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'Warcraft' players to get 'Wrath' expansion features early

Blizzard announced that it will release a content patch for World of Warcraft containing some Wrath of the Lich King features.

The Death Knight in all his overpowered glory.
Blizzard Entertainment

Hot on the heels of its new expansion's cinematic debut last week, Blizzard Entertainment on Monday announced that it will release a World of Warcraft patch "in coming weeks" that will include features from its second expansion Wrath of the Lich King. Blizzard said the patch is designed to "bridge current game content with that of the expansion."

Among the additions players should expect:

New talents and spells for existing classes
The implementation of barber shops for players
Two new arenas featuring more dynamic terrain than previous arenas
Guild calendar
The hunter pet skill revamp
A new profession: inscription

Blizzard said these are just some of the major highlights.

Blizzard did something similar in late 2006, before the release of the first expansion The Burning Crusade, when it allowed players to access new talents for their current characters. That expansion included two new races that were not available in the "prepatch." Here's hoping, however, that it finds it in itself to release the new Death Knight class in the forthcoming prepatch. This would at least give new Death Knight players some time to level and learn the ins and out of the class.