Blizzard has announced that World of Warcraft is going to be getting 6 content phases. Last year, during the BlizzCon event, Blizzard stated that there would be 4 content phases. Since then the team decided to push it to 6 content phases.
Our first phase primarily focuses on launching Classic with Onyxia and Molten Core, but we’ve decided to hold on Dire Maul for a while. Maraudon is still in the first phase, because it was originally released on December 18, 2004, just two weeks after the first player hit level 60, but we recognize that Dire Maul is in a different category. Some of the loot that’s attainable from Dire Maul is so good that it would affect progression through those early raids. We’re also planning to hold off on releasing Kazzak and Azuregos at launch as well, for the same reasons.Kaivax, Community Manager
The next change we’re targeting addresses two concerns. First, Zul’Gurub and Blackwing Lair unlocking at the same time would differ from how they originally came out, and it makes sense to not have gear and enchants from Zul’Gurub available during early progress into Blackwing Lair. Secondly, the Emerald Dragons should be available earlier than the opening of Ahn’Qiraj, as they give us a way to start preparing nature resist gear for some of the encounters in AQ.Kaivax
Here is the list of phases and what each one entitles:
Phase 1 (classic launch)
- Molten Core
- Dire Maul
- Blackwing Lair
- Darkmoon Faire
- Darkmoon deck drop begins
- Green Dragons
- 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
- Scourage Invasion
We are not sure when phases 2 through 6 will occur. Everyone is probably wondering where PvP is listed and it is not, that is because Blizzard stated that they are still evaluating their options regarding PvP rewards.
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