ArenaNet has announced the dates for the Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Beta Weekend Event. Then they went on and surprised fans with the revelation that certain raids will playable during this event for the first time. This Beta will be available to you if you pre-purchase the expansion. The event itself begins this Friday, and will end on the 5th.
The raid will accessed through a temporary portal in the game. The raid is for 10 players, who will be tasked with seeking out a missing squad of Pact soldiers who disappeared while scouting an area north of the jungle.
While in the Beta Weekend Event, players will be able to create fully geared level 80 beta characters, regardless of profession, this also includes the new revenant profession that comes with the expansion. The beta will also give players the chance to fight new bosses, and also explore a new area of Heart of Maguuma, the new zone which is the feature in Heart of Thorns.