Patch 8.2 PTR Testing: Ashran, Eternal Palace, Heroic Warfronts

Over the next few days a lot of Patch 8.2 content will be available for testing on the PTR: Ashran, the Eternal Palace, Heroic Warfronts and more!

Here's a quick rundown:

  • Ashran Epic Battleground - Friday, May 31st at 10:00 PDT / 13:00 EST / 19:00 CET
  • Mythic Eternal Palace - Thursday and Friday, May 30th and 31st at 13:00 PDT / 16:00 EDT / 22:00 CEST
  • Normal Eternal Palace - Friday, May 31st at 16:00 PDT / 19:00 EDT / 1:00 CEST (available over the weekend)
  • Battle for Stromgarde Heroic (Horde only) - Thursday, May 30th at 15:00 PDT / 18:00 EDT / 24:00 CEST

Ashran Epic Battleground Testing – Play With The Blues

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)

We’re coming together to test the Ashran epic battleground experience in the Rise of Azshara PTR, and would love for you to join us!

On Friday, May 31, beginning at 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. Eastern), we’ll be queueing up for Ashran. Get your PTR character(s) ready at level 120 on the Broxigar server, and then at 10:00 a.m.:

  • Open Group Finder (default hotkey: i)
  • Select the Player vs. Player tab
  • Select Quick Match
  • In the dropdown, choose “Specific Battlegrounds”
  • Select “Ashran” and then hit the Join Battle button

Thank you very much, and we look forward to fighting in Draenor with you!

Raid and Warfronts Testing Schedule - May 30th - June 3rd

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)

On Thursday, May 30th and Friday May 31st, we will be conducting Mythic raid testing in The Eternal Palace. After Mythic testing has ended on Friday, we will open the first four bosses on Normal difficulty. These bosses will remain available until Monday, June 3rd.

In addition, we will be conducting our first test of Heroic Battle for Stromgarde on Thursday, May 30th. Please note that this test is Horde only.

Thursday, May 30th

Abyssal Commander Sivara - Mythic Eternal Palace
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)

Lady Ashvane - Mythic Eternal Palace
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)

Battle for Stromgarde Heroic - HORDE ONLY
15:00 PDT (18:00 EDT, 24:00 CEST)

Friday, May 31st

The Queen’s Court - Mythic Eternal Palace
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)

Radiance of Azshara - Mythic Eternal Palace
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)

Normal Eternal Palace Bosses 1-4
16:00 PDT (19:00 EDT, 1:00 CEST)
Normal difficulty will remain available over the weekend.

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a test environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

Q: How do I get into the raid zone?

A: In Zuldazar, Boralus, Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade III in order to teleport into the raid zone while it is open for testing. (The option to teleport into a zone will not be available when the zone is not open for testing.)

Q: How do I get into the Heroic Battle for Stromgarde?

A: You must first form a raid group of 10-30 players. After your group is formed, you can queue for Heroic Battle for Stromgarde at the Warfront table in Zuldazar.

Q: What character should I use to test the raid?

A: Whichever you prefer. We will be scaling players’ effective level to 120 for raid testing, and their item level to an appropriate threshold for the encounter(s) being tested.

Q: How long does testing last?

A: The primary purpose of testing is to give us the information we need to balance the encounters, evaluate how mechanics are playing out in practice, and identify bugs. Once we’re satisfied that we’ve received that information for a given boss, we’ll be shutting down testing. Usually this takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, but there are no guarantees.

Rise of Azshara PTR Development Notes – May 29

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)

A new build with new testable content has been published to the Public Test Realms (PTR) for our upcoming content update, Rise of Azshara. This build retains progress made since test characters were deleted on May 14.

Now Available

Over the next few days, we’ll initiate testing of:

  • Season 3 content, including:
    • Mythic Keystone Dungeon updates
    • The new Heroic Battle for Stromgarde Warfront
  • Ashran
  • Flying

We’ll let you know in new, separate threads here in this forum as each test gets underway.

Continuing Testing

  • Heart of Azeroth system update—Essences
    • Test characters are now granted access to all Rank 3 Essences within the class Proving Grounds. Players can access the Proving Grounds by speaking to their respective class trainer in a capital city.
    • Please submit your feedback on Essences in the appropriate thread here.
  • New Zone-- Mechagon
  • New Zone-- Nazjatar
  • New Raid-- Azshara’s Eternal Palace
  • New Dungeon-- Operation: Mechagon
  • New Arena-- The Robodrome
  • Mount Equipment
  • Crestfall and Snowblossom Island Expeditions
  • Ashran Epic Battleground
  • New Missions
  • Gnome and Tauren Heritage Armors
  • New Profession Recipes
  • Pet Battle Dungeon-- Stratholme

Please keep an eye on this forum for dedicated feedback threads on these testable features, such as Feedback—Operation: Mechagon and Feedback—Nazjatar.

Get into the PTR!

The PTR is now available. To log in to the PTR, simply create a PTR account and copy the character you wish to test from your account. Step-by-step directions can be found here.

Note: World of Warcraft PTR realms are only available to players who have a full World of Warcraft account.