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by Published on 2021-05-18 11:24 AM

Burning Crusade Classic Prepatch Highlights
The Burning Crusade Classic prepatch is live today for NA servers, and so we thought we would highlight the most noteworthy things that come with it! The prepatch will launch tomorrow in the EU.

Note - The Classic era servers will not be getting these changes. You will only get this content if you transition your character to TBC Classic servers, or create a new character on the TBC Classic servers.

  • Alliance players will be able to level Draenei characters, including the addition of Shaman.
  • Horde players will be able to level Blood Elf characters, including the addition of Paladins.
  • The Talent Trees will be changed and the additional talent rows will be added.
  • The Jewelcrafting profession will be added.
  • Experience gained from quests will be increased, along with a reduction in the experience needed to level to 60.
  • Your first mount is now purchasable at level 30, and mount costs and training are noticeably lower.
  • New questing hub in Dustwallow Marsh to smooth out the leveling experience a bit.
  • PvP Honor currency will be implemented and is used to purchase PvP gear.
  • Arena Skirmishes will be available, allowing you to practice arena before creating a team when ranked comes in TBC Classic.

All current Classic characters will be snapshotted from the moment the servers go down. Upon logging in, players will need to make a choice as to whether or not to keep each of their characters on Classic servers or progress them into The Burning Crusade. There is also an option to clone your characters between both versions of the game for $15 per character. For more information, check out our previous coverage of the choices available to you.

Burning Crusade Classic is free to anyone with a current WoW subscription. Players can also purchase the optional digital deluxe edition for more goodies, along with a one-time level 58 character boost to jump right through the Dark Portal on June 1st.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Are you prepared? World of Warcraft®: Burning Crusade Classic™ launches on June 1, and the pre-expansion patch arrives on May 18. As with WoW Classic, Burning Crusade Classic will be included with every WoW players’ subscription at no additional cost.

For those who haven't played WoW Classic recently, or if you're looking to enhance your experience, we have a host of special items just for you.

Starting on May 18, after the weekly scheduled realm maintenance, everyone who wants to prepare early to join the adventure when Outland opens on June 1 will have the option to purchase the Dark Portal Pass, allowing them to boost one character of their choosing on a Burning Crusade Classic realm to level 58 (limit one per World of Warcraft account; not usable on blood elf or draenei characters). The boosted character will receive:

  • Apprentice Riding skill
  • Race-specific mount
  • Weapon skills up to level 58
  • Access to certain flight paths
  • A set of level 58 magic (green) quality gear
  • Up to four Runecloth Bags (14 slots each)
  • A little bit of gold to start their journey

Intrepid explorers looking to further enhance their Burning Crusade Classic experience can purchase the optional Deluxe Edition. This edition includes all the items from the Dark Portal Pass​, featuring:

  • The Reawakened Phase-Hunter mount, a creature that draws on the otherworldly energies that transformed Draenor into Outland, for use only in Burning Crusade Classic and designed to match the look of the original expansion
  • The Viridian Phase-Hunter mount, a variant for use in modern World of Warcraft (including Shadowlands) and reflecting the game’s current visual style
  • A Dark Portal Hearthstone for use in Burning Crusade Classic, providing a unique visual effect inspired by the gateway between worlds
  • The Path of Illidan toy for Burning Crusade Classic, which causes your character’s footsteps to leave flickering fel fire in their wake for a short time
  • The Dark Portal Pass, which boosts one character to level 58 (same restrictions as standalone Dark Portal Pass apply; upgrading from the Dark Portal Pass to the Deluxe Edition does not grant a second boost.)
  • 30 days of World of Warcraft game time, providing access to WoW Classic, Burning Crusade Classic, and the modern game

For more information on World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic, visit the official site.
by Published on 2021-05-17 12:55 PM

Blizzard Vault Release and Giveaway - Overwatch Art Print and More!

