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by Published on 2021-05-10 06:11 PM

WoW Classic Auction House to Temporarily Close on May 14
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In order to prepare our game service to be ready for both the upgrade to The Burning Crusade Classic and the availability of Classic Era realms on May 18, we will close the Auction Houses on all WoW Classic realms at 10:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDT) on Friday, May 14.

We expect Auction Houses to become available again when the game service resumes following maintenance on May 18.

We advise WoW Classic players to refrain from posting new auctions shortly before the closure, as it will not be possible for other players to access the AH thereafter, and deposit fees cannot be refunded.

Thank you for your understanding.

Dark Legacy Comics #771
DLC #771 has been released!

by Published on 2021-05-08 07:18 PM

Reawakened Phase-Hunter Mount Speed
Blizzard has clarified that the Reawakened Phase-Hunter mount from the controversial Burning Crusade Deluxe Edition will move at 100% speed only if the player has learned epic riding.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dysseus: The new Phase Hunter mount included in the deluxe edition will grant 100% speed from lvl 40, being the only mount over 60% before lvl 60, additionally you won’t need to spend 600g in the riding skill to use it.

Rorshak: what if it’s both and changes speed depending on your skill… is this not an option?

Not only is this an option; this is the only option.

The mount will move at 60% speed if you do not have epic riding and it will move at 100% if you have epic riding.

Chronoboon Displacer Usable in TBC Pre-Patch
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

I just confirmed with our dev team that yes, we intend Chronoboom Displacer to be usable in version 2.5 so that players who are raiding Naxx during pre-patch shouldn’t experience any difference.

I think the datamined item is just an older design that’s still hanging around, but isn’t being used at this time.

New Battle.Net Avatars
A bunch of new Battle.Net Avatars have been added recently, featuring main Shadowlands characters and Yrel.

by Published on 2021-05-08 01:44 AM

WoW Patch 9.0.5 Hotfixes - May 7, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeons and Raids

  • Castle Nathria
    • Lady Inerva Darkvein
      • [With regional restarts] Health reduced by 10% on Mythic difficulty.
      • [With regional restarts] Conjured Manifestation and Harnessed Specter health reduced by 10% on Mythic difficulty.
      • [With regional restarts] Fixed an issue where Concentrated Anima and Shared Suffering could choose a player currently affected by Forgeborne Reveries (Necrolord Soulbind).
  • Spires of Ascension
    • Kin-Tara
      • Fixed an issue where she would sometimes choose to fly out of the area and reset the encounter.
by Published on 2021-05-06 05:05 PM

UPDATE - Character Clones will cost $15 USD

Enhance Your Burning Crusade Classic™ Experience with the Dark Portal Pass and Deluxe Edition
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.

Playing Ahead: Making Choices in WoW Classic
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Greetings WoW Classic adventurers!

With Burning Crusade Classic arriving on June 1, we want to share more details on what you can expect when we release the pre-expansion patch for Burning Crusade Classic and launch our Era realms.

First Steps

Beginning with patch day, players will have the opportunity to make a choice for each existing Classic character. Will that character continue into Burning Crusade Classic or remain in the Classic era?

Currently, when you log in to WoW Classic, you can see general information on what’s coming by clicking the Burning Crusade Classic button at login.

What’s Happening to my Realm?
As of the pre-expansion patch, all current World of Warcraft Classic servers will progress to Burning Crusade Classic content. When you first log in, you’ll then make a choice on each existing character whether to advance that character into Burning Crusade Classic or choose to play on a World of Warcraft Classic Era realm available as a new game download on the Desktop App.

Each character can be unlocked once for free either in Burning Crusade Classic or World of Warcraft Classic. If you want to play a character in both Burning Crusade Classic and World of Warcraft Classic, you can opt in to the “Character Clone” service for a fee.

Choose Your Game
When you log in to the App, you’ll see the following options under the “Game Version & Account” selection screen under “Live”: World of Warcraft Classic, Burning Crusade, Classic, and World of Warcraft.

As mentioned during the BlizzConline Deep Dive Panel for Burning Crusade Classic, with the pre-expansion patch, players will be provided the option to play their character on the new Classic era realm just as it was as of the last day before the patch or continue on into Burning Crusade Classic.

It’s important to note that all current realms will progress to Burning Crusade Classic content. World of Warcraft Classic era realms are new but retain the same names as before and exist as they did prior to the pre-expansion patch.

All the characters that you created and played before servers come down for the patch will appear on the same realms. You’ll see those realms listed in both Burning Crusade Classic and World of Warcraft Classic games. That means you’ll see all your pre-existing characters in both versions of the game.

To explain what you’ll see on patch day, let’s take a further look at the details.

Burning Crusade Classic
If you last logged into World of Warcraft Classic before patch day, your default option in the Desktop App will be Burning Crusade Classic. If you want to move on into Burning Crusade Classic, select that option.

At login and character select, you will see a Burning Crusade Classic screen. You can select the realms you played on before the patch and see your characters listed on those realms.

