If you’ve ever wanted to go back and experience such legendary World of Warcraft events as the Ahn’Qiraj War Effort event but without the crashes, then Blizzard has your back.
World of Warcraft Classic, set to launch in summer of this year, promises to bring you the experience of the original game, but with some quality of life updates designed to eliminate some of the more interesting bugs.
The event that many players who remember classic are likely to be looking forward to, albeit with some trepidation, is the Ahn’Qiraj war effort. This was a large scale event that required the entire server to come together, collect supplies, and complete an epic questline in order to unlock the two Ahn’Qiraj raid instances.
The sheer scale of it was phenomenal, and while the experience was totally unlike anything we’d seen before, its implementation was less than ideal. Plagued with bugs, lag, and server crashes, it left some players completely unable to participate, especially during the final 10-hour server-wide event. The issues were so widespread, in fact, that an event of this scale was never attempted again.
Hopefully, it will be different this time around.
In a post on the World of Warcraft forums, Kaivax, a community manager, has revealed the new roadmap for WoW Classic, which includes this notorious storyline.
While the original plan was to launch four classic phases, there are now six. The content will encompass all the raids and dungeons from the original game -- from Molten Core to Naxxramas -- in the order they were originally released.
Blizzard states that its aim with Classic is “to capture what it felt like to play in a realm community in the original WoW.”
The original plan included some “catch-up” mechanics, which would have rendered some gear obsolete shortly after release. These have now been removed in favor of a release schedule that more closely mimics the original, allowing for a more authentic experience, and hopefully minus the lag.
The new six phase release schedule is as follows:
Phase 1 (Classic Launch):
Darkmoon deck drops
Ahn’Qiraj War Effort begins
Ahn’Qiraj raids open when the war effort dictates
Dungeon Loot reconfiguration: Tier 0.5 Dungeon gear, Relics, drop rate, and location changes
World of Warcraft Classic is set to launch in summer 2019 and will be available to play for all active WoW subscribers.