It’s a heavier than normal news week on FAZ, with Joce and Manny covering big changes on the PTR, the Recruit a Friend program getting a revamp, BlizzCon Ticket reselling through AXS, WoW’s 15th Anniversary and much, much more. Inspired by the release of the Safe Haven cinematic, they also cover the lore of Nagrand. Enjoy!

Big shifts on the PTR

A new build has gone live on the PTR, build 30430 brings us into what can be considered the most important testing of what 8.2 has to offer.

Recruit A Friend

The RAF program beloved by multiboxers around the world is being put on ice.

  • Current program ends as of June 11, 2019
  • Revamped Program will return at a later point
  • 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.
  • Blizzard Article

Reselling tickets through AXS

Now that Blizzcon tickets are sold out, AXS is allowing people to resell tickets through their service. This service has the benefits of being secure, anonymous and authentic; but allows resellers to mark up their ticket and charges additional fees to the reseller and purchaser.

  • 5.25% convenience fee on original ticket ticket price
  • 22.5% resale fee added to whatever price is listed for resale
  • 7.5% selling fee taken from listed price
  • So in order to simply break even on the originally listed price of $229 ($241.02 paid), a reseller would need to list their ticket for $260.56 (to cover the 7.5% seller fee), which would actually cost the buyer $319.19 (with the 22.5% reselling fee), equating to a combined 39.38% markup on the originally listed ticket price.
  • Wowhead Article

WoW Classic Beta is live

Earlier this week the release date for WoW Classic was announced for Aug 27th and the PTR was announced to be starting today March 16th.

WoW 15th Anniversary Bundle

Speaking of WoW…

  • Available October 8, 2019 for $99.99 (USD)
  • Ragnaros Statue
  • Onyxia Pin
  • Map of Azeroth Mouse Pad
  • 8 Art Prints
  • 30 Days of Game Time
  • Alabaster Mounts
    • Alabaster Stormtalon for Alliance
    • Alabaster Thunderwing for Horde
    • Mounts will be sold separately in the mount store
    • Buying the mount and the Collectors’ Edition will add $25 USD to your Battlenet Balance.

15th Anniversary Celebration

Some details regarding the 15th anniversary celebrations have come to light this week. As a big anniversary, there are some noteworthy additions this year.

Safe Haven Cinematic

Blizzard has released another beautiful cinematic in the vein of Old Soldier and the expansion intro cinematic.