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by Published on 2024-05-17 11:28 PM

Cataclysm Expansion Recap - Patch by Patch
Blizzard has released a recap of Cataclysm's major storylines and features, including the new changes coming with the official launch on May 20.

by Published on 2024-05-17 11:04 PM

Season of Discovery Developer Update - May 17
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

The team has been hard at work on Season of Discovery and Cataclysm Classic. There’s a lot happening in Classic right now, and while we’ve been working incredibly hard, we’ve also been fairly quiet, so we felt it would be a good time to provide an update on a few things, including Season of Discovery Phase 4.

Phase 4 Release Update

Cutting straight to it, and as you have no doubt likely noticed, the World of Warcraft team has been delivering a lot of exciting content lately, and this will (of course) continue well through the next few months and beyond. As such, to land Phase 4 at just the right time, our current phase (Phase 3) is going to last longer than previous Season of Discovery content phases. We can’t share Phase 4’s release date just yet, and we know this news and the longer Phase 3 may be disappointing to some, but our timeline will ensure that our Classic team delivers an experience worthy of our players at the high-quality bar we are setting for ourselves.

We’re so very excited to share what’s next with you.

We also want to make sure that we take the time we need to deliver equally awesome experiences in both Season of Discovery and Cataclysm Classic, and give Cataclysm Classic’s launch the time it deserves to breathe, without players feeling the pressure of needing to choose between it and all of the other fun things that are happening in WoW right now. We understand our players love to plan, so we wanted to signal our intentions now and let you know that we intend to share the exact timing of Phase 4’s launch, and start discussing what it will include, as early as it is possible to do so.

Please stay tuned for more information on Phase 4 coming soon.

Phase 4 Ptr Plans

In a departure from previous phases, we will spin up a limited PTR specifically focused on combat and class testing for Phase 4. We plan to include level 60 templates with all runes and abilities learned, and we tentatively plan to provide some sort of access to level 60 tier set bonuses. We also plan to provide access to training dummies and some raid content, as well as battlegrounds, so that players can test out their new builds. Again, our intent with this PTR is to focus on combat and class testing, and we will not be using it to test the unique content coming with Phase 4. We’ve received an enormous amount of class feedback from players, and we’re very excited for the level 60 runes to be discovered as well as our revamped tier sets.

We’re investing heavily into class adjustments going into Phase 4, and while perfect balance is not the goal, we do want to look at classes, specs, and runes that are underperforming and find opportunities to make as many improvements as we can. Many classes will see substantial redesigns going into the level 60 endgame, with some runes moving around and others becoming baseline skills. We’re excited for players to jump in to play around with these substantial adjustments and participate in the feedback loop with us ahead of Phase 4 hitting live realms.

We’ll share more information on our testing schedule very soon.

Level 60 Content Phases

One common question we’ve been asked is “how will the various raid tiers roll out at level 60?”, and we want to provide some clarity and let everyone know that we will be rolling raids out in phases similar to how we did in 2019’s Classic. The first tier will consist of Molten Core and Onyxia, and a few weeks after that we will see Blackwing Lair, followed by Zul’Gurub, with additional endgame content and surprises that we’re planning to add between the major raid tier releases as well. For ease of communication, we intend to frame our releases around the familiar original WoW raid tiers.

Sunken Temple Adjustments Incoming

One consistent piece of feedback we’ve received is that the rewards from Sunken Temple have been a bit underwhelming. During our design and testing of Phase 3, we didn’t entirely know the scale and scope of adjustments we’d make to Level 60 dungeon gear, Tier 1 item sets, and Molten Core and Onyxia gear. Now that we have a good idea about those, we think it makes sense to increase the power level of some of the Sunken Temple gear. These updates will particularly focus on caster gear, which feels the most underpowered.

We’ll let you know when we’ve got this ready to implement in the live game.

We want to again express a heartfelt thanks to our passionate players. We’ve had a blast playing with you in Season of Discovery and now in the Cataclysm Classic pre-patch, and we can’t wait to get more exciting Classic content into your hands very soon!

Thank you,

The WoW Classic Development Team
by Published on 2024-05-17 09:21 PM

Cataclysm Cinematic Remaster
Blizzard has uploaded a 4K remaster of the original Cataclysm Cinematic Trailer.

by Published on 2024-05-17 05:16 PM

This Week in WoW - May 17, 2024
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Catch up on all the latest World of Warcraft news from the last week—relive epic adventures with an all-new event—WoW Remix: Mists of Pandaria, jump into the next content update to Classic—Cataclysm, outfit your collection with a new bundle deal—the Mrlgrl Pack, and more!

