In order to download and play Warlords of Draenor when it’s available, you need to have WoW as well as the Mists of Pandaria expansion. The base game, priced at $19.99, now includes the first three expansions’ content. Pandaria, also $19.99, added a new continent to the world with content for level 85-90 characters.
Both the digital and standard editions come with a free boost to level 90 for one character. This boost will be available through the character select screen. After choosing a toon to upgrade, they’ll be instantly upgraded to level 90 and given a set of gear appropriate for their spec and new level. The newly 90 character will also get some other basic items to get them started: 150 gold, 4 Embersilk (22-slot) bags, a stack of 20 food items, and a flying mount. Blizzard illustrated this character boost with a comical trailer this weekend.
Blizzard is also selling these character boosts on their own starting today. You can access them through the in-game store. Each boost costs $60 to purchase.The World of Warcraft website says that Warlords of Draenor should arrive by Fall 2014. The Battle.net shop says to expect the expansion “on or before 12/20/2014.” However, certain regions in the southern hemisphere will have to wait until the following Spring.
While you’ll have to wait awhile for Warlords of Draenor, the character boost included with pre-purchase and the digital deluxe edition extras are available right after you pay. It’s a clever way for Blizzard to give some instant gratification to the pre-purchase process. I’m sure that seeing players riding around on Dread Ravens within the game will inspire a few players to place their order.