Daily Archives: August 18, 2022

The Road to Wrath Starts on August 30th

As I mentioned at the tail end of yesterday’s post, we have an official timeline from Blizzard for the roll-out of Wrath of the Lich King Classic.

The classic comes to classic

We knew previously that September 26th was the go live date and that Blizzard had a series of tasks to accomplish before we got there.  Now we have a more detailed timeline.

  • August 30
    • Pre-patch Begins: Wrath of the Lich King Pre-patch Launches and Fresh Start Realms go live during regional maintenance. [note: This includes death knights!]
  • September 6–13
    • Zombie Plague Event: A mysterious affliction begins to make its way through the capital cities. Players must be vigilant to avoid falling victim to its deadly effects.
  • September 13 – Launch
    • Scourge Invasion Event: In several locations throughout Azeroth, players must coordinate a defensive stand against the attacking Necropolis and defeat Scourge forces to gain powerful rewards.
  • September 20–October 6
    • Brewfest Begins: Do you love eating delicious fair food, drinking bountiful beverages, and riding rams around barrels of apples? Partake in activities and timed events to earn Brewfest souvenirs and achievements during this brewtiful holiday event.
  • September 26
    • Wrath of the Lich King Classic Launches: At 3:00 p.m. PDT, Wrath of the Lich King Classic will launch, and players are welcome to log in.
  • October 4 and 5
    • Arena Season 5 Begins: Season 5 will begin with the weekly reset.
  • October 6
    • Naxxramas, The Eye of Eternity, and The Obsidian Sanctum are Available at 3:00 p.m. PDT
      • Naxxramas, the giant Necropolis and the seat of the dreaded lich Kel’Thuzad, floats over Wintergarde Keep in Dragonblight, eager to aid the Lich King and his deadly machinations.
      • Located in the center of Coldarra, the Eye of Eternity will challenge players to defeat the blue dragon aspect, Malygos.
      • Dragonblight is home to the Obsidian Sanctum where players must venture below Wyrmrest Temple to bring an end to Sartharion and his lieutenants, Shadron, Tenebron, and Vesperon.

So come August 30th it will be time to start figuring out how to play with the WotLK class changes and specs.  And dual spec as an option.

That will also see death knights become available.   Not that I need another alt to play.  As noted yesterday, we’re going to have to focus a bit in order to make it to 70 in time for launch.

And there is enough between here and there to get in our way.  The plague event… at least as a paladin I can cure zombies… and the invasion event and Brewfest.  It seems like a lot going on between now and then.

The fresh start servers will also be showing up with the patch on August 30th.  I am very curious to see how many of those get launched.  I don’t doubt there is some demand for a fresh start, but I doubt it is anywhere close to the pent up demand there was when WoW Classic first launched.

Blizzard is also surprisingly holding the line on Dungeon Finder.  I thought they would surely change their minds or make some sort of option to have it on certain servers or something like that.  Then again, people have been mad at Blizzard for so many things over the last few years it is no doubt becoming much easier to tune out the noise of yet another angry group of players.

It won’t matter either way for our group.

So we have to get ourselves to level 70.  I guess we don’t have to worry about saving up for flying or flying mounts right away.  They would only be taken from us the moment we landed in Northrend.  But eventually we’ll have to collect our coins because the back third of WotLK requires a flying mount.

I also want to work on my trade skills.  Engineering became pretty useful in WotLK.  I’d kind of like to make that chopper again too.  But it is still something of a grind to get to 375 in Outland.

Work to be done, I just need to find the time to do it.  Not that it would be the worst thing in the world to not be ready on launch day, but I do want to see it all the same.  And, if I recall right, you can get away with being only 68, and all the more so if we go in to do quests as a group.