As you know, the night is between 26 and 27 September 2022 WoW: Wrath of the Lich King Classic released. The reboot of the Northrend expansion invites you on a nostalgic trip to the past, when we messed with the Lich King and his Scourge, butted heads in Wintergrasp and with goosebumps Legendary in-game sequence for Battle of the Wrathgate admired.
But how much of the old magic is there in the new edition? After the experiences of #nochanges in WoW (buy now ) Classic and #somechanges in Burning Crusade Classic there should finally be a #somechanges strategy for WotLK Classic again. With the changes, Blizzard developers want to grind down old edges, remove bugs, but also protect their vision of Wrath of the Lich King in 2022.
Blizzard’s main design goals
But what does this vision look like? Well, those responsible had already revealed it during the official announcement. The main design goal of the developers is to support social interaction, which is much more important in Classic than in Retail WoW, as best as possible. Again, the other design goal is to make returning to Northrend feel like “coming home.”
In other words: despite some changes, WotLK Classic should still feel like WotLK. For example in class design, in battles or when visiting dungeons and raids. We’ve dug through all of Blizzard’s statements once again, including our experience from the beta and live servers, to summarize below all known #somechanges for Wrath of the Lich King Classic.
The Basics of WotLK Classic: Patch 3.3.5
First, let’s look at the foundation on which Wrath of the Lich King Classic is built. As with WoW Classic and TBC Classic, the Blizzard developers have also chosen the last patch of the expansion as the basis for the new edition of WotLK Classic. In the case of Wrath of the Lich King, the patch is 3.3.5. When it comes to the status quo of the classes, values, racial bonuses, comfort features or the basic systems, all the changes that were actually only played out on the live servers during the expansion are waiting for you at launch. You can find a complete list of all the changes that came into play with WotLK patches on WoWPedia. IN In this article, we summarized the most important adjustments for you back in April.
However, the patch 3.3.5 level does not mean that all content ever released for Wrath of the Lich King is already on the servers. As in WoW Classic and TBC Classic, WotLK Classic releases featured features in content patches over several phases. This is known so far for the next phases of WotLK Classic (phase 1 started with launch):
- stage 2: Ulduar raid instance
- step 3: Raid instance Trial of the Crusader plus its associated dungeon Trial of the Champion
- stage 4: Raid instance Icecrown Citadel plus the three associated dungeons Soulforge, Pit of Saron and Halls of Reflection
- The level 80 variant of Onyxia should come somewhere between phase 2 and phase 3
Ruby Sanctum is apparently not considered “the final stage” by Blizzard. The data for the raid will come to the live servers with Icecrown Citadel, only the raid will open at a later time. So Ruby Sanctum remains the final challenge in WotLK Classic.
Dungeon finder and quest tracking from patch 3.3
As part of the official announcement of WotLK Classic, Blizzard officials announced that they would like to do away with the Crossrealm dungeon finder, which was introduced with Patch 3.3 at the time. The reason: Over the years, a spirit has been built up in the Classic community, where social interaction on the servers and joint organization and coordination are in the foreground. The dungeon finder would torpedo this social interaction. Instead, the developers want to further improve the manual group search implemented for TBC Classic. You’ve been able to see how this new old group search with its revisions works in practice since the pre-patch phase.
Also in patch 3.3 were improvements to the quest screens and new quest tracking features that should make it easier for players to find the various quest objectives in the game world. And yes, these tweaks should also be removed first to keep the classic feel. However, the Blizzard developers have changed their mind here. The search aids are coming, but only sometime after the launch. According to their own statements, the developers have not yet had time to complete the features of WotLK Classic. Back then, these came late into the game, in preparation for Cataclysm.