Classic Stress Test FAQ for May 29th - Classic Beta Stress Test Starts 2 PM Pacific
The second Classic Beta Stress test is almost upon us, with a little shorter than three hours until it begins at 2 pm Pacific. If you're planning on participating to experience the current state of Classic and help Blizzard test their
technology, we've prepared this article with all the information you will need!
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I was in the last Stress Test, will I get into this one?
Blizzard has announced that everyone invited to the stress test on the 22nd will be invited to the one on the 29th.
What is the Stress Test?
During the Stress Test, all players already in the Classic Beta, plus players with Stress Test invitations will be able to log in the Classic Beta servers and play in the exclusive server for the purposes of this test.
This stress test wasn't initially scheduled, why did Blizzard add it?
Blizzard has acknowledged the issues many players faced failing to log in on the past stress test, and since then issues prevented them from fully testing other aspects of the game during the stress test, they have decided to schedule an additional one.
We have just wrapped up the first stress test for WoW Classic and while we understand the concerns that a number of you have mentioned, it helped us in many ways. Testing the login process is certainly an aspect that is very important for us to explore and we did gather some valuable data yesterday, so we appreciate everybody who logged in or even attempted to do so during the testing window – you have helped us prepare WoW Classic for release.
That said, because of some of the issues that were encountered, we were not able to test other aspects that we’d planned for. As a result, we will be doing another stress test on Wednesday, May 29 from 2-4pm PDT. The stress test realm will become available at 2pm PDT and the level cap will be increased to 10. For access, we will be including everybody who was invited to the test on May 22. Similar to last time, the stress test realm will continue to be available until 4pm PDT on Thursday, May 30 so there is additional time to check out the starting experiences.
Please keep in mind that while more issues could impact the play experience, it is very important to perform these tests so we can learn about and fix as many of them as possible before the release on August 27. We thank you for your continued support and we’ll see you back on the WoW Classic stress test realm very soon.
Hogger also sends his regards…
What should be tested?
Blizzard is looking to test how their realms and their new
technology react under stress levels similar to what you would expect during Classic launch. They are looking to recreate this situation, so expect gameplay similar to a big game launch.
What is the content available to the Stress Test?
While the whole world is technically open, this realm has a level cap at
. The whole idea behind the test is to see how Layering will handle, or not, the large influx of players in the starting zones.
During the last stress test, GMs had some fun
spawning Classic bosses
such as Ragnaros in level 1 areas.
How many servers will be available?
For the May 29th testing, there will be only one special stress test server available, a PvP server. Note, however, that likely no PvP will take place in the desired testing zones, as all starting areas are Friendly Territory (thus not forcing PvP like Enemy or Contested Territory areas), plus are protected by multiple level 55 guards.
How long will the Stress Test last?
The stress test will last, officially, for two hours, from
2 pm to 4 pm Pacific Time
, with Blizzard heavily monitoring test in that timeframe.
How long can I play with the Stress Test invite?
Although the heavy testing window is only two hours, stress realms will be open until around
Thursday, May 29th, 4 pm Pacific Time
, for a total of ~26 hours of possible play.
I was in the last stress test, will my characters copy over?
Your character progress from the last stress test will not be reset, so you can level the character from the last test up to 10.
How do I know I was invited to the Stress Test?
You can check if you were invited to this stress test session by looking at your
and seeing if there is a
Beta & Stress Test: WoW Classic
Will I be able to play in the regular Classic Beta afterward if I received my invite for the Stress Test?
Unfortunately, no. You will lose your Beta access once the Stress Test window is over. Getting invited to the stress test doesn't impact your standing for future closed beta invites.
Will there be more Stress Tests in the future?
Yes. There are two more Stress Tests scheduled, the second test being
and the third one happening
What should I do during the Stress Test?
Play normally, really. Create your character, enter the world, and just go around doing what you plan on doing for WoW Classic launch. The idea of the test is to emulate that situation in order to prepare the servers for it to ensure a smooth launch. However, remember, this is a beta test, bugs are bound to happen. Plus, since this is a
, the starting areas will be
If you find any bugs, make sure to report using the in-game tool, by pressing F6 or by clicking in the in-game bug report window.
Will I keep my testing characters for Classic launch? Will I at least be able to save their names for Classic?
Nothing you do in the Stress Test or even during the regular Classic Beta is carried over Classic when it launches. Everything done in any beta is lost once it is over. Creating characters in beta also doesn't save you that name for when Classic launches. Remember, however, that for Classic launch, Blizzard is planning on opening
Character creation and name reservation two weeks before the actual launch
What characters can I create in Classic?
Character creation in Classic is a bit more strict than BFA, with only 8 races and 9 classes. Plus some of the modern options like Undead or Human Hunters are not available. Below you can see a table with all Classic Race x Class combinations.
What customizations are available in Classic?
Classic uses the original standard quality models, instead of the default HD models from Retail WoW. You can preview all available customizations in our
Classic Dressing Room
Oh no, what are these spells! Guides! I need guides!
Worry not, we got you covered, you can check out all our leveling guides for Classic for all nine classes:
Druid Classic Leveling Guide
Hunter Classic Leveling Guide
Mage Classic Leveling Guide
Paladin Classic Leveling Guide
Priest Classic Leveling Guide
Rogue Classic Leveling Guide
Shaman Classic Leveling Guide
Warlock Classic Leveling Guide
Warrior Classic Leveling Guide
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