Daily Archives: June 16, 2022

Planning for Wrath of the Lich King Classic

Wrath of the Lich King Classic is coming.  It will land at some point this year.  Probably by the end of summer, if my guess is correct.

The classic comes to classic

The last time I checked there was still some interest in our regular group, a desire to go back to Northrend and face the challenges of what might be the expansion I spent the most time playing.

The question is, how shall we proceed?

Unfortunately Burning Crusade Classic didn’t hold us the way that WoW Classic did.  It turned out my memories on not being really into the Burning Crusade overland content wasn’t just a post-play rationalization.  I felt that was the second time through.

Which leaves us in a bit of a dilemma as to what we ought to do.

I guess the obvious route for us would be to buy whatever level booster that Blizzard will have for us when Wrath Classic finally launches.  We can just skip ahead past Outland like it was never a thing.

I suppose we could save the cost of a character boost with a little effort and just pick up where we left off and power through Outland if we were so inclined.

But Blizzard has come up with a third option.  They have announced that, as part of the Wrath of the Lich King experience, they will be launching some brand new fresh start servers where everybody will start anew again.  The idea is that players coming back for just Wrath might feel like they are behind the curve starting on one of the older servers.  So why not let everybody start at level one again?

Why would I even suggest this route?  If I don’t want to play through Outland, why would I want to play through classic AND Outland?

Well, there is the joy of day one on a fresh server.  And the vanilla content, I could probably do that again.  Maybe we could even swap sides and do it as Horde this time around or some such.  I’ve never done Wrath as Horde.

But when the servers go live, before the actual Wrath Classic launch, they will have the 3.x patch applied, with all the talent tree updates for Wrath along with the change in the xp needed to level up.  So it might be a nice warm up to run through vanilla and a less onerous Outland.

Of course, if we commit, we won’t be able to boost right away on that server if we decide we that we don’t want to take the full ride to Northrend.  The rules have been set:

  • For at least 90 days, you will not be allowed to boost a character on Fresh Start realms.
  • For at least 90 days, Fresh Start realms will not be available destinations for character transfers.
  • Death Knights cannot be created on these realms without a level 55 character on that same realm.

So it will be three months before you can boost your way up.  But we can always boost on the old server if push comes to shove I suppose.

But that is all in the future.  Blizzard has a list of things they want to get done before we get to the Wrath Classic launch.  They are:

  • PvE to PvP transfer restrictions removed*
  • Wrath Classic closed beta test
  • Classic Era clone service retired
  • Existing realms consolidated**
  • New Fresh Start Realms with Wrath Classic pre-patch
  • Wrath of the Lich King launch

*This will include the removal of the restriction on having characters of both factions on a PvP realm.

**Before we consolidate realms, we’re going to remove the restriction on the number of characters you can create on each realm, up to the limit of 50 characters per account.

All of which I suspect will take us out to the end of summer.  Mid-August at the earliest, early September more likely.  We shall see.  Plenty of time to make plans.

Gallente Federation Day and the Federation Grand Prix Return to EVE Online

The Gallente Federation Day events kick off today in New Eden.

Gallente Federation Day 2022

There are daily login rewards to celebrate the Gallente Federation.

You have 8 daily login gifts to claim over the next 12 days

As usual, those with Omega accounts get more rewards.

There are also the daily tasks, like visiting one of the Federation Day parade sites (located in Luminaire, Villore, Dodixie, Lirsautton, Alentene, Orvolle, and Octanneve) to launch fireworks at the assembled ships.

And then there is the annual Federation Grand Prix, which has you flying against the clock from the Luminaire system to various destinations.  Details for this year’s event from the patch notes:

  • This event challenges capsuleers to travel across New Eden to a series of landmark locations, with three courses beginning and ending in Luminaire.
  • The first journey around each of the three Grand Prix courses has no time limit, and completing the first loop around all three tracks will unlock all the season rewards including new Luminaire Zenith SKINs, Quafe Zero and new Grand Prix boosters, and new racing jackets!
  • Once the first journey around the circuits is complete, optional time trials become available to test your speed.
  • The top ten fastest Capsuleers for each of the three “extra lap” time trials will have their names added to a landmark in Luminaire for permanent bragging rights.
  • The first of the three routes can be completed entirely within high security space, and the second and third routes require competitors to enter lowsec space with optional journeys through nullsec.
  • WARNING: The Federation Grand Prix routes can be dangerous.  Hostile capsuleers may set up gate camps or smartbomb traps throughout the route. Competitors are encouraged to only fly ships they feel comfortable potentially losing. Careful warping and skillful evasive flying may be required to complete these routes.

There are also other informal and game related events being planned.

And, of course, there are special sales in the New Eden Store.  This time around there are some of the coveted police SKINs for Gallente ships.  Those are some of the best SKINs CCP has offered up.

Anyway, it has all been live since downtime today and will run through downtime (11:00 UTC) on June 28th.

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