Blizzard is priming something new for WoW Classic this week with the Season of Mastery release date.
Unlike in the past when new phases have ushered in fresh content, this week’s World of Warcraft TBC update will make it possible for players to start fresh on a level playing field, allowing new and current Classic players to begin anew at level 1 for a complete reset of WoW Classic’s content.
This is linked to the WoW Classic realms launch, a big part of the Season of Mastery, that will see these realms invite new and current Classic players to begin fresh at level 1 for a complete reset of WoW Classic’s content, starting again at the very beginning of the World of Warcraft saga.
There will still be phases of content released by Blizzard is planning on launching everything at a quicker pace, starting with Molten Core, Onyxia, Maraudon, and the PvP Honor System and Battlegrounds.
This will be available during the WoW Classic Season of Mastery Launch and will be followed by five more phases of content, ending with the release of Naxxramas and the Scourge Invasion.
And with Blizzard launching content faster this time around, they have also confirmed that there will be faster levelling and other improvements that weren’t in the original WoW Classic release.
WHEN DOES THE WOW SEASON OF MASTERY START?
Blizzard has confirmed that the WoW Classic Season of Mastery Release Date has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 16 in North America.
Due to how server rollouts are conducted, there will be a slight difference for those playing on European servers.
The WoW Classic Season of Mastery release time has been set for 3pm PDT on Tuesday, which works out as 11pm GMT and 12am on November 17 for those playing in the rest of Europe.
After WoW Classic Season of Mastery is live, you’ll be able to create additional characters up to a maximum of 50 characters in each of the three games:
Up to 50 characters total in World of Warcraft Classic (includes Season of Mastery)
Up to 50 characters in Burning Crusade Classic
Up to 50 characters in World of Warcraft and World of Warcraft: Shadowlands.
However, it should be noted that characters that were created for the WoW Classic Season of Mastery Open Beta will not be available to use in WoW Classic Season of Mastery.
A message from Blizzard explains: “The original release of WoW Classic was made to re-create the difficulty and challenge of patch 1.12 from the original World of Warcraft release.
“While we strived to bring a faithful re-creation of that release, many raid encounters turned out to be easier than the first time around—players simply were more experienced and prepared, and patch updates greatly increased player power.
With that in mind, we’re planning a few changes to make those early raid bosses pack a bit more of a punch, and attempt to recapture the original challenge they presented.
“These changes currently include (but are not limited to): World buffs (like Rallying Cry of the Dragonslayer and others) disabled in Raid instances, Restoring mechanics that were removed early on to some Raid bosses, No boss debuff limit (up from 16 debuffs in WoW Classic), and Increased health on bosses, to offset player buffs and the removed debuff limit.