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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A pessimistic reminder about patch notes

There's a lot of speculation that 3.0.8 will drop tomorrow. We've got our sources that say it looks good for a release tomorrow, there have been some blue posts about it, and MMO-Champion is contending it's as good as confirmed (90% chance Boubouille says).

However with the impending patch there is a very important reminder to be made: not everything we see in patch notes is correct. It's bold because it's important.

Take a trip back to the 3.0.2 patch notes.

On the 3.0.2 PTR we saw a plethora of changes to all the classes and items, tons and tons and tons. More than we had ever seen. However when the official patch notes were released, things were amiss. Many of the changes we saw on the PTR did not make it into the live patch.

People screamed up and down that sites like WoW Insider, World of Raids, and MMO-Champion posted the wrong notes. There were even accusations that Blizzard posted the wrong notes on their site. Such was not the case. The notes were right and Blizzard just decided not to include all the changes immediately. Instead they decided to roll out changes in an incremental manner.

So tonight and tomorrow, if 3.0.8 does indeed get released, remind yourself for a moment to read over everything and carefully look for everything you were expecting. If you don't see something, then chances are it didn't make it into the final release of the patch.

Be pessimistic about the changes, and keep a watchful eye on what you see as breaking news across all your WoW information sources.


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