For those of you who signed out at any point early this morning, you will probably notice that your background downloader is running and you're likely in the process of downloading the 247MB patch file to your computer. (Note: that's PC side, and North American servers -- Mac client may be of a different size) As most of us have learned by now, getting the jump on any large content patch is generally the best idea. Trying to actually download these great big patches on Tuesday can often be an exercise in futility. Well, that is unless you happen to know the location of a seperate mirror site that you can snag the file from. For those poor unlucky souls who are stuck with the official Blizzard torrent program... Yeah, I don't think I need to say much more beyond that.
Since last Tuesday was the rolling restart week for maintenance, this week is slated to be an extended downtime week. Are we getting 2.1 this week? Most of the people on the Test Realm forums seem to be of the mind that this next week would be releasing too soon. There are epic and PVP tweaks yet to be implemented, but those could be pushed in a smaller file on Tuesday if we're talking about a small handful of changes. I suppose we'll all have to wait and see.
In any case, for those of you who decided to pop in and see us before you head out for the day, be sure to fire up your WoW Background Downloader before you go! (Just log in and out, even if just for a moment. That should take care of it.) And hey, tell a friend to start theirs before they head out too. They'll thank you for it.