Legion: How To Be A Good Beta Tester


The Legion beta test has begun! The first wave of invites went out a few weeks ago and more will be sent out as soon as they need more. Players selected to participate will receive an email invitation. But be aware of phishing attempts. Log in to your Battle.net account to verify that there is a Legion beta license attached. If you’re interested in participating, opt in here. Read Blizzard’s official post on Legion beta here.

A lot of people are talking about how excited they are about the Legion beta and what they are planning on doing if they get access. But some people are also wondering what’s expected of them as a beta tester and what they should do to become a good beta tester. First I think you should ask yourself these two questions: Why do you want to be a beta tester? What do you think makes you a good beta tester?

I participated in the Wrath of the Lich King beta, Cataclysm alpha and beta, Mists of Pandaria beta and Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls beta. At first I saw it as a chance to get a sneak peek and play the game before everyone else, but then I learned that there is so much more you should do and I felt important and happy to be one of those who got to test it and give feedback to polish and improve the game before it went live.

I’ve now read through some websites and forums, gathered and written down what I think are the most important things to keep in mind if you are going to participate in the beta test.


What is a beta test

Game testing is a process for quality control of a software. The primary function of game testing is the discovery and reporting of software defects, also known as bugs. A beta test is usually the second test (after alpha) and the first test by the actual customers. Beta testers are needed because the designers are probably so used to their game that they’re very likely to overlook many things that fresh pair of eyes won’t.

Sometimes there is an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) you need to agree to in order to participate in testing, but not for Legion. This means you are free to talk about, write about, stream and share screenshots from the beta.

Who can be a beta tester

A veteran player isn’t necessary a better beta tester than a new player. Introducing previously uninvolved testers with fresh perspective may help identify new bugs. Blizzard wants a wide variety of testers: varied, locations, age, experience and game interest. You don’t need the newest computer, the best graphics card etc. Blizzard wants to make sure that the game works on everyone’s computer. They want a variety of testers with all kinds of different hardware, not just people with the latest stuff.

What to keep in mind

  • You shouldn’t sign up for the beta if you don’t plan on actually testing and giving feedback. Many people sign up for the beta not to test it but to play the game and see if it’s something they would like to buy.
  • The beta is not a demo to complete content before anyone else.
  • Nothing is final before it’s live.
  • Being a beta tester is more like a job than something you do just cause it’s fun.
  • The beta test is designed to find bugs, issues that have made it past internal testing.
  • You are responsible for checking that the game works, is easy to use, has actions that make sense, and contains fun gameplay.
  • If the game was perfect, they wouldn’t need people beta testing.
  • The more bugs that get reported in the beta, the less there will be when it goes live.
  • Visit and read the official beta forums, follow Blizzard’s updates on what they want you to focus testing on.
  • Test as many features as possible in as many ways as possible.
  • Consult with other testers for answers to potential problems you may be experiencing.
  • Support creative new approaches to abilities, spells and other changes to the game.
  • Instead of complaining out loud or in the chat, report your problem by using the feedback survey or the official beta testing forums, and be constructive.
  • You can still give feedback on the quests, zones, dungeons etc even if you don’t find any bugs.
  • Remember that all characters in Blizzard beta tests are wiped from the servers before the final game. Carrying characters over from the beta to the final game would give beta testers an unfair advantage and there are numerous technical issues as the beta client is not the same as the final game version.
  • What is your reward? A sense of accomplishment. You helped to polish a game you enjoy. And a sneak peek at the game is the reward for most. But previous beta invites and good feedback can increase your chances of getting picked again.

What to expect

Read the Legion beta patch notes here.

There will be frequent disconnects, and the realm may be up for a few minutes at a time as new content is added. Do not expect the entire expansion to be available. Expect things to be broken, graphics to be missing or placeholders.



Testing requires creative gameplay to discover often subtle bugs. Some bugs are easy to document, but many require a detailed description so a developer can replicate or find the bug. Do stuff Blizzard never intended for players to do. Because a player will do so by accident and cause an issue. Players also have ways of doing stuff the developers never thought of doing. It is better that it happens in beta than on live.

Bugs can be…

  • art glitches
  • animation errors
  • logic errors
  • level bugs
  • quest items not working
  • random dismounts
  • falling through the world
  • getting stuck
  • damage and class/mob balance bugs
  • lore error
  • + much more

I remember I’ve been able to fly indoors, or dismounted from my flying mount in the air when flying above buildings. I’ve also fallen through worlds, got stuck in walls or behind invisible walls and stuck in cracks in the ground.  Been unable to complete quests, pick up items, missing NPCs and NPCs who yell over and over again so the whole zone gets a headache. I’ve also seen spelling mistakes in the quest info and NPC speech, and tons of graphic bugs.


