World of Warcraft's Legion invasion arrives August 30

Blizzard's iconic antihero Illidan returns to Azeroth this summer.  The demon armies of the Burning Legion will invade on August 30, and pre-orders are now available. In this new expansion to the ever-popular World of Warcraft, players will have access to a new continent called the Broken Isles, a new hero class, and, of course, a new set of dungeons and raids.

The main draw of the expansion is probably the new demon hunter hero class. Like Blizzard's last hero class, the death knight, demon hunters start out at a high level in their own zone. That decision gives players fresh material for leveling and a quick path to the new max-level content. Demon hunters are highly-mobile melee fighters capable of metamorphosing into a variety of demon forms. At some undisclosed date before the expansion launches, players who pre-order Legion will be able to complete the demon hunter starting experience and join their guild members at level 100.

With the new expansion, Blizzard is also trying out a new strategy to reinvigorate the game's PVP system. This time around, your gear will only have a minor impact on your character's power. The game won't take into consideration the stats, enchants, or trinket effects on your gear. Instead, you'll receive a pre-determined set of stats designed for your spec and class. Those stats can be inflated a little bit based on your average item level. Players can also gain an edge over their opponents through a special set of PVP-specific talents. As players build up honor in the game, they'll get access to these new talents. Blizzard thinks that players can get too much of an advantage over others by accumulating high-end gear right now, and the goal of this new strategy is to level the playing field somewhat.

Players can pre-order World of Warcraft: Legion in one of two online options: Standard Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition. Those who pre-order the $50 Standard Edition can immediately boost one character to level 100, and they'll get early access to the Demon Hunter. With the $70 Digital Deluxe Edition, players not only get everything in the Standard Edition but also a variety of in-game goodies, like mounts for both Legion and Heroes of the Storm. In order to play, you'll need to have purchased the vanilla World of Warcraft and the recent Warlords of Draenor expansion, and you'll also need to maintain a monthly subscription.

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