Classic PvP Content Plan
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Since we broke down the six phases of content that we’ll be rolling out for Classic, we’ve heard the increase in requests for PvP details so we wanted to get you up to speed on our plans there.

As was the case when World of Warcraft originally launched in 2004, there won’t be a formal PvP system in WoW Classic at the outset. You’ll still be able to PvP, of course, and there will be no Dishonorable Kills, so you’ll be free to repeatedly hunt down every player and NPC in, say, Stranglethorn Vale to your stealthy heart’s content.

That’ll change once phase 2 rolls around and we add the Honor System, which will introduce Honorable Kills, Dishonorable Kills, and PvP Rank Rewards. The items you earn from the PvP Rank Rewards will be the versions from patch 1.12. Keep in mind though, just as it did originally, it will require a substantial time investment to rank up through the Honor System. For those interested in the Rank Rewards, earning epic gear will require consistent dedication over a long period of time as a top contributor on your realm. We don’t expect to see many people running around with these items early on, but we’re certain Hillsbrad Foothills will still see its fair share of action!

In the third phase, we’ll introduce the first Battlegrounds: Alterac Valley (version 1.12) and Warsong Gulch, alongside with their associated vendors. One thing to note is that there were a couple of updates to these vendors over the course of the original patch releases, so some items won’t be available right away. For example, the Spell Penetration trinkets available from the Warsong Gulch vendor weren’t introduced until Patch 1.9, so we’re currently thinking that we’ll add these in phase 5.

The Arathi Basin Battleground will follow in phase 4, along with its specific vendor. It’ll be interesting to see how many people stay behind to guard the flag.

Finally, in phase 6, we’ll have the world PvP objectives in Silithus and Eastern Plaguelands, which will come out at the same time as Naxxramas.

Here’s what the PvP content looks like mapped to the phases we recently posted about:

Phase 1 (WoW Classic Launch)
  • You can PvP one another in the world, but there is no tracking, and no formal rewards for doing so.

Phase 2
  • Honor System (including Dishonorable Kills)
  • PvP Rank Rewards

Phase 3
  • Alterac Valley (version 1.12)
  • Warsong Gulch

Phase 4
  • Arathi Basin

Phase 6
  • World PvP objectives in Silithus and Eastern Plaguelands

As we mentioned before, we haven’t yet determined exactly when each of the content phases will occur but we’ll keep you updated as they draw closer.
We’re here reading what you have to say, so we wanted to thank all of you for your feedback and discussions about Classic. Keep it going!
This article was originally published in forum thread: Classic PvP Content Plan started by chaud View original post
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  1. Doomchicken's Avatar
    Game will be dead before phase 6, so not sure why they need to bother with a rollout plan.
  1. deceptacon1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rogalicus View Post
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    They can do what DBG are doing with EQ progression servers: roll out new servers every once in a while, maybe experiment with content speed or apply some other special rules.
    I'm glad you noticed this because this is exactly what I think they should do. I'm currently playing on Selos EQ progression server and it's actually a ton of fun.

    Can you imagine how cool it would be to have a progression server that goes to wrath and then time locks in that era? Or having a progression server that goes from classic to current content over a year or two? It would add a new flavor to the game and allow you to continue to play the same game but in a different way. And I really don't see this detracting from live wow in any way.

    I think DBG stated that about 1/3 of their total revenue comes from progression servers such as these so they could potentially inject a ton of money into wow again which would be good for everyone.
  1. GlitchedTV's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doomchicken View Post
    Game will be dead before phase 6, so not sure why they need to bother with a rollout plan.
    Troll much? You could not be more wrong and there is enough proof of that. But you got to do what you got to do ofc.
  1. Bane-Thunder-God's Avatar
    Wow reading the pvp honor grind I remember how hard it was to reach Champion rank and quitting at that point cause the grind was insane. Felt great as a Tauren War in full champ gear. But man certainly won't be trying that grind again Classic is not for me. Far too casual these days, spent my weekend grinding Luna's Howl on Destiny 2 and that felt a lot easier than Champ rank lool.
  1. Asaliah's Avatar
    Can't wait for phase 5 !
  1. dranlord's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Qnubi View Post
    Well there was real delay between patches back then, and that wasn't time-gated because the content had to be developed and wasn't ready. Retail content is ready and then artificially time-gated. Phase 1 (patch x) existed because Phase 2 (patch y) wasn't developed etc. that's the difference between Classic WoW and current WoW. It is NOW available but it makes no sense to release all phases at once simply because that's not truthful to the experience that used to be.
    that is a lie, back on classic there was time gate, and stuff game behind enless grind.

    Naxx was a example of time gate, and the same for Silithus event. Grind and time game exite on wow since vanilla. The only diference you can say is that the ending was bigger that some of time game now.
    Ppl prize alot of the bullshit blizzard did on vanilla bc nostalgia. Helll ppl still prize the talent tree for some reason i will never undestand, saying that allow you to be unique, when anyone doing pvp or pve have the same build, just to be competitive.

    ppl are all the time imagine scenarios. Or complain how terrible isnt not having fly on the new zone bc running to ever place take to long, vanilla zone are 10 bigger with 10 time less content and u spend alot of time running, hell i till rememeber how much i hate Blastland back then or Desolace.
  1. Applewhite's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doomchicken View Post
    Game will be dead before phase 6, so not sure why they need to bother with a rollout plan.
    Dude BFA is already dead, dont understand why developers are creating a new patch, settle down boo classic is keeping wow hype alive.
  1. Netherinfern0's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Applewhite View Post
    Dude BFA is already dead, dont understand why developers are creating a new patch, settle down boo classic is keeping wow hype alive.
    Literally couldn't agree with this more.
  1. nyc81991's Avatar
    I feel like depending on how long the phases are going to take to roll out, not having bg's at launch kind of sucks.
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by nyc81991 View Post
    I feel like depending on how long the phases are going to take to roll out, not having bg's at launch kind of sucks.
    Vanilla didn't though to be fair.

    BGs weren't until 1.5

    I guess just allowing World PvP at the start means they can stay true to the content release a bit and try and create that authentic experience of Tarren Mill v Southshore and getting ganked like mad in STV.
  1. nyc81991's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleccybubb View Post
    Vanilla didn't though to be fair.

    BGs weren't until 1.5

    I guess just allowing World PvP at the start means they can stay true to the content release a bit and try and create that authentic experience of Tarren Mill v Southshore and getting ganked like mad in STV.
    Yeah that makes sense I guess. I'm just really looking forward to old school bg's. Hopefully it doesn't take too long.
  1. suprep's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by stigz View Post
    okay most normal people with healthy lives outside of WoW won't be doing that (IE most of the server you'd be playing on) so gl with that
    It's just my thoughts on what will happen - to be clear, I don't hold an active WoW subscription for a long time now and probably never will, had my fair share of 10 years on and off in this game already.
  1. Relapse3012's Avatar
    i can't wait to see PvP premade farming blackrock / DM entrance

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