How to report bugs
As a beta tester, you’re expected to report the bugs you encounter in the game. Blizzard has beta forums for feedback and bug reporting. You can also go to the “Game Menu” in-game, “Help” and “Submit Bug”. Once you’ve found and identified a bug, you should write a brief report so Blizzard knows that there is a problem and can fix it before release. Good bug reports can be read quickly, easily understood and be recreated even by someone who is playing the beta for the first time. A good bug report makes it much easier to get the bugs fixed as fast as possible.

Make sure you can repeat the bug
What caused the bug? What where you doing? Write down what you did before you encountered the bug and try to make it happen again. Check the forums to see if the bug you found has already been reported. Sometimes there is a post or a list of known bugs, bugs they already know about and are working on. If you got more information to add about a bug someone else has already reported, just write a reply to their post.

Information to give
Make a note of the time and the place that the bug occurred and what you were doing when it happened. Sometimes it can also be important to write down which class, spec, level and race you are. The beta build you are using can also be of importance. It can be found in the lower left of the login screen. You want to include your computer’s information if you’re experiencing graphic issues, crashes etc. Write down exactly what the bug did. Did you get disconnected, a screen freeze, game crash or an error message? Did you character get stuck? Maybe you fell through the world? Or are you unable to pick up or use a certain item? The more detail the better. Go back and see if you can cause the bug to occur again.

How to recreate the bug
Write down the steps needed to recreate the bug so the developers can recreate it and see what happens. This can be which spell you used, where you walked, which item you used and where, which NPC you spoke to etc.

Writing a bug report post
If you find multiple bugs, make one post for each bug you find. Use a tag in the subject of your post to make it easier to know what kind of bug it is. Like [Quest bug], [Spell bug] etc.

If you can remember and do all or some of the points above, you’re on the right way to become a good beta tester! Good luck and enjoy!

Check out this funny video about beta testing, made for Cataclysm but it’s still useful.

Sources and useful links

This post was originally written for the Mists of Pandaria beta and posted March 21. 2012. Rewritten for the Warlords of Draenor alpha/beta and reposted June 7. 2014. Rewritten again for the Legion beta and reposted May 23. 2016.

Oh hi, Legion beta!


Didn’t expect to get in so early or at all as I cancelled my subscription in January. This is my first real break in my history as a WoW player. I’m of course planning to come back to Legion but I don’t know yet how much I will play and if I will focus on PvE, PvP or just play a bit of both very casual. I always hoped I would get access to the beta, the earlier the better because I like to find bugs and report them to help make the game better. It’s of course a big bonus to be able to try out the different classes so I can pick which one I want as my main in Legion. I’m very excited about the changes to balance druid, I haven’t tested it yet, but I hope I’ll like it so balance druid will be my main again.

Are you in the Legion beta? What are you planning to test or what have you tested so far?


Keeping busy while waiting for Legion

My game time ran out in January and I decided not to add more because I barely played. I think I just had enough of Draenor and I didn’t feel like there was any point in doing raids, gearing alts, doing PvP or anything else, unless you think it’s very fun then you do it because it’s fun. But I didn’t find it fun anymore. So I decided it was time for a break and two months have passed now.

Real life also gave me reasons to take a break. It was tough after the passing of my dear cat in December, one week before Christmas. I spent a lot of time just watching TV shows and letting time pass by. Then I started volunteering at an asylum center and got to know many people from different countries. It has been a great experience and we have so much fun together every time we meet. But I’ve also had time to play other games like StarCraft 2, Diablo 3 and Heroes of the Storm. Right now Heroes of the Storm is most fun, but I don’t have anyone to play with so let me know if you want to join.

I’ve actually not read much about Legion, mostly because I want to wait and explore it on my own and it’s still early so nothing is final, and because I don’t find it that exciting at the moment when I’m tired of WoW and I got so  many other things on my mind. But I am sure I will start playing again in time for the expansion and I hope I’ll be happy with the balance druid changes so I’ll go back to being moonkin.

What’s keeping you busy while you’re waiting for Legion?

New background

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Thank you, Jessica (Yochi), for making this amazing background! Check out her work on DeviantArt.

I got it through this post on MMO-Champion where you can put up a request for a forum signature, wallpaper, Twitch overlay or whatever you might wish and you might be lucky enough to get something as great as this done by one of the many awesome artists there.

I loved my old background but I’ve wanted something new and updated since we got the new character models. Thought it was a good idea have both my druid and shaman on it because I they are my favorite characters.

Winter Veil and New Year


Happy new year! I hope you had a great Winter Veil and Christmas and I wish you the best for the new year!

I haven’t had anything to write about lately because I haven’t played very much. The guild decided to take a break till after new year. I’m not sure if I’ll go back to raiding after the holidays because I’m tired of doing the same bosses over and over again. At the moment I’m having trouble finding anything in WoW that I want to do, so I might just have a small break till I find it fun again. I wish Legion was closer. I have played a lot of StarCraft 2 lately which has been very fun and I might try Heroes of the Storm soon.


As usual when a year comes to an end.. The Syrco Owl 2015 in blogging annual report.
Check it out here! Thank you for following me in 2015 and I hope you’ll stick around for 2016.