The Dragonfight pre-patch starts next week Oct 25th, with Dragonflight itself coming on Nov 28th! Here is our roadmap for the release of the new expansion.
Pre-patches for expansions are always a bit awkward. Many of the new game mechanics are in place (in this case, new talent trees), but old mechanics are still around… like your soulbinds and conduits. It’s going to be weird since a lot of the new talents overlap with existing covenant abilities and legendaries. Balancing is going to be all over the place, and since it only lasts a couple weeks, nobody spends much time “figuring out” pre-patch optimization.
Best in Bags will be functioning in the pre-patch. The addon will read the new talent configurations and you will be able to edit them on the website as well. The optimizations will be pretty rough, but they should be good enough for messing around until Dragonflight. A few notes:
- We will not rank or optimize soulbinds or conduits anymore. You won’t even see them on the UI since we’ll be using the Dragonflight version of our code.
- We will not rank Shadowlands legendaries anymore; the optimizer will leave on whatever legendaries you have equipped and work around them
- T28 set bonuses have been disabled by Blizzard for the pre-patch
- Most Shadowlands trinket rankings should still work reasonably well during the pre-patch
Best in Slot will be available as a way to preview Dragonflight gear. You will need to use one of the provided level 70 generic characters. Don’t worry too much about the actual optimization – it is going to be off! Many of the new items aren’t even implemented yet on beta, and we still have a lot of work to do to dial in our Dragonflight optimization models.
Worst in Bags should still work fine as a way to help you clean up your bags going in to Dragonflight.
The Upgrade Finder will be temporarily disabled during the pre-patch. We’ll bring it back with Dragonflight, and we hope to expand on the behavior of some popular searches like the Great Vault and Catalyst.
We will have more details as it gets closer, but all features will be fully functioning on launch day.
The first raid releases on Dec 13th, and Blizzard usually does significant bug fixing and balancing leading up to the raid and during its first couple weeks. As usual, we will continue to tweak and update our optimizations through the first weeks of the expansion.