Patch 9.1 PTR - Main Campaign Chapter 5 The Power of Night
Today we are taking a look at chapter 5 of the main campaign in Chains of Domination. *Spoilers Ahead*

  • Upon returning to Korthia, you find a message from Ardenweald sent by Ysera. She requests your presence at the Heart of the Forest.
  • Ysera tells you that Huln has managed to find leads on two night warriors in the Shadowlands. He wants you to meet him in Maldraxxus.
  • When you find Huln, he says his hunt has led him to discover a former night warrior in Maldraxxus. You search each floor of the Sepulcher of Knowledge for tomes to find out who it is, discovering many traps along the way. At the top, you discover that your quarry is a member of the House of Eyes named Khaliiq, who shows herself and asks why you are looking for her. Huln explains that Tyrande Whisperwind is a Night Warrior from our world that is in dire peril. We have been searching for former Night Warriors to help her. Khaliiq says she will help, but not before her current mission is complete. Huln heads to Revendreth to continue his search for other Night Warriors.
  • She says that you require Baroness Vashj's approval for her to help you as she is currently in the middle of a mission that could be swift with assistance. You find Vashj at the Seat of the Primus who says that Khaliiq can aid you once she purges Kel'thazad's loyalists from the House of Rituals. Khaliiq says that Zelmany is trying to gather forces loyal to Kel'thuzad so they might help him in his next plot, and we should look for clues to his location to slay him. She also asks Vashj if she knew Tyrande in life. Vashj says that she knows Tyrande is hard to kill, but focus on the mission.
  • You do some busywork at the House of Rituals, killing loyalists and finding clues before discovering the location and slaying Zelmany. You then meet with Margrave Sin'Dane. Lady Moonberry suddenly pops in a message to alert you that Huln has gotten in some trouble and needs your help. She tells you to meet her in Revendreth. Khaliiq heads to Ardenweald to await you.
  • You find Moonberry at Dominance Keep, who says that the Stonewright isn't letting anyone into her territory because of the recent Dreadlord invasion. Moonberry and Cudgelface have a plan to disguise everyone and search for Huln.
  • You are made to look like a Stoneborn and head through the area avoiding being seen by guards. Moonberry sings about it briefly before Cudgelface tells her that doesn't happen here.
  • Eventually you find a caged Mal'ganis, who tries to convince you to help him get free. Moonberry tells you to go along with it, even though you have no itnention to free him, and you collect sigils of binding around the area. You tell the guard how easy it was to collect these, and she thanks you for alerting her. Moonberry asks if she has seen any incidents lately, and she informs you that something happened on the wall, but the honorguard brought an end to it.
  • Cudgelface thinks he knows where Huln is being held. Mal'ganis says you will regret your betrayal, and Moonberry scoffs that he can't take a joke.
  • You arrive higher up to find you are late for an anima harvest. You play along, and are told by Cudgelface that they expect you to extract anima from a wrathful soul. Moonberry demands the soul to tell us about the bad stuff it did, but it refuses. Cudgelface says this place is about wrath and anger. Moonberry acts angry, and he corrects her saying its about the soul's anger, not hers. You try again, this time Moonberry pulling some psychological breakthrough on the soul by asking it about the loss of its mother and correlating that to him causing quite a few dead mothers himself. The stoneborn who tasked you with this job returns, and you find out from her that Huln is nearby.
  • Up ahead, you discover that the Stonewright is about to throw Huln into the Maw. You arrive just in time, and after a cutscene you explain to her that you are looking for Night Warriors. You find out that she was, in fact, a Night Warrior in life. She agrees to help, but warns you that Elune's wrath is not easily quelled.
  • Back in Ardenweald, you and the former Night Warriors take supplies to the Grove of Awakening to complete the ritual. Tyrande is here, and you spread the items around her, and then perform a ritual. During this time, Tyrande's power becomes too much to control and you have to help subdue her, which leads to an unimplemented cutscene that eventually cleanses her with the help of the Winter Queen...and others.
  • The Winter Queen reveals that Elune is her sister, and is relieved to discover that her sister has not abandoned her after all this time. She suggests you take Elune's Tear (which is now here after the cutscene).
  • As you grab the Tear, Shandris mentions that what she has seen this day she can scarcely believe. Tyrande says she is herself again, and was present for every moment, and yet outside herself. Shandris says there was so much beauty in Elune's voice, and sorrow as well. She also wonders what the Winter Queen meant when she spoke of a purpose for the souls of their people. Tyrande says Elune did not tell her yet.
  • You hand the Tear of Elune to Ysera, and another unknown cool event happens before the chapter ends.

by Published on 2021-05-15 09:28 PM

Burning Crusade Classic Beta Arena Rating Update - May 15
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve continued to test rated Arenas in the Burning Crusade Classic Beta, and we agree with a lot of feedback about the Rating requirements on Arena gear, which caused us to take a closer look at how we’re updating the system.

