The first WoW Classic Stress Test is happening today, May 22, from 4-6pm PDT (May 23, from 1-3am CEST for Europe). A lot of invites have been sent out for this test, so make sure to check the launcher to see if you got in!

As a reminder, don't forget that there will be no Beta Keys for this test session, and to get in you will have to opt in to "World of Warcraft Classic" on the Beta Profile Settings page in your account.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)

We’ll be performing our first stress test for WoW Classic on Wednesday, May 22, from 4–6pm PDT. During this time, the closed beta test realm will be unavailable. Those who are currently in the beta test will only be able to login to the stress test realm during this time and beta testers can participate using their existing installation. We’ll also be adding a significant number of players to the stress test from the pool of people who have already opted in for the beta but have not yet been selected.

Since the same client is used for both our stress test users and our normal beta users, the name in the Battle.net App has changed to “Beta & Stress Test: WoW Classic . ” If you’ve been selected to participate in the stress test, you’ll see this option appear in the Region/Account drop down menu so you can download and install the WoW Classic client in advance, but you’ll only be able to see the stress test realm when it becomes available.

For the stress test, all races and classes will be available for creation, but the maximum level will be set to 5. The test will also take place on a PvP realm, but since the starting areas are sanctuaries you don’t need to worry about attacks from the other faction if you just want to level up to 5. We expect to put a lot of people in the starting zones, though, and we’re looking forward to seeing what you all do as we test the servers under crowded conditions.

We’ll be actively monitoring the server, sending server messages, etc. during the 4-6pm PDT period and it’s important to have as many people as possible log in during this window! The stress test realm itself will be available until Thursday, May 23 (becoming unavailable around 6:00pm PDT).

If you encounter any issues during the test, you can submit them through the bug reporting tool in-game. If there are any aspects you’d like to discuss, feel free to post in the Classic Discussion forum.

Performing tests like these are very important in contributing to a smooth launch on August 27 and we appreciate your support.

Blizzard has shared new PTR Development Notes for the upcoming content update, Rise of Azshara. In this update, you can now test Nazjatar from its beginning stage.

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. All test characters previously created on PTR realms have been deleted.

Now Available

  • Nazjatar can now be tested from its beginning stage.

Continuing Testing

  • Heart of Azeroth system update: Essences
  • New Zone: Mechagon
  • 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

Coming Soon

  • Heroic Battle for Stromgarde Warfront
  • Mythic Keystone Dungeon Updates

Keep an eye out here in this forum for dedicated feedback threads on 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.

WoW Classic Beta starts today! There will be no Beta Keys for this test session, and to get in you will have to opt in to "World of Warcraft Classic" on the Beta Profile Settings page in your account.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)

With the first WoW Classic Beta Test getting underway imminently, it’s a good time to remind all testers and potential testers that there are no such things at ‘Beta Keys’ for WoW Classic, and there is no way to transfer access to the WoW Classic Beta Test.

To become a tester for the WoW Classic Beta: browse to the Battle.net Beta Profile Settings page, find and select ‘World of Warcraft Classic’ under ‘Beta Tests I’m Interested In’, and then click the ‘Update Preferences’ button. An automated system will add new testers to the WoW Classic Beta Test as necessary.

Any third party e-mail messages, websites, or in-game whispers that offer beta keys or access to the WoW Classic Beta should be considered illegitimate and ignored or reported. Please see our Phishing Scams support article for more details on dealing with such messages.

As always, Blizzard Customer Service cannot assist with beta access.

Blizzard has posted a new cinematic for Rise of Azshara: "Safe Haven". Varok Saurfang realizes that that if he is to secure a future for the Horde, he must reach out to the one who led it in the past.

Blizzard has announced that the Recruit-A-Friend system will be going on hiatus on June 11, 2019. Although unconfirmed officially, the current mounts and pets rewards are here to stay, and new ones will be added when the new system will be live.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)

Recruit-A-Friend (RAF) is heading into the workshop! The longstanding RAF program is going on hiatus while we construct something new that makes it even more rewarding to introduce your friends to World of Warcraft. As of June 11, 2019, the current program will come to an end, and you’ll no longer be able to send new RAF invitations. Don’t worry though—the program will be back in its new form before you know it.

To take advantage of the current RAF program, your friend will need to link a qualifying WoW account to yours before June 11, and will have 90 days to purchase game time to trigger any rewards.* Check out the RAF web page for the details on the current program and the available rewards.

We look forward to sharing the details of the new RAF program with you in the future!

*Recruited friends must not already have a World of Warcraft account, or their account must be fewer than 30 days old. Link period lasts for 90 days after your friend's account was first created.

Current RAF Mounts and Pets Rewards

Mounts:

Pets:

To learn more about the system and how to get these rewards check out the Recruit A Friend page on the World of Warcraft website.