World of Warcraft Remix: Mists of Pandaria is Now Live!

Relive epic adventures with an all-new event— World of Warcraft Remix: Mists of Pandaria. Experience the wonders of Pandaria anew, but with fresh new loot— and (almost) unlimited power.

World of Warcraft Remix is a time-limited event that allows players to re-experience the entirety of the Mists of Pandaria expansion at an accelerated rate from level 10 through 70. All loot has been completely overhauled and has powerful new effects allowing players to shape their experience, power up, and power on. Features include:

  • Accelerated Leveling and Content allowing you to take on nearly every quest, scenario, dungeon and raid.
  • Create a new World of Warcraft Remix character starting at level 10 to adventure through the event up to level 70.
  • A mountain of loot: Get powerful items from everywhere— quests, chests, creatures, bosses.
  • Customizable items allowing you to power up as far as you can go to take on tougher content.
  • Convert unwanted items into Bronze which can be used to upgrade items or purchase cosmetics.
  • Keep what you collect: Take your collection of transmogs with you later when The War Within™ goes live.

No expansion purchase is needed, but a World of Warcraft Subscription or Game Time is required to begin this fast-paced adventure through Pandaria. This means that Classic players can also participate in a plethora of pandamonium by simply installing the modern (live) World of Warcraft client.

WoW Trial Accounts will also be able to experience this World of Warcraft Remix without a subscription or Game Time through level 20. Purchase a subscription or Game Time to continue beyond level 20.

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Cataclysm Classic Goes Live May 20!

Cataclysm Classic™ launches worldwide on May 20 at 3:00 pm PDT. Explore new zones, dungeons, and raids, engage in PvP combat, and discover the mysteries of the Darkmoon Faire. With the launch of Cataclysm Classic, the adventure begins anew.

Are you ready to face the challenges that await?

  • 7 New Zones: Mount Hyjal, Vash’jir, Twilight Highlands, Uldum, Deepholm, Kezan, and Gilneas.
  • 9 New Dungeons: Blackrock Caverns, Throne of the Tides, Vortex Pinnacle, The Stonecore, The Lost City of Tol’vir, The Halls of Origination, Grim Batol, Deadmines, Shadowfang Keep
  • Dungeon Journal Introduced
  • 3 New Raid Dungeons: Throne of the Four Winds, Blackwing Descent, and Bastion of Twilight
  • Boss Based Raid Lock system: Allowing players to do either the 10 or 25-player raid version of each boss in the same week. Lockouts are based on individual bosses.
  • Tol Barad PvP Zone
  • Darkmoon Island: Discover the mysteries Silas Darkmoon has in store for you.
  • Flying in Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor

Ignite Your Cataclysm Classic Journey with Fiery Upgrades

Cataclysm Classic will require only a WoW® subscription or Game Time to play. However, these optional upgrades can heat up your experience during your adventures in Azeroth.

The Blazing Heroic Pack includes Lil’ Wrathion pet for both WoW Classic progression and modern World of Warcraft characters, the Avatar of Flame flying mount for WoW Classic progression characters, and a Runebound Firelord flying mount for modern World of Warcraft characters. WoW Classic progression characters will also enjoy Hammer Regalia Transmog Set and Town-In-A-Box Starter Set toy.

The Blazing Epic Upgrade includes everything in the Blazing Heroic Pack, plus a Level 80 Character Boost and 30 days of Game Time.

Twitch Drop: Get the Eye of the Legion Pet Now Live!

Greetings, adventurers! With the release of the World of Warcraft Remix: Mists of Pandaria, players can now experience the wonders of Pandaria anew. Commemorate the occasion with new Twitch Drops! Watch any World of Warcraft stream on from May 16, 10:00 a.m. PDT (17:00 GMT), until May 30, 10:00 a.m. PDT (18:00 BST) to earn the Eye of the Legion pet.

To participate, you must link your Twitch account by visiting If you have changed your password or made any changes to your Twitch or account, you will have to relink your accounts. When you relink, there will be a 7-day cooldown before you can relink a new Twitch account.

After you’ve claimed your rewards on Twitch, please make sure you’re logging into the region you’d like to receive the drop(s) on, as the first region you log into will be where your items will be delivered. It can take up to 24 hours to receive your reward(s) in game after claiming. Read our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information.

Watch 4 hours of World of Warcraft content while these Twitch Drops are active on any channel to earn the Eye of the Legion pet.

