After Blizzard Entertainment started the second phase of WoW Classic in mid-November, fans can look forward to the next phase: Phase 3 of World of Warcraft - Classic will start in early 2020. Content for PvP and PvE will then be offered. With the exception of the battlefields - according to the latest statements in the official forum, they will come as early as December. 

The honor system is now just as available at WoW Classic as the world bosses Azuregos and Kazzak. Especially PvP battles are currently causing frustration and joy at the same time: While groups of players go cheeringly through the game world to war against opponents of the opposing faction, this is exactly what bothers those players who do not award honor points after their death and therefore only give a kind of "collateral damage " are. The developers at Blizzard Entertainment have also noticed this and have adjusted their release plan for the third phase of WoW Classic accordingly. 

WoW Classic: Third phase brings an extensive content package

In phase 3, fans of PvP and PvE alike will be offered new content. We'll start with the PvP battlefields “Alterac Valley” and “Warsong Gorge” - but earlier than originally planned. The reason for this is the rampant PvP battles in the middle level areas: Players from level 40 are prevented from quests to an extent that is difficult to bear even for real PvP servers. Criticism is responded loudly on the forums, Blizzard. The two PvP battlefields will therefore be activated in the second week of December. This should shift the focus of player-versus-player battles to the zones that have been worked out for this purpose. It's easy to explain why this will work: Honor is easier to farm on the battlefield.

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Both battlefields are oriented differently. While Alterac Valley is about mass battles between two 40-man armies, each of which has to defeat the opposing leader, Warsong Gorge is all about the “Capture the flag” mode. One of the 20-man teams then has to score three times to win the match.

Incidentally, the Alterac Valley is not completely “classic”: The battlefield is based on the version from patch 1.12. Korrak the Bloodthirsty does not exist, nor do opponents drop bones or teeth. Blizzard had also turned the difficulty level by this point. There are fewer NPCs and the neuralgic points of the map are better distributed.

Community manager Kaivax spoke in the official forum. Screenshot: Blizzard forum

Community manager Kaivax spoke in the official forum. Screenshot: Blizzard forum

The information is official: Community manager Kaivax commented on the current situation in the forum and also confirmed the earlier start of the battlefields. At the same time the elemental invasions will start in the Kalimdor. In Azshara, Un'goro, Silithus and Winterspring, elementals appear in bulk - and their leaders too. So if you want to farm essences, you wanted to make a note of the start.

The Darkmoon Fair is coming

The Darkmoon Fair is finally celebrating its debut. As soon as phase 3 has started in WoW Classic, opponents can drop Darkmoon cards as loot anywhere in the game world. These can then be combined in order to exchange complete sets for powerful pieces of jewelry. The Darkmoon Fair is therefore not only interesting for those players who are looking for something to do. 

Blackwing Lair provides access to T2 class sets

Onyxia and Ragnaros are defeated. It's time for the next raid tier. With the third phase, players in WoW Classic get access to the T2 class sets, which are known to be dusted off in the Blackwing Lair. No less important: In the “Black Wing Lair” (BWL) also the elementium ore, which can be processed into bars, drops in order to then manufacture the legendary weapon “Thunderfury - Blessed Blade on the Windseeker”. 

Fireclaw, the untamed: Even the first boss left many groups of players in despair. Screenshot: André Volkmann

Fire Claw: Even the first boss left many groups of players in despair. Screenshot: André Volkmann

Not only are dragons the main theme in Blackwing Lair, they are also the main antagonists. The total of eight bosses naturally also drop better items. Players can look forward to epic encounters, including those against Brood Guard Dreschbringer or Chromaggus, which should awaken memories of successes - and lots of wipes.

And the story is pushed a long way, after all, Nefarian, Deathwing's eldest son, is the final boss of the then current 40-man raid tier.

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