WoW Classic BWL release time confirmed ahead of Phase 3 update

World of Warcraft fans don’t have long to wait before the next major update for WoW Classic goes live. With a release date set for today, the launch of WoW Classic’s Blackwing Lair will bring the latest Phase 3 content to the game. The 40-man raid has been locked in for launch since January, and now Blizzard has confirmed when the classic Blackrock Mountain battles will begin.

WoW Classic players should already have access to the Blackwing Lair attunement quest, “Blackhand’s Command,” meaning it should be easy to dive into the Raid as soon as it becomes available.

It also follows the launch of the Darkmoon Faire, which will be available to visitors for a week before shutting down until the following month.


Blizzard has confirmed that the WoW Classic Blackwing Lair release date has been set for Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

And it won’t just be the big raid making its debut today, with plenty of other World of Warcraft Phase 3 changes also confirmed.

When it comes to the official unlock, Blizzard has revealed that the WoW Classic BWL release time has been set for 11pm, GMT.

This will mean a much earlier unlock time for World of Warcraft fans getting ready to tackle Nefarian in the United States.

Gamers in North America can expect access to the Blackwing Lair by 3pm, or 6pm ET, depending on where you live.

“In the dark recesses of the mountain’s peak, Nefarian, the eldest son of Deathwing, conducts some of his most awful experimentation, controlling mighty beings like puppets and combining the eggs of different dragonflights with horrific results,” the official description explains.

“Intent on seizing the entire region for his own, he marshalled the remaining Dark Horde, a rogue army that embraced the demonic bloodlust of the old Horde.

“These corrupt orcs, trolls and other races battled against the Firelord Ragnaros and the shadowy Dark Iron dwarves for control of the smouldering mountain. Before he was vanquished by fearless heroes, Nefarian created the twisted chromatic dragons and a legion of other aberrations in his bid to form an army powerful enough to control Azeroth and continue the legacy of his infamous father, Deathwing the Destroyer.

“Should he prove successful, even darker pursuits rest on the horizon. And, yet, the Lord of Blackrock is not a mere scientist – he is a great dragon cornered in his lair. Can he truly be defeated by mortal hands?”

Other WoW Classic Phase 3 content is also being launched today and includes the following:

Level 50 Class Quests – All players, starting at level 50, can now begin class-specific questlines offered by class trainers in capital cities. These quests conclude with a choice of one of three powerful rare items.

New Reputation Rewards – The Argent Dawn, Thorium Brotherhood, Timbermaw Hold, Silverwing Sentinels, and Warsong Outriders faction vendors now offer reputation reward items that were added in patches 1.6 and 1.7 of original WoW.

Eternal Quintessence – Players who complete “Hands of the Enemy” and reach Revered reputation with Hydraxian Waterlords may now obtain Eternal Quintessence from Duke Hydraxis.