Our WoW Classic Phases Guide features a complete look at the upcoming roll-out of content for the vanilla version of World of Warcraft. Blizzard isn’t just leaving you with a few dungeons; they intend on bringing a lot of the original patches back to the game that brought in updates to PvP and the addition of Battlegrounds!
WoW, Classic is moving to have updates rolled out in phases. There are currently six phases planned, which should be rolling out systematically. Unfortunately, we don’t now know how long the gaps between stages will be! We do know, however, what each phase is likely going to hold. Blizzard seems to largely be modeling the releases based on the roll-outs of the original World of Warcraft, but they are also making a few modifications to make it run a bit more smoothly.
Phase 1: Launch – Release Date: August 26th, 2019
These are all of what is continuing to be in the game on release. Believe it or not, both Molten Core and Onyxia have already been beaten within the first week of the release!
The signature dungeon of World of Warcraft is apparent Molten Core. This is a 40-player raid that features a ton of fire-wielding bosses and culminates with the epic battle with Ragnaros the Firelord!
Onyxia is the chief boss of the Onyxia’s Lair raid dungeon. This is different 40-player raid where you face off against the sizeable purple dragon herself!
Maraudon was not released initially when World of Warcraft first launched. However, it was added in the 1.2.0 patch, which was about a month later. It’s a 5-player dungeon that is suggested for players that are level 46-55.
You can PvP one another globally, but there is no tracking and no formal rewards for doing so.
This is pretty much how I recognize PvP being during the launch of the original game. Players would fight it out sometimes, but more often, people would wave at each other and try to get their levels in or quests done. I imagine nowadays. However, there’s apparently going to be a lot more scuffling across the factions.
BEFORE PHASE 2: Dire Maul
Dire Maul is related to Maraudon in that it’s a 5-player dungeon that can be run before hitting level 60. It can be found in Feralas and is recommended for levels 44-54. This was initially scheduled to be a part of Phase 2 but is instead going to be released on October 15th or 16th! The rest of Phase 2 remains the same.
Phase 2 – Release Date: November 12th – 14th, 2019
Azuregos is a world boss that can be located in Azshara. He is one of the first real-world bosses encounters in the game and requires a pretty strong group of level 60s to take down.
Kazzak is a different world boss that spawned at the Tainted Scar in the Blasted Lands.
- Honor System (including Dishonorable Kills)
- PvP Rank Rewards
The Honor System essentially rewards you for killing players of the opposing faction near your level. This was to control high-level players from going to early level areas and laying waste to everyone. Having a higher honor ranking would lead you to gain some sweet rewards!
BEFORE PHASE 3: Warsong Gulch & Alterac Valley – Release Date: December 10th, 2019
The release of Warsong Gulch and Alterac Valley has been withdrawn from Phase 3 and will be going live on December 10th, 2019. We’ll also be getting the Elemental Invasions will happen in Kalimdor, with Blazing, Thundering, Watery, and Whirling Invaders appearing in Un’goro Crater, Azshara, Winterspring, and Silithus, respectively.
The key button in your micro menu now opens your Keyring, an extra bag for keys only that scales up to hold up to 12 keys.
- Alterac Valley (Version 1.12)
- Warsong Gulch
Warsong Gulch captures the flag type of battleground where you’ll need to retrieve the enemy’s flag and return it to where yours resides.
Phase 3 – Release Date: February 13th, 2020
At 12:01 a.m. CET on Thursday, February 13th, we will unlock the following WoW Classic content simultaneously on all realms:
In the dark recesses of the mountain’s peak, Nefarian, the eldest son of Deathwing, carries some of his most awful experimentation, controlling mighty beings like puppets and combining the eggs of different dragonflights with horrific results. But, should he show success, even darker pursuits rest on the horizon. And, yet, the Lord of Blackrock is not a mere scientist – he is a big dragon cornered in his lair. But can he truly be defeated by mortal hands?
The Blackwing Lair attunement quest, “Blackhand’s Command,” will become available on all realms tomorrow, Friday, January 10th.
Level 50 Class Quests
Starting at level 50, all players can now create class-specific questlines offered by class trainers in capital cities. These quests conclude with a selection of one of three powerful rare items.
New Reputation Rewards
The Argent Dawn, Thorium Brotherhood, Timbermaw Hold, Silverwing Sentinels, and Warsong Outriders faction vendors presently offer reputation reward items added in patches 1.6 and 1.7 of original WoW.
Players who finish “Hands of the Enemy” and reach Revered reputation with Hydraxian Waterlords may now obtain Eternal Quintessence from Duke Hydraxis.
Darkmoon Faire – Coming Earlier in February
A gathering of the exotic from around the world and beyond, Silas Darkmoon has drawn together the Darkmoon Faire as a celebration of the wondrous and mysterious found in Azeroth. While the Faire spends most of their time in parts unknown, they stop from time to time in Mulgore and Elwynn Forest. When the faire is on its approach, barkers will stop by Orgrimmar and Ironforge to announce its arrival.
The first Darkmoon Faire in WoW Classic will get underway in early February, with barkers and the Faire setup appearing on Friday, February 7th, and the festivities opening on Monday, February 10th. Look for the many Darkmoon Cards that make up the beasts, elementals, portals, and warlords sets to start dropping from enemies and bosses on Wednesday, February 5th.
Phase 4 – Release Date: Unknown
This is a 20-player raid that can be located in northeastern Stranglethron Vale. It’s a beautiful large dungeon that has you fighting down tons of trolls and finally completing it by taking down Hakkar the Soulflayer.
Head into the Emerald Nightmare and fight four different Dragons of raid level difficulty!
- Arathi Basin
The addition of the Arathi Basin battlegrounds! This is a King of the Hill-type game that has you attempting to control various spots on the map that gain your team resources. To win the game, your team needs to accumulate 1,600 resources!
Phase 5 – Release Date: Unknown
Ahn’Qiraj War Effort begins
The opening of AQ depended on the dedication of your server. First, both Horde and Alliance needed to gather supplies; once you turned them in, you gained signets that could be used to gain reputation with a capital city of your choice. After all of the supplies had been gathered and your server had completed other tasks, the Ten Hour War would start, and all hell would break loose!
Ahn’Qiraj raids open when the war effort dictates
Once the Ten Hour War concluded, you would then be able to enter into the AQ raid itself.
Dungeon loot reconfiguration: Tier 0.5 Dungeon gear, Relics, drop rates, and location changes
Adventurers of Azeroth can now quest to upgrade their earlier Rare-quality Dungeon set to a new, higher-quality set, including epic gear! These tasks involve all-new boss encounters, so prepare your finest group of dungeon-delvers and prepare for a challenge!
- Nothing Planned.
Phase 6 – Release Date: Unknown
A massive 40-player raid took place in a vast necropolis that hovered above the Eastern Plaguelands. If you and your raid group were able to reach the end, you’d take on the powerful Kel’Thuzad!
An event to bring in excitement for the opening of Naxxramas. Many regions in the world are attacked by the Scourge, and you and your faction are tasked with keeping them at bay.
- World PvP objectives in Silithus and Eastern Plaguelands