Unveiling Cataclysm Classic Zones, Dungeons, and PvP Season 9

Cataclysm Classic™ provides seven new zones to explore, nine new dungeons, and more beginning May 20 at 3:00 pm PDT globally. May 28 also introduces the start of a new PvP Season, followed by the opening of three raid dungeons on May 30 at 3:00 pm PDT globally. Take a journey into the shattered lands and plumb the depths of what this classic experience has to offer.

Navigate Azeroth’s tumultuous terrains and explore zones reshaped by elemental fury and dungeons teeming with untold dangers. The commencement of PvP Season 9 also ushers in an era of fierce new competition, where every battle is a testament to skill and strategy. Azeroth’s call to arms rings clear, and calls its champions rise and etch their triumphs and tales into the very lands. We look forward to our next adventures with you.

Visit our previously published article for more details.

Cataclysm Classic: Battle for Control of Tol Barad

An island off the coast of the Eastern Kingdoms, Tol Barad is a historic land sought-after by the leaders of the Horde and the Alliance. Its strategic, isolated location makes it an ideal stronghold from which to conduct military strikes. In World of Warcraft®: Cataclysm Classic™, a battle will be waged to seize control of this prized territory. Should you triumph, unique rewards await you.

The Fight for Tol Barad

Similar to Wintergrasp in Wrath of the Lich King Classic™, Tol Barad will serve as an 80 vs 80 battleground. The winning faction will gain access to a hub on Tol Barad Peninsula to complete daily quests before the next battle begins. Reachable by portals in Stormwind and Orgrimmar or via a level-85 mage teleport or portal, Tol Barad will accept up to eighty players per faction to engage in brutal combat across the island's surface. Battles will take place every two hours and thirty minutes, giving the offensive faction a chance to claim territory.

Dive in deeper with our previously published detailed article.

Romp and Stomp in Murloc Mrrrggkness

From now until May 27, 2024, immerse your collection in swampy fun with a new bundle deal—the Mrlgrl Pack.

Grab the best amphibious accessories and fashion World of Warcraft® has to offer—filled with goodies to make you gurgle, “Aaaaaughibbrgubugbugrguburgle”!

For the ardent collector of all things murloc, the Mrlgrl Pack contains:

  • Green Snugglefin Murloc Romper which includes both the Happy and Angry Hood variants.
  • Baby Murloc Satch’Shells&
  • Murkmorpher Toy
  • Murkastrasza Pet

This offer is valid through May 27, 2024, and requires a World of Warcraft subscription or Game Time. These items are not available in World of Warcraft® Classic progression games.

“Mglrmglmglmgl mmgr a new mmmurlok transmog for mmmm mrrrggk n uuua!”

That’s Nerglish for “The murloc gods have blessed us with a new murloc transmog for good magic and honor!” and they certainly have! For the ultimate coziness, romp around in the Green Snugglefin Murloc Romper (which includes both the Happy and Angry Hood variants) on your adventures around Azeroth.

Donning the dewy threads of this transmog requires a World of Warcraft subscription or Game Time and is not available in World of Warcraft Classic progression games.

Follow along on the official World of Warcraft news site for all the latest developments as we journey through the week together.
by Published on 2024-05-17 12:24 AM

WoW Hotfixes - May 16, 2024
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Non-Player Characters
  • Jenafur has managed to wash off the strange grey paint that also changed her eye color. Jenafur is now once again a properly striped feline, allegedly.
  • Melsysra fell back asleep and found their way back to the Central Encampment in the Emerald Dream, allowing players to continue with their Renown quests.
  • Newsy was slow retrieving mail but has had a successful trip to the postmaster in Dalaran, allowing players to return to Loamm and continue with their Renown quests.
  • Alleria and Umbric are now always present as expected for quest completion.

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Trolls from unlocking the "Loa's Blade-Blessing" cosmetic sword appearance if they finished the heritage questline with a character who couldn't use it. Players will find the sword in their collection after logging into the character who completed the questline.

Trading Post
  • Fixed an issue where multiple completions of a Timewalking dungeon would not count toward the associated Trading Post activity.

WoW Remix: Mists of Pandaria
  • Fixed a bug that initially prevented players who did not own Dragonflight from being able to learn Dragonriding from Lord Andestrasz in Remix: Pandaria. This was unintended.

Cataclysm Classic
  • Hunter
    • The Ancient Hysteria effect from Hunter Corehound pets will now clear properly after encounters end.

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