World of Warcraft’s BlizzConline press kit leaks confirm patch 9.1 and Burning Crusade Classic

    
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Well, that’d be a whoops from Blizzard: It turns out that World of Warcraft’s press kits for the reveals at BlizzConline 2021 have been released now, and Wowhead is reporting all of the documents now confirming at least some of what players had already expected.

For example, it looks like we are indeed getting a classic version of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, with content being rolled out in phases and all of the inclusions you’d expect from the idea of that expansion as a classic server. (That would mean Blood Elves and Draenei, returning to Outland, and all the classic raids and dungeons you’d expect.)

The press kits also confirm the contents of the upcoming patch 9.1, Chains of Domination, which sees players exploring the long-dormant domain of Kothia for new quests and outdoor activities. There’s also a new raid in the form of the Sanctum of Domination, a new Mythic-only dungeon in the form of Tazavesh, a new installment of the covenant campaigns bringing together the four covenants, and new cosmetic armor for the covenants as well. That’s in addition to flight, new mounts and pets, and a teaser image for what looks like a Death Knight version of Anduin Wrynn.

To be clear, we weren’t sent the kits ourselves as they weren’t sent to us early, but Wowhead’s pretty darn credible, and a lot of the new stuff comes directly from Blizzard’s own public media site where it was probably intended to be kept under password (but was not). Further leaks are still being collected; it should make things rather interesting when the actual presentation takes place tomorrow.

Worth noting is that the other games haven’t received identical Blizzard-oops leaks, but there are supposed leaks from well-known leak-nexuses nonetheless, including one that claims we’ll get the Diablo Immortal release date, Diablo II Resurrected reveal, a Hearthstone expansion, a Warcraft mobile pet battle game, and a new class and area reveal for Diablo IV – all of which were probably on your predictions list anyway.

Source: Wowhead
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Sorenthaz

Choose Your Era – Prior to Burning Crusade Classic’s release, WoW Classic players can decide whether to advance each of their characters to the Burning Crusade era with the rest of their realm, or to continue playing the original WoW Classic content on new Classic Era servers.

Good, that’s pretty much the best way to do it. Keep some servers for Vanilla available and then move forward with other expansions (at least up to WotLK) and keep servers for each one.

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Bannex

U guys realize the very last cinematic made for WoW will end with baby Thrall 2.0 floating down the river in a basket right?

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Bruno Brito

Oh god no pls

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Utakata

Nope. The very last cinematic will be of elder Thrall 1.0 parting the Great Sea…

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Bruno Brito

The fact they’re making Anduin some sort of “Lich King 3.0” is honestly making me nauseous.

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Danny Smith

Get ready for it to turn out Varian took in Arthas and Jainas chronology breaking secret lovechild after his infant son died and his real dad shows up in the Maw to save him and in turn kick off the big arc turning sylvanas into the super saiyan god super kyrian who replaces the arbiter due to ULTRA REDEMPTION and she and nathanos save the universe together while Arthas becomes the new jail to balance out kerrig-i mean sylvanas.

Half joking.

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Sorenthaz

They’re really doing that after all of the stupid “I don’t want to be like Arthas” lines dropped throughout the books and so on? sigh

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Bruno Brito

My friend sent me a concept art of Anduin as a DK. He’s literally looking like Arthas.

Blizzard is going to milk the shit out of The Frozen Throne and Wrath.

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cursedseishi

Burning Crusade Classic just might be the thing that gets me to finally sub to World of Warcraft again… Keyword being, might.

I have fond memories of soloing Ragefire Chasm as a (prebuff vanilla 2.0) lvl 20 Retribution Paladin, and helping run others through it when people had issues finding groups for it. Or my solo ‘rare-hunting’ runs through Shadowfang Keep once I hit around lvl 35 or so to start building up the gold for my Paladin Quest Mount–not to mention the Paladin-Specific quests.
Or, the time I spent running Zul’farrak to get ‘Sul’thraze the Lasher’ to use as I started going through Burning Crusade.

But! I’m curious as to how they’ll handle things. Much as I loved Retribution, it didn’t really hit its stride until the last series of patches leading into the Sunwell raid. They’ve been balancing ‘classic’ with ‘up-to-date’ final patching for that era of the game… So I’m hoping we’ll have buffed up Retribution as a result.

I could care less about just about everything else. With the… “quality” of Warcraft 3’s remastering, I have literally zero trust in them for Diablo 2. And doubly so, I have literally zero trust they won’t also completely screw over and bork up OG Diablo 2’s experience much like how they completely screwed the pooch for OG Warcraft 3.

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zoward

Fortunately I still have my original set of D2/LoD CD’s in storage. You never know when they’ll come in handy…

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Matthäus Wey

Shadowlands looks amazing visually, but that one leaked screenshot looks really bad. I hope there’s more to it than a maw 2.0. That ground texture is nasty.

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giggity

I wish they’d close the Gap of ilvls. Hardcore Mythics, Raids and Ranked PVP make for an unpleasureable experience when queing for Battlegrounds and Skirmishes. Horde definitely outgear Alliance by a long shot.

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Danny Smith

My previous comment of “even with the ‘rona this was going to be one of the dud blizzcons” still don’t seem that crazy.

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Lucky Jinx

Flying incoming— again. They said it’s tied to renown, so there’s no reputation grind. However, they haven’t said anything about achievements, and if you look at the Shadowlands Explorer achievement… well, it’s a heartcrushing moment. There is a lot more than just run around and reveal the zones. So, yes, most likely another lengthy, mindnumbing grind.

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Greaterdivinity

I know mistakes happen but I’ll take this moment to thank Activision-Blizzard for apparently firing the competent folks there on the marketing side.

A lot of expected stuff, but I’m glad that the D2 remaster is on the menu this year.

Mobile pet battle game seems like it could be neat, even if it’s like 3 expansions too late to the party. It fits with the “LETS MAKE ALL OUR BRANDS MOBILE!” angle. I probably won’t be here for it, but hopefully it’s good and fun for WoW players.

And on that front, I’m still here to give D:I a try. Expectations are subterranean, but it won’t cost me more than an hour or two of time so why the hell not.

Still conflicted about BC tho. Wanted it forever but the notion of giving Blizzard more money for something that isn’t just the D2 remaster is not exciting.

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jimthomasUS

Burning Crusade, Diablo 2 and Hearthstone lead 2021 Blizzcon(line).

They should call it The Upside Down.

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Dug From The Earth

Blizzard seems to be stuck in the same rut many game companies are in, unable to create new innovative games, and resorting to re-releasing old versions instead, and focusing support on games that have been out for 10+ years

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Harry Koala

So that’s games from 2000, 2007, 2014 as the highlights of 2021.

They should call it “BlizzCon: the 7 year itch”

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Greaterdivinity

This is my kinda random yet extremely interesting factoid. I can’t wait for what’s in store for 2028.