Zul’Gurub and Phase 4 goes live in WoW Classic tomorrow

    
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And over and over.

Is it troll time? No, it’s not quite troll time in World of Warcraft: Classic. But it’s almost troll time because the next content phase is rolling out on Wednesday and bringing with it the Zul’Gurub raid. Yes, that means phase 4 of content is going live, with a new 20-player raid full of trolls, raptors, and new gear for players to bicker over. (Theoretically you could not bicker over gear, but that’s not really the genuine Classic experience, is it?)

The content update also includes the Dragons of Nightmare, quests in the Silithus region, and the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza for those who want to do something other than fight things of varying difficulty. Players can look forward to all this content unlocking at 6:00 p.m. EDT on April 15th, so you do have a little time to mentally prepare yourself for bug fighting, dragon fighting, or troll fighting as appropriate.

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Bryan Correll

I hope they don’t release it with the original Corrupted Blood bug. That would not go over well these days.

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Paragon Lost

I wish that they had a “just” classic subscription membership.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Wish they had a ‘single character sub discount’ like FFXIV because with Canadian exchange rate its pretty nuts otherwise.

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latorn

Just think of the garbage modern Blizz has pulled, and you’ll realize you’re better off with FFXIV anyways. xD

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Malcolm Swoboda

This is a Classic article after all ;). I got to Lv 20s (Redridge) before Blitzchung.

After several starts over the years, I’m enjoying being in the Black Shroud more than most MMOs today.

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Loopy

The music in Black Shroud is something else.. it truly feels like home.

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Malcolm Swoboda

That’s a big thing that got me! Okay, storytime.

I bought base FFXIV around Heavensward time (I think), and it didn’t stick at all. I didn’t like how anti-fluid the character movements were, the artificial feeling of the textures (especially terrain), and I really didn’t like the workings of the UI. 1.0 FFXIV would have been a total gaming nightmare for someone like me, but 2.0-3.0 (ARR+) wasn’t good enough either. Especially since I already invested money and/or time into RIFT, TSW, SWTOR, GW2 to justify going further. The story confused me right on the onset, then I couldn’t get past the boring combat. I could see glimmers of promise, but I didn’t see it happening on my PCs but instead some future PS4. One of the few bigger MMOs I quit before Lv 5.

I tried the game out again around Stormblood time because of free weeks and Heavensward giveaway. This time I pushed a little harder, and between the game likely optimizing over the years, and having let go of some of the other MMOs I listed (RIFT was dropping, TSW was sluggish, SWTOR was casual sometimes, GW2 never really happened besides my logins for episode unlocks), I gave it more of a real shot. But still, bored early with the roaming around Gridiania and I only had half a clue of what was going on. But I wanted to see a little more class story, so I made it around Lv 10. A problem was that I was insisting playing it on my laptop instead of desktop, so I could only play it on Low-to-Medium settings and the difference really shows. This is not a game to let be ugly and low FPS – its built on a super polished appearance and totally smooth movements to overcome its ‘basicness’ otherwise. The Black Shroud was …neat?, but the forest elementals setting is nearly opposite to my usual tastes. Didn’t bother to sub, or I forgot I subbed but I definitely didn’t go past a month.

Now, in Shadowbringers (still only Heavensward unlocked), its less than a week in and I’m enjoying it a lot more. I notice some UI and overall design improvements, I’ve learned how to scale and place my UI better on the TV, and for that matter I’ve mostly left my gameplay for my desktop PC connected to TV, the sound is really nice with headphones on, etc. I knew Gridania well enough to speed through its initial questing (completionist) while still paying attention to its story. But while that first bit was better than before, it was stepping further into the Black Shroud that really helped. Yes, it was still a blah nature forest spirits story and setting to start, but the experience was much smoother and I was actually starting to get a hang of how systems worked — but especially, the music in my headphones as I progressed through the subzones was sublime. I started, for the first time in years in MMOs maybe(?), feeling right immersed in who my character was and where he was at. What are these ‘primals’? Why do these Gridanians have to do a ritual of returning to the elementals? Lets explore. The music guided me forward and I found routines to the basic combat with my gamepad. So now I’m nearly Lv 15 and I can see myself hitting 20 or even 30 by end of my first month – that might not seem like much but when I’m dividing a lot of my time up, absorbing all I can in attentive fashion (no skipping scenes), and being pretty completionist, I’ll be happy enough. For MMOs I’m splitting time with my partner playing SWTOR, but I don’t easily see myself subbing to SWTOR soon anyway.

I’m still sometimes confused as hell, but its much more bearable and I can absorb the fun and beauty better. I’ll feel very accomplished if I can do a total completion of this forest, like I conquered a minor goal of my life haha.

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Bruno Brito

Just do yourself a favor and play a WoW pserver.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I’ve done that. I may do that again. I just prefer official support.

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Loopy

Any specific reason for this, other than playing for free?

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Bruno Brito

Reliving xpacs you can’t, like TBC, or Wrath.

Official support is good and all, don’t get me wrong, but some people just wanna play TBC/Wrath/Cata/Mop right away without waiting.

And it’s free. And if the server is well-known, it’s also pretty safe, since the developers tend to have a known career ( Netherwing TBC has Wolfenstein, if i recall his nickname correctly, who advanced TBC emulation almost all by himself. The guy is a monster at coding. )