Blizzard is launching new WoW Classic fresh-start servers for its ‘Season of Mastery’

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On a previous MassivelyOP Podcast, we joked about whether WoW Classic needed its own Classic version. Apparently, that’s not too far off from what you’re getting, as Blizzard announced today that when it kicks off the Season of Mastery, it’s opening new Classic servers for folks to start fresh.

“We will launch new WoW Classic realms for Season of Mastery. These realms will 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,” the studio says. “As with the first release of WoW Classic, we’re planning six content release phases. In WoW Classic Season of Mastery, however, phase unlocks will happen faster. We’re planning for a 12-month cadence, with phases unlocking roughly every couple months.”

The first phase opens Molten Core, Onyxia, Maraudon, the PvP honor system, and battlegrounds, leading through to the sixth phase, which is Naxx and the Scourge invasion. The studio is also planning a few other changes, including increasing experience gains, changing Meeting Stones to Summoning Stones, adding more gathering nodes, and making early raid bosses more challenging.

The beta for the season starts next week on October 5th.

Source: Official site. Cheers, Kherova!
Activision-Blizzard is considered a controversial company in the MMO and gaming space owing to a long string of scandals over the last few years, including the Blitzchung boycott, mass layoffs, labor disputes, and executive pay fiasco. In the summer of 2021, the company was sued by the state of California for fostering a work environment riddled with sexual harassment and discrimination, the disastrous corporate response to which has further compounded Blizzard’s ongoing pipeline issues and the widespread perception that its online games are in decline. As of fall 2021, multiple state and federal agencies are currently investigating the company.
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