World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic – everything we know

My son, the day you were born, the very forests of Lordaeron whispered the name Arthas

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King was the third expansion in this famous franchise. Blizzard published it in 2008 and since then it was a major success. A lot of fans of World of Warcraft remember it as WoW’s brightest days. So, numbers are here just to prove it. During WotLK, the peak amount of subscribers was 12 million. 

Sadly, last year Blizzard encountered some controversies followed by lawsuits. However, this resulted in Microsoft acquiring the company. Because of that, no one expected this to come so soon, but here it is! Blizzard announced the Classic version of WoW: Wrath of the Lich King on April 19th. Here’s what we know:

Main information concerning World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic

We get it, everyone is excited to have our favorite character/villain back. After all, Arthas is arguably one of the best-written characters in the entire fantasy genre. But, the beta version of Wrath of the Lich King Classic is supposed to arrive somewhere in July or August, and the main version in late 2022.

Like other Classic expansions before this, if you have the subscription for retail, you can play Classic for free ($15/£10/€13). For now, it is unclear whether players will have to pay to clone their characters like in TBC. Since it caused a major outbreak, we highly doubt it. 

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Now we all know what happens in WotLK. The content is not new but rather recycled with some changes.

Changes confirmed to come

Level boosts, yay… Just like in The Burning Crusade, level boosts will be offered in this Classic expansion as well. Players won’t have to grind their way to level 70 but rather can start their journey right in Northrend.

Now to more positive changes. The dungeon finder was first introduced in the original Wrath of the Lich King. However, the automated group finders ruined the community sense that made WoW so special. So, in the Classic reimagination Blizzard decided to remove the Dungeon Finder!

So far, we also know that barbershops are getting modernized as well with many hairstyles from modern WoW! Another change, due to player feedback, the original team rating in arena is getting replaced with a personal rating. 

Schedule for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic

The exact schedule for the Classic reimagination hasn’t been confirmed yet and we don’t expect it to happen soon. However, this is our prediction of the order in which content will be published:

  1. Naxxramas, The Eye of Eternity, The Obsidian Sanctum
  2. Ulduar (my personal favorite)
  3. Trial of the Crusader, Onyxia’s Lair
  4. Icecrown Citadel
  5. The Ruby Sanctum

Closing thoughts

This is the first new content to be published under the ruling hand of Microsoft. Everyone is eagerly waiting to see if the future for World of Warcraft will be any brighter. So far, all of the changes coming seem to be positive. Our only hope is that they won’t be as greedy as with The Burning Crusade expansion.

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