I may be able to finish constructing Jeeves in June. Blizz hasn’t used the “p” word for the different updates to Wrath Classic, but some of the dedicated fan sites still use it and it is easier for me to think about phases rather than the name of a patch that dropped more than a decade ago.
Anyway, whatever you want to call the next update, Blizzard announced the date in Monday’s This Week in WoW update:
Heed the Call of the Crusade the Week of June 20
It won’t be long before the Call of the Crusade goes out across the lands of Northrend. Wrath of the Lich King™. Here’s what’s in store-
Arriving June 20 with the update:
- (New) Titan Rune Dungeons—Defense Protocol Beta: Embrace the challenge of Titan Rune Dungeons, where you’ll take on a new higher-level difficulty in which creatures and bosses have a variety of dangerous new effects as well as additional health and damage. Bosses killed with Defense Protocol Beta active award loot from the 10-player version of Ulduar. The final boss will also award a new currency: Sidereal Essence. Sidereal essence may be exchanged for rewards from 10-player Hard Mode Ulduar gear at the Animated Constellation vendor in Dalaran.
- Trial of the Champion– Head to the Crusader’s Coliseum at the Argent Tournament to begin the challenge in this 5-player dungeon.
- The Argent Tournament: Join the Argent Tournament to undertake new quests and daily quests while showing off your jousting prowess for new rewards.
- Wrath of the Lich King PvP Season 7 Begins
Opening on June 22 at 3:00 p.m. PDT (6:00 p.m. EDT)
- Trial of the Crusader and Trial of the Grand Crusader: Undertake the challenges of the Trial of the Crusader and Trial of the Grand Crusader 10 and 25-player raid.
- Level 80 Onyxia’s Lair: Face Onyxia in her lair in the level 80 version of this encounter
We look forward to seeing you on the tournament grounds.
No mention of my King’s Amber in that, so I won’t start making plans for Jeeves this moment, but once the patch notes I will know more I’m sure.
Our group will also have a new instance to try, which will save us from having to throw ourselves at heroics, as the Trial of the Champion will open up with the update. Of course, it involves some of the jousting mechanics, so having Potshot dual-boxing healer and DPS may once again become a challenge.
And we’ll be getting more of the quests for the the Argent Crusade. If I recall right, we ought to get heirloom gear that is purchasable for the tournament currency. Back in the day I bought most of the heirloom gear on live that way.
Though it appears we’ll be getting an XP boost now, with the Joyous Journeys buff coming back with Tuesday’s update. That gives a 50% XP boost, though you can turn it off by speaking to inn keepers around Azeroth.
Will that motivate me to work on some alt… perhaps even one still stuck back in Outland?
I already have two characters at the level 80 cap. I think that was all I managed back in the day as well.
Also now in WoW Classic are WoW Tokens, the 30 day game time items that you buy for real world money and then sell at the auction house for WoW Gold.
I suspect that this is a sign that gold selling has become an issue on Classic realms. I know I have some gold spam in the in-game mail system just about every time I log into Bloodsail Buccaneers. In fact, I think the only reason it has taken so long to show up is the work needed to integrate a 2015 system… they have been around for a while now… retro-fitted into a 2009 code base. There are a lot of UI items and behaviors that needs to be accounted for.
I am somewhat indifferent to this change. I earned my 5K gold for the high speed mount already on my main. I know that it isn’t, technically, classic, but it does take a shot at limiting a problem as old as the game.
Of course, Shintar reports that some of the community is going ballistic over this. My indifference makes this hard to care about, mostly because WoW Classic has included a long screaming match about what “classic” really is or should be since Blizzard announced plans to go there. Are people really mad that a classic title doesn’t include all of the classic issues?
I’m not saying J. Allen Brack was right… we still remember who he is… or who he was, right?… just that he was probably speaking from the insight of how many problems were fixed over the years that had general community approval. You throw those all away at your peril, but it is tough to go back in time and not have them.
Finally, as part of the phase 3 patch or whatever they call it, Onyxia is getting her level 80 boost. We already got our WoW Classic bucket list goal of doing her as a group of five, but if you were holding off getting the legacy achievement, you have about a month left to do it.