Updated Fri, Apr 26, 2013 by Mem
Blizzard's Public Test Realms, otherwise known as the PTR, is where all patches make their first appearance in World of Warcraft. This wondrous realm is open to all players and is where all the little wrinkles are supposed to be ironed out before the newest patch goes to live servers. While the PTR is attractive to some players, the public test realms are still something some players have avoided after all these years.
While it is true that the PTR has it faults, I for one, firmly believe it is well worth trying out. Need some convincing? Continue reading for my top five reasons you should not only play on, but possibly even enjoy, the public test realms.
I know what you are thinking. How can glitches and bugs be a positive thing? In fact, this may be one of the main reasons you steer clear of the PTR. Instead of seeing the glitches and bugs in the PTR as a hindrance, I like to think of them as an extra part of the game. Trust me when I say that some epic glitches and bugs present themselves on the public test realm that you won't ever see make it to live servers. Ladies and gentlmen this is the only time that Blizzard will appreciate you experimenting with that boss exploit you found, right before you report it of course.
This section could probably have been combined with glitches and bugs above, but I felt they were both important enough to hold their own on the list. The PTR is all about improving the World of Warcraft experience. The more players on the PTR, the more glitches and bugs are caught and we are saved from experiencing them on live servers. Let's face it...not a single one of us wants the newest boss to glitch out at 2% with all of our raid alive. By participating in the PTR we can actively prevent things like that from happening at least the grand majority of the time. In a sense you are actually helping to shape the game and that is pretty important, at least to me.
Anyone who has played World of Warcraft for any length of time has felt at least once that there is just nothing left for them to do. Usually experienced at the end of an expansion or while waiting on a new patch, content basically becomes stagnant and players suffer. While this hasn't been much of a problem in the newest expansion with patches flying at us faster than even before, it could certainly happen happen again. Instead of signing off WoW till something new hits live servers, this is a perfect opportunity to cure your boredom by checking out the PTR. You will get to experience the newest content available all within the game you love. The best part? The PTR is constantly changing and updating so things stay pretty fresh here and leave little room for boredom to set in.
Changes to the various classes are one
of the most hotly debated changes out there. Players get more than alittle
heated when their class seems to be getting hit hard with the
nerf stick. The thing is, until you actually see these changes inaction,
you won't know how it will actually affect your character.
The PTR is the perfect chance for players to check out changes to their
class before they actually hit live servers. It is here if you
can see if that suppose nerf is actually as bad as it seems or turns out
to be a blessing in disguise. Even if you absolutely love all the
changes coming to your class, the PTR gives you the opportunity to
check them out before they hit live servers. This saves the
trying to figure out new talents or spells right before a raid or
Ever wanted to log on to the game and find that gear, gold, or playing skill didn't really matter? On the PTR all of these things are basically true. Simply create a pre-made character and you will be outfitted in awesome gear with your bags full of goodies that you did absolutely no work for. Then choose a server and take the character out for a spin. Try everything you have already wanted to do any more without any tedious tasks like farming or reputation grinding getting in your way. Playing on the PTR gives you a pass to instant awesome and a freedom that you may otherwise never experience.
That concludes my list of the top 5 reasons to play on the PTR. What are some of the reasons you play on the PTR? What are some of the reasons you avoid it? Share your thoughts with us using the comment section below!