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Yea all my hopes of a beta in June were ruined when they said they were going to add all those features soon. I highly doubt they'll launch the beta without those features implemented.
Blizzard never announces stuff that's just an idea in their heads. The fact that they are talking about these changes means they're likely all pretty much done in their development builds already. That's not to say they won't expand on this or change their minds completely or something later on, but for now they likely have an implementation working that they are happy with.
They would still need to run at least some amount of QA/testing on the changes before a beta could begin, but the info from the blog is probably at least a week or so old at this point so QA could have already begun. A beta next week wouldn't be impossible and the week after shouldn't be any problem if that's what they are aiming for.
Realistically, they could basically start the beta any time they want. They clearly have a working version of the game internally, so it's just a matter of when they decide they need to ramp up their pool of testers to help find additional bugs and start to stress the servers that will support the game come release.
Yea I think you're correct on the fact that there done with these features. If you look in the bottom left corner of the most recent fireside duel (Rouge vs Druid) you can see a little icon that resembles something like a friends list button, but if you look at all the older ones there is no such button in the bottom left hand corner. So I imagine if the friends list feature is implemented, then all the other ones are probably finished with the other newly announced features.