Players of World of Warcraft classic are in for a treat as game director Ion Hazzikostas has announced that the launch of the Dire Maul dungeon will arrive ahead of schedule in the week of October 15. Hazzikostas was quick to point out that both the Honor System and World Bosses are still on track for release and are right around the corner — Blizzard will announce a date as soon as they can.
Dire Maul is an old favorite of many players and is sure to be challenging thanks to the dungeon’s large size, numerous bosses, and variety of loot. The dungeon takes quite some time to complete, even for veterans, due to its size and number of bosses. The entire dungeon is a three-wing instance in the center of the Feralas region. Players should take note that the Dire Maul they know today in the retail version of the game is not representative of what they will find in Classic, and it is some of the most challenging content available for five-man groups.
Players who are looking to make their adventures efficient will need to plan for their objectives. For example, players should begin with Dire Maul East in order to get the key to access parts of the North and West wings and should be prepared to do Tribute Runs.
These refer to a unique way to proceed in the dungeon that requires bypassing as many bosses as possible and simply defeating King Gordok. Doing so would make the player the declared king, and all bosses still alive would give tribute in the former of higher quality drops than what they might drop if defeated. After taking down the king, the Gordok Tribute chest will contain an item from Guard Mol’dar, Fengus, Slip’kik, and Captain Kromcrush.
Dire Maul is also popular because it is one of the few locations where players can acquire Bind on Equip pieces of their pre-Molten Core dungeon sets. Warlock players will find themselves making a trip to Dire Maul if they wish to have their best mount and journeyman riding skill. The quest seems simple enough — read Mor’zul’s instructions and summon a Xorothian Dreadsteed. Defeating it will grant the Warlock the ability to summon the mount permanently, but getting to the right spot and clearing out the entire area of mobs is time consuming, and one may need to make a few attempts before successfully completing the class quest.
The announcement that Dire Maul is arriving early is good news for players, especially those who may have rushed to level 60 and are now at a loss for what to do next. However, most players are likely not prepared for a full clear of the dungeon.