You’ll notice each of your existing characters will be required to make a choice as indicated by the “Choose Expansion” text shown beneath your character name.

For example, Moonrasmin shown above hasn’t made a choice yet. Upon selecting Moonrasmin, you’ll be presented with the option to make a choice for this character.

When you select the “Play Burning Crusade” button, you will need to confirm your choice by typing in the character’s name in the confirmation screen.

Once you click “Accept,” your character will now be part of Burning Crusade Classic. While Outland won’t be available to play with the pre-expansion patch, you will have the ability to begin leveling and playing Blood Elf and Draenei races and the Jewelcrafting profession with early access.

World of Warcraft Classic Era
To join and play on Classic Era realms, you will select the World of Warcraft Classic game in the Desktop App and install it as a new game. If you already have existing characters prior to patch day, they will appear on the same realms where they were originally created.

When looking at your selected realm and pre-existing Classic characters, each character will show a requirement to choose an expansion. (For this purpose, you can consider WoW Classic Era as its own expansion!).

As an example, when Misha is selected in the character select list, you’re presented with the options screen as follows:

After selecting the “Play Classic Era” button, you’ll confirm your choice by typing in the character’s name in the confirmation screen.

Clicking “Accept,” will set you on your way to continuing your journey in the World of Warcraft Classic Era.

What’s a Clone?
For players who want to play a character in both Burning Crusade Classic and World of Warcraft Classic, we have a new optional service we call “Character Clone.”

This optional service will only become available on a character after you have made a choice for that character in another game. For Thuata, shown below, she was unlocked in Burning Crusade Classic.

Upon installing and logging into the other game, in this case, World of Warcraft Classic, you’ll see Thuata listed and is greyed out. The text under her name now reads as, “Clone Available.” A Clone icon will appear next to Thuata’s name as shown below. A tip will appear on mouse-over of the Clone icon.

If you click the Clone icon, a confirmation window with more information will appear. It shows the “cloned” date of the character which includes all progress on the character up to that date.

Clicking “Accept will take you to the store screen which will allow you to purchase the Character Clone service.

Upon completing the transaction, Thuata is ready to play.

Stay Classic!
We hope this information helps prepare you for your adventures to come and we’ll see you soon!
by Published on 2021-05-06 11:50 AM

Patch 9.1 PTR - Sylvanas Weapon Model Updates
The latest update to the PTR has changed the models for both the bow and dagger that drops from the Sylvanas encounter in the Sanctum of Domination raid.

Patch 9.1 PTR - Main Story Campaign Chapter 3
Today we are previewing Chapter 3 of the Chains of Domination main story campaign. *Spoilers Ahead*

  • With the Primus free, he now suggests that we take Helya and Vyraz by surprise as they have retreated within the walls of Desmotaeron and have grown lax in their expected safety. Draka suggests we secure the area to summon the Zerekriss. Thrall asks to accompany the mission and Draka allows it, seemingly unknowing that Thrall is her son.
  • Upon arrival, we need to kill Helsworn Soulbreakers, summon 4 death gates, and look for Thrall's axe, Dra'gora. As you progress, Draka notices that Thrall is wearing the armor of Orgrim Doomhammer. Upon retrieving the axe, she also comments that its name means "Draenor's Honor. A fitting name for a worthy weapon." Thrall also asks her about her life as a Frostwolf.
  • You then summon the Zerekriss, and use it to bombard the area to allow the Covenant forces to advance, allowing you an opportunity to slay Ironkeeper Salryx.
  • Afterward, you find a fallen Forsworn who says he tried to escape after Helya started forcing the power of the Maw on them. He asks you to free his brethren while you also slay minions of Helya.
  • Finally, you ascend to find Vyraz asking for Helya's aid against the Covenant forces. She berates him before noticing you. She then grants him her boon, but the Primus teleports in and also grants you power. A fight ensues and you eventually kill Vyraz and leave through a portal. Helya teleports away when the fight starts.
  • Draka tells Thrall he fought well, calling him Go'el. Thrall is shocked that she knew who he was this whole time and she says they will speak upon their return to Keeper's Reprise.
  • When you approach, you witness the two's conversation:
    • Draka - "I knew who you were the moment I saw you. Do you really think I wouldn't recognize Durotan's eyes? You were but a babe when I died. Tell me, who have you grown to be?
    • Thrall - "I was once Warchief of the Horde, a shaman of the Earthen Ring--"
    • Draka - "That is who you were. Who are you now?"
    • Thrall - " uncertain. Much has happened in my life. I do not know where it will lead next."
    • Draka - "A lesson, then. Not from mother to child, but from one similar soul to another. Remember who you were, but take pride in who you are. I once thought death was the end. But now, as a warrior of Maldraxxus, I see that it was only the beginning. It brings me joy to see how far you have come. And I know you have much farther to go."
    • Thrall - "Thank you...mother. I will make you proud."
    • Draka - "Come. I wish to know more of your life. All of it."

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