WoW Classic Live in One Hour
The much anticipated release of World of Warcraft Classic is almost here! Realm populations are High almost across the board and a new French realm was just opened.

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Q: Will I need to pay for access to WoW Classic?
A: Everyone with active game time or a subscription to World of Warcraft will have access to WoW Classic.

Q. Can I use WoW Tokens in WoW Classic?

A. You won’t be able to buy and sell WoW Tokens in WoW Classic, but you can buy and sell them in World of Warcraft and use them toward your game time.

Q. Will my computer be able to run WoW Classic?

A. You can find a complete list of minimum system specifications for both Windows and Mac in our WoW Classic Primer post here. The recommended requirements are the same for WoW Classic as they are for World of Warcraft.

Q: How do I access WoW Classic?

A: You’ll need to access the game through the Battle.net desktop app.

  1. Open the Battle.net desktop app and select World of Warcraft from the side menu.
  2. Under the Version menu, select World of Warcraft Classic. If you have more than one World of Warcraft account, you’ll see a second dropdown for Account. Select the active account you wish to play on from that column.
  3. Click the Install button. The progress bar will show you when the game is available to play.
  4. Once the installation is complete, click the Play button.

Classic Addons
Addons work mostly the same as they do today in Classic. LFG addons will be restricted.



Classic PvE Content Plan
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Phase 1 (Classic Launch)
  • Molten Core
  • Onyxia
  • Maraudon

Phase 2
  • Dire Maul
  • Azuregos
  • Kazzak

Phase 3
  • Blackwing Lair
  • Darkmoon Faire
  • Darkmoon deck drops begin

Phase 4
  • Zul’Gurub
  • Green Dragons

Phase 5
  • Ahn’Qiraj War Effort begins
  • Ahn’Qiraj raids open when the war effort dictates
  • Dungeon loot reconfiguration: Tier 0.5 Dungeon gear, Relics, drop rates and location changes

Phase 6
  • Naxxramas
  • Scourge Invasion

Classic PvP Content Plan
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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

Layering
Layers are used to make the population in a zone more reasonable at launch, creating multiple versions of the same zone on the same realm.

  • They are not cross-realm
  • Layers are only used so that an entire realm population isn't competing in one area at a time
  • The only way to shift into a different layer is through party invites from others on your server who are in a different layer
  • The layering tech tries to sticky you to a layer so that you see familiar names often.
  • Layering only exists to control population at launch and will not continue once numbers are stable
  • Blizzard is committed only having one layer per realm before the 2nd content phase goes live (due to world bosses)
This article was originally published in forum thread: WoW Classic Live in One Hour started by chaud View original post
Comments 8 Comments
  1. Nuvuk's Avatar
    Looks like carbonite isnt coming back.
  1. glowpipe's Avatar
    That rubberbanding on a medium server. I Im not logging in the server i reserved a char on in atleast a week. Fuck that noise
  1. javierdsv's Avatar
    Happy 5 hours queue people!
  1. Queen of Hamsters's Avatar
    A friend got down to 2.5k in queue, then he got DCd.
    I think I've just heard the sound of death.
  1. Zelliaind's Avatar
    Horrible lag in game at the moment. I'm going to give it a few hours and see if it stabilizes...that's the excuse I'm making because I have to go to work.
  1. aeuhe4yxzhds's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Queen of Hamsters View Post
    A friend got down to 2.5k in queue, then he got DCd.
    I think I've just heard the sound of death.
    He deserves his. I was playing fine and then DC'd and now back in queue. Been sitting at character selection since 19 CEST
  1. Villager720's Avatar
    I can't even download updates for other games.
    Seriously. Can't play retail or HOTS cause they both need updates that won't start.
  1. mmonym's Avatar
    Got on and was able to get in 7 hours of play first day. It was a blast, and people were remarkably well-mannered - the long, orderly lines of gnomes and dwarves waiting patiently for the quest items for 'A Refugee's Quandary' in Dun Morogh were both hilarious and awesome.

    First day queues don't mean long-term success - but I can't remember the last time any recent WoW expansion met this kind of excitement and enthusiasm. Blizzard really needs to look at this and examine the direction they've taken with WoW retail.

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