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7.3 PTR raid testing coming up this week

Bastion of Twilight raid entrance

Raids have to be tested every WoW PTR cycle, but due to the nature of monitoring these raids, the development team likes to be on hand to observe. Thus, they have to schedule raid testing for specific windows of time, announced in advance. So, here’s the announcement — there’s more raid testing for Antorus, the Burning Throne starting tomorrow and heading right into the weekend. Beware spoilers, of course, if you’re trying to save everything for live servers.

If you’re not a hardcore raider, you can still help test over the weekend on the Raid Finder version.

It should be noted that this is the PTR, so of course some degree of crashing and bugginess should be expected, and times can potentially change as well. Figuring out these things before proper launch is what the test realm is for, so thanks in advance for staying calm and patient.

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)
On Thursday, August 17th and Friday, August 18th we will be conducting raid tests of Antorus, the Burning Throne. Once testing has concluded on Friday we will be testing the first wing of Raid Finder difficulty over the weekend.

Thursday, August 17th

Portal Keeper Hasabel – Mythic Antorus, the Burning Throne
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)

Eonar – Mythic Antorus, the Burning Throne
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)

Friday, August 18th

Imonar the Soulhunter – Mythic Antorus, the Burning Throne
13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)

Varimathras – Mythic Antorus, the Burning Throne
14:00 PDT (17:00 EDT, 23:00 CEST)

Friday, August 18th – Monday, August 21st

Light’s Breach – Raid Finder

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a PTR environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

Q: How do I get into the raid zone?

A: In Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade Sr. in order to teleport into the raid zone while it is open for testing. (The option to teleport into a zone will not be available when the zone is not open for testing.)

Q: What character should I use to test the raid?

A: Whichever you prefer. We will be scaling players’ effective level to 110 for raid testing, and their item level to an appropriate threshold for the encounter(s) being tested.

Q: How long does testing last?

A: The primary purpose of testing is to give us the information we need to balance the encounters, evaluate how mechanics are playing out in practice, and identify bugs. Once we’re satisfied that we’ve received that information for a given boss, we’ll be shutting down testing. Usually this takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, but there are no guarantees.

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