WoW Servers Struggle on Battle For Azeroth Pre-Patch Day

WoW Servers Struggle on Battle For Azeroth Pre-Patch Day

World of Warcraft is having a few server issues.

Today marks the launch of World of Warcraft patch 8.0, bringing a whole host of changes to the game and setting the stage for the next expansion, Battle for Azeroth. Character stats have been squished, class changes are live, the Mage Tower is gone, and Artifact Weapons are dead. Every player, new and returning, is logging into the game to see what's changed.

Not today, my friends.

Well, at least they're trying to log in. The pre-patch went live at around 2pm today, but the servers have been having login issues since around 30 minutes after that. Blizzard has been reportedly working on the issue since then, but issues persist and we're not even to prime time hours yet.

World of Warcraft was actually ahead of the game today, as server maintenance wasn't supposed to be finished until 3PM PT/6PM ET today. The servers came up early, but I guess the login servers weren't ready for the deluge of players. Basically, if you're not already in-game yet, you probably have an uphill climb ahead of you.

Hopefully, Blizzard Entertainment can get those issues resolved sooner rather than later. Today's a big day for World of Warcraft, at least the biggest day before the upcoming launch of Battle for Azeroth. World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is coming to PC and Mac on August 14, 2018.

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Mike Williams

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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