Blizzard lays out its plans for PvP in World of Warcraft Classic, teases Rise of Azshara stream

    
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Last month, Blizzard dished out the deets on how World of Warcraft: Classic’s content will be divvied out in six discrete phases, but the plan was notably lacking PvP-related information. But if you were worried that WoW: Classic wouldn’t hearken back to the olden days of endless ganking in Southshore and Stranglethorn, worry no more — the devs have laid out their plans for rolling out PvP content.

Like the PvE content, PvP content will trickle into the game in six phases. In phase one, PvP will be exactly like it was when World of Warcraft first launched — i.e., lawless and full of ganking with neither reward nor consequence. Phase two will introduce the honor system and PvP rank rewards, and phase three will open the gates on the game’s first battlegrounds, Alterac Valley (which is coming in its patch 1.12 flavor) and Warsong Gulch.

Arathi Basin will follow shortly thereafter in phase four, and then finally, phase six will bring world PvP objectives in Silithus and the Eastern Plaguelands, the release of which will coincide with the opening of Naxxramas.

You can find all the details about WoW: Classic’s PvP plans over on the official forums, but if you’re more interested in what’s coming to the live game, be sure to mark your calendars for Thursday’s livestream, during which the devs will be giving viewers a sneak peek at the upcoming Rise of Azshara content update.

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Tamanous

It’s going to be a rough patch 2 in Classic when people grind pvp ranks in open world prior to BG release. Same thing happens on private servers anyway and it’s technically close to historical progression. Not a big deal overall, but the pvp server players will definitely face the experience private servers if their server is loaded with them. Those players level to 60 fast to avoid that period of extreme open world ganking.

I hope enough servers exist so the private server crowd is thinned out. I lived that meta for a few years now, but I can’t wait to see fresh players not already indoctrinated to the private server meta.

Next big news hopefully is the itemization changes plans. Lots to discuss about that yet.

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Ironwu

Some of the best open world PvP battles I have every participated in took place between Tarren Mill and Southshore.

Once begun, calls would go out across the world for fighters and players would start riding and flying in from all over to take part in the assault and defense of the two towns, their NPCS, and the territory between them.

Back in those days, you could kill any and all NPCs, including quest givers and the Flight Master. So a faction really could lock-down the opposing faction’s town.

The battles would rage back and forth until one faction essentially captured the other’s town and it would no longer be feasible to quickly reinforce the troops by air.

Good Times. I look forward to experiencing it all again. :)

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Roger Melly

Same here . Given all the mmos in development that I am interested in seem to be several years away from a release WoW classic couldn’t come along at a better time .

I might do it from the horde perspective this time .

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Armsbend

“with neither reward…”

Does the reward always need to be loot? The reward can just as easily be “GTFO, this is my faction’s territory.”

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Eliandal

Bah-yer old enough to know better than to ask that question ;)! We’ve been conditioned to expect rewards. Unfortunately, no going back on that one :/!

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Rumm

Or as was more often the case, hey that guy is fighting 3 mobs for a quest, better go kill him then camp his body for the next hour.

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Armsbend

Lesson taught – and then lernt I say.

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Venomlicious

I remember fighting Tarren Mill and Southshore to this day and that is greater then any loot I would get in retail WoW over the last 10 years.

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Armsbend

The best and most memorable fights to me – pve, pvp or otherwise only very rarely had to do with some loot drop.

The best games today are still making those – the ones being forgotten on an hourly basis focus on a gear treadmill.