but then I took a break and gave the account to a friend, so I've only had my active account for just under 2 years. :/

gabbreil
03-22-2012, 07:21 AM
ok, 2 questions. Where will my invite show up in my Battle.net account and how can I find out when I started my WoW account...I know it was '05-'06 just not sure exactly.

Theotherone
03-22-2012, 07:23 AM
I signed up for a year, I pay my money, I want my beta, and I want it now or...or...or I'll rage quit.

(Just thought I'd preview the Official Forums for everyone)

I can wait since, I may or may not venture into it, but that's discussed in another topic.

mavfin
03-22-2012, 07:55 AM
I figure if they're inviting Annual Pass people already, then I'll be in within a week, and that's ok. Logistically, they *can't* invite a million people the same day, I doubt.

Theotherone
03-22-2012, 08:02 AM
Was just skimming around the Official Forums and the QQ is even better than I thought. I realize a lot are just trolls, but wow, just freaking wow; people really are dumb as lumber.

Kazeyonoma
03-22-2012, 10:58 AM
where's my invite blizzard.... =*(

leethaxor
03-22-2012, 11:00 AM
where's my invite blizzard.... =*(

I have text message alerts from certain contacts (anything from battle net basically), I just keep waiting for my phone to beep

Theotherone
03-22-2012, 11:34 AM
I have text message alerts from certain contacts (anything from battle net basically), I just keep waiting for my phone to beep

To paraphrase an old song: when the phone don't ring, you'll know it's Blizzard.

Anyone else see some of the epic items that have been posted - the stats are insane - pally healing boots with like 1500 intell. 200k Divine Lights here I come.

Crittable
03-22-2012, 12:29 PM
Anyone else see some of the epic items that have been posted - the stats are insane - pally healing boots with like 1500 intell. 200k Divine Lights here I come.

I'll be content with leather boots with 1500 agi.

torstine
03-24-2012, 11:17 AM
I am wondering something, once you have gotten access to beta, do you keep the access for the duration of the beta testing period?

Vonarie
03-25-2012, 12:17 PM
When I log into my account I see the following:

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (wow2)
Public Test Realm (PTR)

At first I was thinking it would be just an error on their part then I realised thats been there forever! So I figure it's not really my beta invite!

Fetzie
04-05-2012, 06:12 AM
So apparently there is a problem with the beta account flagging. If you have two PTR accounts attached to your account, the system will not flag your account for beta access.

http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3553415461

mavfin
04-05-2012, 06:27 AM
When I log into my account I see the following:

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (wow2)
Public Test Realm (PTR)

At first I was thinking it would be just an error on their part then I realised thats been there forever! So I figure it's not really my beta invite!

Yeah, mine had the active account, then a PTR slot, then a trial (free) slot. When I got beta, it was added in below the PTR slot and above the free, and clearly said Mists of Pandaria on it.


I am wondering something, once you have gotten access to beta, do you keep the access for the duration of the beta testing period?

As far as we know, yes, but, of course, that could change if Blizzard so desires. I doubt they'll change it, though.

Theotherone
04-14-2012, 08:17 AM
This beta takes forever to download. Down to 91 KB/s with 15 GB to go; was running at 300 - 500 KB/s in the begining.

Fetzie
04-14-2012, 08:32 AM
Well it is over 17GB :)

Try disabling Peer to Peer in the downloader options. On the live client, that pushed me from around 400 kB/s to 1.4 MB/s.

Theotherone
04-14-2012, 09:12 AM
I will give it a try, thanks.

Theotherone
04-14-2012, 10:15 AM
That bumped it up to about 400 KB/s. Thanks.

Elven2012
04-19-2012, 05:48 AM
Having never been in a WoW beta, can anyone tell me if whatever characters are created during beta can be used once the expansion launches? I would imagine that you can, but I am also assuming there is a process involved here?? Any advice/help would be appreciated.

Fetzie
04-19-2012, 06:00 AM
Everything that happens on the beta servers gets deleted when they finally go offline. You cannot take any items, gold, reputation, currency or achievements back to the live servers. The only thing you can take back to live are the experiences you made, in that you know where the quests are, and know which quests are necessary to progress. This can give you a small advantage.

You can either copy your live character to the beta servers or copy a pre-made that comes with a specific level, set of gear and currency. They sometimes have secondary professions skilled up.

The beta tests are not pre-release early access. They are beta test servers. This means that the servers will range from fairly stable to being offline for days at a time. You should expect a lot of client crashes and instance server crashes. Expect quests to be bugged, abilities to not work, and NPCs to not react the way they should. PvE encounters may have bits that don't work or are not yet implemented and you may spend a lot of time corpse-running because you fell through the world.

Elven2012
04-19-2012, 06:11 AM
I understand the reasoning behind the beta testing and all is reasonable. I just wanted to make sure there wasn't a way to sort of "copy" a character from beta to the live servers near the end. Thanks for the answer.

Theotherone
04-19-2012, 08:25 AM
I got into the beta last weekend and poked around for a while. The artwork in the Panda starting area is beautiful, I love the Asian theme and I also love the Panda models. Far from them being Kung Fu Panda, they are well drawn and fit right in with the rest of the WoW world, both serious and cartoonish. They really did a great job.

That said, it's a beta and I don't know that I'm really into beta testing. The starting zone was crowded as hell. I copied my pally over, but the quest at Varian to get you to Panderia was not there (at least that's the way people were saying you got to Panderia was a quest from Varian). A most annoying bug was that the Alliance Pandas could attack and kill Alliance NPC's in SW.

I'll log back on to explore a bit more, but other than running some dungeons I can't see myself commiting a lot of time to beta testing. I think the most annoying part is that a good amount of people in the beta, just think they got to play the finished product early, all they do is rage/complain in chat about this or that not working so MoP sucks. Guess I'm old and just don't have the patience to put up with the idiots.

proudmoore
04-20-2012, 09:48 AM
Hah, I thought that would happen. Just imagine the wave of outrage that will hit the WoW forums when Beta comes to an end and those people realise that it has all been for naught.

Schadenfreude might not be a very nice emotion; but in some aspects, I'm not a very nice person.