One change from the original game that we’re including is having your team and personal rating start at 0, rather than 1500, because we want players to work with their team to improve and push their rating higher, rather than give up because playing more is only causing their rating to decrease. However, we also recognize that teams that are starting out or still learning could feel unfairly penalized by a lower rating than they would have been able to achieve in 2007. While the updated MMR system does rapidly increase your rating for your earliest wins, we want to make sure the points you could expect to earn while improving were similar as well.

  • We’re going to increase the Arena points granted to teams and players with less than a 1500 rating. A rating between 200 and 1500 will earn you:
  • 214-344 points per week for 5v5 arenas
  • 188-302 points per week for 3v3 arenas
  • 162-261 points per week for 2v2 arenas
  • The formula for ratings above 1500 remains unchanged, from the original Burning Crusade formulas, and rapidly starts awarding a lot more points once you pass 1500.

We also realized that putting the final Season 4 rating requirements on the Season 1 gear was a bit too restrictive for Season 1, which is when we want to encourage a lot of participation so players can have a wide field of competitors to measure their skills against. When original Burning Crusade first came out, lots of players felt compelled to join Arenas to improve item slots they hadn’t had luck with in dungeons, and we want to make sure that possibility continues to exist, while preserving the prestige of earning the best gear for the higher ratings.

  • We’re going to use the rating requirements that were originally introduced with The Burning Crusade’s 3rd season, which requires a rating of 2000 for shoulders and 1850 for weapons.
  • The rest of the gear will have no rating requirements.
  • When Season 2 launches, we expect to use those same rating requirements for the Season 2 gear, while removing all requirements from the season 1 gear at that time.

We’ll keep an eye on how this feels in Season 1 as we watch how players approach this system, and we’ll keep Seasons 3 and 4 in mind as we develop potential tweaks or further improvements.

Overall, our goal remains to make Arenas accessible and rewarding, while reserving the most prestigious rewards – such as the new rank 1 title “the Infernal Gladiator” – for the very top players, and we hope these changes will help strike that balance.

On Tuesday (May 18), we’re going to end the current “season” in the Burning Crusade Classic Beta and we’re going to test our end of season calculations and rewards. Please feel free to test rated Arenas for the next couple of days and then check back into the Beta after Tuesday to see how that went.

Thank you!
by Published on 2021-05-15 07:50 AM

Instant Mail Between Characters
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Mail is supposed to be instant between your own characters during TBC, even if it contains an item or gold. It is currently delayed still.

I see that the team has been verifying a fix for this.

It will probably go to the PTR today, and should be fixed in on live Burning Crusade Classic realms when they go live on Tuesday.

Guild Banks Available in a Future Patch
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
So obviously guild banks are physically in-game. But they are not activated in beta currently.

Will they be activated at TBC launch?

As a guild leader, this is a hugely important topic for me. We have huge plans for utilizing a real guild bank that will just not be possible with the current multiple guildbank characters needed to hold everything.


We have not been planning to open guild banks with the launch of Burning Crusade Classic.

They’re going to come into the game in a future patch, and we’re working to make that happen sooner than it would have if we’d followed the original patch progression (guild banks were originally in the same patch as Zul’Aman).

Burning Crusade Collector's Edition Netherwelp Pet Redeemable Next Week
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Are collectors edition pets supposed to be available in beta, or will I only see my netherwelp pet once BC classic comes out? First time getting beta and having a collectors edition account.

They aren’t testable in the Beta, but the original Burning Crusade Collector’s Edition Netherwelp pet should be available after maintenance next week for characters that you move to The Burning Crusade Classic in pre-patch.

Just speak to innkeepers in major cities or Landro Longshot in Booty Bay, if you have the original Collector’s Edition license on your World of Warcraft account.
by Published on 2021-05-13 01:23 PM

Burning Crusade Classic - Character Clone now $15

Burning Crusade Classic - Pre-Expansion Live on May 18

WoW Classic Era Realm Connections Coming Next Week

Blizzard Vault Release and Giveaway - Overwatch Art Print and More!
This month the Blizzard Vault release is an Overwatch Original Sketch Concept Art Print that'll be on the Blizzard store for the next 30 days. In addition, Blizzard has revealed a new upcoming Blizzard 30th Anniversary Binder to help fans organize and commemorate their collected monthly Concept Art Prints while the “From the Vault” series continues.

Our friends at the Blizzard Gear Store have sent along an Overwatch Art Print and some other Overwatch prizes for us to give away!

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