WoW Classic Naxxramas and Burning Crusade start dates reportedly leaked - Dexerto
World of Warcraft

WoW Classic Naxxramas and Burning Crusade start dates reportedly leaked

Published: 9/Sep/2020 0:59 Updated: 9/Sep/2020 13:10

by Bill Cooney

Share


Rumors about potential start dates for Phase 6, the Naxxramas raid, and the legendary Burning Crusade expansion in Classic WoW have started to appear – and we could be seeing this “new” content sooner than we thought.

Classic takes players back to the “good old days” of World of Warcraft, re-releasing all of the original content on servers separate to the main game, which is now known as “Retail” to players who mainly play the re-release.

Advertisement

We’ve already battled our way through the Molten Core, Blackwing Lair, and most guilds are now making their way through the recently released Ahn’Qiraj following the Ten Hour War.

Just a few weeks after the release of AQ though, rumors have started to sprout up that claim we could see Naxxramas and The Burning Crusade expansion arrive much sooner than expected.

Advertisement

According to Twitch streamer Nano, the latest rumors surrounding WoW Classic say the original Naxxramas raid will be released sometime in “early December” of 2020. This is different from the level 80 version that came to retail in Wrath of the Lich King and was known to be notoriously hard on its release back in June of 2006.

On top of that, the beta for Classic’s version of the fan-favorite Burning Crusade expansion is said to be arriving sometime in the spring (March/April) of 2021.

It’s important to note that there is no official confirmation from Blizzard on these rumored release dates so far, so be sure to take these rumors with a grain of salt, as they might not be 100% accurate.

Advertisement
Blizzard Entertainment
WoW Classic players have just entered AQ, but if these rumors are true Naxx is waiting just around the corner.

Not everyone in the WoW community is convinced these rumors are legit either, with many pointing to the fact that a holiday release window for Naxx would only leave a short 3-4 months of AQ raiding for most servers, making a release date sometime after new years much more likely.

Whatever happens, we know Naxx and TBC are coming to Classic eventually, and even with these release date rumors, we still have a ton of questions on how they’ll work. Like, whether Blizzard will start new TBC servers or release the expansion on Classic’s already existing servers.

Only time and an official word from Blizzard will tell, so stick with Dexerto for all the latest Classic WoW news and updates as they happen.

Advertisement
World of Warcraft

When is WoW patch 9.0.1? Everything we know about the Shadowlands update

Published: 25/Sep/2020 7:17 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 7:23

by Isaac McIntyre

Share


Blizzard has finally unveiled the new World of Warcraft expansion’s release date, and that means the long-awaited Shadowlands pre-patch is likely just over the horizon. Here’s everything we know about patch 9.0.1 so far.

The Shadowlands pre-patch details have been released early, and that means the next World of Warcraft expansion isn’t too far away. In fact, you can already download the Shadowlands preview update ready for 9.0.1’s long-awaited arrival.

Advertisement

There’s plenty to sink your teeth into ahead of the proper Shadowlands release as well. The pre-expansion update will add a pile of level, item, and stat changes, the new “Exile’s Reach” starting area, and reworked Timewalking campaigns.

Here’s everything we know about the Shadowlands pre-expansion patch, update 9.0.1, so far, starting with when we expect it to go live on global servers.

Advertisement

When will Shadowlands patch 9.0.1 go live?

Blizzard has yet to reveal exactly when pre-patch 9.0.1 will go live, but we can certainly have a pretty good guess at its release date. Shadowlands has been penned in for an October 26 premiere, which is basically exactly a month away.

If history is anything to go off, Blizzard usually gives World of Warcraft players three or four weeks to muck around in the pre-patch. That means the Shadowlands update should deploy sometime in the next week, at the very latest.

Keep your eyes peeled for Blizzard’s official confirmation @Warcraft.

Advertisement
Shadowlands is set to turn World of Warcraft on its head all over again.
Blizzard Entertainment
Shadowlands is set to turn World of Warcraft on its head all over again.

WoW Shadowlands update 9.0.1 early pre-patch notes

Pre-Patch will host Scourge Event

The main event during the Shadowlands pre-patch will be the Scourge Event. This event will include a new questline, which ties into the Shadowlands narrative, as well as a huge zombie invasion, the return of bosses in Icetown, and Nathanos Blightcaller.

There will be two weeks of challenges within the event. Completing all the daily challenges will give players event-based rewards ahead of Shadowlands.

Nathanos Blightcaller serves as the weekly World Boss. He will spawn at his family home in the Eastern Plaguelands. He drops level 100 items, including weapons.

Advertisement
Hordes of zombies will invade World of Warcraft during the Shadowlands pre-patch.
Blizzard Entertainment
Hordes of zombies will invade World of Warcraft during the Shadowlands pre-patch.

Shadowlands class changes

Shadowlands will be tweaking classes again slightly. The main changes will be coming for Shadow Priests, who are getting a hefty revamp, but all classes will have different “flavor and utility” added to their class in 9.0.1 and beyond.

Fury Warriors, Frost Death Knights, and Monks will now be able to choose between dual-wielding and two-handed weapons again.

Advertisement

The much-maligned Corruption system has also been removed in Shadowlands. Legion legendaries have similarly been disabled. These changes mean some classes “may feel incomplete” in the pre-patch, Blizzard warned on Sep. 23.

Blizzard will be changing Shadow Priests all over again in the pre-patch 9.0.1 update.
Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard will be changing Shadow Priests all over again in the pre-patch 9.0.1 update.

Leveling revamp

As many players were already aware, Shadowlands is going to be “squishing” levels in World of Warcraft. Starting in the pre-patch update, levels, items, and stats will be adjusted to “make reaching a new level more meaningful.”

Characters who are currently level 120 will be dropped to level 50 after 9.0.1.

Level 120 will no longer be the World of Warcraft max cap. Instead, players will only be able to reach level 60.
Blizzard Entertainment
Level 120 will no longer be the World of Warcraft max cap. Instead, players will only be able to reach level 60.

Character customization will be overhauled

Shadowlands will also be bringing a huge overhaul to player character customization. This will include new race options, and brand-new UI for the creation screen, and more.

The biggest change is the new haul of appearance changes you can make to your character. Allied Races, including Void Elves, can all use these new changes too.

New customization options

  • Night Elves have the “Teldrassil” burn option.
  • Undead can now pick pink hair, and hide bones.
  • Orcs have new scars, tattoos, and war paint.
  • Draenei can change their tail lengths, and jewelry colors.
  • Worgen can customize their human form.
  • Void Elves can access blue eyes, and all Blood Elves skin tones.
  • Dwarves have new tattoo options.
  • Tauren can wear flowers in new hairstyles.
  • Most races now have a bald option.
  • Humans have even more facial features and more variety options “to represent the diversity in the real world.”
Sahdowlands is overhauling the World of Warcraft character creation screen.
Blizzard Entertainment
Shadowlands is overhauling the World of Warcraft character creation screen.

Accessibility and interface changes

Finally, the new Shadowlands pre-expansion update will be adding a host of accessibility and interface improvements.

These include gamepad support, which allows players to change key binds on all console controllers. Camera shake controls can also be adjusted, to help with motion sickness.

Ray Tracing Support is also coming for higher shadow quality.