Wrath of the Lich King Classic Arrives September 26
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Embark on a treacherous journey through the wintry forests and snowy peaks of Northrend once more. Confront the Lich King on his Frozen Throne and push back the Scourge before Azeroth is overrun by his undead minions.

Rediscover the joys of exploration and relive the dangers of Northrend when World of Warcraft®: Wrath of the Lich King Classic™ goes live beginning September 26 at 3pm PDT globally.


The Lich King, Arthas Menethil, sits in the ominous Icecrown Citadel scheming to claim the world as his own—a plan that threatens all life on Azeroth. Heroes of the Alliance and Horde must stand against the malevolent being who dares to declare himself the one true king of Azeroth...and seeks to scour all life from the world.

Wrath of the Lich King Classic™ will thrill both veterans and newcomers with a host of improved features and content to explore:

  • The Grim Frozen North – Heroes will begin their journey in one of two zones in Northrend—Borean Tundra or Howling Fjord—and adventure through some of the most epic vistas and beloved storylines in all of Warcraft before breaching the seat of the Lich King’s power in Icecrown.
  • The Rise of Death Knights – Available to both factions and starting at level 55, Death Knights—World of Warcraft’s first hero class—harness the powers of darkness to help combat the evil that threatens Azeroth. While Death Knights are limited to one per server and require a level 55 character on that server to create, in Wrath Classic, we will be bypassing that requirement for a player’s first Death Knight.
  • New Profession—Inscription – This new profession allows players to scribe mystical glyphs that modify the properties of spells and abilities (cooldowns, damage, etc.), and craft powerful trinkets and off-hand items.
  • Achievements Unlocked – Achievements are coming to WoW Classic, giving players new rewards for their exploits and accomplishments.
  • Dungeons & Raids – Relive seminal 5-player dungeons like Azjol-Nerub and the Culling of Stratholme, and lay siege to Naxxramas as a 25- or 10-player raid—an update of its original iteration as a 40-player raid in pre-expansion World of Warcraft.
  • Included With Existing World of Warcraft Subscriptions – As with previous WoW Classic releases, anyone who subscribes to World of Warcraft can also play Wrath of the Lich King Classic at no additional cost.


Joyous Journeys 50% Experience Buff Ahead in Burning Crusade Classic

The road ahead is icy and fraught with danger. To help you prepare for your adventures in Wrath of the Lich King Classic, players in Burning Crusade Classic will get an experience buff* called “Joyous Journeys,” which will increase experience gains by 50%! It’s a great time to finish leveling a character, create a new one, or invite friends to join you in your adventures.

Players can also visit any innkeeper in a capital city to turn the experience buff off or on. The journey won’t last forever and will end with the launch of Wrath of the Lich King Classic.

We’re excited to be able to bring this classic adventure to you, so don’t forget to sign up for the beta. For the latest information and updates, keep checking WorldofWarcraft.com, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you in Northrend!

*Experience buff not available in modern World of Warcraft®.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Wrath of the Lich King Classic Arrives September 26 started by Lumy View original post
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  1. aarro's Avatar
    Classic is born!!!
  1. Dadwen's Avatar
    Sounding more and more like a butchered version of it will arrive IMO.
  1. Konteil's Avatar
    excitement intensifies
  1. Ermelloth's Avatar
    Surprisingly, Sep 26 is Rosh-ha-Shana (Jewish New Year). I could not think of greatest NY gift! As they say, "next year in Northrend"
  1. Sentynel's Avatar
    No Digital Deluxe edition for a 15 year old re-release?

    What the hell Blizz, you disappoint me
  1. cigawoot's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dadwen View Post
    Sounding more and more like a butchered version of it will arrive IMO.
    I wouldn't call the exclusion of the dungeon finder a butchering of the expansion. Dungeon finder was only available in the last patch of the expansion and was more for the purposes of previewing it for Cataclysm (similar to the introduction of LFR at the end of Cataclysm).
  1. Cien's Avatar
    looks like XP buff is active on EU servers already (firemaw) with boosting in dungeons now no longer working, mobs stun and boosters dying. is this meant to be active now or another accident?
  1. KOUNTERPARTS's Avatar
    Any word on a paid level boost (once-per-account) for WotLK like they did for BC?
  1. wombinator04's Avatar
    Buy your gold now because boosting is over. IGE where u at?
  1. BetrayedOf52's Avatar
    So a Monday? Or is it still Tuesday for someone on EST eastcoast.
  1. lolbubble's Avatar
    So will the duration of prepatch be 1 month?
  1. Knight Meta's Avatar
    So I suppose these fresh servers is coming with the pre-patch, good that they announced when the pre-patch goes li.Oh wait...
  1. Dadwen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by cigawoot View Post
    I wouldn't call the exclusion of the dungeon finder a butchering of the expansion. Dungeon finder was only available in the last patch of the expansion and was more for the purposes of previewing it for Cataclysm (similar to the introduction of LFR at the end of Cataclysm).
    it was in Patch 3.3.0 (not the last patch and was in almost half of LK life *48/49% of it) and they are talking about making changes to mobs due to all the boosting (which RDF would prob have help get rid of some of that with the ability to run older dungeons easier by finding groups after most people have already out-leveled them) ,changes to Nax, and even having some scaling in dungeons (adding challenge modes in their own words) at some point it sounds like ,oh ya added a crap version of the Retail LFG from the M+ stuff.

    *current Dev's crap on everything they touch.
  1. SinR's Avatar
    F R E S H ? ! ?

    P R E P A T C H ? ! ?

    I'm kidding I'm kidding.

    When are they announcing the Northrend Pass?

    Also: the Anti-Boosting hotfixes are in.

    https://www.wowhead.com/wotlk/news/n...crusade-327973
  1. Greyvax's Avatar
    so.... pre-patch around 9/12?

    it would be nice to have it a bit earlier though for the fresh realms leveling.
  1. Hctaz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SinR View Post
    Also: the Anti-Boosting hotfixes are in.

    https://www.wowhead.com/wotlk/news/n...crusade-327973
    "Anti-boosting" kinda more like anti-fun.
    Not on the boosting aspect itself, but they could have simply greatly reduced the experience earned from running these places with a high level player in the party instead of making it impossible to farm.

    I personally enjoy doing large AoE farms solo. I've never sold boosting services, but I did do ZF and ZG trash farming in Classic and Stratholme farming in TBC.

    If the entire reasoning behind these changes is specifically due to the paid boosting services themselves, then I'm not sure why they needed to implement any changes outside of just reducing experience gains for being carried.

    Sometimes it's nice to be able to farm an instanced area for money when you don't have a lot of consistent time. Farming actual stuff in the open world should be more effective over large periods of time, but I like having lower income instanced options available
  1. McNeil's Avatar
    Sylvanas: Arthas must be forgotten

    Blizzard: The King returns on September 26

    Sylvanas: ..... damnit

    Can't wait for fresh servers
  1. Djuntas's Avatar
    So new realms dont open yet? If so when?
  1. SinR's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Djuntas View Post
    So new realms dont open yet? If so when?
    Soon

    /10cha
  1. Coffeh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dadwen View Post
    Sounding more and more like a butchered version of it will arrive IMO.
    It really is amazing how bad they've screwed this up. They had the most popular expansion in the history of the genre and, as you say, butchered it.

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